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Old 06-01-2013, 09:17 PM   #16
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Here's CBPs prohibited items information:

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id...ightedArticles

Will everyone get caught? Of course not. But handbags are specifically mentioned so I wouldn't chance it.
Ok, so how do they know you bought it there? If you had it when you boarded the ship can they still take it? And according to this list, each person can have one item. Does that mean I can have a purse and so can my husband? I'm thinking if you're carrying it out with all your stuff in it they wouldn't say anything?

One of my favorite souvenirs from a few years ago was a Kate Spade knock off. For the OP, I got it in the straw market but it sounds like that might not be the case anymore?
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:52 PM   #17
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My question is: why buy it when you know it's illegal--and you might get in trouble for it? Is it really that important to be trendy? Get a nice non-designer bag if you don't want to pay the designer price (I don't). They hold things just the same, look nice (if you pick well) and you can feel good about it.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:23 PM   #18
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They used to sell them for many years at the straw market in Nassau. That was when they were in the white tent. They even has then at one time when they weren't using the tent and were set up on the street under the sports tents.

. Now that they are back in a building they cannot sell them anymore because it is a government owned building.

But if you ask they will tell you or show you where you can find them. But because now there is less supply and more demand the prices are too high. You are better off getting the real thing for a few dollars more at the outlets in Orlando,
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:24 PM   #19
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Just wanted to share...

I dated a lawyer for five years who went after bootleggers (when people used to buy albums and tapes.) He knew a lawyer here in Dallas who went after counterfeit Rolex watches. Well, guess what? I was given a choice one day to pick out one of the 'Rolexes.' My lawyer friend kept raving about it "wow, that looks SO REAL." I'd no problem taking it (I don't have a problem with knock-offs.) Wonder what these lawyers do with the knock-off bags?
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:26 PM   #20
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Please, please don't buy fake bags. Not only are they ripping off designers and are illegal in pretty much every country in the world, but the factories in which they are made are horrific in terms of things like child labor. They have been linked to organized crime, terrorism, and many other terrible things. There are countless reasons not to buy them, and I could fill pages and pages here (but I won't, since this is a Disney board, and not a purse forum). It may seem harmless, but it's not. They aren't often policed well in less-affluent countries, or countries with higher crime rates, because it's hard to fund task forces to manage it, but that doesn't mean it's okay.

A few links that might help:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/13/bu...fake.html?_r=0

http://www.theclosetonlineshop.com/t...e-good-or-bad/

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/12/bu...e.4569452.html

http://www.nbcdfw.com/the-scene/shop...-98384889.html

http://www.businessinsider.com/stole...ations-2011-12
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:20 PM   #21
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It is illegal to sell knock offs and it is illegal to purchase them. This is the norm everywhere. Whether or not it is enforced is another issue, but if you get caught you will pay the consequences. Say no to Piracy and make the world a better place.
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Please, please don't buy fake bags. Not only are they ripping off designers and are illegal in pretty much every country in the world, but the factories in which they are made are horrific in terms of things like child labor. They have been linked to organized crime, terrorism, and many other terrible things. There are countless reasons not to buy them, and I could fill pages and pages here (but I won't, since this is a Disney board, and not a purse forum). It may seem harmless, but it's not. They aren't often policed well in less-affluent countries, or countries with higher crime rates, because it's hard to fund task forces to manage it, but that doesn't mean it's okay.

A few links that might help:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/13/bu...fake.html?_r=0

http://www.theclosetonlineshop.com/t...e-good-or-bad/

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/12/bu...e.4569452.html

http://www.nbcdfw.com/the-scene/shop...-98384889.html

http://www.businessinsider.com/stole...ations-2011-12
Wow, I had no idea. I've never bought any knocks offs but never had a problem with them either. This thread has been very informative!
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ohoh- All of Canal Street in NY NY ..

would cease to exist if they stopped selling knock off bags. I mean really- anyone can tell they are a knock off. Seems a bit ridiculous to me that customs would confiscate. I have a feeling that Coach will survive a few dupes!
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It is illegal to sell knock offs and it is illegal to purchase them. This is the norm everywhere. Whether or not it is enforced is another issue, but if you get caught you will pay the consequences. Say no to Piracy and make the world a better place.
I assume people buy the knockoffs because they are far cheaper than the real thing. Is it that the knockoffs use inferior quality materials? Or that the designers mark up their products too much?

I think the designers are doing themselves a disservice by marking up the bags so much. If they charged reasonable prices for their merchandise the copy cats would be greatly reduced.
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The quality is very inferior. That's how they're able to sell them so cheap. If you've seen the real thing you can see a vast difference and can easily spot a knock off. I appreciate the PP who had the links about the horrible labor practices associated with a knock off. I'm glad to hear there's a crack down on this business and exposure to how insidious it really is.
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The quality is very inferior. That's how they're able to sell them so cheap. If you've seen the real thing you can see a vast difference and can easily spot a knock off. I appreciate the PP who had the links about the horrible labor practices associated with a knock off. I'm glad to hear there's a crack down on this business and exposure to how insidious it really is.
Good points. I don't think bad labor practice only happen in factories making knock off products. What is really appalling are the factory working conditions in the factories making real I-Phones. Several people committed suicide after working in those sweatshops. I mean come on Apple you are selling phones for $600+ do you really need to find a manufacture that will make them for $5? Even if you paid $20 a piece that is still a $580 profit.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:29 PM   #27
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Just got off the Dream today and was in Nassau on Friday and I do not recall seeing any of the purses that I saw last year in Nassau. They may still have them but they certainly weren't everywhere like they were before. The Coach outlet in my area has very good prices on purses and wallets during the holidays, maybe you could look into that or the outlets in Orlando.
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I bought one at the Straw Market a few years ago and I would never waste my monty on another one. The straps cracked with a couple of months and then it was no usuable. Who wants everyone to KNOW you have a knock off?
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Was in There in December....in the straw market, ask one of the vendors where you get the purses, they will then take u up a street behind the marker (sorry I can't remember the street or store name). The store is about a block up from the market on the left on the second story of a building. I went for the adventure..didn't find any I liked but they had hundreds and the prices weren't great...I got one cheaper a few years ago in Costa Maya.
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Good points. I don't think bad labor practice only happen in factories making knock off products. What is really appalling are the factory working conditions in the factories making real I-Phones. Several people committed suicide after working in those sweatshops. I mean come on Apple you are selling phones for $600+ do you really need to find a manufacture that will make them for $5? Even if you paid $20 a piece that is still a $580 profit.
It's definitely not the only place it happens, but because these factories are illegal in countries already creating things like iPhones and iPads in terrible conditions legally, you can imagine the factories tend to be even worse than the "legal" factories. You find a lot more horrific child labor in the counterfeit industry than you do in the more above-ground factories, for example. One more link on the subject detailing some of the terrible conditions of child "slaves" in these factories, and then I'll stop, because this is kind of one of my causes and I doubt anyone here really wants to go into great detail about it:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/38229835

And yes, what some of the other posters are saying about most fakes; in addition to being illegal, the knock-offs you buy on street corners especially, are very, very obvious if you are at all familiar with the brands being ripped off. Better to save your money and spend it on the real thing, which isn't created quite so terribly, and they'll last a lifetime if you care for them.
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