While I’m no expert in spotting that fake bag, the following information is based on my experience over years of exposure. I must say that many of these counterfeit bags are so convincing, they can easily fool the average consumer. I hope the following tips will give you an idea on how to tell the fake from real.
One of the biggest indicators of fake bags is the price. Some designer bags can be discounted, but they’re never marked down to rock bottom clearance prices.
So if you’re shopping online, whether it’s for 2nd-hand goods or brand new ones & come across a deal that’s too-good-to-be-true, don’t buy. Simple logic. If I’d bought a bag for more than $3,000, I certainly wouldn’t sell it for less than a $1,000.
Brands like Louis Vuitton & Chanel do not offer discounts. They’ve done an incredible job at keeping their brand's value at a prestigious level. One of the reasons that they’ve been able to do this is by not discounting. These brands do not wholesale either. If there’re flaws in the products, they’ll simply destroy the bags. There’re NO outlet stores for "last year's models" etc.
Well, what are the tell-tale signs? Look for all kinds of clues that will alert you to a fake:
- The first thing you need to do is look at the bag itself. Do the materials look to be of the highest quality?
- There should be exact match of fabric & material, the way labels & decorations are attached to the bag.
- How about the stitching? There should be no loose or uneven threads; threads should also match the bag exactly.
- The brand name will be engraved & not embossed on the hardware. You should also be able to find the name engraved on the hardware for the strap.
- Mis-spelling of brand name. Make sure you’re getting a Prada & not Proda.
Wanna learn more?
Look out for my next articles (complete with photos):
Guide to an authentic Louis Vuitton Bag
Guide to an authentic Christian Dior Bag
Guide to an authentic Salvatore Ferragamo Bag
Guide to an authentic Chanel Bag