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What Every Woman Should Know About Purse Parties

Purse parties are the hottest new trend for home-based retail. There are two general types of purse parties: legal ones and illegal ones. The illegal purse party is for selling knock-off designer bags at highly discounted prices. Designer bags which typically sell between $150 and $500 would sell as knock-offs at illegal designer purse parties between $30 and $60. There is a crackdown by federal law enforcement on these illegal activities, which are reported to have links to organized crime and terrorism.

Selling imitation designer-label handbags with fake designer labels is a crime, a trademark violation, and a federal violation, and it is considered to be trafficking in counterfeit goods-even for the woman who simply hosts an in-home designer purse party. This offense can send any guilty party to prison for up to ten years and incur fines of up to $2 million. Someone who purchases a fake designer bag at a handbag party is not committing a crime, but is highly likely to have acquired a very inferior product, even considering the very low price.

Real designer bags have labels that won't blur or peel off, and that aren't altered or misspelled. Real bags indicate where they are manufactured, come with warrantees, and are sold at company or department stores, not at house parties or on the streets.

The other main type of designer purse party is that of legal designer-inspired look-alike handbags from various legitimate companies that place their own name brand on their products. These are safe to buy and sell because they are clearly marked with the legitimate manufacturer's logo or trademark. Sometimes customers arrive at a legitimate, legal purse party thinking they are going to be able to purchase knock-off bags, and they are disappointed. Other customers are worried that they might be attending an illegal purse party.

A third kind of purse party, also legal, is where the marketed bags have nothing to do with big-name designed bags. Purse parties like this sell bags that have a marketable feature other than likeness to high-end designs. One example is Miche Bag purse parties. These purses were designed primarily to meet women's need for functionality and practicality. The physical appeal of the purses is secondary to their function of having numerous interchangeable outer shells so women don't have to actually change purses with their different outfits. They can change the exterior cover of their purse in just a few seconds, instead. This concept started out being marketed through in-home purse parties, but has expanded to a global multi-million-dollar business, with current online and in-store marketing as well.

You should now be able to identify which of these types of purse party you've been invited to: (1) a designer knock-off purse party that likely sells products inferior to the designer-label original (2) a designer-inspired, designer-wannabe purse party that will probably give you reasonable quality for a reasonable price, and (3) a purse party selling handbags that are original in concept and design.


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