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If it seems like there are more plastic sunglasses and no-name purses lining Canal Street than ever, it's no coincidence. The NYPD has stepped up their anti-counterfeit efforts, and now vendors have been left to sell knockoffs earlier in the morning and later at night to avoid the increased crackdowns. In the past seven months since Lower Manhattan's 1st Precinct began their unlicensed vending initiative, there have been over a thousand recorded incidents, and penalties for counterfeit sellers have become stiffer, too. If you were planning on getting your hands on a fake it's going to be harder than ever, but just think of it this way—avoiding an NYPD bust is the perfect reason to actually splurge on that Coach bag you've been pining after for months. [NY Post]