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Fake paper bags are the latest buzz in the malls

(China Daily)

13:21, December 12, 2011

A customer carrying a Chanel and other luxury paper bags while shopping. The paper bags as well as paper boxes and ribbons featuring a wide rage of luxury brands such as Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada and Burberry are selling well on websites, but most are imitations, sources said. Provided to China Daily

SHANGHAI - It's not only fake designer handbags that are attracting bargain hunters. Nowadays, the fever is spreading to fake paper shopping bags featuring famous brands.

A random search using the keyword combination of "paper bag" with any famous brand name will find dozens - sometimes more than 100 - of results on Taobao.com, the most widely used shopping website in China.

There are more than 80 online stores selling Chanel paper shopping bags. Some 70 are selling Gucci paper shopping bags.

It is hard to tell whether the paper bags are authentic from the photos on the websites, but most are imitations.

The paper bags are usually priced between 5 yuan ($0.78) and 40 yuan. People selling more expensive bags claim theirs are authentic.

In Wang Xuesheng's store, more than 600 paper bags with a Louis Vuitton logo, priced at 3 yuan apiece, sold within 30 days.

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