THE REAL DEAL
Deciding to drop major dollars on a designer handbag is a weighty purchasing decision. So before you buy, get wise. Whether it's Longchamp or Louis Vuitton, counterfeit bags are everywhere, from street corners to online stores and eBay. It's all too easy to get swindled into buying something that looks completely real, but isn't. Using data provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, financial site 24/7 Wall Street reported that handbags and wallets are among the most counterfeited products in America based on MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price).In fact, the quality of fake bags has become so good, some counterfeiters now charge close to the price of the real thing, the site finds. Which makes telling the difference all the more compelling.