The Lure of Canal Street

September 6, 2006 at 4:25 pm 44 comments

Since I started working at Midwest Airlines, I’d heard airline people talk about the fabulous deals they got on purses down on Canal Street. Designer bags — knock-offs, real? Maybe a mix of both. Who really knows? Sounded exciting. Sounded fun. We were anxious to see.

My favorite find of the tripWhat we found were blocks of old warehouse buildings lined at street level with dozens of roll-up steel doorways in each building. Each Canal Street “shop” looked alike and was no more than 10 x 10 feet square with merchandise spilling out onto the sidewalk. Now this was not a glamorous A nice satchel-type baglocation. If you’re inclined to this sort of down-and-dirty bargain hunting, then you have to expect a little grit and maybe a little risk.

The “designer” purses on view from the street looked okay — well, maybe just cheap. Not impressive enough to pass off at home as a true designer bag. I really own a few and these were definitely not. But the best Canal Street sPink clothelections are to be found by invitation only — under the display table, hidden in a shopping bag or displayed in a private back room. (The purse-laden back walls have a concealed door to the back room.) Tawdry? Kind of creepy? Illegal? Dangerous? Probably all of those and then some. But there’ more …

As you wander down the Chinatownstreet, you’ll notice men and women whispering things to you. Yes, to you. They say “Gucci” or Louis Vuitton” or some other designer name that is barely audible. If you express an interest, they guide you down the street, maybe around a corner to a “location” where the goods are sold. It might be in a dankPink Plaid barrel bag basement or up three flights of stairs into a collection of roughly divided “showrooms.” You make your selections, pay cash and your “guide” escorts you back to the corner where you started. (If we chose not to purchase, we experienced no problem.)

It’s said that the FBI investigates this sort of business. But it’s right there going on for anyone who would care to shop. A co-worker told me she had just gotten into one of the shops when customers were hustled out and told to return in 30 minutes. When she returned, it was back to business as usual.
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TIPS:
1)Cash Only.
Don’t give checks or credit cards. Carry your cash in various locations — pockets, a hidden travel wallet or even in your shoe. It’s a crowded city environment — stay safe.

2)Canal Street. Most purse shopping is done on Canal between Lafayette and Bowery. Watch where other shoppers are going. You’ll also find some jewelry, pashminas, watches and assorted other knock-off items.

3) Haggling Encouraged. Purses may range from $30 to $65 or so. Buy 2 and ask for a better price. Buy 3 or more and you should be able to name your price. I got three $40-$60 purses for $100.

4) Caution with Blanket Vendors. Others parts of New York are filled with “blanket vendors” — people who spread out a blanket on the sidewalk and display purses, illegal DVDs, etc. If you buy from one of them, keep your hand on your cash until you have your purchase in hand. If the vendor spots the “authorities” in the middle of a transaction, he’ll grab up the blanket of goods and run.

5) Pack an Extra Duffle Bag. You’ll undoubtedly see purses and wallets you’ll want to buy. Pack a duffle bag in your suitcase that can be used as checked baggage on your return flight.

6) Check The Purse Blog. Take a look at what the designers are showing this year and what’s hot before you shop. Many of the styles on Canal Street are a year or several years old. Still nice, but know what you’re getting before you go.
10-13-06. Here’s a post that offers photos of Louis Vuitton purses that are being shown for spring. Check it out before hitting Canal Street.

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  • 1. Cindy Cole  |  September 8, 2006 at 1:22 am

    Love it! I’m going to share this all of my girlfriends!
    Congrats on a job well done!

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  • 2. Nakape@aol.com  |  September 11, 2006 at 6:55 pm

    Never buy DVDs from blanket vendors–they’re usually empty packages, and your friendly seller won’t be there the next day. In fact, one of the most amazing sights in Manhattan is when a cop car pulls up on a street full of blanket vendors. The sellers grab the corners of their blanket, pull it up into a Santa-like sack, and run down the street like lightning. Apparently, track shoes and the ability to run like heck is a job requirement.
    Definitely, Canal Street is the place to go to get a bag, any bag, from a kid’s licensed backpack to a messenger bag to a structured Louis Vitton knockoff.

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  • 3. Pat Cathey  |  September 12, 2006 at 4:20 pm

    I agree with the reader’s comment about not buying DVDs on the street. My grandson bought one for $5.00 and it turned out the movie had been recorded in a movie theatre. You could see people’s heads and people walking in and out. Yet my grandson got $5.00 worth of fun buying it. Just don’t expect anything great!

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  • 4. stina jona  |  January 8, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    I just came back from NYC a few days ago, my first time there. We were told that we could get good deals there, so we went. As was said, a lot of people began wispering into our ears many designer names. Eventually we decided to take the risk and said yes to one lady who we thought looked pretty clean cut. She took us around a corner and a down a alley there she used her cell phone to alert the look outs and then my friend and i entered a van with her, where told our two guy friends to stand outside and she closed and locked us in. Insided were only bags and we started looking around and the lady, in such a hurry, telling us prices and then us lowering them. Since we didnt feel so comfortable in the situation we left when she agreed to our prices. Outside the guys were so happy to see us get out whole, then had been panicing outside wondering what to do!…but we got our bags and quite an experince…two girls from lil’ Iceland.
    also the items look pretty real…smell like real leather and feel…but who knows:)

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  • 5. tish  |  January 9, 2007 at 11:42 am

    Stina — Thanks for your feedback. Had not heard of the purse business being done out of a van. Glad it worked out well for you. It’s good you had two guy friends waiting outside. You are from Iceland? How long were you visiting New York? Anyplace else interesting that you visited there?
    tish

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  • 6. stina jona  |  January 9, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    hi, I was there for a week over New Years Eve with 6 other friends. We had a wonderful time. At first the city seem just too big, we rented an apartment way too close to Times Square, i would recommend somewhere away that chaos, maybe soho or greenwich…many other cute quieter neighborhood i would recommend. i absolutely loved going to the Museum of Modern Arts, i could’ve spent the whole day there..but not everyone with me are such art lovers but there you see…Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Warhol….and many many other incredibly beautiful and interesting works. Also went to the Museum of Natural History…didnt do much for me, but it was nice. I recommend shopping in Soho and Greenwich, Chinatown….5th Ave. is crowded and expensive but you still have to go:) Take a walk in central park, its a great way to get away from the traffic and noise. I say take a sightseeing bus, if it is your first time in the city then you get kind of the big picture of the city. If you are going to the Sears Tower be prepared to wait for hours….even when you are done with the line outside the building there is another two hour wait inside, just go early…really early, we were there at ten…and we got out at one. For good eats…i cant really remember the names of the places cuz we usually just stubbled into some places….on the expensive side we went into a nice place on 48th around 5th Ave, big glass end of a building…if you know what i am talking about, order the sirlion and chocolate cake…yum. then for a cute cafe i recommend when going to canal st. go up broadway and on your right is Kitchen Commune…good juices and sandwiches and beautiful people…thats where they go:)
    we werent really into the partying scene only for New Years and one other night. After a long day of walking, doing the tourist thing and of course some shopping…we usually ended up just getting a few drinks some where and going home totally beat after the day.
    thats about all i can think about right now… if there is anything specific you want me to answer, i will of course do my best to do so:)
    have fun!
    stína

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  • 7. Debra Wilson  |  February 19, 2007 at 10:26 am

    Im interested in planning a shopping trip to the famoous cancal street in New york How do i start

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  • 8. tish  |  February 24, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Debra — Here are a few tips that might help you begin your planning.
    1) Review all my NY posts and reader comments. Lots of tips are included that could help.
    2) Book a hotel. How many people are you traveling with? Most NYC hotels offer a max of two double beds. I’ve stayed at and really like the Soho Solita Clarion at Lafayette and Grand, I believe. Canal Street is just a couple of blocks over. Little Italy is at the end of the block. Very nice hotel. Clean. Upscale. Convenient. Have also stayed at the Cosmopolitan on West Broadway in TriBeCa — about 6 blocks or so away in a nice area that’s filled with artsy shops and nice restaurants. But if you want to see other parts of NYC as well as Canal Street, you may prefer to stay in the Village or in midtown Manhattan, like near Times Square. You can cab it to Canal Street or take the subway. Again, check out my NYC posts as I give some advice in selecting a hotel, especially check out if you’ll have a private bath. Not all tell you about “shared bath” until you arrive.
    3) Flights. I recommend Midwest Airlines, of course. Lots of daily nonstop flights from Milwaukee and Kansas City to La Guardia and Newark, both NYC options. I like to get into NYC on the early flight and depart on a late afternoon or evening flight — maximizing my time there. If you want to go in early March, check out my 10% off deal that revolves around Girls NIght Out in SoHo. See that post and look at the special deal page linkable from the top of this page. It’s a good deal. (I’ll be at Girls Night Out on Monday, March 12.) This would be a very fun thing to do with your girlfriends and it’s in SoHo, right near Canal Street.
    4) All the info on Canal Street itself is on the posts. I don’t recommend you go there alone. Don’t forget, I recommend not carrying a purse, but stashing your cash (it’s a cash only environment on Canal Street) in various pockets and in a travel wallet around your neck or waist. Keep $100 or so handy to purchase purses or whatever. Don’t overdress either. Look like a regular New Yorker. I’ve never felt threatened there, but I like to feel like I’m doing all I can to prevent being “selected” as a purse snatching victim — in any big city, not just NYC.
    5) Get on the internet and check out all the links I offer on my posts. You’ll pick up some great ideas. Print out a map of Manhattan and study it before you go. That way you’ll be somewhat familiar with directions and street names in the area.
    6) If you have specific questions, e-mail me.
    7) Have a good time. It’s a very fun and exciting place.

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    • 9. Miss G  |  November 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm

      A group of us are going to NY next month.(shopping & clubbing). Definately going to hit Canal, what’s other hot spots. We will be staying in Manhatten….

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  • 10. Helen Murphy  |  March 2, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    Just how dangerous is it to follow the people that wisper to you.
    Grandmother with 16 yr old going in a couple of weeks. Canal street is where we are going for knockoffs. Want to see in some of those rooms but do not want to be stolen from. Will do my cash like you said. Give me some tips like exact streets to go for bags, shoes, sunglasses, tshirts and whatever you think.

    Thank you,

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  • 11. tish  |  March 5, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Helen —
    Canal Street area has the feeling of danger, but I do not know of any specifics. As I’ve mentioned in my posts, Canal Street shoppers (and really shoppers/visitors in any big city) need to comport themselves with confidence — I say act like you “own the city.” Like you know where you’re going. Walk briskly with a purpose. The actual shopkeepers I’ve dealt with there are nice, but generally don’t speak much English. If you go during daylight hours, you’ll see lots of regular shoppers scurrying about and shopping. Be a confident shopper. Don’t dress up. Don’t be hesitant about asking for a deal.

    If you go off with a whisperer to another location, be sure to watch if other regular shoppers are coming in and out. If you’re not sure, you can always say no. And if you go into a showroom off the street, you don’t have to buy anything if you don’t want to. They are not pushy.

    You can find one of these whisperers almost anywhere on Canal Street between Broadway and about Mott Street — mostly north of Canal. You’ll recognize them because they generally carry a Burberry umbrella, a burberry change purse or some other designer item — and they appear to be loitering. Just ask one of them for a brand you’re interested in — Burberry, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Prada, Gucci, Chanel. If you are interested in Tiffany jewelry, ask about that. The good stuff would never be on a tabletop displayed to the public. It would be “underneath” the table or in a shopping bag. You’d have to ask and they’d have to trust you.

    Be sure to bargain for every purchase. Ask for a lower price or a “two for ___” deal. Or a “three for ___.”

    I’ve been told not to buy DVDs on Canal Street or from any street vendor in NYC. Might be empty cases or extremely poor “Super 8” video of a movie.

    You can find a decent map of the Chinatown streets at on this site. In fact, you can find a lot of good information on this page including photos of how Canal Street looks.

    Good luck and enjoy your trip. Where are you staying? What else will you do in NYC with your granddaughter?

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  • […] I was intriqued by the wide selection of styles at the store. Most of those are not available as Canal Street copies. Of course, the prices are quite different for knock-offs than at the flagship KS store on Broome […]

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  • 13. millie  |  May 16, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    am going to nyc over memorial day weekend with husband and 9 yr. old son. is it safe to take my sone to canal street????

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  • 14. tish  |  May 16, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    Millie — No problem taking your son with you to Canal Street. It’s just a crowded, busy area in Chinatown. He just might get tired of looking at purses.

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  • 15. Christine  |  June 19, 2007 at 10:18 am

    I just got home from NYC and they are right Canal Street is crazy however buying purses on Canal street is not your only option they pretty much sell purses (look alikes and all) on nearly every street corner ! I got a coach and a prada for under 100

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  • 16. Mary  |  July 10, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Do you know if they sell shoes on Canal st? My daughter is really wanting a pair of coach tennis shoes. Is there anywhere to get knock off clothes?
    Thanks.

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  • 17. tish  |  July 11, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    Mary — I’m not sure you can find knock-off designer shoes or clothes on Canal Street. But there are other places to find them as well as well-discounted genuine merchandise. Try the 30th and Broadway area — lots of shops around there. Ask people there. Also I’ve found that impromptu table vendors set up in SoHo — we saw designer jeans on a table going for $75 on the street. But you have to be in the right place at the right time. I’d say try Century 21 or Daffy’s. I’d highly recommend you visit this Web site — LittleViews on New York City.
    Scroll through the articles and posts. Lots of great information. If any readers know of a good spot to find designer shoes and clothes, pop in comment to help Mary.

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  • 18. Liz  |  July 13, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    I just wanted to say that I am actually living about 2 blocks from Canal and Lafayette this summer (the heart of the knock off places) and have felt completely comfortable walking around. In the daytime its honestly very safe if you’re by yourself…just make sure you look confident. I have never had a bad experience with any vendor so far. Also, regarding the DVDs…my roommate and I buy these regularly. We get the price down to 3/$10 and the quality is not bad at all. You have to look for the ones in cases though for the best quality. Sure, some may be filmed in a movie theater but its not horrible nor does it make you sick to your stomach to watch. It sure beats the $11 per person theater ticket!

    I wouldn’t be too worried while on Canal. Just don’t feel pressured to respond to everyone..take your time and enjoy the ambiance of chinatown! The vendors are friendly and its a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

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  • 19. fareeda chigubu  |  July 22, 2007 at 11:28 am

    Hey I am Fareeda and I am looking for some help . I am attempting to plan a girls shopping trip soon to nyc to shop for handbags. I would like suggestions of cheap but nice places to stay. I want to know how to get the best deals on handbags.

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  • 20. Azizah  |  August 16, 2007 at 4:04 am

    Yeah, I would like to know where to get the best deals on handbags as well. I’m planning to go to nyc this coming November. Any idea where?

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  • 21. jen  |  August 18, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    any idea how late the shops are open till on canal street will be there on a sunday thanks

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  • 22. Lisa  |  August 24, 2007 at 6:13 am

    I can’t seem to find the map on this website with the map of canal st, with the hightlighted shopping areas, I would like to know if you could email it to me.

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  • 23. Kim  |  August 31, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    If you are looking for cheap handbags while visiting NYC, the place to go is Canal St. The vendors run almost the entire length of the street, on both sides. I believe most vendors stay open until 8 or 9 o’clock, but I don’t think they’re out on Sunday. I could be wrong! Have fun and haggle with the price!

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  • 24. marie  |  October 8, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    Hi there!!

    I was just wondering if you know the hours that they are open. I wouldn’t have a problem going on a saturday other than being overly crowded, right?

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  • 25. tish  |  October 10, 2007 at 9:12 am

    Marie —
    I’m not absolutely sure. But after checking a few Websites, it seems that the Chinatown merchants (
    Canal Street included) are open from about 9-6 each day, maybe a bit later on Saturday. I’m sure Saturdays are the busiest but give it a whirl. You might bump into more local NYers who can steer you toward the best bargains — as things on Canal Street change frequently and vendors move around.

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  • 26. neecee  |  October 20, 2007 at 12:34 am

    Hi! Are There Any Birken Bags On Canal Street. And Chloe Bags

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  • 27. tash  |  October 21, 2007 at 10:15 am

    I’ll be heading to canal in november but will be taking my teenage son,along with one of his friends. I of course want purses, they are into clothes, shoes, such as jordans, etc.Do you have any thoughts on where I could take them.

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  • 28. Sandy Pettit  |  November 12, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    We just visited New York for the first time! Canal Street shopping is a must for the first time visitor. WE had so much fun and the “danger” of shopping in back rooms and basements only made it more excting. Not once did we feel unsafe. But we had loads of fun!

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  • 29. Leela  |  November 15, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Hi

    am heading to new york for the second time in december. Do you know if they have motorcycle bags with the big studds? A look alike from the balenciaga bag. And other bags like: Muse bag, spy bags and chole and marc jacobs bags?

    Is it safe to follow some one down the basement to buy the bags? Cant I just show them pictures of bags that i want and then they will meet me some where i feel more safe? Am going to canal street alone and am not even from the states am from sweden. So i dont know if i wanna go down in to the basement alone. Cant i go with other buyers and so? Please let me know am really intrested of this =)
    Thnx alot! /Leela

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  • 30. tish  |  November 15, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Leela —
    I am not certain which brand knock-offs they have at this time. There is such a variety — and it varies from vendor to vendor. I think you should bring photos of what you are looking for — will certainly help the vendors if they can see what you want.

    It is now very common for the Oriental vendors to solicit shoppers along Canal Street and take them down a block or two to another location that they deem “safer” for them to do business. It’s usually bustling with people down there, so you could ask to wait until the vendor gets another shopper to go along with you. It can be intimidating for the first time, but we’ve never found it to be a problem. Just a different way of doing business. Sometimes when you get to an upstairs warehouse or basement, you’ll discover a husband or wife or grandparent tending to the baby. Not threatening at all!

    Does any other reader have an idea if Leela’s preferred brands are out there right now?

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  • 31. Liz  |  November 17, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Hi – I’ll be in New York for a day soon – although I don’t think we’ll be heading to Canal street this time- any suggestions of good areas to hit for handbags – further up – Rockefeller Center area? Also – any idea where I can download a good NYC street map? Thanks~~

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  • 32. MMM  |  November 20, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    I went to canal street this past thursday and when we arrived there no one came up to us asking about purses which i found very unusual because they are usually bugging you everywhere you go to buy them. I then realized that they the places were being raided by undercover police officers and that was the reason they were not selling. I went around and asked many of the vendors for purses and there was not one person selling! Although they did tell me to come back after 4 so i went to Brooklyn for a few hours and came back to canal street. When I got back there was still no sign of purses being sold, i was determined to get a purse! I went around asking again and finally I found a vendor to sell to me. She was hessitant but she finally let me into the back room. There were no louis vuitton bags at all, only coach, chanel, dooney and bourke, and gucci bags. When i asked for louis vuitton she said oh no big trouble so they may be hard to find. She also said that the police raid them mon-friday, so if you are planning to go there you should try going on the weeked.

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  • 33. Angi  |  December 28, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Hi. I want to visit canal in jan/feb. I’ve never been to NY and will be flying in to LGA. How do I get to canal from there? Cab? Just ask for Canal Street/ China town?

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  • 34. tish  |  December 30, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    If you’re going to Canal Street directly from the airport, you could grab a cab and ask for Canal and Broadway in Chinatown. You could also go to the Ground Transportation desk at the airport and ask for the least expensive shuttle service to Lower Manhattan — Chinatown. You might save a few dollars with the shuttle. But check on the cost for a roundtrip ticket — might save you even more.

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  • 35. Charles  |  February 15, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Super information here. I would like to know if I go up to Canal St could I expect to get these bags ( mostly coach, Chanel and Prada ) for $20.00 each if I buy at least 30 bags total? I will be with two other men so I am not really worried about getting in trouble with anyone. We sell these in our area to ladies who hold purse parties. If we have to pay up to $25-30 each it would be worth it to us. Please let us know ASAP as we want to go next Saturday.
    Thanks

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  • 36. tish  |  February 17, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Charles – I think a $20 price for a quantity of 30 is possible. Some purses are priced higher than others. You’ll have to be prepared to haggle and walk away if the price isn’t what you want. But the good news is that because there are so many vendors there, you’re bound to find someone who will deal.

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  • 37. John  |  April 5, 2008 at 6:45 am

    I bought a KO Coach in a little back room, with asians using cell phones to take us in and out.. I also bought her a real Coach for Christmas.. The Canal St. Coach is identical and gets more compliments.. Quite a deal.. Maybe if they can sell them for 30 bucks and make them look like they do, with real Coach labels, Coach is the one ripping people off….

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  • 38. Lily  |  April 27, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Hi!! i am going back into NYC for the millionth time. i am constantly there. I have done the whole back room thing in Chinatown and Little Italy. I was just wondering….. what happens when they take you off of the streets to buy a knock-off purse? i do know that they usually take you up into warehouses, down alleys, basements, attics, and vans. what do these places look like? Are they safe? Are there usually other people up there? I would just like to know, because I’m going there in a week from today, {Sunday, April 27th, 2008} and i want to know what usually goes on in these warehouses, allies, etc. Also, how do you find the people that will take you to theses places? How do you know which ones to trust?
    SOMEONE PLEASE RESPOND SOON!!!!!!
    Thanks!

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  • 39. adrianna  |  May 28, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    i bought a louis vuitton and a chanel handbag for $25 dollars each. Just tell them you only have a certain ammount of money and dont back down. They will most likely give in because they know that the person next door is selling the same thing and you can get it from them.

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  • 40. El  |  May 30, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Do you know if they operate on Sundays and/or Mondays?

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  • 41. melassa  |  August 28, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Im about to visit canal street,whats the best way to go if im buying bulk purses like 60 to 100, how do i go about getting them back to my hotel? Is this safe or no?

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  • 42. chia  |  October 18, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    [submitted by accident on first post – sorry!]

    Hello,

    I know it’s been a while for this thread, but I’m hoping someone might read it and be able to answer my question(s)? First, does anyone know where I can buy a Tod’s Roxy Messenger Bag? It was popular a year or two ago, I’m looking for a silver one, but black would work too.

    If anyone is interested, here is a photo of the bag:
    Tod’s Roxy Messenger Bag

    If anyone could tell me where to find a decent knock-off or an affordable genuine bag, I would be forever grateful! I can’t tell you how long I’ve looked for an affordable version of this bag!

    Also, does anyone know whe brand or designer of the bags that kind fo look like they belong on a motocycle? They usually have silver studs, sometimes in the shape of a skull. I just love them and would love to get one to use when riding my cute little scooter! It would be PERFECT! Last question, does anyone know if the motorcycle bags (for lack of the proper name) are sold on canal street?

    Wait, I lied, I have one more question, and then that’s really it! (i feel like a kid in a candy store on this site)
    Are there any decent places in Philadelphia, PA or Northern Delaware to but knock-offs? I’m hoping that there might be a mini Canal Street type of place? I’m from Newark, Delaware and would love to find a place close to home to visit regularly.

    Thank you in advance for any information – I’ll try my best to return the favor to anyone who is able to help with my questions!

    And thank you for having such an informative site, – I hope everyone finds their perfect handbag!

    thanx,
    chia

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  • 43. Cathy Con  |  May 20, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Have been to Canal St. twice. A Sunday morning in August and a Monday morning in March. Sunday was crowded and everything was open. Went up three floors in a tenement, down into a subway hall with a hidden door, and in back rooms of several stores. No problems and not even scary. Vendors are very nice and polite. I decided what I wanted to pay for each item – purses – $40, wallets – $10-$15, etc. 3 for $10 pashminas are great however open up before buying as some are larger than others. Lots of Chanel necklaces like ones worn in “Devil wears Prada”. Ask at stores for chanel jewelry – lots of times they are hidden. A couple of upstairs areas had coach slides but didn’t see many other shoes. I bought a Chanel traditional quilted bag with chain for $30, a Versace multi-colored bag for $35, a Prada bright pink one for $40 and a great Jimmy Choo for $35
    My sister bought Chanel #5 from a perfume vendor – think it was hot – but he fast talked her into some other brand and slipped it into her bag without her being able to examine it – when she got home she found it was one of those “our versions of”. They are slick so be careful and don’t allow them to push you. I still regret not buying a purple Prada and an orange Prada. If you think you might want it – get it cause you can’t go back tomorrow. Bought two passport holders for $5 each that were great and looked like $50 ones. Got great Coach cuff bracelet – once again it was not on display – had to ask a couple of places for it until I found one vendor that carried it. Purses were all good quality, zippers work without any problem, have carried one of them every day and they hold up very well. Bought a Burberry umbrella that was nice for $10. But I had a million dollar day of fun. It is a hoot and one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. Went with my 88 year old mother who can keep up with anyone, three sisters, daughter and two nieces. I wouldn’t hesitate to go during the day by myself – never felt intimidated, threatened or afraid at any time.

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  • 44. Liz  |  September 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Hi , i went to Chinatown in New York with my niece and one of the girls in the shop said “are you interested in Tiffany jewellery”, we said yes and then she proceeded to show us some. This jewellery was not originally stamped inside the rings which we bought but it did have 925 return to Tiffany’s or something like this. Anyway the lady said it was silver but we are not sure. Would this obviously copy Tiffany jewellery be silver.
    Thanks if anyone out there can enlighten me further.
    Cheers

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