Fake Handbags and Fake Purses

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  1. Losses Due to Fake Handbags:$0.07 Billion ($70 Million)

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Information about fake handbags and fake purses for sale. Data about the counterfeit luxury goods are collected from fashion industry officials, luxury designer brands and other public information sources.

Security officers with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the Philippines seized counterfeit goods worth a total of $174 Million (7.76 Billion Philippine Pesos) in 2013. The value of the fake goods seized in 2013 was higher than the $118 Million (5.27 Billion Pesos) seized in 2012.

Among the counterfeit items seized by criminal justice departments were replica handbagsclothing and counterfeit electronics.

Source:  Louella Desiderio, “Gov’t seizes 47% more fake items this year,” Philippine Star, December 22, 2013.

According to anti-counterfeiting lawyers in India, the market for counterfeit luxury goods in the country is increasing by 40 percent each year. The rise in replica handbags, shoes and clothing is greater than the increase for their legitimate items, as market analysts state that the luxury goods industry in India is rising by 20 percent.

Source:  Vijaya Rathore, “Luxury brands like Hermes, Gucci & others to take on faster growing fakes in India,” Economic Times, August 28, 2013.

Officers with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized over 100,000 counterfeit merchandise products in the city of Chicago during Fiscal Year 2012. The retail value of the counterfeit products was worth over $5 Million. In on raid alone, agents seized 12 vans filled with fake handbags with brand names of Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel, and Burberry purses that was being sold at a local flea market.

According to a private security firm that works with brand owners, Chicago is the third-largest marketplace in the United States for counterfeit goods.

Source:  Brian Dukerschein, “Counterfeit luxury goods invade Chicago,” Crain’s Chicago Business, April 15, 2013.


The United States Customs and Border Protection announced that it seized 1.500 counterfeit Hermes handbags in February 2013 at the Los Angeles – Long Beach port complex. The two shipments that were violating the trademark of Hermes were originally shipped from China.

The Los Angeles – Long Beach Port is a major entry point of fake goods entering the Untied States from Asia.  According to the Associated Press, seizures have included 20,000 pairs of counterfeit Christian Louboutin shoes and roughly 79,000 counterfeit sunglasses with logos similar to Armani, Coach and Gucci.

(See all statistics on replica handbags.)

Source:  AP, “1,500 counterfeit Hermes handbags seized at California ports,” Washington Post, March 5, 2013.

The United States Customs and Border Protection released their annual seizure statistics of counterfeit items for Fiscal Year 2012.

7,800 replica clothing items with a retail value of $133 Million was seized in 2012, down from the 8,094 fake items worth $142.3 Million in 2011.

$511 Million worth for replica handbags and wallets, $186.9 Million worth of replica watches and jewelry, and $103 Million worth of replica shoes were also seized by US Customs during the fiscal year.

Law enforcement agencies also took down 697 websites that were facilitating the sale of counterfeit goods online.

Source:  Sarah Karmali, “Number Of Counterfeit Fashion Seizures Down,” Vogue, January 21, 2013.

According to a study conducted by the website CouponCodes4u.com, three-quarters of women admitted that they had knowing purchased a counterfeit fashion item. Over half of the respondents stated that they bought the fake product because they couldn’t afford the legitimate item, and 37 percent stated that they wanted to impress people with their fake item.

2,105 women answered questions in the poll.

Almost a third of the respondents bought replica handbags and wallets, and nearly 25 percent of the women bought a fake designer dress or replica clothing items. 20 percent bought jewelry or replica shoes.

Source:  Patricia Reaney, “In quest for designer look, U.S. women admit buying knockoffs,” Reuters, January 8, 2013.

According to the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, the luxury market in the United Kingdom losses up to 10 percent of sales to counterfeit goods. The entire luxury market in the UK is worth $372 Billion (£234 Billion), thus around $37 Billion in sales is lost to counterfeits.

Source:  Laura Chesters, “Far East fakes: The burgeoning underworld of counterfeit goods ,” Independent, November 9, 2012.

According to the CEO of luxury fashion company Hermes, up to 80 percent of the products sold on the Internet with the brand name Hermes is counterfeit.

The counterfeit purse market is estimated to be worth $70 Million.

Source:  Olivia Bergin, “Hermès employees found to be in on counterfeit ring,” Telegraph, Fashion, June 18, 2012.

The counterfeit goods market in Turkey is estimated to be worth $6 Billion in 2011, double the market value of $3 Billion in 2010.

Fake handbags are the most counterfeited product made and sold in Turkey.

Source: Constanze Letsch, “Turkey cracks down on counterfeit goods,” Guardian, October 17, 2011.

A report found that almost half of foreign travelers from the United Kingdom purchased counterfeit goods while traveling abroad.

The most popular countries where counterfeit purchases took place were Greece, Turkey, Spain, Thailand and China.

The most popular counterfeit goods purchased by UK travelers was replica purses, followed by replica clothing, sunglasses, replica watches and jewelry.

Source: “Tourist traps: Over half of UK holidaymakers buy counterfeit goods abroad thinking they’re saving money,” Daily Mail, July 21, 2011.