I just heard one of my friends about this thing. She is a officer in a government , i forgot what department is. She is now working in the Guangzhou, a city in southern China, which is also notorious for making fake bags. I am sure, at least 20% of the fake designer bags are from that city. ok, so, back to what i heard. Because of her job, she actually have some knowledge about the fake goods producing "industry" in Guangzhou. She said once she met a guy, who apparently is rich by selling all his fake products. He told her that, what he is doing now is faking all LV products since there are large demand of LV in Asia. the terrible part is how he does it. He actually buy several real things from the boutique, and have a group of craftmen who would examine the authentic products, even cut them into pieces to see the everything inside. They bought the same materials as what the authentic stuff use. And, as he said, copy everything!!!! He mentioned that there are many factories who are doign the fake things, cutting the cost by using different materials. His theory is "spending more and getting more paid". He actually said that he even sold some of his stuff to some consignment shops at half price. I hope this is not true. It is really scary for me to know that when my friend told me this. Since she is not a fan of designer bags, so she could not remember what he said about the authenticity. But she did tell me that the guy told her a lot about what are the "tips" to judge if one thing is authentic or not. It would be horrible if the fake makers start "using their brains" and "work harder" on their stuff.