The store once appearing at this domain name was selling replica handbags, wallets, scarves, sunglasses, shoes, boots, belts, watches and jewelry including necklaces, pendants, bracelets, rings and earrings. After Chanel, along with Louis Vuitton and Tiffany, took legal action against the site, a judge ordered the store closed and its operator to pay Chanel over $1,600,000.00 in damages. Further, to prevent the domain name from being used for the same illegal purpose again, the judge ordered the domain transferred to Chanel’s control.
Why should I care that I am buying a replica item? No one is being hurt!
- Those selling replicas only sell poor quality products. You may think you are getting a good deal but more often than not the product quickly will break, rip, fade or just fall apart.
- Those selling replica handbags often engage in other unlawful conduct, such as identity theft and failing to deliver goods that were paid for.
- Those selling replica handbags may be part of organized crime networks or terrorist groups, with profits often used to support their activities.
- Those selling replica handbags do not pay taxes, leading to millions of dollars in lost revenues that would otherwise go to cities and states from the sale of legitimate goods.
How do I know if the product is a replica?
- If the deal is too good to be true you are probably being sold a replica.
- If you buy a “Chanel” product through an unauthorized dealer, you could be purchasing a poor quality replica. Chanel distributes its products only through authorized outlets. Most authorized outlets are listed at www.chanel.com.
- If a product bearing the Chanel mark or CC monogram is advertised as being of “AAA quality” or as a “replica”, the product is fake and is illegal. The fact that there may be postings for such items on the Internet does not make them legal.