Watch out--don't make a typo!

peppamint

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Hey ladies!

I was thinking of using my Bloomie's giftcard to buy an LV, so I went online to check out my options. Instead of typing in "louisvuitton.com" (too lazy to add that ".com"), I googled "Louis Vuitton". The first hit, was (naturally), the official LV online boutique...but a couple of hits down, was another site called "luisvuitton.com" (mods--please edit this out if this is against the rules)

I thought it was one of those imitation spam sites, but oddly, the little description underneath the link said the EXACT SAME THING as the official LV boutique. Ahhh...my curiousity was piqued--I clicked the "spam site" (of course, I checked to make sure my antivirus was on, just in case)

OMG

EXACTLY THE SAME as the online LV boutique--graphics, everything! You can even buy things! Freaked me out...I just exited as fast as I could.

Moral of the story: I think this is one of those imitation sites that attracts people who make typos when typing URLs. Just watch out how you type "Louis Vuitton" and DEFINITELY DO NOT forget that "o". (On the flip side, am I being OCD about this? Is this maybe a legit LV site? Please correct me if I'm wrong!)
 

ayla

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I'm pretty sure Louis Vuitton owns luisvuitton.com - here's the Whois info

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Registrant:
Louis Vuitton Malletier
Louis Vuitton Malletier
2 rue du Pont Neuf
Paris 75001
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ipd@vuitton.com
033-155-803124 Fax: 033-155-803274

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Paris 75001
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coco13

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Jul 28, 2006
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I just tried to do this but all I got was the official LV website. I typed it into google but nothing (not that I want to find fake websites but you made me curious).
 

peppamint

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Okay, here it is...
Note how even after accessing the site, it still claims to be "Luis Vuitton.com"--that's what really tripped me up. Actually, now that the scare is over, this is actually pretty funny:graucho:
 

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rainyjewels

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i just went to www.luisvuitton.com and even though the URL still displays luisvuitton, every time you click on something it says at the bottom "transferring data from louisvuitton.com". it is very common for large companies to buy misspelled URLs for the reasons already mentioned. no worries there!
 

LaurieLou

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Jun 18, 2008
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^^^ all true. my fiances company did it. they bought over 40 misspelled urls, it was cheap and now the traffic goes right to their site instead of a bogus one.
 

Daniellejp

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A bit off topic, but I worked for Victoria's Secret all throughout college, and this was about the same time they really started marketing their website for commerce, and the fashion shows and all. I remember we had a staff meeting where it was explained that the company purchased all the commonly misspelled variations of the domain, including victoriasecret,victoriasecrets, victoriassecrets, etc., and they would all re-route back to the main website. Given LV's reputation and publicity, it sounds like they would do the same thing. :smile: I'm sure a lot of huge companies with high web traffic take this route. I can only imagine the horror if luisvuitton.com or victoriassecrets.com (or any of the other misspelled verisons) linked to a spoof site... or a porno site! (I think the latter was V.S.'s fear.)