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 cares about protecting customers who have rightly come to expect great quality in watches bearing the Chanel name from being taken advantage of by those selling replica Chanel items. The frequent use of cheap materials and error-prone manufacturing methods focused more on profit than quality dominate the replica watch market.
As manufacturing and selling replica watches is already illegal, it is not surprising that many operators of replica Chanel websites do not collect or pay taxes on the sale of their replica products. This means millions of dollars which would otherwise go to cities and states from the sale of genuine goods are lost. Those who sell replica Chanel products often engage in other unlawful activities, such as identity theft and other types of organized crime or terrorist related activities. Oftentimes, profits made from the sale of counterfeit goods help to fund those illegal activities.
Chanel wants consumers to be aware of the dangers that face them so that they can be informed consumers. However, Chanel cannot reveal the exact details of the differences between genuine Chanel products and replicas—information such as that would be used by counterfeiters to further mislead consumers. This does not mean there are not steps customers can take to protect themselves though. For example, if a watch bearing the Chanel name is advertised as being of “7-star” or “AAA” quality, the product is likely a replica and will not be of the same quality of a genuine Chanel watch.
Chanel cannot recover money lost to counterfeiters or repair replica products. Chanel does regularly investigate and sue sellers of replica Chanel goods to help existing and future victims of counterfeiting by reducing the risk of being sold a replica.