Canal Street, New York City
If you come over to New York City with bargain shopping in mind (and there are many who do), then the one bargain place - and very possibly the best one of all - is Chinatown. No other place like it. But the best part of it too is that here one can combine one's visit to include practically everything from shopping to sightseeing to great gastronomical experience.
As far as shopping goes, Canal Street is the focal point of it all where you'd find the gamut of inexpensive merchandise: luggage, clothing and shoes, knock-off name-brand ladies' handbags, tee-shirts, jewellery and perfumes, electronics, even furniture and upwards to foodstuff as meats, seafood and household miscellanies.
When you've exhausted all of Canal Street, take the side streets of Mulberry, Mott, Elizabeth Streets and each singularly unique and fascinating short streets that traverse this great neighborhood. If you need to seriously shop, you need a whole day's worth here literally....and you'd never leave empty handed for sure!
A word of advice: acquire quick and hone your bargaining skill. You'd be a fool not to!
Fake designer bags may be a bigger draw to New York City than the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building combined. Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade and Coach should all be given inadvertent credit for greatly improving the tourist situation here since 9/11.
How easy is it to locate fake designer bags? To find out for myself on a humid, 100-degree Saturday morning, I left the Canal Street and 6th Avenue Subway Station, heading east along Canal. It took only five minutes to take the photos seen here, representing just a fraction of all Canal Street vendors.
Canal Street bags usually match the price and quality of purses available in stores like Target or Kohls. Even though Canal Street looks chaotic, that doesn't mean its goods are "cheap." Many fake LV bags, in fact, cost considerably more than comparable "generic" bags of the same quality. Buyer beware!
What to buy: Select form great designs pick out the ones with the latest designes since those are the best bargains. The prices are based on sizes rather than the design and therefore new designs are the least expensive to buy.
What to pay: There is a lot of room for bargaining since the cost of these items is fairly low and there is a lot of room for profit bargaining is very easy. the best way to buy is to choose 3,4 or 5 items and then offer a total amount for all of them It will benefit if the whole family or number of people buy together. The merchants are looking to sell a high dollar amount and will be happy in making a lower profit on each item if multiple items are sold.
What makes it special is that it is in the subway, in a hidden room, or in an alley somewhere and you can bargain. As you are walking down Canal Street people will come up to you and show you printouts of all types of handbags. If you say yes they will take you to their little show rooms and you pick what you like and bargain.
I never dreamt it would be this easy. One guy even had his little shop set up in a little room in the subway. The kids loved it.
PS avoid the Times Square knockoffs they are too expensive. Go to Chinatown instead
What to buy: Purses, purses, and more purses.
What to pay: Certainly no more than 25 USD.
Canal Street, a long East to West Steet in Chinatown, hosts many small shops all week long but with the best selection on Saturdays and Sundays. It is crowded and noisy and not everything you will buy is "authentic" but you can get the best knock-offs at the best prices. It is also exc iting to shop there.
Watches, jewelry, handbags, wallets, scarves, accessories of all kinds, crystal stuff, perfume and souvenirs. There is also one place that only sells tape!
What to buy: IN CHINATOWN ALONG CANAL STREET: Watches, jewelry, handbags, wallets, scarves, accessories of all kinds, crystal stuff, perfume and souvenirs.
What to pay: Bargain ,bargain bargain. YOu can walk away with a great big leather handbag for $30 or less.
Canal street is full of little shops that claim they have the cheapest-watch, handbag, pashmina, etc that you might be looking for. That might be true, however walking through Canal Street is an experience all in itself! I would recommend checking it out only because it seems like a very touristy NYC thing to do, but as for shopping I would rather not fight the crowds and just visit the department stores on 5th Avenue. I would imagine that these shops would barter with you over price (if you enjoy that kind of thing) because I noticed most of the items were not marked. I also wondered if they were really the brands that they claimed that they were, as I heard before going that many were actually knock offs. Anyway, this kind of shopping was not my style, but I did enjoy walking along the street watching others do it.
What to buy: Purses, Handbags, Watches, Pashmina's
What to pay: Barter and see how well you can do!
INA is a designer resale shop for both sexes - (taken from eleswhere) a second-hand shop with a difference. Prada suits that have been worn once for a fashion shoot or on the runway will cost $400, while the same suit new would cost $2,000 at the Prada store in SoHo, and probably ?2,000 in the UK. Although not much there when I visited.
Ambercrombie & Fitch on 199 Water Street, near to Fulton Fish market do good quality casual gear.
On the strip of Broadway between Houston and Canal, there are several huge branches of OMG jeans, selling levis from about $35.
Century 21 next to Ground Zero was just a glorified jumble sale. If you can be bothered to sift through all the garbage, you may find a bargain, but you will be in there a long time.
Specialist record shops Dance Tracks & Vinyl Mania.
What to buy: Best bargains are the sports / casual clothing lines like T-shirts, jeans, hooded tops etc. from the smaller discount (often independent) retailers.
What to pay: Even with the current exchange rate being so good (1 UK Pound = 1.9 Dollars), I was still surprised at how expensive clothes were.
The likes of shirts were about the same price (if not more) they are back in the UK.
Also I couldn't find any cheap trainers. It's an urban myth that you can pick up a pair of Nikes for $40. Footlocker seem to have a monopoly on sports shops, and their trainer (sneaker) ranges are both limited and expensive. Their decent trainers start at about $120 (plus the sodding tax when you get to the till).
It's not so much the shop as it is the entire street. All kinds of little odds and ends are available here and you can usually haggle with the vendor.
What to buy: Purses, sunglasses, mixtapes, custom belts, watches, etc etc.
What to pay: Negotiable
Knockoffs are a big deal to companies like Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Fendi and Kate Spade. It's copyright infringement, and the sellers of the bags are pretty cautious.
I've seen hidden panels with bags underneath in shops on and around Canal Street. You have to ask the shop guy, and if he tells you No, it may be because he thinks you are a spy. There are undercover spies who try to locate the bag sellers.
The knockoffs are not cheap, they're over $100, sometimes well over.
I am not a believer in getting a knockoff. To me it's ridiculous to have a status item that isn't real. (One way to spot a fake Louis Vuitton is, check to see if the pattern matches up on the seams. If it doesn't, it's fake.)
Apart from copyright infringement and fake fabulousness, there is speculation that the knockoffs fund terrorists. Here are a couple of links:
I am a believer in getting a good price, however. That's why I get high end shoes (like Prada and Gucci) at Duty Free Apparel on the corner of 35th and 7th Ave. They also have bags from Prada, Fendi, Balenciaga and Gucci.
What to buy: Bags and shoes
What to pay: $300+
Between 8th st. & Canal st. On Broadway is a tun of places to go get what ever it may be that you are looking for. Clothes are the main kind of shops but you may see some other stores to wonder off into.
Start on Broadway & 8th st. and head south the way the traffic is moving.
I think the N & R trains run down to 8th & broad.
What to buy: What ever you want....stuff for men & women
What to pay: what the price says in the store
Starting on Canal Street, vendors selling purses and watches pour out of storefronts and onto the sidewalk where the art of bargaining is always handy. Be advised that the good stuff is not usually displayed - you have to ask for it.
What to buy: Want a great looking fake LV or Prada purse? How about a fake Tag Heurer watch? This is the place to find them.
What to pay: Purses start at around $25. Watch go for $10-$15. Bring cash. They don't take credit cards or checks.
If you like to shop, this is the place to be. Soho and Theatre District is pricey but cool stuff. If you are a cheapie like me find the wholesaler district which is not far from the theatre district (1/2 hour walk) and find great deals. Canal street I didn't find was so great but I guess it depends what you are looking for. I don't like fighting people to see what they are selling so Canal street wasn't really for me. It was hot and humid that day and there was so much people and the stores are really micro mini. I was just fed up and ***y. I like space and air conditioning when I shop!
What to buy: My boyfriend was looking for electronics but didn't find very good deals the prices were the same in Canada. Clothes, jewlery were the best deals, as usual.
What to pay: I guess that is why I spent so much money as you cannot resist the urge to shop.
The shopping in NYC is excellent..canal street for knock offs and haggling is great fun and there are plenty of beautiful shops all over the city..but to be honest I didn't go to NYC to spend all of my time shopping-I can do that in lovely Toronto. If you travel with three other girls--perhaps know in advance that this may be their goal and then make plans to do other things!
You gotta love Canal Street! A mecca of all things fake - bags, sunglasses, perfumes, wallets, CDs, DVDs and everything and anything in between.
Both sides of Canal St, which stretches for blocks, are cluttered with stalls, shoppers and street sellers passing off fake designer gear. Here are my tips for getting the best stuff:
* Only go for bags and wallets. DON'T buy fake perfumes - they smell horrible and a girl should never compromise on perfume :-) The watches look really phoney and the DVDs are usually rubbish quality.
* Take your time and look closely at what you want to buy. Most stalls sell exactly the same styles so compare. Don't be pressured into buying (but at the same time, if you've made a deal to buy, don't back out, that's just bad bargaining).
* If you want a "real" fake, know what the real ones look like first. Hop on over to 5th Ave and check out the real deal. There can be a lot of difference from one stall to the next - one can sell amazingly similar fakes and others are so fake-looking you can spot it a mile off.
* Things to look out for include colour, stitching, the logo, the cut, the fabric, and the quality.
* Don't think of buying a stack and selling them on eBay :-)
* If you're buying a few things you can always bargain a few dollars off.
If you like to shop and you don't mind searching for a good bargain, head down to Canal Street where you'll find all kinds of action for the shopping maniac. Street vendors (both legal and not so legal) and small shops are packed in this area and you can always find a good deal on designer knock-offs and other sundry items.
If it’s discount fare you’re after, and you’re not too fussy about where it came from, Canal St’s the place to go. The dozens of little stores hawk the best in counterfeit bags, watches and electronics, with the Kate Spade and Louis Vuitton knock-offs especially popular. It seems to us if Kate and her cohorts made their products available for a little less money, they wouldn’t have quite as many people flocking to Canal St! The merchants here are very fast to jump on the latest bandwagon: last year, Motorola ran print ads in New York that read ‘So new you can’t even get a knock-off on Canal St’, which tells you something about the stores’ abilities to get their products to market.
What to pay: You can get the latest handbag knock-offs for $10-$25, sometimes more, depending on the style, the store and whether the one you want is the coolest thing on the street that week...