It can be so tempting to buy a cheap handbag, especially when money is tight. But if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Fake bags definitely come with their share of risks and if the price does not match the quality, there are a few tell-tale signs to look out for. I’ll be the first to admit that I have been duped in the past, so here are my tips on how to avoid being taken for a ride.
1. Quality: You get what you pay for, so if the price is too good to be true and there is no evidence of the designer’s branding, then it is almost certainly not the real deal. Real designer bags are made to an extremely high standard with exacting attention to detail. Even if the price appears to be similar, double-check the details to ensure that the quality of the bag matches what you would expect from a designer.
2. Material: Genuine designer bags are either crafted from luxury leathers or a synthetic alternative, while fake bags are often made from poor quality materials and knock-off faux leathers. When inspecting the bag, be sure to check the craftsmanship, stitching, leather accents and zippers – all of which should be of a good quality on a genuine bag.
3. Labels: Many fake bags will try to recreate iconic branding, such as labels, but will never have the brand name or logo on them. In addition, designers may use certain identifying details such as serial numbers, according to where and when the bag is created. If there is no indication of the designer’s signature or the serial number, then it is likely to be a fake.
4. Packaging: Fake bags are rarely packaged with the same care and attention to detail that real designer bags are. While an authentic bag may come with a dust bag or box, a fake may not, or it may have incomplete labels. Also, check for any obvious signs of tampering with the packaging.
5. Price: It is okay to bargain when shopping for designer bags, but always remember that if the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Fake bags may sometimes come with a seemingly reasonable price tag, but it is important to remember that any real savings on the price should be almost negligible compared to the RRP.
6. Seller: It is always worth being careful when you buy a designer handbag from a third-party seller. Genuine products should always come from official stockists rather than independent sellers or global marketplaces. If you are ever unsure about the authenticity of a bag, get in touch with the official supplier to confirm.
7. Resourcefulness: When shopping for designer bags, the more you know the better. Become familiar with the authentic bags to begin with, so that you can spot the fake ones more easily. Do your research and keep an eye out for any irregularities. There are plenty of resources and online forums which can help you to evaluate a potential purchase.
In conclusion, the risks of purchasing a fake handbag are not always immediately obvious, but with a few simple tips you can soon become an expert in spotting one. Always bear in mind that quality comes with a price, so if the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. Further, always be sure to do your research and make sure that the seller is reputable – this will help to ensure that you don’t end up with an imitation. Finally, and most importantly, trust your instincts – if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.