We’ve all heard the saying before; buyer beware. We’ve been hearing endless stories of counterfeit ‘designer’ goods being sold in the city, and luckily for the fashion saavy people in Toronto we have some good news. Last week, RCMP officials reported they executed a search warrant at a large warehouse after investigators intercepted a package imported by a Mississauga company that contained approximately 15,000 counterfeit Viagra pills. While the RCMP initially raided the warehouse in search for the fake ‘happy’ pills, they found a mountain of counterfeit clothing and accessories. The brands being knocked-off were Armani, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Adidas, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, MAC Cosmetics, Coty Perfume, Tiffany, Links of London and True Religion jeans. The stash of fake goods, which were all headed for Toronto, would have netted over $5 million dollars! When you spot a designer bag with a great price attached, another saying you should keep in mind: ‘If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.’
If you need help finding out if your purchase is the real deal a few good sites to visit are:
- Purse Forum– A community of purse enthusiasts who comment on the authenticity of designer handbags, accessories and clothing.
- Ebay Guides– Ebay sellers and buyers have created guides on how to spot fakes on Ebay before you buy them.
- About.com– The resource website gives a good guide to spotting fake.
If you’re looking for a great designer label without spending all your savings you can check out some of the consignment stores in Toronto.