How to Tell if a Designer Purse Is Fake

Purchasing a designer purse from anywhere other than a department store or a brand boutique is a gamble. These unconventional stores may come at a bargain but the risks outweigh the rewards if you’re unaware what to look for.

1. Check The Labels

Checking the labels for misspellings or incorrect facts is one of the easiest ways to spot a counterfeit. A good counterfeit will at the very least label the brand name correctly, but might not be as vigilant regarding the label inside the purse.

Misspellings of product materials and care instructions are a telltale sign of counterfeit products. Counterfeit products may also contain untrue facts like where the product was manufactured, so do your research before you purchase. If a label says “Made in France” instead of Italy or Spain and you know that brand’s products are made in Italy or Spain, the product is a counterfeit.

2. Be Aware of the Hardware

Test the zipper to see that it glides smoothly and evenly. Tap the buckles and accessories to see that they are not hollow inside. The hardware should not look rough or have a low-quality finish. Designer brands often use gold-plated hardware which feels heavy and solid. Even if the hard-ware is not gold-plated, it should never feel cheap or plastic.

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3. Use Your Senses, Literally

Look at the product carefully, touch it and smell it. Designer brands would never skim on the price of materials, they would never use an excessive amount of glue and they would never use heavily processed materials. The product should not look, feel or smell synthetic in any way. The product should also be the correct shade — counterfeit purses can often be slightly off when it comes to color as manufacturers might not have the original product in front of them.

4. Check The Lining

Check the lining to see that the quality of the fabric is good, that the inside pockets are in the correct position and that the seams are sown neatly. Make sure to check the edges and the corners because this is where stitching can get sloppy. Make sure to note if something looks machine-sewn when it should be hand-sewn and vice versa. Sewing should also be even and not too tight nor too loose.

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5. Compare The Price

The difference in price between the product you want to purchase and similar products from other retailers shouldn’t be too great. If the product is priced too low and the price seems too good to be true, it more than likely is.

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