Italy - buying from street vendors is illegal

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Italy - buying from street vendors is illegal Florence Reviews

dlazzaro dlazzaro
47 reviews
Mar 03, 2006
In many cities in Italy, but especially in Florence, there are a large number of people who sell purses, sunglasses, watches, and other small trinkets along the side of major tourist routes. Most of the items being sold are knockoffs of brand name items, such as fake Rolex watches and fake Louis Vitton handbags. For years, the police silently tolerated the sale of these items, although technically it was illegal. However, in recent months and years, some police units have begun to crack down on these vendors -- and the people who buy from them! The danger is that you could be fined hundreds of euros if you are caught! Note: these sellers are not the same as the legal street vendors who have large carts and legal business permits. Usually, the illegal vendors carry their merchendise in plastic bags or cardboard boxes.
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Steph_LP says:
i would've have definitely been busted :)
Posted on: Jun 28, 2012
angie says:
good to know!
Posted on: Mar 04, 2006
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