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My Guide to Spotting Fake Bags Like a Pro

I was so excited to share with my friend that I’ve become a professional bag spotter! Spotting fake bags is not as hard as it sounds.​ It takes patience and observation.​ Here’s my guide to spotting fake bags like a pro.​

First, it helps to know what to look for.​ The details on a real bag are usually very precise.​ Look for the stitching and the logo, if it’s there.​ Check for any misspelling or any illegible font; that’s a sure sign of a fake.​ Additionally, look for any loose threads, unaligned pockets, or ripped seams.​ The real stuff should be made from sturdy material.​

Second, feel the bag – does it feel too light or too flimsy? Does it make a crackling sound when you move it around? All of these are signs of a fake.​ Real bags should weigh a decent amount; they’re usually much heavier than fake bags.​

Third, look at the colors and the patterns.​ Real bags often have subtlety of colors and the patterns should look natural, not obviously printed.​ Fake bags have too much of the same colors and the patterns are usually too busy or too uniform.​

Fourth, pay attention to the zippers, especially the zipper tabs.​ Even when real, the zippers could be of poorer quality, but usually they’re a bit tougher which you can tell by tugging on the tab.​ Fake zippers are made of lighter and cheaper metal.​

Fifth, do your research.​ Look online for the “real” design, check out some real life pictures and compare it with the one you’re holding.​ It should look almost exactly the same, perhaps just slightly different from the one alongside it.​ That’s a sign of good craftsmanship.​

Sixth, the hardware on a real bag should look more premium than the average metals used on a fake.​ Real metal should have a slightly smoother finish and it’s usually tarnish-resistant.​

Lastly, look at the price tag.​ Unless it’s an outlet store, most branded bags don’t come cheap.​ It’s not likely that you’ll find a real one for a fraction of the original price.​

Now that you’re aware of the key details to look for, it’s time to put it to the test.​ My next tip is to visit a store yourself and try to spot the differences.​ Hold a real bag and a fake one and compare them.​ Remember to look into the details and feel the bag.​ A professional bag spotter knows how to tell a real bag from a fake one.​

In this next section, I’d like to share with you a few more tips on spotting a fake bag.​ I’m sure after this, you’ll be able to spot one right away.​

TIP #1: Check the inside of the bag.​ This is the most important but often overlooked.​ Fake replica bags tend to have cheap lining on the inside, either bleached, rough, or shiny.​ Whereas in real bags, the lining is nicely done and it feels exactly like the outside.​

TIP #2: Check the way the bag closes.​ If the bag has a clasp, does it function correctly, without a hitch? Does it take some effort to open and close the clasp? A real one should feel sturdy, a fake one not so much.​

TIP #3: Notice the way the logo is embossed or engraved.​ Real bags will have a pronounced logo that almost feels 3D.​ Check the edges to make sure it’s symmetrical enough and it doesn’t have any burrs.​

TIP #4: Check the dust bag.​ Any luxurious bag that you purchase should come with its own dust bag.​ It must be clean and free from stains or bleach marks.​

TIP #5: Look for the tag.​ Real bags usually come with a tag that’s attached to a handle.​ The tag should not be too stiff nor too soft, but somewhere in between.​

TIP #6: Feel the texture.​ Real bags are made with more authentic materials and have a more organic texture.​ Some replica bags are made with leather and should not feel glossy or plastic-like.​

TIP #7: Check the bag’s back side.​ If the bag has a back pocket, it should have a pocketplate that’s made out of metal or leather.​ It should also have a logo embossed on it.​

These are some of the key points that I use to spot a fake bag.​ It’s a matter of having a steady eye for the details.​ Once you know how a real bag should look like and how it should feel, you’ll be able to spot a fake like a pro.​

Another important aspect of bag spotting is knowing its history.​ If you ever come across a vintage bag, it’s important to know what year it came out and what other lines it got released with.​ Knowing its past will give you some indication of its authenticity.​

The final thing I’d like to mention is that a lot of the time, we tend to rely heavily on the Internet.​ While you can find helpful guides and reviews online, it’s important to always do your own research.​ Read as many articles as you can about the style and the shape of the bag.​ Check out other owners and their reviews.​ Use your resources wisely to gain a better understanding of the bag.​

These are my tips and tricks for spotting a fake bag.​ If in doubt, always go for the real thing.​ It will last longer and give you an elegant look that a fake just can’t provide.​ With this guide, you’ll be able to enjoy your bag for years to come.​