Candidly, I have to admit, In the 1980's, I once knowingly purchased a fake LV in TJ for under $60. I knew it was fake and informed the person I got it for that it was NOT the real thing and that at the time I could not afford the real deal. Now, in the new millenium, with a new infant in the house, I have been doing all my holiday shopping online. Most of it at Amazon. The key difference today... I am now married to a savvy woman who not only deserves authentic quality, but would be able to tell a fake in a heartbeat. I ordered a Gucci "Charmy" tote from Modaparty (Moda Party dot com) It was presented as authentic with a 15 day return policy. I figured they were affiliated with Amazon, they must be legit. I get the bag in record speed, only to see that the leather handles were stiff and seemed stamped with a leather impression. The signature fabric had an odd sheen in the light. The hexagon logo bolts were stamped, not engraved, and clearly lightweight. The hardware connecting the handle to the bag was hollow and even more lightweight. The dustbag has a small, cheap and very lightweight nylon label inside. The contralato card is paper and generically states: "123456789" along with a poorly printed care guide. I payed over $400 for the bag all said and done. Only to know at first glance and with increasing scrutiny that it was a cheap attempt at a fake. Prior to this experience I ordered a bag small "Gucci" messenger bag from discount designers (discount-designers dot com.) The day I ordered it I had a gut feeling it might be a fake despite the $245 price tag. I did online research and found a company in asia with a website promoting the bag to vendors for next to nothing. I did further research and only found the bag being promoted by a few online vendors and at strangely low prices. I cancelled my order the day I made it (almost a week ago) and Discount Designers has failed to relply to my cancellation request. I now, after much personal aggitation with the online experiance, have opted to buy my wife's present at one of the boutiques. I'm leaning towards a Louis Vuitton. The only way to prevent other people having a bad online experience is for the people who know a sites to be a fakers have to rate the companies at places like nextag, shopzilla and amazon in order to warn future prospective buyers. In my online experiance I would have to say, CHEAP MEANS FAKE. And FAKE means your paying way too much for a bag of substandard quality from a vendor who knows full and well it's a fake!!!