Friday, November 9, 2007

Thailand: Buying Guide -- Knock-offs

Thailand does offer some pretty nice knock-offs. Here are some items that seemed to be of good quality, and quite popular among tourists:

Modeling a Prada hobo bag
  • Lacoste polo shirts: There were a great buy at about $10 and available in every color you can think of.
  • DVDs: There are also bootlegged copies of DVDs for about $4 each. They seemed to be pretty good quality. There are also a ton of video games for cheap.
  • 7 for All Mankind: Ladies, be sure to grab some 7 for All Mankind jeans! I saw the traditional bootcut and A pocket, both go for about $30.
  • Louis Vuitton: There are some pretty good Louis Vuitton items.
  • Gucci: There are some good... some bad. Be careful.

Gucci duffel bag from a Patong vendor
  • Prada: There are some nice purses but be sure the check the fixtures to make sure they are sturdy. If you want to know if a purse if leather, ask the vendor to put a flame to it. If it is real leather, it won't melt. Vendors usually love to do this to show off their leather wares.
  • Perfume: You can get various brands for $10 a bottle. Be sure to smell the sampler first because some of the scents aren't exactly what they were labeled. But still a great buy.

Lots of video games and DVDs

***It is important to know that the fakes come in different grades, so look around because if you are going to spend some money, you should get something that won't fall apart after the first use.

Ed Hardy hat - $9 from a street vendor in Samui


Rups said...


That is a nice post, the kind of stuff are also available in the street markets of Kolkata or Delhim probably at much cheaper rates than you bought. e.g., we buy DVDs @$2 to 3 in the Palika market at Delhi.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Cool image of you at the top.

Ming the Merciless said...

Nice Gucci bag!

When I was in Beijing over the summer, I saw a lot of knock-offs too. But I didn't get anything except a pair of faux-Crocs sandals.

My parents did get some great bags and luggages.

AJEYA RAO said...

Hi, Thanks for the invitation and happy to see info on Thailand. Wish to travel there sometime. Well i might not cook but i am a big fan of Pad thai. Its excellent.

Frasier said...

Ed Hardy at 6 bucks !!!Thats cheap.I have practically begged my brother to buy me SFAM jeans but he could never find them.Not sure if you could find SFAM jeans or stuff like that in India and believe me ...I searched!!!

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