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    purse parties

    Hi someone told me that there was big money in having purse parties
    I was wondering if anyone knows anything about these parties
    thanks :)

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    Re: purse parties

    Quote Originally Posted by pupcake
    Hi someone told me that there was big money in having purse parties
    I was wondering if anyone knows anything about these parties
    thanks :)

    My question to you is do you want to host a party or are you looking to sell the purses? I've heard of purse parties and known people to have them. I, however, have not yet attended one. The one thing I would tell you about starting your own home-based business, if that's what you meant, is find something that 1. you truly believe in or don't sell it! ! ! ! ! ! ! 2. DON'T EVER sell anything that isn't consumable. If it isn't consumable, you're not going to get a lot of return customers or at least not for a long time.
    But it truly goes back to #1 - believe in product that you have! No matter what the product or how wonderful a few others say it may be - if you personally don't have a real passion for the product, don't sell it! My personal feeling is this - if I, myself, wouldn't use it, if I wouldn't recommend it to my family or my best friend - I would never concider being involved with it just to make money - no matter how much! I'm not sure if I've answered your question, if not, I'm sorry.

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    Re: purse parties

    Thanks for your advice. I agree I wouldn't sell anything I didn't believe in.

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    Re: purse parties

    Hello

    As a person who has done this and as a supplier. Make sure you know and trust the person you are dealing with. There are many different spin-offs and even though you are selling and your guests know this, you really would like a very good item because in the end the bags have to be somewhat believeable. You could have a party several differnet way, such a a party theme ( example: a Gucci nigh) or just order what you think would sell but remember, what you purchase from your supplier is what you will be stuck with in the event your guests do not purchase them. You should also judge where your supplier is from, atleast from a living or background point of view to understand what his/her connection is.

    I hope this makes sense:))

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    Re: purse parties

    Do you intend to sell counterfeit handbags, known as "knockoffs" (Louis Vuitton, Coach, Gucci, Kate Spade, Chanel, Balenciaga, etc.) or "fakes"? If so, please be aware that anyone attending a "purse party" can call and report you to the local police. Selling counterfeit merchandise is illegal. If you intend to sell bags that are authentic you will be fine. Also be aware that some law enforcement agencies can report you to design houses if you are selling fakes which opens another pandora's box, namely legal action being filed against you for trademark infringement. They will also want to details on your supplier.

    Supplier issues are one thing, an informant attending one of your purse parties another. Cops have been busting "purse party" sellers across the country for a couple of years. Thus you need to ask yourself whether it is worth it. It could end up costing you more than what you will make and will drag your good name through the mud.

    If you want to make big money try a legal way of doing so. :)

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    Re: purse parties

    Here's an article you might be interested in. :)

    Louis Vuitton, Coach Fight $23 Bln Flood of Fakes in New York

    Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- "Louis Vuitton?'' asks the woman on a busy corner in New York City's Chinatown. With a glance, she leads the way to a nearby basement and offers a canvas "Hudson'' handbag with the trademark LV monogram for $40. The genuine article usually costs about $1,430.

    Police crackdowns are pushing counterfeit sales off Manhattan sidewalks and into stalls hidden in residential and office buildings. Now luxury goods makers including LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA are hiring lawyers and private investigators to go after bootleggers law-enforcement authorities haven't been able to stop.

    "It mimics what happened in the drug trade,'' says Andrew Oberfeldt, a retired New York City detective who conducts undercover "buys'' for clients including LVMH. "Once it gets driven underground, it gets more difficult to detect.''

    Sales of knock-offs, including purses, scarves and DVDs, rose to $23 billion in New York in 2003 from $15 billion in 1995, according to a report from City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. The surge erodes the exclusivity of luxury brands, damages their reputations and costs New York City more than $1.6 billion a year in tax revenue.

    "New York City is the first place counterfeiters think of in the United States,'' says John Tepper Marlin, Thompson's chief economist. He estimates 8 percent of all fakes sold in the U.S. are sold in the city.

    There are no solid numbers on how much individual companies lose to counterfeiters, says Michele Moore, a spokeswoman for the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, whose members include Paris-based LVMH, the world's largest luxury-goods maker and owner of Louis Vuitton; Burberry Group Plc, the London-based company that built a business around a plaid-lined trench coat; Swiss watchmaker Rolex Group's U.S. distributor, and Tiffany & Co., the biggest U.S. luxury retailer.

    $250 Billion

    Trademark infringement, such as counterfeit sales, drains about $250 billion from U.S. businesses in lost sales a year, according to the coalition. Clothing, handbags, backpacks and watches accounted for 56 percent of the $139 million of the fake goods seized by U.S. Customs in 2004, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

    "Designs and trademarks are the most valuable assets a company has,'' says Carole Sadler, senior vice president and general counsel for Coach Inc., the largest U.S. luxury leather- goods designer. "If the legitimate consumer is no longer interested in your product because it is ubiquitous, then you have lost the cachet of the brand.''

    Peddler Charges

    Buyers seeking cheap copies in New York converge on locations including Canal Street in Lower Manhattan. There peddlers steer potential customers to off-street sales spaces.

    "New York is a shopper's paradise, and people know that you can go to Chinatown or Broadway in Manhattan to buy a knock- off,'' says Barbara Kolsun, general counsel for 7 for All Mankind Jeans, whose designer denim trousers can retail for more than $150. "It's even mentioned in tourist guides.''

    Unlike Italy and France, where consumers can be fined for buying counterfeit goods, there's no law against buying fakes in New York. Penalties for selling fakes vary depending on whether the seller is a mere peddler or a wholesaler or importer.

    Peddlers are typically charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison; bigger operators can face federal felony counterfeiting charges that carry penalties of as much as 10 years in prison for first offenders.

    The New Drugs

    "Counterfeiting is the new drugs,'' said Kolsun, a former chairman of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition.

    Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau's office prosecuted 1,469 cases in 2004 in which the highest charge was third-degree trademark counterfeiting, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison, said Leroy Frazer Jr., head of the D.A.'s Special Prosecutions Bureau.

    Manufacturers and retailers can't always depend on the police to locate and arrest counterfeit peddlers or wholesalers because officers aren't allowed to enter a building without probable cause that a crime is occurring, according to trademark lawyers including Steven Gursky of Dreier LLP, who has represented Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.

    The companies hire investigators such as Oberfeldt, president of Abacus Investigations & Security Inc. in Manhattan, to ferret out crooks and build a case that can be pursued in civil or criminal court. Oberfeldt has executed court-ordered seizures of counterfeit goods ranging from handbags to shoes.

    Deep Pockets

    Such civil seizures are authorized by state and federal laws including the Lanham Act, the principal U.S. trademark law. Trademark holders can obtain a court order authorizing them to seize counterfeit goods and destroy them. Discovering the phony goods is usually a job for private investigators, who are among the most effective weapons against counterfeiters, say trademark lawyers including Brian W. Brokate, a partner at Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty in Manhattan. NOTE: This is the firm who represents LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey)...they've obtains multi-million dollar judgements

    "Over the years, because of crime in New York, local law enforcement was not available, so using private investigators is recognized by the federal government and courts,'' says Brokate. "If you go after counterfeiters, many disappear. Our firm goes after deep pockets, entities with assets.''

    Fighting counterfeiters also makes unlikely bedfellows of normally fierce competitors, Brokate says.

    "I will be around a table with 14 different companies that compete in the marketplace and do so heavily,'' he says. "But when it comes to attacking trademark infringement, they're all holding hands.''

    Industry Assistance

    Federal authorities welcome the industry's assistance, says Bruce Helman, head of the FBI's New York-based computer and intellectual property squad, and Martin Ficke, special agent in charge of the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in New York.

    "They give us the beginning of the investigation, and we take over from there,'' says Sgt. Ramon Rivera, of the New York Police Department's Trademark Infringement Unit. "They're very helpful.''

    Members of the AntiCounterfeiting Coalition declined to comment about their tactics to thwart counterfeiting. Some of their activities are detailed in court papers from cases such as one filed by Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Rolex against a Manhattan landlord and 29 unidentified peddlers in March 2004.

    In that case, investigators including Oberfeldt made several undercover purchases of counterfeit goods in a residential building in Manhattan. Their evidence led to a $16 million judgment in Manhattan federal court against the landlord, Michael Marvisi, and the 29 vendors.

    Calls to Jura Zibas, named in court papers as Marvisi's lawyer, weren't returned.

    Prada, Coach, Burberry

    In another case, a group of trademark holders hired Oberfeldt, who investigated sellers of counterfeit goods working out of the basement of a loft building on lower Broadway in New York. He secured a federal court order and along with New York City police officers seized tens of thousands of items including fake Prada, Coach and Burberry products.

    A police investigation to locate the suppliers of the phony goods continues, Oberfeldt says.

    So does the sales of counterfeit watches, purses and DVDs on Canal Street.

    The woman offering the "Hudson'' bag says her name is Tina Yang. The space where she escorts a reporter during the holiday shopping season is a locked cubicle the size of a walk-in closet filed with several hundred purses. After the reporter identifies herself, Yang declines to answer several questions about her operation and shoves the reporter out and closes the door.

    At the corner of Broadway and Canal, Micki Iltis, 16, a blonde high-school student visiting New York from Graham, Texas, holds up four black plastic shopping bags.

    "I got a Louis Vuitton messenger bag, a Vuitton purse, a Gucci purse and wallet,'' says Iltis, who says she lives 60 miles west of Ft. Worth. "I'm a real good bargainer, so I got it at a good price. This all would've cost me more than $1,000 if they were real.''

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    Re: purse parties

    Um never heard of a purse party here in the boonies, but I have attended home interior, candles, and adult novilty partys. The only one that made any money was the novolty party, lol. 25 people and $4000+ was spent. It was the funniest sh*t ever, we all got drank and played games. You discover things about co-workers though that you really didnt wanna know. But anyway my friend the host made almost a grand plus the gifts.

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    Mimi And Porter...........

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    Beware of MIMI AND PORTER....Never order anything from them !!!


    I ordered a handbag from MIMI AND PORTER and i must say i am completely dissatisfied with them. They are totally rubbish and send roadside stuff. I paid $365 for a bag but it is not worth $10 also. I was ripped off by them. They sell all pirated and used stuff. Never trust them.

    It is a complete waste of money. They say they are in Australia and Paris but they deal from China. Never buy from them, they are scammers. They sell Credit card statement shows Stalk Distribution, which is Canada based company and deals in Auto parts. Again a fraud....how can we trust them.

    You have to fight for your money. When you call them they assure you to return the money but, they will never return the charges on your credit card. I also have my friends who have been charged twice on their card by them.

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    Um never heard of a purse party here in the boonies
    "The purse party is a type of party plan marketing scheme wherein a party is held in a hostess' home for the purpose of buying and selling handbags. It is modelled after similar functions where such products as Tupperware, Pampered Chef, and PartyLite candles are sold"

    love these parties you usually find something you like with one offs and all types of new things to spend your money on. :)
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