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Diagnosing Fake Bags: Uncovering the Details

When it comes to diagnosing fake bags, it takes more than just an eye for a designer label and a good eye for detail.​ It takes a keen understanding of what it takes to make a true designer bag in order to spot a fake bags and uncover the details.​

Free photo close up on knitted bag still lifeI recently had to confront this when my friend was convinced that she had stumbled across a deal of a lifetime after finding a Chanel bag nearly at half its retail price.​ Already suspicious, I asked her to bring it to me to check for authenticity.​ What I quickly noticed was that the material felt nothing like the genuine cowhide leather Chanel bags are made from.​ It felt too thin and lightly waxed.​ A quick search for the serial number online also revealed that it was missing from the bag.​

That’s when I knew, without a doubt, that I was dealing with a fake.​ It was heartbreaking to realize that the bag my friend had thought would be her designer coup de grace was in fact a knockoff.​

What had once seemed like a great buy had become a too-good-to-be-true.​ In the face of such a deception, the first emotion to be felt is anger.​ How could anyone do such a thing as to try and pass off a knockoff as genuine? It’s not just morally wrong, but it affects the designer’s reputation and reputation of boutiques who sell their products; thus affecting their bottom line.​

But anger has to be put aside in order to properly diagnose a fake bag.​ Even if everyone involved in the sale of the bag knew exactly what was going on beforehand, it’s important to take the time to inspect each and every detail.​ Fake bags are usually lacking the interior tag as well as the serial number.​ Additionally, the leather should be free of any creases and the stitching should be even and consistent.​

Authentic replica bags will also have a specific weight about them, due to the leather, steel hardware and a heavier-weight lining.​ Counterfeit bags will feel lighter and will usually be made from imitation leather.​ The hardware on the handles will not be as robust and the lining usually tends to be thinner.​

Finally, all genuine designer bags will have a logo printed, either onto the material or on the hardware.​ Fakes won’t have the same level of detail, with logos and hardware that appear dull and almost plastic-like on counterfeit bags.​

Diagnosing fake bags may seem like a daunting task, but with a good eye, you can tell if a bag is real or not.​ Some signs may be more obvious than others, but it’s important to take into account all the details.​ By doing this, not only can you save yourself from a counterfeit purchase, but also protect designer reputations and save the boutiques from selling (or unknowingly buying) fakes.​