When I posted my thoughts on fake Louis Vuitton bags and tips for telling if your bag was fake, I had no idea the amount of debate I would stir up. Apparently the issue of fake bags has really touched a chord with shoppers, designers, retailers, and fashionistas around globe. On one side, we have the designers and fans of the products who feel that fakes dilute the brand by allowing “common” folks the ability to carry the bag. On the other side, we’ve got shoppers and wanna-be-wealthy people who want the perceived status of the bag without paying the price. Then there’s people like me, who feel that you should buy neither—instead buying a really good handbag from a mid to lower priced designer like Coach, Cole Hahn or Dooney and Burke and putting the rest in your 401k.