Spicybags.com - has anyone dealt with them? If so, is it legal to sell designer inspired bags?

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1 May 10 09:56:02 pm
There is something I found that scares me, because I want to start a business selling designer inspired handbags, but am unsure.

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I'm confused right now, are the designers inspired legal or not?



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1 May 10 11:11:43 pm
Hi fashionNstyle, and welcome to SaleHoo.

It is legal to sell what are termed designer inspired products, however it is illegal to sell designer REPLICA products, and that seems to be the case in this situation as per the link provided.

A replica product is a product produced to replicate the original, and is therefore illegal to sell because it has been made outside of the brand owner's licensing requirements.

A designer inspired product is legal to sell because it is only based on the designer's product, it does not attempt to replicate it in authentically. For example, a designer inspired Chanel handbag would not carry the Chanel brand name, would not intrude on any specific design copyright issues that were applicable that is licensed to Chanel, and so on.

It can actually be a bit of a mine field if you are unaware of what constitutes a designer inspired product, and that of a replica product. Quite a lot of people believe that so long as a product does not have the brand name on it, then it can be sold as a designer inspired, but there can still be design patents and other legalities all hidden away.

Giving advice on how to purchase these type of products safely is a little out of my own depth unfortunately. I would suggest contacting support@salehoo.com, and see if the support staff can actually get you some qualified supplier leads to make sourcing a lot easier for you.

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2 May 10 01:50:23 am
Hi fashionNstyle, and welcome to SaleHoo.

It is legal to sell what are termed designer inspired products, however it is illegal to sell designer REPLICA products, and that seems to be the case in this situation as per the link provided.

A replica product is a product produced to replicate the original, and is therefore illegal to sell because it has been made outside of the brand owner's licensing requirements.

A designer inspired product is legal to sell because it is only based on the designer's product, it does not attempt to replicate it in authentically. For example, a designer inspired Chanel handbag would not carry the Chanel brand name, would not intrude on any specific design copyright issues that were applicable that is licensed to Chanel, and so on.

It can actually be a bit of a mine field if you are unaware of what constitutes a designer inspired product, and that of a replica product. Quite a lot of people believe that so long as a product does not have the brand name on it, then it can be sold as a designer inspired, but there can still be design patents and other legalities all hidden away.

Giving advice on how to purchase these type of products safely is a little out of my own depth unfortunately. I would suggest contacting support@salehoo.com, and see if the support staff can actually get you some qualified supplier leads to make sourcing a lot easier for you.

Cheers


Thank you for your advice Mr Fudjj.

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3 May 10 10:40:19 pm
Hi fashionNstyle,

Welcome to the site!

Marc is right. You can sell 'designer-inspired' items legally, as long as it is clearly stated that these are 'designer-inspired' and the goods are free from any trademarked terms. For example, ‘Designer-inspired handbag’ is okay. But ‘Designer-inspired Chanel bag’ is not, especially when the bag includes the Chanel logo, brand name or whatnot.

Let me know if you need any supplier suggestions and we'll be happy to help you out!

PS - Don’t forget to add a picture to your profile so we can all see your friendly face ;)


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5 May 10 12:43:53 am
Hi, Satya

Thank you for your information it is very helpful.
Can you recommend some suppliers that offer "designer inspired" dropship

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5 May 10 01:19:44 am
Hi fashionNstyle,

If you haven't yet, check out:

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The following suppliers may have something that might interest you. Although they are wholesalers, they may drop ship upon request.

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Hope you find what you're looking for. Should you use any of these suppliers, please let us know how you got on by adding a short review on the supplier profile page. Thanks.


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5 May 10 05:48:10 am
Hi, Satya

Thank you so much. So they all offer the dropship right

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5 May 10 06:54:55 am
Hi fashionNstyle,

Only the first two.

The rest may drop ship for you if you ask, however there's no guarantee. But who knows, right? After all, it's a sale on their part.


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