Many fashionistas have done it…taken that trip down Canal Street in New York and followed a mysterious woman to a back room to see some fabulous (and not-so-fabulous,) designer knock-offs. It’s big business these days; Counterfeit goods are saturating the internet and streets, with many people actually assuming they are buying the real thing. Ebay is especially tricky, since many sellers have high ratings and include “authenticity” tags. Uh-huh. Though a fake might be fun for a moment, the quality usually decries their origins and leaves us feeling empty. Who doesn’t feel especially stylish with an authentic Gucci or Louis Vuitton on their arm? That’s why it’s important to know you’re getting the real deal for your hard-earned stacks, and here are a few ways to sift through the posers.
1. Does that handbag style actually exist?
This is the easiest way to check on the bag you’re thinking of buying. Sites like louisvuitton.com will have the specs on the designer bags they sell, so you can see if the LV Alma or Burberry Hobo you want are listed with the manufacturers. Certain styles only come in a limited number of colors, so that hot pink Gucci you found may not have ever been produced by Gucci at all because it was only offered in black and brown.
2. Does the bag have a few “extras”?
Faux is often slightly more blinged out than the real McCoy, so check the bag for a few “extras”. These include extra feet, extra stitching, extra pockets, extra straps, or extra hardware. (more…)