Do you think there's a difference between the very pronounced and obvious 'inspired-by' bags vs the knock-off's that try to imitate every detail of the 'real' bags? To me they are the same. fake= not the real thing. I advocate the authentic for myself, and though I'm not enocouraging, I can understand those who opt for the fakes... you like it, but don't want to spend the $. OK. (Please bear with me here, it's long-winded thought, but I'll try to get it together.) I'm in NYC and there was a big crackdown, mainly in Chinatown, for anyone selling fakes, namely LV. Even the landlords who rented out to these merchants were sought after and hugely fined. BIG crackdown.. Luxury brands sighting and defending their artistic integrity and protecting infringement. OK. Fine. But have you ever noticed at the mall, at stores like BEBE, CACHE, and others, carrying bags that look exactly like the real bags? Some obvious Chanel knock off's sans the CC logo, not to mention YSL, BV, etc?? And I was looking at some women's eshop and they carried this bag brand called Melie Bianco, I think. The MB bags are the 'inspired by' bags that look practically like the real bags, from Versace to Chanel. And there is a market for such bags, as I googled and found many retailers of MB. Sorry for this long winded thought but the real question I do have is that... is it somehow fashionably and legally more accetable and legitimate that these nationally recognized retailers carry the very recognizable inspired-by bags vs. buying the 'replicas'? Design houses will look the other way, or perhaps flattered in one way of retail-inpired by's but not replicas? What's the difference? This phenom is what we call a TREND in clothing fashion, right? Trend is what is largely spawned by designers... and of course TREND is totally acceptable, and shapes the fashion industry every season. But that's apparel. The bags however... Why are clear knock off's in the malls seem within legally acceptable ramifications, if there was such a driven witch hunt for the replicas in Chinatown?? Trendy in the mall, but not in Chinatown? Does anyone understand my thought pattern here? p.s. I'm not trying to offend or am I trying to talk down to anyone here about replicas or knock off's. There is a market out there for them, and it is what it is.