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How to Spot a Knock Off Designer Bag

by frugalista on August 16, 2012

Louis Vuitton 150x150 How to Spot a Knock Off Designer BagHi Frugs! I have a guest post on how to spot impostor designer handbags for you, today! If you bought what you think is a luxury affordable handbag and it turned out to be a piece plastic, you’d be upset! Frugalistas love buying and taking care of quality, authentic goods! This post is courtesy of CouponCodes4U! You know Frugalistas love a good coupon code!

How To Spot A Fake Designer Handbag!

Every fashion-forward female wants to sport the latest hot handbag, but we don’t all have a $1,500 budget for the latest Louis Vuitton bag. Turning to counterfeit purses is tempting, but beyond being illegal. They are often tacky, low quality and a slap in the face to designers.

Below are five tips for spotting a fake designer bag, to help save on the embarrassment of
being called a fashion fraud.

Easy Tells
Spotting replica handbags used to be simple; check the hardware, logos and material.
Lightweight metal accents, slightly skewed logos and cheap materials are still the first lines
of defense for warding off fakes, but with today’s higher-quality knock-offs, it’s a case of
needing steps two through five as well.

Online Indicators
When buying a handbag online, make sure it’s from a reputable source. If sites are based
in China or Hong Kong, proceed with caution, as the two countries make up 88.8 percent
of the goods seized for Intellectual Property Rights by the ACG. Also, check the descriptions and reviews for signs of inauthenticity. If customer reviews say the bags aren’t the real
thing, then they likely aren’t.

Respectable Resellers
Just because a bag is sold online, it doesn’t mean it’s fake. Authentic and vintage handbags are often sold on eBay; buyers just need to be smart in researching the seller. If the deal looks too good to be true, it usually is. A Chanel bag will never be $50, so use common sense. Certified resale sites like Portero also offer discounts on authentic bags.

Craftsmanship Flaws
A Burberry or Prada handbag will not have crooked stitching or unfinished edges. High-end
brands take ultimate pride in craftsmanship, so no imperfect bag would leave their factory
for a legitimate retailer like Nordstrom. The leathers and fabrics of authentic bags will
always be perfectly stitched and lined up, never crooked or gapped stitched.

Brand-specific Giveaways
Know the signs to look for in the specific bag. For instance, Marc Jacobs’ zippers are
embossed with either RiRi or Lampo and all Louis Vuitton bags made since the early ‘80s
have a date stamped somewhere on the interior. Brand fanatics spend time spotting knock-
off bags to protect their favorite designers’ integrity, so a quick search before you buy will reveal specific tells for each high-end brand.

Armed with these five tips, spotting imitation designer handbags should be simple. Don’t fall into the imposter trap – if the real thing is too expensive, buy an authentic, quality handbag

What do you think about these tips? Would you wear a knock off designer purse?

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Nivene@Cashnet August 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I actually went to China a few years ago and brought my real Dooney and Bourke bag with me (at the time, that was really a big designer for me). Every time I walked into a clothing store to shop, a worker would approach me and say “that’s real”. I guess as sellers of knock-offs, they knew the real deal when they saw it!

Some designers also have a list of authorized sellers on their site so you know that you aren’t buying a fake.


Maria in FLA October 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm

The main reasons that I refuse to buy knock-off handbags:
1) I have read about horrible working conditions for the people who make the bags- sometimes child slavery is used to manufacture knock-off bags.
2) It’s easy for someone who knows real bags to look at your fake bag and spot all the tell-tale signs. One of them: Louis Vuitton never lets their signature “L” be intercepted or placed on a seam.
3) Knock-off bags have been positively tested for toxic lead.
4) It’s illegal- and sellers have been busted/ home “designer bag” parties have been raided & all involved arrested- including buyers.


Monique November 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm

With my bag I used in the office, no one can really spot the difference. I use my genuine bags every after a day or two and on some days my replicas. My cousin and I bought it a highly trusted store


Maria November 25, 2013 at 6:45 am

Monique, as far as telling the difference, the visual “look” of the bag is one thing. Some fakes may be rather close, but there is always a tell tale giveaway.

And do you really want to buy something that supports child slave labor and/ or terrorism?


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