How to tell Chanel Handbag is fake
- Christmas is all but 10 days away (yes, really), and whether you’ve finished your festive shopping yet or not, we guarantee over the next few days there’ll be some big purchases to make. A new purse for your BFF, that sold-out Kenzo jumper for yourself… you know the drill. And if, like us, the recipient has excellent taste, those items ain’t gonna come cheap.If you’re a savvy shopper, you may well be game for tracking down a steal, and while we’re totally with you on saving cash where you can, bargain hunting doesn’t come without a big fat warning: fakers.“Ooh, this Chloe purse is £100 cheaper on eBay!”, “Last season’s Miu Miu booties are half the price on miumiuoutlet.net!” Sound familiar? Time to get wise, guys. There are some hard and fast rules to designer shopping on the cheap without faking it, and while these aren’t a guarantee that your goods are genuine, they are a solid starting point. Here’s our guide to saving the pennies whilst still keeping it real – check these off your list and we reckon you’ll be safe and savvy.
1. Check the seller
First and foremost, check who’s selling you your item. eBay’s feedback system is fairly solid, but bear in mind some sellers do slip through their safeguards – some sell several copies of the same item at once, so beware of the guy selling 10 Chanel bags at a Buy It Now price of £500. Other things to check are whether the photos look real or like they’ve been pulled from the designer’s website, and if the site is saying it’s a designer bag outlet selling leftover stock from past seasons – most labels have their own outlets for this.
This is pretty simple – the neater and more regular the stitching on handbags and wallets is, the more likely it is to be the real deal. On Louis Vuitton monogrammed canvas items, and Gucci and Fendi bags, the symbols mirror each other on the right and left seams. Proper designer stuff also has a higher stitch count than the fakes – Chanel quilted bags have roughly six per inch (trust us, it’s worth counting) – and wonky stitching or even glued seams are all surefire signs it’s a fake.
If you’re in an unfamiliar store or another country, feeling the material is another good way to decide whether you should be splashing the cash. Real leather has an irregular texture and rougher edges, while the fake stuff feels like foam – do your research first and know the typical traits of the real skin used.
Differences fake Chanel Handbag
Sometimes it’s easy to tell a fake just by opening and closing zips and clasps; jamming or forcing them shut is never a good sign, and this can be on bags as well as watches. Look out for the same colour and finish on hardware; on Louis Vuittons, ‘Louis Vuitton, Paris, Made in France’ and the signature ‘LV’ on zips should be clearly printed, and on Hermes bags, zips should have the ‘Hermes Paris’ stamp. For Chanel’s quilted bags, the ‘CC’ turnstile lock should have the right C over the left on the top, and vice versa on the bottom.
5. Text test
Logos and misspellings are a dead giveaway on fakes, so if you’re looking at something with a wonky logo or a spelling mistake (and this goes for any accompanying documentation, too), then put your wallet away.
6. Smell it
Yeah, this does sound weird – and it’s not the most hard and fast fake-proof tip – but smelling anything supposedly made of leather will usually tell you whether it is (or isn’t, as the case may be). If you smell rubber or chemicals, run a mile.
7. Beware of bargains
It’s not like us to turn down a style steal, but the more unreal the price, the more… well, unreal the item is likely to be. Huge discounts sure are tempting, but if you’re looking at a Chanel 2.55 bag for £300, it’s not going to be one of Karl’s (or Coco’s) – these bags retail for upwards of £1,200.
8. Unusual comments
It’s pretty useful to be familiar with your fashion acronyms, like BNWT (brand new with tags) and other obvious jargon like ’100% genuine’. These are all fine in their own environment (read: eBay), but they shouldn’t appear on genuine designer goods. If your Miu Miu heels come stamped with ‘genuine’ on the box, don’t hand over your money.
9. Look for extras
Things that come wrapped and packed in boxes are great, but it’s easy to slip up here, too. Counterfeiters are pretty sneaky and can fake anything from tags and ID cards to dust bags. Check to see if labels and ID cards feel robust enough (ID cards usually feel like a credit card), and if the dust bag has the right lettering and features (some are specifically drawstring, for example, and Gucci’s dust bags have a certain type of gold lettering on them). Serial codes and holograms are also good indicators – Chanel has a hologram in all of its bags that makes a mess if removed, and Armani and Dolce & Gabbana put holograms on their washing labels.
10. Know your rights
In the UK, we’re lucky enough to be protected by the ‘Distance Sellers Act’, which applies to all online and mail order retailers. If they sell you a fake, or even if you just want to return something, you can do so within seven working days of the product being paid for, and the seller has to refund the full cost of the item, plus any deposit or prepayment made and the cost of delivery. Check all the small print to know where you stand.
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