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Protect Yourself From Dodgy Deals – Fake Bags and Me

I’m sure many of us have been tempted by dodgy deals on fake replica bags at one time or another; after all, it’s a great way to balance our budget in an increasingly expensive world.​ But what’s really hiding behind the cheap prices? I recently had a wake-up call when buying a knock-off shoulder bag online; it was the perfect size, shape and colour – and priced way too good to be true.​ I was desperate to get my hands on it, so I went ahead and bought it.​

In hindsight, I can see that I should have been more wary from the start; I mean look at the signs! The website had a ton of spelling and grammar mistakes, fake bags and the images were of low quality and poorly lit.​ Plus, I knew the real bag would have cost triple of what I was being asked to pay.​ Nevertheless, I felt compelled to take the chance.​

Little did I know that I’d received a knock-off bag – and a really nasty one too – instead of a real one.​ The zips and locks were SUPER flimsy, the colour was a horrible shade and the shape wasn’t quite what I was expecting.​ Although it was a little disheartening, the whole experience was a valuable lesson for me.​ Now I really know what to watch out for when purchasing online and in stores.​ That’s why I always make sure to stick to the reputable brands and stores, and stay away from the shady websites that are likely to be selling knock-offs.​

Unfortunately, there’s no surefire way to know for sure that a bag is authentic.​ But there are definitely tell-tale signs which you can look out for, such as the construction and replica bags quality of the bag’s stitchwork, the branding and the weight of the leather.​ For instance, real leather should be heavier than faux-leather, and should feel smoother.​ As for the branding, it should be in the same location on each bag – like the side or base – no matter if it’s a real or knock-off one.​

Free PSD baggage prepared for travellingAnother great tip is to look for any logos or serial numbers on the bag, which can be an indication that it’s a real deal.​ Serial numbers should be laser etched rather than printed, and should be found tucked away in a corner inside the bag.​ Lastly, just look at the price tag! Does the bag seem suspiciously cheap? Chances are it’s a knock-off!

When making any kind of purchase, it’s important to trust your gut instinct.​ If a deal seems too good to be true, that might be a huge red flag that the bag is a fake.​ Heck, if I’d taken a moment to pause and actually considered all of these things, I could have saved myself a lot of trouble.​ Let this be a lesson to all of us about taking precautions when it comes to dodgy deals and fake bags.​