Canal Street, New York City
One of my favorite buys from NYC are t-shirts with NY logos infront, like NYPD or NYFD, metro signs,neighdorough names etc. I've to tell you that i still have tees from my first visit in NY back in 2003.
What is the trap?
If you buy these from tourist shops in Times Square you pay 15$ each. So the alternative i can suggest you is, get to Canal str. in SoHo and get to the diferent shops round Broadway Ave.
The price they will give,is 10$.
Try to look not so happy and wait a while.
Then he will tell you buy 3 for 20$
When i told him i want to buy 10 and to give me a price he told me 10 for65$!!
I told him what about 10 for 50$
Finaly i bought 10 tees for 58$...
We've all heard stories of bargaining in back rooms for I-can't-believe-it's-not-Prada purses, what you usually don't hear of is the claustrophobic atmosphere of these rooms and this area in general. The Canal Street described is around the intersection of Broadway and Canal, east and west, bordering on the SOHO and Chinatown districts. Keep your valuables safe if you want to brave the crowds in hope of scoring that perfect Louis.
Unique Suggestions: If you want to purchase replica purses, the best goods are not available in the storefronts open to the street but in secret rooms at the back of these stores, or sometimes, in Chinese mall stores posing as legitimate businesses. It's not hard to find them, since the counterfeiters have employees posted everywhere on Canal Street, whispering designer names to passerbys. If you're interested, follow one of these employees to their shop and you can begin adding to your purse collection by bargaining. One word of caution: many of these 'shops' are located in apartments above Canal Street and, in the case of one place I visited, in underground recreation centers. Don't be led too far from the crowd and main street; I've never heard of any muggings or assaults, but only go where you are comfortable.
Fun Alternatives: Macy's!
Okay. I'm the first one to say, I LOVE going to Canal Street. If you're okay with big crowds (on the weekends), it really is something to see.
What I need to stress though is that NONE of the brand names for sale on that street are real.
NONE OF THEM. Regardless of their marketing tactics (which include what I call "purse whisperers"... they whisper as you pass by to make it sound like they might possibly have the real thing - they don't)
That being said, who cares if they're not real?
If you look carefully and pay a bit more, you can get some great knock-offs (I have a ton of them!)
Some are so well done you wonder why people pay hundreds of dollars for the genuine article when you can get it for less then $50 on Canal Street.
And that's my rant about Canal Street. :)
Unique Suggestions: You should go here - just be forewarned you'll never walk away with a "genuine" anything, regardless of what the seller tells you.
**And don't ever pay what they first ask you to pay.
ALWAYS counter-offer. You can ALWAYS get it for lower then the asking price.
Fun Alternatives: The alternative to the fake purses, rolexes, perfume, and other brand names is 5th Ave, close to Central Park.
Be prepared for sticker shock!