Each year thousands of visitors come to New York City to shop, and, as stores and vendors begin to gear up for the very busy Fall and pre-holiday shopping season, it's important to remind both locals and visitors alike not to buy fake designer handbags and goods. Many people justify the purchase thinking they are the only ones who will ever know, but, that is actually a very selfish (not to mention worthless) excuse, and, it hurts the economy.
And, if NYC Councilwoman Margaret Chin gets her way (in the form of a Bill) buying fake handbags could become illegal in New York City and carry a $1,000 fine or up to a year in jail if convicted. And, selling fake goods could lead to even stiffer fines and jail time.
Furthermore, the truth of the matter is that most people who do own the real deal in high end goods can spot the fakes immediately. So the question now becomes who are you trying to impress? Chances are the answer is a bunch of phonies who spend their days, weeks, months, years, and, lives trying to "one up" each other. If this is your idea of self importance than you are just as phoney and fake as that handbag you are looking at in Chinatown!
If you need a tutorial how to spot fakes this article is excellent: http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-if-a-Designer-Bag-Is-Fake and if you're looking at goods from a street vendor, just assume the items are knock-offs/fakes. Of course, they will deny it, but, that is why it is so important to know how to spot the fakes.
Do yourself and everyone around you a favor. Save up for the item you really want and buy it from an authorized dealer such as a department store. That is unless you want to continue to support the sweatshops that cruelty treat those creating the knock-offs and in the end have a bag of terribly inferior quality. For now, the choice is yours. Make the right one!