Would you buy a Chanel paper shopping bag, without any actual, you know, Chanel inside? In China, increasingly, the answer is yes.
There is a growing market for counterfeit designer shopping bags in China, according to China Daily. And yes, we mean the paper bags, stamped with the designer brand’s logo, that are normally given to customers to carry their purchases away in. A quick search on China’s most popular online shopping site, Taobao.com (the same site that sold Versace for H&M before it officially hit stores) reveals that paper shopping bags from brands like Hermes, Chanel and Burberry, are available for purchase, ranging in price from about 5 yuan ($0.78) to 40 yuan ($6.28).