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IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD ......

Posted on 02 January 2019

SPOTTING A FAKE

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A designer handbag is not just an accessory, it’s a serious investment costing hundreds and even thousands of pounds and at iBagzy we can genuinely say that all our bags are 100% authentic and bought in reputable high end stores or directly from the designer.

When we bought our first designer bag, it was a significant investment at £1200 and a personal challenge to part with the cash! However, this did get a little easier for the 2nd and 3rd purchase as we started to think that £700 or £800 was reasonable compared to some of the other prices and our love of designer bags began.

But if you’re reluctant to part with your hard earned cash then the high street has very convincing lookalikes that will make you look as if you’re toting a designer purchase.

We’ve spotted Chanel, Chloe and Balenciaga inspired bags, to name but a few, in the likes of Zara, Forever 21, and Misguided, and even Marks and Spencer are offering a faux leather twist lock bag for £25 while the very similar Metropolis Flap Bag from Furla retails around £265.

For a lot of fashionistas this is obviously the perfect choice, being on-trend at a fraction of the cost. However, these are lookalikes or dupes and don’t claim to be the real thing, and are legal, but there are plenty of illegal replicas out there for sale with some sellers purporting them to be authentic and with an equally high price tag.

Designer bags cost a lot of money because they are well crafted and they're status symbols. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is!! Whoever sees a Chanel on sale?? ... believe me, we have searched.  So if you see one at a reduced price it is more than likely a fake or very damaged so be careful!

We thought we would give you some clues on what to look out for if buying a Chanel.

1. With fake bags most of the time the lines of the bag are not clean, the shape is wrong and you can see the overall quality is not even close to the authentic one. Authentic Chanel bags have superior workmanship. We can see that the fake Chanel has a really heavy quilting compared to the authentic one. 

Spotting a fake Chanel blog at iBagzy designer bag rental Northern Ireland

2. From this side you can see that the perimeter of the flap of the authentic bag does not have any stitching, like the fake one does.

Spotting a fake Chanel blog at iBagzy designer bag rental Northern Ireland

    3. One of the easiest way to spot a fake Chanel is by looking at its back pocket. A fake Chanel usually has the wrong sized pocket. Notice the fake Chanel has a bigger pocket than the authentic one. Also the diamond quilting on the authentic Chanel lines up perfectly while the fake one does not. The top edge of the authentic Chanel looks more like a soft wave while the fake one looks like a flat curve.

    Spotting a fake Chanel blog at iBagzy designer bag rental Northern Ireland

      4. The inside of the first flap should be smooth. Notice how the inside of the first flap of the fake Chanel is wrinkly.

      Spotting a fake Chanel blog at iBagzy designer bag rental Northern Ireland

        5. Inside the second flap there is the interlocking CC logo. This particular fake Chanel has too skinny Cs compared to the authentic one.

        Spotting a fake Chanel blog at iBagzy designer bag rental Northern Ireland

        6. On the other fake Chanel, the interlocking Cs are too fat and too flat. The interlocking Cs are supposed to be raised a little.

        Spotting a fake Chanel blog at iBagzy designer bag rental Northern Ireland

        So if you are going to invest in a designer bag and are thinking of buying from Ebay, or from someone you don’t know, do your homework. Go to the reputable stores and check the real thing out first then look to the following:

        • The stitching
        • Check the tags or labels
        • Check the material
        • Check the logo
        • Look for a serial number
        • Check the lining
        • Look for colour variations
        • Check the hardware
        • Check the zipper manufacturer

        We hope this is helpful.

        xx IB

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