There are many reasons to buy a Designer Purse on the resale market. Lower prices, better choices, more availability, lack of boutique in you town, and many more. Those are the main reasons this industry has grown so much in the past few years.
I fully understand how people can easily get confused, or even tricked into, and end up buying a fake bag. Can you imagine? This is a terrible experience to go thru. As its like throwing money away! I have encountered many clients that went thru this, and some didn't even know their bag was actually a fake, some had a suspicion, and some were just embarrassed.
Looking back, and relying solely on my personal experience, I can understand how this can happen. As this knowledge I am about to share with you is not studied at school, nor taught anywhere. It is accumulated via life experiences, seeing so many bags and purses, learning about collections, observing, selling and buying fashion for years.
Therefore I am here to help. If after reading this QUICK GUIDE you are still uncertain, contact me for further help [email protected]
1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Please please please do a little research - or a lot !!! - and study the style you want to purchase. Take a look at the materials, colors, details, measurements. Those are they very first few indicators in knowing what you are buying and eventually getting.
In today's market there are many 2nd hand sites and selling platforms, so most likely the bag that you want will be available for sale in many different places. So get to know the price. Once you decide to buy, if the price is too good to be true, then you know the answer. Right?
Just in case you didn't get it - if the price is too good to be true DON'T BUY IT - IT'S PROBABLY FAKE!
3. KNOW YOUR SELLER
Make sure that seller has been in the market for a while and check their track record. Make sure the seller offers a full return and money back policy, this way if the bag is fake you just return it and no harm was done. Reputable sellers will offer a money back guaranteed policy. So this is a good sign already.
Also - Read the small print, make sure the seller authenticated the bag first. If the item is not described as authenticated by the seller - then there is another red flag.
Ok - if you got to this point all by yourself, you are on the right path. WOOOO HOOOO. From here on I can help you finish the authentication process. That will be done in our warehouse with the help of images sent to me via email. I will provide the specifics.
5. WANT TO KEEP GOING BY YOURSELF?
This is the tricky part, as Logos, and hardware are hard to describe, and each brand and style have their own unique specifications.
But in general:
Hardware should not be plastic but metal.
Stitching should be nice, even and neat.
Authenticity Card doesn't always mean the bag is authentic as there are LUXURY BRANDS, like Hermes and Louis Vuitton, that DO NOT PROVIDE THOSE.
Receipts are not always a sign of a purchase.
Serial number is a very important part of the process. A good start for you would be to check that there is one and it matches the company's serial numbers policy in general.
6. TRUST YOURSELF
If at this point you are still not sure, then that is a sign. Don't ignore it. There is always another bag out there.
7. CONTACT ME - LORENA SHIFF TO THE RESCUE
You really want this one? Contact me [email protected] and I will authenticate your purse for you.
Please keep in mind that the authentication process costs between 50-100$ per item depending on the brand. I will ask you to send me specific pictures, in specific resolution, and specific angles, and will provide with a certificate of authentication online and in paper.
PS - I have written an article on how to authenticate a LOUIS VUITTON purse. please read in my blog or click here.