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Apr 25th, 2002, 11:25 AM
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Personnally, I never understood why someone would want a Louis Vuitton bag, but to each his own...

However, here in France (I'm not sure for the others EU countries), being caught with a fake whatever (watch, bag, etc...) by the customs means you'll have to pay *heavy* fines. They don't joke with this kind of thing, especially since France is an important exporter of luxury items. And saying you didn't know it was a fake won't help.

So, I would advise you not to bring fake bags into France (at least) on an european trip.
Apr 25th, 2002, 11:35 AM
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Concerning haggling : Kavey said that entering into a discussion on bargaining isn't a commitment to buy. I would say : it depends.

Perhaps it's true in Europe. But in north african countries, if you begin to bargain, you're expected to have the actual intent of buying the item. Of course, you're not compelled to buy it, but doing so for the fun of it is clearly rude and frowned upon. Sellers aren't there for your entertainment but to make a living.

Actually, I would say it's true everywhere. If you know you won't buy something, it's very inconsiderate to waste someone else's time for your fun.

In this particular example, I don't feel sorry for the guy, since his business was illegitimate at the first place. But when the bussiness is legitimate, one should be considerate.
Apr 25th, 2002, 11:36 AM
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humph! So typical french!

Will they arrest me if I show them my "fake" breasts?
Apr 25th, 2002, 11:50 AM
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I know this has turned into a friendly (?) discussion re haggling, etc. BUT - a word of warning. If you do buy a knock off of a name brand be prepared to lose it and pay a fine. You MAY be able to sneak it into the US, but it is not worth the risk. The last time I wen through Customs at LAX a couple just ahead of me were taken away for questioning because of a watch and fake Hermes scarf. Probably cited and fined several hundred $ for their efforts.
Apr 25th, 2002, 12:08 PM
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I'm not a Fendi or LV fan, but did see great Prada knock-offs being sold on the streets. Shopper, you'll have no problem finding inexpensive handbags. And since I've admitted to buying fake stuff, I'll go one step further --- when returning to US, I stow my bag that I used to travel (usually one of those healthy back bags) and USE the newly bought contraband. Heck, I've even walked thru customs wearing my newly purchased leather jacket without declaring it. Shhhhhhhhhhhh ...

Apr 25th, 2002, 02:13 PM
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I agree it would be rude to enter into haggling purely for the fun of seeing what price you could get.

That's disrespectful and a waste of time.

However if one does have a passing interest in buying the item, there is nothing wrong in doing some haggling and then deciding not to buy it. It's not considered rude at all in any situation I have encountered.

Infact, in various trips to parts of North and South Africa, Asia and the Caribbean I have been able to get some really friendly chat going with the vendors after treating haggling as a natural part of the consideration to purchase and not taking it so seriously. I remember one vendor in a market in Jamaica said he actually really enjoyed it, and it was a lot more fun than dealing with people who either (a) treated haggling like a serious military operation or who (b) didn't really haggle but acted like they were giving to charity when they made the payment!

Apr 25th, 2002, 04:55 PM
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When last in Venice I saw these very dark men with tarps and fake Vuitton bags selling them right in front of the Vuitton store! The cops saw them and ran them down and one was tackled right at my feet.

P.S. everywhere I have been at home and abroad has had these knock-offs. You can usually buy them for less at your local flea market if that is your "bag".....but don't count on them wearing well.
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