continued from PURSE HEARTBREAK PART 4
Hello, hello, hello!
Sorry for being missing in action for more than a week—it’s already April, and you know what that means: the start of our busy days. Although I had really, really wanted to continue my bagserye in the last days, I first wanted to finish the things I had to do. Eh napakarami! I’d feel guilty if I didn’t do them first, that’s why blogging had to take a backseat.
Second of all, there’s something else I wanted to blog about—remember the physical change that happened to me that Raviv finds so disgusting? Kating-kati na akong i-reveal matagal na! To be honest, that’s what I wanted to blog about. But since all of you were requesting Part 5, how could I say “No” after the overwhelming support you gave me after the bitter words that my basher/troll left on my Instagram account? 🙂
Guys, thank you so much!!!
To be honest I was affected at first, because it was my first time to have a basher/troll (which others told me I should be proud of, hahaha!) But after your and Randy’s reassuring words (that you didn’t agree I was merely bragging), I felt so much better. Kaya your wish is my command! Part 5, lezzgow!
Oh wait, let me check again where I left my story.
Ayun! Game na!
From Chanels to Balenciaga
Since Madame XYZ wasn’t amenable to just return my “barya” for the replica Chanel bags she sold me, I had no choice but to keep on dropping by her stores every now and then. As I have said, there wasn’t any bag I fancied in my price range. Months passed, and I was getting frustrated. I just wanted to get it over and done with. So one time I went to her shop while she was there, I saw a classic Balenciaga bag (the “motorcycle”). It caught my fancy, because it looked hip and trendy compared to the formal-looking monogrammed LVs and Guccis. Madame XYZ caught me checking it out.
I: Ma’am ito po, authentic po ba ito?
Madame XYZ: Oh yes, hija! Authentic na authentic! That’s my personal bag, hindi ‘yan consignment.
I: Kaso po ang mahal (I had to add P10,000-P15,000 more than what I have already shelled out for the 2 fake Chanels).
Madame XYZ: Naku, alam mo jackpot ka na dito! May ganyang binebenta sa [I forgot the name of the store—basta it was a preloved bags store in Festival Mall; I don’t know whether it’s still open], overused na tapos malayong mas mahal kaysa dito.
While I was still thinking about it, she continued to salestalk me.
Madame XYZ: You know, that’s my personal bag. I bought that from Hongkong in [I forgot the name of the mall]. Alam mo binili ko ‘yan nung bagong nauuso pa lang ang motorcycle bags ng Balenciaga. I have so many good memories of this bag. Andaming pumuri dati sa bag na ito kasi bagong labas nung binili ko.
At nagpa-salestalk naman ako. I called Randy to consult him. As usual, he told me to decide on my own. Kung authentic naman daw talaga at gusto ko, sige na para matapos na. Kesa balik kami nang balik. So I went to the nearest ATM to withdraw money. When I got the bag, I thought to myself: Sa wakas, tapos na!
As soon as I got home, I didn’t waste any time and I started Googling “How to spot fake Balenciaga”, “Fake vs Authentic Balenciaga”, etc. After reading a few articles, I was crestfallen: I had very strong suspicions that once again, I got a fake (or replica!) bag.
I texted Madame XYZ—after all, it has just been a hour or so since I got the bag. But she maintained that that bag was no fake—after all, she personally got it from a Balenciaga boutique in a mall in Hongkong, she said.
But of course, I didn’t take her word for it. I took photos of the bag and uploaded it on the Balenciaga threads of a local forum and on The Purse Forum (TPF) so the Balenciaga experts can check it out.
Here are screenshots of some of my conversations with Balenciaga aficionados in 2011 (I was pleasantly surprised that upon searching for them, they’re still online!)
I told Madame XYZ that Balenciaga aficionados online maintain that the Balenciaga she sold me was fake. She gave another lame excuse.
Madame XYZ: Naku hija, ‘wag kang maniwala sa kanila. Alam mo technique nila ‘yan na sasabihin nilang fake ‘yung binebenta ng ibang sellers kasi ang totoo n’yan, nagbebenta rin sila. So para sa kanila ka bumili, sinasabi nilang fake ‘yung binebenta ng iba.
But I persisted. Some of the girls recommended we go to a certain someone in Makati who authenticates bags. I suggested it to Madame XYZ. I also told her that if the bag is authentic, I’ll shoulder the authentication fee. But if it’s not authentic, she should return my money and shoulder the authentication fee. It was at this point that Madame XYZ buckled a bit.
She refused, and told me that it may be possible it’s not authentic, and that she’ll just get the bag from me so she could return it to the Balenciaga store in Hongkong and ask about its authenticity. In short, she played the victim card as well, pretending to have been duped by the salespeople of Balenciaga. In my mind, I knew it was ridiculous, but I just played along.
The sad thing is that again, she wouldn’t return my money. Palitan ko na lang daw uli.
Looking back, I realize how naive (and stupid) I was. At this point, I really should have just gone to the authorities and reported her. But because she had already intimidated me and then became extremely nice to me, I couldn’t bring myself to burn bridges with her. Silly me, but I was still hopeful I’d get an authentic bag from her collection that, according to her, was the envy of her millionaire clients.
It was only until I befriended a more senior bag-lover who dared tell her that her bags were fake that I somehow became brave. That’s on Part 6.
Happy Sunday, and thank you one again! 🙂