Knockoffs, Ripoffs and Scams in Milan - What to Look For

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While there are a growing number of people who think knockoff goods are kitschy or hip, those grounded in reality still know that these fakes are a waste of money and are liable to fall apart any moment. With that in mind, I found a few articles for you to browse through that offer some good tips on keeping away from being conned or ripped off while in Milan


SecondWatch Blog found some Swatch knockoffs in Milan. Here is a Google Translation of their site:

    Milan yesterday for me eye fell on three watches are very similar in form and packaging in the New Gent Swatch. The watches are very similar at first glance to New Gent and the box is almost identical in form. The sale price is 69,00 euro, a unique choice as “expensive”. The brand has seen fit to “imitate” in the form of our Swatch.

I have seen lots of watches that are borrowing from Swatch’s style, but I haven’t seen any that are trying to pass as Swatches, right down to the packaging. Read More


Italy is cracking down on counterfeiters of designer goods as it seeks to protect its fashion industry.

The police say that last year they increased by 63 percent the number of hours devoted to fighting counterfeiting and in December confiscated 974 tons of goods in 153 raids. Buyers of products like fake Prada handbags can be fined as much as E10,000, or $12,100, since a law change in April.

"Italy was always the black sheep - now it's becoming an example for other countries," Agostino Ropolo, chief executive in Italy for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said in an interview in Milan. His company is leading an alliance of 50 brands to develop measures against counterfeiting.

In Venice and Florence, posters highlighting "bad bags" warn tourists against buying fakes. Custom officials in Rome plan to open a museum of copied goods to educate the public this month. The sale of knockoffs has contributed to a loss of 80,000 jobs in the industry since 2001, according to a trade association, Sistema Moda Italia, based in Milan. Read More



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