Illegal Street Vendors
In Venice, as in other Italian cities, you're likely to encounter street vendors--most of them from Senegal or Bangladesh--who hawk counterfeit designer purses, bags, and (more recently) belts and sunglasses at bargain prices.
The peddlers are nicknamed "vu compra" because many of them use that grammatically inelegant Italian phrase to ask "Do you want to buy?"
Should you purchase a fake designer product from a street vendor? The answer to that question isn't simple, but below are some pros and cons to help you reach your own decision.
Reasons to buy:
Reasons not to buy:
Other things to know:
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