Of course, I was not for a moment duped by the 2 Euro Store which is something that I find extremely odd, unattractive and out of place on the square. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no way to pretend that those who shop there do not know that the products for sale are fake. No way. And, I can't imagine that the guests of the Gran Cafe Lavena will ever be willing to sit facing in that direction again. I'm sure that there have been, and will be, many long conversations about this. But, lets not dwell on it now since ignoring it is really the only hope for making it go away. I actually had a wonderful time shopping on Piazza San Marco!
In a couple of other shops, there were some anomalies that left me scratching my head a bit. Some use a variety of authenticity notices other than the official seal - signs that declare the store "guaranteed", handwritten signs, or small "Made In Italy" stickers on the products themselves - and I had no way of deducing which were genuine. (To its credit, the 2 Euro Store makes no such claim.) And there were a couple of shops that have products in such an enormous range of prices that I wondered if some were really from Murano and some were imported. Nevertheless, I left the square having had a good experience, feeling pretty good about my system, and with a desire to return.