Chinatown in New York City offers fake versions of handbags made by most of the top designers such as Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Coach and Louis Vuitton. Most of these fakes are sold in the back rooms or basements of the actual shops.
Canal Street in Chinatown is the best place to find fake designer handbags, with prices as low as $30 and $40 as of 2015. The shops are open all week long, with the best products displayed on the weekend. The handbags and purses displayed outside these shops are usually of the poorest quality, and the better ones are kept at the back of the store. The shopkeepers escape legal problems by slightly altering the logos so that the bags are not outright copies of the originals.
When a shopper expresses interest in a bag, the shopkeeper usually takes the customer to an inside or basement room or even a car with tinted windows parked nearby. Shopkeepers communicate with each other using walkie-talkies to be prepared for eventualities such as a police raid. Shoppers must familiarize themselves with the real bags designed by brands such as Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton in order to find a fake that is almost indistinguishable from its real counterpart. The material, stitching and logo design are some essential aspects to examine.