Fakes in NYC

Apr 12th, 2006, 05:43 PM
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oops, forgot to say that even "nonabrasive" toothpaste has some, tho not as much as regular...
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Apr 12th, 2006, 06:10 PM
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Why use toothpaste on fine silver at all? Would you use silver polish on your teeth?
Apr 12th, 2006, 10:43 PM
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Two days ago you asked for some real information about knockoff handbags. I bought a few last year at 5th ave. and 55th outside the disney store. Look for guys with black trashbags since it isn't really legal. They will show you and you better know what you want quick. "brown coach bag, how much?" Also, ask legit tables with bad knockoffs, (legal) if they have any "real" knockoffs. These may be under the table. Guarantee that if you and your girlfriend walk around Central Park South area at night you will be appoached by someone with a bag full of purses looking to sell. These are the best! Sorry for the rude responses here. So many liberals in NY.
Have fun!
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Apr 13th, 2006, 05:51 AM
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Are you for real, Daisy511, with your comment, "Sorry for the rude responses here. So many liberals in NY"? If being rude means that I'm urging people not to be involved in illegality, then I'm rude; and if if being liberal means urging people not to engage in illegality, then, call me liberal any time!
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Apr 13th, 2006, 06:31 AM
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Daisy, since your post clearly shows you know it isn't legal and you tell us how to do it anyway, even encouraging it, I'm wondering what tips you can offer for finding illegal drugs as well. Any tips on bank robberies or committing rapes so we don't get caught? Your help on getting around the silly illegality of things is really inspriring. We rude liberals love finding out how we can break the law. Thanks for your help.
Apr 13th, 2006, 06:42 AM
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Actually Daisy your information is incorrect.

Those guys with the trash bags are in fact legal vendors and have a license to sell their wares.

If you notice the guy with the trash bag walked back to his stuff and set the black trash bag back under his table.
Apr 13th, 2006, 07:02 AM
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I keep my silver in an airtight plastic container and it holds up pretty well. Some pieces, (including some real tiffany) has never tarnished.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 09:26 AM
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I am so lol at that comment, I thought liberals were the godless ones with no morals

This subject goes round and round on Fodors a lot but it's fun to watch.

Yes, I am guilty of bying handbags from Ebay and don't do so any longer for reasons mentioned above. But the ones in NYC are so fake it's laughable, I'd be embarassed to carry one.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 09:50 AM
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Hello, I'm the one who wrote the book about fakes mentioned in the first response to this very interesting thread. Buying a fake is illegal but it never seems quite as deserving of the authorities' attention as drugs, people traffiking and arms dealing.

A lot of it is done by the same people though, looking for a nice profitable way to make a pile of cash without attracting too much attention from the FBI and Interpol.
Around 7-10% of world trade is in counterfeits, more than cars, so although one fake Gucci may not seem like a big deal, it's a problem for all of us as it adds to our tax bills. Plus fake vodka, cigarettes and drugs (all those spam emails about viiagra etc.) kill people.

If you don't want to spend thousands on luxury brand names, and you don't want to break the law, support people who steal other's ideas or risk funding organised crime, how about buying a good quality item with no label on it? Support your local fashion college, buy something really groundbreaking from a small manufacturer, make sure that the cash goes to the designer and creator, not to fund a CEO's private jet or a terrorist group's next bomb. Just a thought.

Personally I don't think that either the big names or the counterfeits represent much of a bargain.

The men with the black bags are breaking the law; not with the stuff on show, but with the stuff they get out of those black bags which break intellectual property law.

If you disapprove of the big brands' prices, don't buy a fake. You're only giving them free advertising. It doesn't really hurt them and it plays into the hands of organised crime. And never go to France with your fake over your arm. You could land in jail instantly.

Rentlover, how about going to Ground Zero; there's a Century 21 right over the road. Your girlfriend can get the real hting at fake prices. And she may be put off buying the kind of stuff which funds the people who destroyed the World Trade Center.

Sorry this is a bit long, but it's my favorite subject.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 10:01 AM
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Bravo Sarah, Bravo...

Rentlover: please heed my and Sarah's (and others) suggestion and head to Century 21.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 11:33 AM
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Rentlover: be sure not to miss Canal Street and, if you like discount department stores, Century 21. Your girlfriend will love the Canal Street experience -- just remind her to bring cash for her purchases.

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Apr 13th, 2006, 12:06 PM
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Excellent post Auntie Sarah and thank you.

Apr 13th, 2006, 12:15 PM
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I would hope that most people buying illegal merchandise would know that they couldn't use credit cards. Or maybe not?
Apr 13th, 2006, 12:35 PM
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C'mon Gekko! Canal Street is a "not miss"!?? With so many amazing things to see and experience in NYC, Canal Street wouldn't even make the list!!!
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Apr 13th, 2006, 01:45 PM
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Some of the Africa guys with the black pastic bags in midtown are legal and some are not..if they are legal they will have a vendor's license, often worn around the neck. Regardless of whether or not they have a license, it is illegal to sell those knockoff's..they can have a vendor's license and be seeling illegal junk.

Offlady you gave me a good laugh on a bad day when you complained that your "real" Tiffany sterling had tarnished! If you cannot tell the difference between .925 sterling and something else, or if you are not aware that sterling silver tarnishes (that is why it has to be polished!!) then maybe you should just buy those fakes, as they might look the same as the real stuff to you.

Why does someone want to carry the same logo bag ..fake or not..that thousands of others carry? I wish someone could explain this to me!
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Apr 13th, 2006, 01:53 PM
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ekscrunchy, I'll go one further. Why do so many people say "I think wearing logo clothing is so fake" but then many of those same people will go out and buy fakes of those same logo clothing items.

Does being a fake fake make them a real?
Apr 13th, 2006, 01:59 PM
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Let me clarify, the guys selling stuff out of the black plastic bags don't sell the fakes. They have too much to lose. They sell knock offs.
Apr 13th, 2006, 02:07 PM
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I never said the Tiffany necklace was sterling, and I did try to polish it which did not do one bit of good. I am saying that if you are buying a Tiffany necklace at Tiffany prices, you'd expect something better than a dime store piece.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 02:41 PM
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That's what you got. A dime store piece would never tarnish!!
Apr 13th, 2006, 04:06 PM
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Tee hee...this is just so entertaining....
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