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watergirl
04-23-2006, 09:37 PM
Where is the best place to find knock offs, what brands can you usually find, & about how much are they?

Thanks!

mecook
04-24-2006, 10:22 PM
Straw Market in Nassau had what I think were the D&B knockoffs. That's all I can tell you. Melanie

tam012864
04-25-2006, 06:01 AM
I would like to know this too....I love purses!!!

Scratch42
04-25-2006, 06:27 AM
Go to the Straw Market!

They have them all!

j

lilo62
04-25-2006, 10:15 AM
The 2 times I've been to The Bahamas, I will NOT venture into the Straw Market. It's like being in Tijuana!

I'd rather shop duty free! There's a great place called John Bull's which is right on Bay St. which is the main shopping area in Dowtown Nassau. They had great duty free deals on Kate Spade, Sac etc. It's a huge store that also has duty free cosmetics (Lancome, Clinique etc.), watches (Movado, Swiss Army etc.) and Jewlery (Tiffany's etc.) - even some electronic equipment to keep the men busy!

I would recommend knowing your prices of items beforehand. I'm a "mall rat", so I went in the store knowing prices.

Happy Shopping!

Jrsy Boy
04-25-2006, 10:18 AM
I'd be careful, though. I have seen threads regarding bringing knockoff products back into the States being considered smuggling or contraband or some such. If you knowingly bring a product that proclaims itself to be a name brand, but isn't, you could end up in trouble.

That being said, however, since I know very little about purses myself, if by knockoff you just mean one that looks like a name brand but doesn't have any copyrighted insignias, then you are probably all right.

Just trying to help...

Mickeyhugger
04-25-2006, 10:21 AM
The straw market was a sweet surprise. (I'd actually never heard of it, until I bumped into it while DH and DD were doing an excursion.)

Everyone designer name imaginable (knock-offs.) Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dooney and Burke, Kate Spade, Prada, etc.

disneypoor
04-25-2006, 12:49 PM
Someone replied to a question I had about the knock off purses in the Bahamas as well. She said that she was able to get a Coach purse for $45 and a Louis Vuitton for $65. She also said that there was every knock off brand you could imagine. I cannot wait and now need to budget in a lot more money for this trip! :rotfl2:

tvguy
04-25-2006, 08:57 PM
Someone replied to a question I had about the knock off purses in the Bahamas as well. She said that she was able to get a Coach purse for $45 and a Louis Vuitton for $65. She also said that there was every knock off brand you could imagine. I cannot wait and now need to budget in a lot more money for this trip! :rotfl2:

Boy am I lucky. My wife was livid she had to spend $35 for a purse!! Amazing what people will pay for something that can't cost more than $10 to make.

FranP
04-25-2006, 09:57 PM
One of the earlier posters was right when he said to be careful with really good knockoffs going thru customs. A friend had a Vuitton rolling suitcase and duffel coming back from Atlantis (was actually purchased here in US on Canal Street in NYC). Going thru customs, the officer was very chatty and asked what she did for a living, etc., very friendly - then said to her that her job must pay very well to have LV suitcases!!!! She said, oh no, they're fakes - and he said don't say that to me because I might have to confiscate them - whereupon, she said, oh they were gifts so I don't know how much they cost, etc. And the officer said OK, that's the right thing to say. So be careful. :wave2:

disneypoor
04-26-2006, 09:53 AM
Boy am I lucky. My wife was livid she had to spend $35 for a purse!! Amazing what people will pay for something that can't cost more than $10 to make.
I'm sure you're right--the purses probably don't cost that much to make. However, we pay much more for a lot of things than we should, so I guess it's just different strokes for different folks. I'd much rather pay $35 than fork out what the real things cost, which I'm sure is not much more than $10 too. :confused3

EnchantedPlayroom
04-26-2006, 10:02 AM
One of the earlier posters was right when he said to be careful with really good knockoffs going thru customs. A friend had a Vuitton rolling suitcase and duffel coming back from Atlantis (was actually purchased here in US on Canal Street in NYC). Going thru customs, the officer was very chatty and asked what she did for a living, etc., very friendly - then said to her that her job must pay very well to have LV suitcases!!!! She said, oh no, they're fakes - and he said don't say that to me because I might have to confiscate them - whereupon, she said, oh they were gifts so I don't know how much they cost, etc. And the officer said OK, that's the right thing to say. So be careful. :wave2:

THANK GOD you said something. I am very stupid, and would probably end up in jail with my friendly banter. :rolleyes1 :worship:

watergirl
04-26-2006, 10:15 AM
In regards to some folks liking $10 purses. We each have are own thing and one of mine is fashion. I have a real couch but would like to see what the fakes ones look like as I am sure it is less than my real one.

dreamcometrue
04-26-2006, 11:35 AM
In regards to some folks liking $10 purses. We each have are own thing and one of mine is fashion. I have a real couch but would like to see what the fakes ones look like as I am sure it is less than my real one.


:lmao: me too watergirl! I am addicted to coach purses, I have 3 and eyeballing one of the new ones!!! I think I'll pass though and put the $400 into our Disney cruise bank account instead! :thumbsup2 Oh, the sacrifices I make to go on a Disney cruise!!!

ohioworkingmom
04-26-2006, 04:10 PM
My daughter just bought a so-called Coach at the Straw Market last week for $45. How do you know if they are a "knock-off" or "real". I realize you are not going to get a "real" one for $45, but does anyone know what on the Coach purses distinguish a "real" from a "fake"

Just for anyone's info - please bargain, they were originally asking $60, and we got it for $45, we were there with only one other boat in port, and it was very slow, so maybe they were needing business. We had no trouble going through the market with lots of no thank yous and just looking, and we had 2 girls, myself and hubby. :sunny:

dreamcometrue
04-26-2006, 04:34 PM
My daughter just bought a so-called Coach at the Straw Market last week for $45. How do you know if they are a "knock-off" or "real". I realize you are not going to get a "real" one for $45, but does anyone know what on the Coach purses distinguish a "real" from a "fake"

Just for anyone's info - please bargain, they were originally asking $60, and we got it for $45, we were there with only one other boat in port, and it was very slow, so maybe they were needing business. We had no trouble going through the market with lots of no thank yous and just looking, and we had 2 girls, myself and hubby. :sunny:

for Coach bags, and most other bags, these are red flags:

bulky stitching
misspelled or odd looking monograms (I guess you would only really know this if you have seen or are familiar with the original logo)
look at zippers and buckles. Real designer purses always have their logo/name on the hardware. Sometimes the fake ones have that too, but they are either bigger/smaller than the real ones. Again, you would only see the difference if you held it up against a real bag. Or sometimes, the fake logos look cooked or "off looking" in a different way. Also, look for where it says "made in". If it says something like Taiwan, it's fake.

Of course, the price is a dead giveaway. You could never get a coach purse for $45 or even $65! ;)

tvguy
04-26-2006, 10:11 PM
:lmao: me too watergirl! I am addicted to coach purses, I have 3 and eyeballing one of the new ones!!! I think I'll pass though and put the $400 into our Disney cruise bank account instead! :thumbsup2 Oh, the sacrifices I make to go on a Disney cruise!!!

"My name is dreamcometrue and I am a purse-a-holic"

I was telling my 83 year old (cruise-a-holic) mom about this thread. She pointed out the 7 day off peak cruise she just booked on Celebrity's Mercury is costing her $399, and the purse she is taking on the cruise cost $12.

Corryn
04-26-2006, 10:53 PM
I have a real couch....
Really? Not like the one the Flintstone's have, but a real couch with comfy cushions? :rotfl:
Here's a photo of the straw market...Look close, you can see all the bags - I can see the green Kate Spade (is that her name?) bags that were big last year.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v358/Thorgersen/803706d2.jpg

KimberlyC
04-26-2006, 11:31 PM
Really? Not like the one the Flintstone's have, but a real couch with comfy cushions? :rotfl:
Here's a photo of the straw market...Look close, you can see all the bags - I can see the green Kate Spade (is that her name?) bags that were big last year.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v358/Thorgersen/803706d2.jpg

Ohhhhh, you died and went to purse heaven. :cloud9: Kate Spade! How do I love thee, let me count the ways ! :cool1:

KimberlyC
04-26-2006, 11:39 PM
for Coach bags, and most other bags, these are red flags:

bulky stitching
misspelled or odd looking monograms (I guess you would only really know this if you have seen or are familiar with the original logo)
look at zippers and buckles. Real designer purses always have their logo/name on the hardware. Sometimes the fake ones have that too, but they are either bigger/smaller than the real ones. Again, you would only see the difference if you held it up against a real bag. Or sometimes, the fake logos look cooked or "off looking" in a different way. Also, look for where it says "made in". If it says something like Taiwan, it's fake.

Of course, the price is a dead giveaway. You could never get a coach purse for $45 or even $65! ;)

Also look for stickers. Sometimes the real thing will have logos embroidered on where fakes often will have stick on logos that just look embroidered but will easily peel off. There are good knock offs, decent knock off and down right bad knock offs. Test the zippers thoroughly because bad knock offs use really cheap zippers. Also check the lining because aside from the zipper or logo that is one of the first things to go on a knock off. Hey they may be cheap compared to the cost of the real thing but considering some knock offs still run $75-$100 you want to make sure it won't fall apart after 2 uses. You won't be able to return it.

Happy purse hunting!!!

ericamanda01
04-27-2006, 12:54 AM
We are going on the Costa Maya/Cozemel cruise, does anyone know if there are any places to get good knockoffs there? I love my real Coach and D&B's but I would rather put that money toward rebooking! :thumbsup2

FranP
04-27-2006, 08:04 PM
THere's also the embossed (not printed) leather label inside the Coach bags - I have a few good knock-offs and they have the embossed labels. good stitching, good C's, etc. - I think the thing that makes them different is the colors of the leather/suede and the canvas, i.e. my pink and ivory bag is a little bit paler than the originals and I believe the style bag I have does not come in the pink/ivory color - but who else would know this? I guess if you are a true fashionista and study the catalogs in great detail, you might be able to tell - but everyone admires it and no one even questions me. My DD has a genuine Coach black quilted diaper bag that is truly beautiful - but it cost much, much more than several of my bags put together!

professorandmom
04-27-2006, 09:29 PM
A great tip for the purses which have letters on the outside, the real ones don't cut off any letters near the top of the bag, the fakes do

That said, I do know that there are some fakes that are so good that the only difference is the number of stitches per inch - off by one - who could tell that???
Barb

Niagara2
04-28-2006, 08:32 AM
I have never been lucky enough to find any well made knock offs. I have been in Bahamas, Mexico, Caribbean etc. All the ones I looked at were not made that well. The leather was stiff and felt fake, the zippers were not good ones, the stitching was not straight, nor the patterns on the bags. Of course some looked like the real thing until you really examined it. I have real coach bags and a lot of Brighton. The flea markets in US have a alot of these too but the quality is not any where near the real thing. I have been to purse parties at homes but never to New York City. A co worker goes past the street dealers there into back rooms. That takes nerve too!
So - with all the said, where do you gals find the excellent knock Offs?

CrzyforPiglet
04-28-2006, 02:38 PM
I was always told that if the purse has a design/logo on it to look at the sides of the purse where the seams are sewn with the body of the purse to see if the design and logo match up to each other. If it does then the purse is real, if not you're looking at a fake. Hope that makes sense!

Aquagirl
04-28-2006, 03:23 PM
If you have any outlets near you they have great deals at the Coach and D&B outlets.

I have a D&B that I got at the outlet for $45. I'd rather pay a little bit more for the real thing than a fake that is not made very well! I can't see paying $45+ for a fake, I'd rather pay a little more for the real deal, but that's just my opinion.

I believe that there is a coach outlet in Orlando, can anyone confirm?

captchris
04-28-2006, 04:36 PM
My sister works in a thrift store. A few months ago, she bought an authentic Louis Vuitton back pack for $3.99. Its like a $900.00 bag. This bag has a very small tear and was going to be thrown away in the sorting room. She saved and took it to a leather repair shop.

Just today, she called me and told me that she got yet again another good bargain. She picked up a Coach purse for $5.00.

All of this is greek to me, but she knows all of the name brands.

ohioworkingmom
04-28-2006, 04:56 PM
There was a Coach outlet in Orlando, but nothing cheap. The cheapest purse we found was $249, so I am still happy with the "authentic looking fake" for $45. :sunny:

KimberlyC
04-28-2006, 10:52 PM
I have never been lucky enough to find any well made knock offs. I have been in Bahamas, Mexico, Caribbean etc. All the ones I looked at were not made that well. The leather was stiff and felt fake, the zippers were not good ones, the stitching was not straight, nor the patterns on the bags. Of course some looked like the real thing until you really examined it. I have real coach bags and a lot of Brighton. The flea markets in US have a alot of these too but the quality is not any where near the real thing. I have been to purse parties at homes but never to New York City. A co worker goes past the street dealers there into back rooms. That takes nerve too!
So - with all the said, where do you gals find the excellent knock Offs?

My manicurist goes to NYC when she visits her sis in NJ. She deals with the back room/alley thing (at least I assume - I don't ask any questions). She sells them for a bit of a mark up. I got a decent/ok prada and a really good Marc Jacobs. The Marc Jacobs is the black tote. Here it is: http://www.stylebymail.com/product.php?productid=176&source=nextag&campaign=marc%20jacobs

Its huge and I love it because its an office and a diaper bag for me. The leather is nice. It's definitely real leather. I don't know if its calf skin like the genuine but its soft and the stitching and hardware are very good. The lining is the dead giveaway that its a fake. The lining is not suede but its constructed well and who is looking inside? It retails for about $1000 and $530 was the cheapest I found it for on the link above. I paid $75 and you can't beat that for a real leather purse that is a pretty good look alike that no one but me would know was a fake. Ok, now my DIS friends know but none of you are telling, right? :thumbsup2

MOMTOCUTESTDOGEVER
04-29-2006, 06:34 AM
I am very stupid, and would probably end up in jail with my friendly banter.

:rotfl2: Tag Fairy--where are you???

watergirl
04-29-2006, 10:27 PM
THere is a Coach outlet near me. Whenever I am near by I stop in and look at the clearance section. I have found some really good deals. SOmetimes you can find a coach, Ralph Lauren or other nice bags at TJ Maxx you just have to go by often and look :)

disneypoor
04-30-2006, 10:27 AM
I have bought several purses at TJ Max. You are right---you have to catch them at the right time. When you do find them, you can often find them for a pretty good price. I'm just excited to see the knock offs at the Bahamas!!!! :teeth:

Honu
04-30-2006, 02:20 PM
By buying these items (here or out of the country) you are supporting organized crime.

It also is illegal to transport more than a couple counterfeit trademark items into the US. It's considered trafficking. This applies to sunglasses, sportswear, jewelry, etc., not just purses.

To be willing to look beyond that just to carry around a logo is sad. :sad2:

disneypoor
04-30-2006, 06:12 PM
By buying these items (here or out of the country) you are supporting organized crime.

It also is illegal to transport more than a couple counterfeit trademark items into the US. It's considered trafficking. This applies to sunglasses, sportswear, jewelry, etc., not just purses.

To be willing to look beyond that just to carry around a logo is sad. :sad2:
Tell me more about this. Why can a person go to LA and buy the knockoffs then? I know that there a lots and lots of vendors that sell them. I honestly don't know anything at all about what I can and can't bring back into the US as I am not planning on loading up, but I would definitely like to know more about this. I definitely don't want to do something that can get me in trouble. You are right, no logo is worth that! ;)

misseulalie
04-30-2006, 06:36 PM
What's the best way to pay in the straw market? Cash? I am assuming dollars are the best. can we use credit cards or could we end up getting unauthorized charges?

Honu
04-30-2006, 08:38 PM
Tell me more about this. Why can a person go to LA and buy the knockoffs then? I know that there a lots and lots of vendors that sell them. I honestly don't know anything at all about what I can and can't bring back into the US as I am not planning on loading up, but I would definitely like to know more about this. I definitely don't want to do something that can get me in trouble. You are right, no logo is worth that! ;)

There are 2 different knock off styles that are sold on the streets, brand inspired and counterfeits.

Mainly what you will see out on the streets of LA/NY are brand inspired. While the style of the bag/item is similar, the logo will be slightly different. For example, instead of interlocking Gs on a Gucci bag, it would have interlocking Cs or instead of LV on a Louis Vuitton it will say XO. These are legal to buy.

Anything with the name brand or logo on it is counterfeit. The feds have really come down on these vendors, so very rarely will you actually see them out on the streets. Many of the vendors do have them, but they are only likely to pull them out if they don't think you're a cop.

It is illegal to transport more that one counterfeit item of each type (one purse, one watch, etc.) through customs. Here is the link to the - US Customs (http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/toolbox/legal/directives/2310-11a.ctt/2310-11a.doc ) site.

I have several designer bags I travel with and when I bring them, they get checked about 50% of the time now. It's just not worth it for a logo on a poorly made bag.

disneypoor
04-30-2006, 10:23 PM
Wow! I never would have thought about this! I bought a Coach purse (fake, I'm sure) from a friend. Should I be concerned about taking it with me on my upcoming cruise? My friend was in Los Angeles over spring break, and she said there were vendors all over the street selling knock offs. She bought several Louis Vuitton and Prada's. I'm surprised the vendors can get away with that if the feds are cracking down. I think I'll pass on the knock offs this time! :thumbsup2

Disneynut1955
05-01-2006, 10:21 AM
My wife and I have a large Louis Vuitton collection and we were questioned about our luggage returning from our last trip. Customs wanted to make sure it was authentic (it is).

The big question for me is, why would you want to own something that is fake? For those of us who buy authentic Louis Vuitton, we can spot a fake from a mile away. On the fakes, the colors and textures are wrong, the alignment of the LV logo is always way off and a large number of these bags are in styles that were never made.

We respect that some people simply feel that LV or other name brands are overpriced or are nothing more than status symbols. However, we are confused by the number of fakes that people try to pass off as authentic. Even at our local LV store, ladies come in wearing the worst looking fake as though it is real.

Louis Vuitton only sells it products at Louis Vuitton boutiques, their own website (eluxury) and at a dwindling number of Saks and Neiman Marcus stores. They NEVER have sales (the price only goes up) and they do not have discount or wholesale. I would not trust any other source (97% of all LV items on Ebay are fake) for buying an authentic bag.

There is nothing wrong with carrying a non-designer bag, but don't embarrass yourself with a poorly made knock-off. In reality you are not fooling anybody and it may be an issue for you when entering the United States.

ohioworkingmom
05-01-2006, 11:00 AM
I am going to speak only for myself here, in our case, the "knock-off" purse we purchased was bought by my 12 year old daughter. Granted some parents can afford a $250 or greater purse for their 12 year old, but not here! And personally, even if I could, I don't think I would. I work hard for what I earn, and I don't think kids now days respect what an adult does or has to do to earn a few dollars. She bought this with her own money, and I agreed that it was a good deal, even if it was not "real". Looking at the comments here, and the customs problems, I would be hesitant to go back and intentionally purchase another though. Lesson learned here, but again, some people have a perfectly good reason for not owning the "real thing".

disneypoor
05-01-2006, 11:06 AM
To be honest, I am not a big purse collector. I usually carry my purse for quite some time and do not switch with my outfits, seasons, etc. I have friends who do have the real thing and friends who also have the fakes. I have always bought my purses (fakes or real) from these friends as I cannot afford to buy the real thing. (although I'd love one!) I guess if I'd stop taking Disney trips, maybe I could afford one??? :confused3

I know that people who actually own the real thing can probably tell that mine is fake, but to be honest, I really don't care. If I like it, that is all that matters. Please don't flame me for this, but I just don't care what anyone else thinks about my purse. I couldn't tell if one was fake or real if they were both put right in front of me.

I do, however, care about getting into trouble with customs. Therefore, I will leave my cheap, fake purse at home for our upcoming cruise, and I won't be buying a knock off while in Nassau.

dreamcometrue
05-01-2006, 12:14 PM
personally, I would never buy a fake purse myself either. Like I said, I have several Coach purses and just bought one of their new spring ones about a month or so ago, and got one of their special edition ones for Christmas. I would not consider buying a fake because even though most people probably wouldn't know it was fake, *I* would. That being said, I know a lot of people who have fake purses, and I am perfectly ok with that because not everyone can shell out $300+ for a purse. Before I bought my first coach purse, I felt the same way, but I am now addicted to them! I won't be buying any for a while now though because I have put myself on a strict budget because we plan on having a trip of a lifetime on the Disney cruise and that involves spending lots of money! :cool1:

One more thing, if I were to buy a knock off purse somewhere abroad, customs would spy me from a mile away. I am not very good at hiding stuff, and I'd be so nervous, they'd know something was wrong! I'd be sitting in jail clutching my fake coach purse! :rotfl2:

ohioworkingmom, I would never buy my 12 year old daughter an authentic purse either. That's just insane. I work at an elementary school and I see these kids with D&B purses, and they look pretty darn real. Of course, I haven't inspected any of them closely, but I always wonder why parents would buy their 3rd or 4th grader a purse like this. I don't think they can fully appreciate it until they are much older!

disneypoor
05-01-2006, 02:14 PM
Dreamcometrue---I won't be buying a knock off in the Bahamas because I would probably end up in the jail cell right next to you! :rotfl2: I would have it stamped on my forehead. I would definitely be the one who would get into trouble for trying to bring my fake purse back into the US!!

TheWog
05-01-2006, 03:03 PM
personally, I would never buy a fake purse myself either. Like I said, I have several Coach purses and just bought one of their new spring ones about a month or so ago, and got one of their special edition ones for Christmas. I would not consider buying a fake because even though most people probably wouldn't know it was fake, *I* would. That being said, I know a lot of people who have fake purses, and I am perfectly ok with that because not everyone can shell out $300+ for a purse. Before I bought my first coach purse, I felt the same way, but I am now addicted to them! I won't be buying any for a while now though because I have put myself on a strict budget because we plan on having a trip of a lifetime on the Disney cruise and that involves spending lots of money! :cool1:

One more thing, if I were to buy a knock off purse somewhere abroad, customs would spy me from a mile away. I am not very good at hiding stuff, and I'd be so nervous, they'd know something was wrong! I'd be sitting in jail clutching my fake coach purse! :rotfl2:

ohioworkingmom, I would never buy my 12 year old daughter an authentic purse either. That's just insane. I work at an elementary school and I see these kids with D&B purses, and they look pretty darn real. Of course, I haven't inspected any of them closely, but I always wonder why parents would buy their 3rd or 4th grader a purse like this. I don't think they can fully appreciate it until they are much older!

DW is in the same boat so to speak. I bought her first one in St. Thomas at COACH at Little Switzerland. She has been addicted ever since. I think she has 7 or 8 now. She says it is her one vice.

Coach knock-offs sometimes use a G instead of a C in the signature logo on the outside of the bag.

EnchantedPlayroom
05-01-2006, 04:52 PM
disneypoor

I know that people who actually own the real thing can probably tell that mine is fake, but to be honest, I really don't care. If I like it, that is all that matters. Please don't flame me for this, but I just don't care what anyone else thinks about my purse.

:dancer: Go 'head girl!!

disneypoor
05-01-2006, 05:54 PM
:dancer: Go 'head girl!!
Thank you, EnchantedPlayroom! I just can't believe how many people do actually care what other people think about the purse they are carrying, car they are driving, house they are living in, etc. We need to stop trying to impress everyone else and do what makes us happy! If that means buying a fake purse (or the real thing for that matter), so be it! I don't judge anyone who has a "real" purse as I have owned a couple myself, but I sure as heck don't judge those who carry the fake ones either. I could care less if I was carrying my fake Louis Vuitton into the Louis Vuitton store and someone such as one of the above posters noticed my fake. It's called "Mind your own business and get a life!"

Sorry--I couldn't help myself. I can feel the flames coming now.....

Honu
05-01-2006, 07:33 PM
No flames, but just as many were not aware of the customs laws, few people seem to realize the scale of this problem and the financial backlash that counterfeiting and piracy has had on our economy.

Approximately 9% (400 billion U.S. dollars annually) of all goods sold in the US are counterfeit. Copies of just about everything, from software to golf clubs, are manufactured and sold on the blackmarket AND by discount retailers.

Beyond what the manufacturers, retailers and all of their (current and laid off) employees suffer, many of these goods are being sold tax free. We all suffer for that. The overall losses are huge.

Now it's pretty hard to avoid those items sold at retailers, as we should be able to trust them as a source, but buying off the street is completely avoidable. Just remember that by supporting the criminals that produce and sell these items, you choose to become part of the problem. Again, IMO it's a high price to pay to carry around a logo.

disneypoor
05-01-2006, 08:08 PM
Honu--I appreciate your post. I honestly was not aware of all of this. I guess I just thought that if they were being sold in the middle of the streets with a bunch of other vendors that it was legal. I never thought of it in the way you put it, and I do understand the concern. I am also not going to purchase a knock off while in the Bahamas. As you stated in an earlier post, no logo is worth that!

I was probably harsh in my last post, but it just seems that some people want to judge others. I just don't see the point in putting someone down because of the type of purse they carry. One of the posters basically said it is an embarrassment to carry a fake. That is just rude! I would be more embarrassed to admit that I judge others who do carry a fake. When looking at it from your point, I do see how it is important not to support these types of vendors, and the polite way you put your post is appreciated and will be taken more seriously by more than just me--I'm sure! ;)