The fashion industry is certainly a lucrative business. From the big fashion houses to the trendy boutiques, each have found their niche market to cater to. The fashion industry has spawned a dark side however as unscrupulous individuals and businesses have also found a way to make money from the fashion industry. These businesses can be found in any part of the supply chain – from manufacturing down to the point of sale. A popular fashion product being sold by these counterfeiters are handbags. The Internet abounds with sites that sell these products in a variety of ways. Some sites claim to sell just fashion inspired handbags. Basically these are handbags that have key elements of a particular popular design but the details found in the originals are lacking. They do not technically violate copyright laws as the bags are not outright copies of the originals and are not sold as the original product. Some sellers go the exact opposite direction and brazenly advertise that they sell exact replicas down to the tiniest detail like time stamps, monograms and serial numbers. More insidious are online retailers that claim to sell originals at discounted prices. Usually these are sites of wholesale-designer handbags sellers that claim there products are authentic yet cheap because they get them at wholesale prices from their suppliers, or the customer is required to have a minimum order amount or number.
Whether they are called designer inspired handbags, exact replicas or authentic replicas, these bags almost always come from the same source – counterfeit manufacturers. There are manufacturers that solely exist to make fake bags and these guys more often than not employ cheap and sometimes forced child labor which would explain a whole lot why their products can be bought at a tiny fraction of the price of the original item. Some fake products however are made by the same factory that manufactures the authentic product. This happens when the factory owner produces overruns or extra orders in a batch without the knowledge of the trademark owner. Since they use the same materials and methods, fakes of this kind are harder to detect.
There is an alternative to the aforementioned online sellers of wholesale-designer handbags. Some websites offer a way for the buyer to make sure that what they get are the real thing and not those so-called inspired handbags. For a fee, these sites compile and update an online list of suppliers and wholesalers of authentic designer handbags. The products are guaranteed to come straight from Italy thus one is completely assured that the product is manufactured by craftsmen and not forced labor. The good thing about buying from these wholesale suppliers is that they offer genuine designer articles at substantial discounts. This is ideal for those who want to enter into a buy and sell business in designer bags. Getting the items in discounted wholesale price will give one the flexibility in selling so that profit is assured. One shouldn’t be intimidated by the word wholesale though. Some suppliers have a very low minimum orders so that one can also buy for personal use.