There are no legal replicas of designer handbags. In the United States, there is a federal trademark law against selling fake bags known as the Lanham Act. However, it is possible to legally purchase designer handbags at a discounted price.
Replicas or knockoffs without labels that bear marks that are identical to or substantially indistinguishable from the registered trademark are illegal. Items labeled as replicas are considered counterfeit and constitute trademark infringement. When the imitator uses a trademark that is confusingly similar to that of the original product, such as Kade Spade instead of Kate Spade, it is also a trademark infringement.
Designer handbags are available at discounts of up to 70 percent from retailers such as Saks Off 5th, where consumers can legally purchase handbags of various styles and colors from many different designers. Belk features hundreds of designer handbags at reduced prices. StyleCaster.com has curated a list of the best places to buy designer handbags for less including TheOutnet.com, TJ Maxx, Overstock.com, Bluefly.com and LuxeDesignerHandbags.com.
Flash sale sites such as Gilt.com, Hautelook.com and RueLaLa.com offer a large variety of designer bags at a fraction of the original price. Fashionphile.com features an enormous selection of pre-owned vintage, rare and limited-edition styles from brands such as Chanel, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and Hermes, among others. Etsy.com and eBay.com are also places where consumers can legally purchase designer handbags at low prices.