False 'Hood

Faking It on Canal Street

Most dealers on Canal are fairly civil and anxious to talk price, though more than a few could at best be described as crusty. (If you want gentility, the people are very nice at the Vuitton store on Greene Street, and you get to pay 10 times as much for your Alma bag.) Still, some customers are able to give as good as they get. A chic young European, admiring those Vuitton cube hair fastenersat 307 Canal (they're $74 at eLuxury.com) offered the seller $7. The dealer promptly countered with $10, to which the shopper replied, "I have only seven American dollars on me, and that is what I am giving you." The customer grabbed the hair cubes; the dealer took the money.

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