I am curious as to what to avoid purchasing when traveling to countries like Italy, France, Greece, and the eastern European countries.
We recently went on a Christmas tour that included Rothenburg, Bamberg, Nurnberg, Munich, and Salzburg. The highlight, of course, was each town's Christmas market and all the goodies one can buy: ornaments, decor, toys, etc... I'm familiar with true German craftsmanship (such as items made in the Erzgebirge), but I saw countless tourists buying nutcrackers, smokers, pyramids, table linens, etc... that were cheap knock-offs made in China. And most of the time these items don't have stickers or stamps to reflect that fact. I'm not talking about typical souvenir-type items like snowdomes from Neuschwanstein and the like, but rather items that tourists REALLY think are a representation of that country's craftsmanship.
So, what about other countries? What are some popular items or souvenirs that I need to really make sure are made in the country I'm visiting?