Replica handbags are in essence knock off merchandise. Factories located primarily in Asia will design handbags that are very similar to the designs used by the brand name designers. These replica handbags hope to skirt the law by copying the designs used, but using a slight pattern variation.
While the slight design variation might in fact make the replica handbag an altogether different product, it is clear what the intentions of the manufacturer are. It is for these reasons that replica handbags are routinely confiscated by authorities and vendors are incarcerated. While it can be legal to base a design on the patters of a brand name product, it is illegal to copy the design, even if a slight variation is implemented.
Commonly used variations are misspellings of trademarks, similar emblems, and patters with a 95% similarity. While the Internet has been used by replica manufacturers to promote their handbags, and has even given them a sense of legitimacy, their merchandise will still be subject to confiscation. eBay has limited the sale of brand name handbags to vendors that can provide a certificate stating that their merchandise is genuine.
In addition to the legal and ethical issues faced by a replica seller, there is also a very basic business issue. Customers prefer original brand name handbags, and will prefer to pay more for them, provided that they are assured of their originality. People by their very nature enjoy being law abiding citizens, and will patronize wholesale, retail, and eBay businesses that deal in legitimate merchandise.