Ladies, Better Not to Make This Mistake in Venice

July 20, 2012 | By | 4 Comments

Which would you rather do? Sit back and relax as a gondolier slowly poles your gondola through Venice’s canals or wait in a Venetian police station for two hours while the officer in charge writes you up? Well, that depends on how much you want a very-real-looking-but-totally-fake designer handbag.
One lady on Carnival Breeze apparently really wanted the bag.

Despite warnings from John Heald, Carnival Cruise Line’s senior cruise director, currently serving onboard Breeze, this passenger attempted to buy a fake designer handbag while in Venice. Unfortunately for her, the merchant turned out to be an undercover policeman. She was taken to jail where she had to wait two hours and pay a 350 euro fine.
On his Facebook page, Heald says he warns guests every time his ship is in Venice about the dangers of trying to buy fake designer goods. The police there, he says, are very, very strict. Dan Askin, Cruise Critic’s senior editor who was on Carnival Breeze a few weeks back, said he very clearly remembered hearing Heald’s warning over the PA system when they were in Venice.
So anyone who insists on doing some fake designer goods shopping really doesn’t have anyone but themselves to blame. But we understand the temptation: While 350 euros definitely isn’t a bargain — especially for a fake Gucci bag — it’s still way less than what a real Gucci retails for. A quick look on the designer’s site revealed that the traditional GG-design bag costs upwards of $820. Before you’re tempted to test your luck, you should also know that, according to the results of a Google search, tourists have reportedly been fined even higher amounts (ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 euros) for purchasing knockoffs. For that much money, you might as well buy the real thing.
What are legal ways to have fun in Venice? Read our port profile to find out.
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    4 Responses to “Ladies, Better Not to Make This Mistake in Venice”

    1. Kate
      July 20th, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

      What a racket! The police purposely set out to entrap tourists to collect fines. So much for the city not getting anything from cruise guests.

    2. Jean
      July 24th, 2012 @ 9:12 am

      Would you buy fake pharmaceuticals for you or your children or your parents?
      Would you buy fake automobile parts for your car?
      Would you want to fly on a plane with fake parts?
      The “business” in fake what-ever is big all over the world. And the profits flow in to all kinds of other nefarious “businesses”.

    3. Sabrina
      July 24th, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

      Wow, what an article! I am no where near qualified to know if it is fake or not. I also don’t have a fashion sense, so I could see myself making a purchase simply based on something I like (in style and price). I’d be the one that buys something and didn’t know it was a copy cat because I don’t know the designer names and prices. I guess I won’t chance buying hand bags in Venice.

    4. Vicenso
      July 28th, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

      Shame on Venice police !!
      We know italian government is broken, but this is a lack of moral, I do not buy fake goods, but I don’t mind if someone else does. What’s next ? Police women calling on tourists faking as street girls.

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