(Closed) Canal St NYC – can someone fill me in?

posted 6 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Canal Street USED to be where people went to get fake designer bags but the cops have come down on counterfiting in New York City so there is a fraction of what used to be there and many vendors will approach you and ask if you are looking for “Louis V, Gucci, Chanel?” and you will basically have to follow them to a van or offsite location. It’s pretty shady business and as a New Yorker, I’ll tell you NOT worth it.  Other than that, they sell alot of scarves, perfumes (also counterfit), cheapy costume jewelry, etc. I think as tourist for you it’s worth a look but not a deep dive. Just walk down Broadway to Canal and hit either a left or right and you’ll see what it’s all about. Beware, its always crowded so just remain aware of your belongings. Hope that helps!

Post # 4
1917 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Whatever.  I like to go to take tourists to Canal Street to pick up cheap souvenirs, winter accessories and pashminas for $5.  As long as you know what you’re buying, you can get a deal.  Bring cash and be prepared to haggle.  If you’re buying fake purses, most of them are not very well made and will definitely fall apart in a couple of months.  The really good ones are several hundred dollars.  Chinatown is a unique NYC experience, but just avoid following anyone down a dark alley to buy some purses or “rolex” watches.

Post # 5
14344 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

a) What they sell there?  Lots of stuff.  As mentioned above fake, watches, bag, perfumes, knick nacks, lots of cheap pashminas

b) Is any of it good quality?  I wouldnt bother with the watches or bags, but the pashminas and other little things might be worth buying

c) Cheaper than normal?  Yes, and haggle

d) Is it worth a stop?  Just to see it and experience it, yes.  For some serious shopping, no.  Make a little route to see Chinatown/Little Italy, go up Canal, then continue up town on Broadway.  You’ll find a ton of legit shopping on Broadway.

Post # 7
2589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The cops have cleared out most of the counterfeit bag sales over the last few years.  They used to take you in to back rooms, but now you’ll walk in to a place, and if you ask, they may have a suitcase behind the counter with a dozen or so knock offs in them.  Expect to haggle.

There are some neat trinkets and beautiful pashminas – BUT – 99% of it is cheap garbage.

That being said, it’s still an experience!!! So go walk it, but keep your hand on your purse at all times and don’t expect to be “wowed” with anything high end.   Manhattan is more about splurging than bargain hunting, but you never know what you can find on sale.

Post # 8
14344 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Bargains…?  hmm, its pretty much you get what you pay for.  Dont expect to get anything great for cheap, or buy anything cheap then be surprised if it falls apart.  Cheap stuff will be everywhere, street vendors, knock off shops.. but I wouldnt call it a bargain.  Its NY and there will be lots of cheap stuff for sale, but you wont really get awesome stuff for dirt cheap if that’s the kinda bargain youre looking for.

Post # 9
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Three of us went to visit our friend who lives on the UWS and we definitely spent some time on Canal Street – but it was pretty sketch.  Some of the stalls actually had false walls with back rooms that you’d go into to see the fake bags.  They’d all be communicating by bluetooth or walkies and when a group of shoppers would gather to see the bags, they’d wait till it was ‘safe’, open the false wall and hustle everyone in a pitch black room, close the door, and then turn on the lights to see the bags.  It was all very fast, very hush hush, and kinda weird. 

The brands were LV, Gucci, TONS of Coach, Chanel, a few Tory Burch, Versace and that was about it.  Most of the prices were $20-65.   At the time I was looking for Prada and absolutely no one had it.  They also had a few stalls with false Louboutins that were still $300.  I ended up not buying anything, but my friends got a passable Tory Burch, an awful quilted Chanel, and… I think that’s it.

Our REALLY serious shopping happened on Broadway, and we also tore up Bleecker Street.  Those are highly recommended 😉

Post # 11
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Button: If you want something less sketchy, Soho has some good shopping. I think it’s a way better experience than Chinatown. It still has the “crowded NYC shopping feel” but the stores are higher quality. Anywhere from H&M and Forever 21 to Armani Exchange and Uniqlo. Lots of selection, and on the weekends vendors open up on the streets for an even better selection.

Post # 12
803 posts
Busy bee

1. There is no Prada because there is no big demand for Prada in China. 

2. It will not be cheaper than H.K. because you’re buying it in the U.S. and they had to transport all this stuff back from China. H.K. is right next to Canton, where much of the wholesale/knock off production happens. 

3. It’s just about the experience. Get some dim sum and bubble tea after ^^

4. Do not buy a paper version of a luxury good. It may look cute, but these are meant to be burned so that a loved one who has passed away may enjoy luxury goods in the afterlife.

5. Do not get a Coach purse. If you want one, take a bus to Woodbury Commons Outlets where all the East Asians get their Coach purses. They’re always on sale, plus 30% off. Each customer is limited to 10 bags (this is because Coach is 3x the price in China/Taiwan so people buy them as gifts to take back to the motherland)

If your mom wants the market experience, there are plenty of other markets in NYC that you can take her to. Other cheap shopping in NYC: Century 21, Loehmann’s ^ ^

Post # 13
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Canal St is a must go place in New York City.

Just be careful while walking… lost of people. 

Most of the stuff they sell on the street is either fake or sub-quality.  Chinese food around there is great however.  Try Joe Shangai’s soup dumplings.

You can definitely find lots of wedding stuff there.

Post # 14
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Century 21

Century 21

Century 21


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Post # 16
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oh cool! Where did you get your dress and bands?! Details details!

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