The store once appearing at this domain name was selling replica handbags, wallets, scarves, sunglasses, shoes, boots, belts, watches and jewelry including necklaces, pendants, bracelets, rings and earrings. After Chanel, along with Louis Vuitton and Tiffany, took legal action against the site, a judge ordered the store closed and its operator to pay over $1,600,000.00 in damages. Further, to prevent the domain name from being used for the same illegal purpose again, the judge ordered the domain transferred to Chanel’s control.

Chanel cannot reveal the exact details for discerning between genuine Chanel products and replicas—information such as that would be used by counterfeiters to further mislead consumers. However, there are steps consumers can take to protect themselves. For example, if a product bearing the CC Monogram or the Chanel name is advertised as being of “7-star” or “AAA” quality, the product is typically illegal and fake and should be avoided.

Finally, and most importantly, if an offer seems too good to be true, the product being offered is likely a replica handbag or wallet. The only way to be certain you are buying authentic Chanel products is to purchase them from a company store or an authorized Chanel retailer. If you buy what looks like a Chanel product from an unauthorized dealer, there is a strong chance that you could receive a counterfeit.

Chanel tries to help the victims of counterfeiting. However, Chanel cannot recoup consumers’ money lost to counterfeiters or repair counterfeit products. Chanel does regularly investigate and sue sellers of replica Chanel goods. Therefore, Chanel is helping existing and future victims of counterfeiting by reducing the risk of consumer confusion.