Avoid Knockoffs

When you are shopping for a designer handbag, be sure that you are getting an authentic one. Counterfeit bags are everywhere and you don't want to invest in something that isn't the real thing. Here are some simple ways you can spot a fake bag.

Fake handbags

Familiarize yourself

The best way to spot a fake handbag is to know your bags. Take a look at the real deal at the department store or designer's website and take note of the logo placement, materials, hardware and other details.

Shop at reputable retailers

Authentic designer handbags are not normally sold at flea markets or street stands, and they certainly aren't sold out of the trunk of the car (unless they are stolen). Visit the designer's website to find out exactly where you can purchase their goods. The price should be a tell-tale sign as well -- you can't get authentic handbags for pennies on the dollar compared to the regular retail price.

Inspect the bag before you buy

It's all about the details. Take a look at the stitching and the quality of leather. Be sure the logos, monograms and insignias are aligned properly and not odd-shaped. Take a good look at the label -- you might find a serial number stitched, embossed or stamped there. Keep in mind that generally when you buy a real designer handbag documentation is included, such as a certificate of authenticity.

Why you shouldn't buy fake bags

Copyright infringement - Fake bags infringe on the copyright of the designer in terms of the design itself and the trademarks of the brand. If designers have to spend money in court protecting their original designs, the price of their bags will eventually rise too.

Child labor - Many counterfeit bags are produced by young kids in sweatshops. Organized crime and other illegal enterprises often back the production and distribution of these bags.

Poor quality - Fake bags look cheap and tacky. The leather is low quality or not leather at all. The stitching, dyes and hardware are often shoddy, and overall construction is poor. A knockoff bag won't last long. If you can't afford an authentic designer bag right now, shop from more affordable brands.

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Comments on "How to spot a fake designer bag"

etgr December 19, 2010 | 1:52 PM

Fake designer handbags look like knock offs.

dan December 18, 2010 | 6:35 AM

Many fake designer bags and knock off purses are available in the market which are really hard to identify. Very good article guiding people to get what they are paying for.

Sai December 18, 2010 | 3:18 AM

This fake designer bags are very persuasive..especially knock off purses.

MIC December 15, 2010 | 6:31 AM

Thanks to Miss Kory Ellis for making us aware about fake designer bags and knock of purses. Let us ensure that we never buy such low quality, unethical(since child labor is a sin) things hereafter.

ganesh December 15, 2010 | 6:30 AM

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ssai December 15, 2010 | 2:18 AM

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