Authenticity specialist: How to spot a fake bag!

Aren’t we all just crazy about handbags? Especially with the inception of online shopping we can get any designer bag in any part of the world.

And we ladies do not mind paying exorbitant amounts of money for it because we know that money invested in a good bag is never a bad investment.

But what if you find out that the branded bag you recently ordered online is not authentic and you have been duped!

According to KIIS 1065, Jackie, an Australian RJ recently sold a Givenchy handbag she’d bought online on eBay.

You can imagine her surprise when the buyer got in touch with her and asked her if she knew that the handbag was in actual fact, fake!

Shocked, Jackie realised she had been duped! She returned the buyer’s money and got the bag back so that she could look into the authenticity issue.

Jack called in Jane from authenticity specialists Blue Spinach on air to help Jackie with the matter.

It turned out Jackie’s bag was a fake!

So we don’t want you to go through the same thing as Jackie did so here is what to look out for so you know how to spot a fake:

1. Check the name plate

The little name plate on the inside could be a good indicator, simply make sure the designer name plate looks of a good quality. For e.g. check that the spelling is correct, the engraving is straight.

2. Look at the overall quality

Check out the lining of the bag, is it of a good quality? Is the way its stiched in satisfactory?

3. Inspect the zipper

Well, the back of the zipper. Most zippers have a brand engraved on the back, and most designers use a particular company or manufacturer for their zippers.

4. If you’re buying online, ask for photos

Ask the seller to send you photos of the tagging on the inside of the bag and any authenticity documentation.

5. Buying a certain bag? These tips might help…

Louis Vuitton date stamp inside all their products, so make sure there’s a date stamp on any Louis Vuitton item you purchase.

Chanel items have two codes that need to match. A code on the authenticity card and a code inside the bag as well. Mismatched codes are a great indication that the item is a fake.
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