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Is it illegal to purchase fake designer handbags from street sellers in Spain?

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    Very probably it's ilegal to sell them. To buy them I would say not. what leads you to that believe?
    – nsn
    Sep 8, 2014 at 16:50
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    You need to worry about whether its legal to get them BACK into your country. Counterfeit items may not always put you in the pokey, but they are subject to confiscation by customs in most countries. Sep 8, 2014 at 16:55
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    US Customs, for instance, is well known to interdict such items and even has a special web site about counterfeit goods. Such are also banned from import to the UK. Sep 8, 2014 at 23:26
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    @nsn it's illegal to possess them. Whether you're buying or selling is in that irrelevant (though additional criminal charges might well apply to sellers).
    – jwenting
    Sep 10, 2014 at 3:59
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    I was in a shop in Thailand with female relatives, which sold handbags "inspired" by designer handbags. Decent quality as far as I can judge and not cheap. They had some originals in the shop so they could show there were clear and intentional differences. Enough so they could say with a straight face they were not selling fakes.
    – gnasher729
    Jun 1, 2018 at 23:44

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It's illegal but it's also very improbable that you will get fined for doing it. However, it's also illegal to get those items into other countries like Holland, Italy, US, UK etc... if you get caught there, you WILL get fined.


This is the link for Spain, I couldn't find it in English but you can use Google translate: http://www.policia.es/org_central/judicial/udev/bcde_prop_intelec_indust.html. It is the site for the Police and they have a special section of their police force to prosecute crimes related to product falsification (industrial and intellectual property crimes).

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    How do you know? Can you link any source, please?
    – kenorb
    Sep 9, 2014 at 10:39
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    This is the link for Spain, I couldn't find it in English but you can use Google translate: policia.es/org_central/judicial/udev/…. It is the site for the Police and they have a special section of their police force to prosecute crimes related to product falsification (industrial and intellectual property crimes).
    – Sandra
    Sep 9, 2014 at 14:25
  • Translated version: translate.google.com/…
    – Sandra
    Sep 9, 2014 at 14:26
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    But as I said, you can probably get away with it (which is morally wrong by the way) but you cannot take those goods out of Spain without facing serious trouble!
    – Sandra
    Sep 9, 2014 at 14:28
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    I read the translated source and it doesn't look like it's illegal to by these items. The police recommend that you don't buy such items but the first section only targets manufacturing and distribution. If you're buying for your personal use, I don't think that qualifies as distribution.
    – nikhil
    Jun 1, 2018 at 19:32
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In general, yes.

There's also an implicit question as to whether that is enforced and what the penalty is, and here is where it gets complicated. This activity is regulated at the local level, so the fines and the enforcement vary from town to town.

For example, a quick Google search turns up news reports from July 2018 when the town of Peñíscola ran a campaign targetting this activity and fined about 100 purchasers in 2 months between 50€ and 1500€ each.

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