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Inspired by a city councilwoman's recent proposal to fine (or even jail) anyone caught buying fake designer bags, two Business Insider reporters took a shopping trip down Canal Street to see what they could find. If you've never ventured into the seedy underworld of counterfeit bags, it's a good overview of the process, which involves approaching strange men muttering "I have Chanel, Chloe, Gucci, Louis Vuitton" and letting them guide you into back streets to check out the merchandise. One vendor had the two pick favorites from a six-page laminated catalog (above), while another had them wait for ten minutes in a Sbarro while he fetched them an "A quality" Chanel bag. One perk the real Chanel just can't offer: The chance to eat congealed pizza while you shop.
· A Canal Street Knockoff Could Someday Cost You a $1,000 Fine [Racked NY]
· Inside The Massive Fake Handbag Market Of Chinatown [Business Insider]