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Tourist Fined €1000 For Buying €7 Counterfeit Louis Vuitton Bag

In an apparent effort to be as ridiculous as possible, Italian mayor Francesco Calzavara has instituted insane fines for people caught purchasing counterfeit goods. Ursula Corel, a 65-year-old tourist visiting from Vienna, learned this the hard way last week when she was fined €1000 while haggling for a €7 Louis Vuitton replica on the beach near Venice. We’re not fans of counterfeiting — it’s tacky and ethically questionable — but this still strikes us as a punishment totally not in keeping with the crime. True, without buyers, the €7 billion counterfeiting industry would be crippled, but putting that large a burden on the buyers seems more like a desperate attempt on the part of the state to bring in revenue than a legitimate punishment for buying a fake Louis. Thoughts? [The Guardian] Keep reading »

5 Tips On How To Avoid Fake Designer Scams

Luxury brand giant LVMH — they own Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Marc Jacobs and pretty much everything else that makes you salivate — is suing Google for letting non-LVMH companies associate their websites with search terms like “Louis Vuitton.” What this basically means is that people with shady handbag websites are buying ad spots for their copycat Louis bags and those ads are showing up when people search for the real deal. Sometimes it’s really easy to spot the fake. Oftentimes, however, underhanded websites try to pass themselves off as legit designer discounters and shoppers looking for a deal get royally screwed. Worst of all, “Guaranteed Authentic” doesn’t actually mean much online these days. Here are a few ways to figure out whether or not the purses you’re ogling are legit or big fat fakes… Keep reading »

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