Taobao and other Chinese marketplaces allow for local and international buyers access to inexpensive and independent products. These include, but are not limited to, loliable and lolita niche products. Many independent goods produced by Chinese brands allow for lolitas to save funds on lolita clothes, accessories, and shoes. Not only do we save money, but the additional product designs allow for more diverse lolita coordinate opportunities. The more of a selection, the better.
What Items Will Be Affected?
In this recent change, there will be a 10% tariff on handbags, backpacks, make-up and human hair. These particular selected goods appear to be the only possible lolita related products at this time.
When Will This Take Place?
According to CNN's recent sources, the change will take place, "sometime after August 30, 2018."
Why Is This Taking Place?
The decision behind this implementation is up for debate. We do know that the president has stated that he passionate about minimizing the copyright infringement of American companies. To minimize this damage, the president plans to impose a tariff on China to boost and favor American production.
What Does This Mean For Me As A Consumer?
There will be an increase to items within this tariff that you purchase. These include household items and products that are used for our niche fashion. Here an example of an item that I plan to purchase.
While I agree with the current administration's position and distaste for copyright infringement, I am confused as to why this tariff effects so many items. I fail to see how potassium and other raw materials are copyrightable. Additionally, the fact that these fees still apply to originally designed bags, make-up and potential wigs confuses me. Independent and creative designed products should not be held accountable to this tariffs if the intention is only to prevent copyright infringement.
As a plus-size lolita, I rely on overseas brands for many of my lolita pieces. The added service of custom sizing is crucial to my current and future success in this fashion. I also love that Taobao allows me to discover and purchase from smaller brands. The ability to by off-brand clothes and accessories allows for me to support the large lolita name-brands with big ticket item purchases.
While this change will not appear to be more than a minor inconvenience to my bag purchases at this time, I wonder how long it will take until there is a tariff on other lolita essentials. There very well may be a fee in the future on our blouses, synthetic wigs, dresses, shoes and other lolita fashion items. This potential next step would be extremely unfortunate. I hope the tariff does not expand.
How do you feel about these new tariffs? Are you located in the United States? Will these new fees influence your purchase decisions? I would love to hear your opinions and open a discussion!
This is the account of one young woman and her passion for lolita Fashion.