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.
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.
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.
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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