Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Coach Purse - Is it Fake?

Counterfeit handbags are known by many names – knock offs, replicas, imitations, and flat out fakes. No matter what you call them, they’re becoming more and more prevalent. They can be found on the street, on eBay, and even in small shops. Here are a few tips to help you spot the fakes because you never want to sell a fake, counterfeit, or replica Coach purse on eBay.

You have to first decide if you’re willing to buy a fake handbag. While it may not seem like it’s that big of a deal, understand what counterfeit items are associated with – drugs, gangs, prostitution, and various other crimes. Plus the products are often made by underage children in awful conditions. If you buy fake items, you’re supporting these conditions and these industries.

Although eBay does not allow sellers to offer knock off handbags, they are there because there is no way for eBay to check every new listing. However, sellers who are caught selling imitation Coach bags do have their listings removed from eBay and may even be banned from selling on eBay.

To spot a fake, begin by inspecting the fabric’s pattern. If the item is fake, the “Cs” will be off center, tilted a little bit, have jagged edges, etc. – basically they will just look “off.” Legitimate bags will have the pattern centered on the front and back. The seams will also be well done with no gaps, puckers, or breaks.

Another way to spot a fake is to check the quality of the workmanship and materials used. Legitimate bags will have straight stitches that are a consistent length with no overstitching. Coach bags are very well made, so a bag without these characteristics will be a knock off. Also check the brand of zipper used – all Coach bags have YKK zippers.

Pay attention to where the bag was manufactured. While Coach does make some of their bags in China, they do not make any bags in Thailand or Korea.

Look at pictures closely. Be sure that you’re seeing pictures of the actual bag you’re buying. If you’re not sure about anything, ask for more pictures – legitimate sellers will be happy to show you more.

You can also ask the seller to show you proof of authenticity. They should be able to show you a copy of their receipt or similar paperwork. If the receipt does not say the bag is authentic, it’s a knock off. It’s also a good idea to check out the seller – look at their feedback and their selling history. You can also get in touch with other buyers to find out if they were satisfied with their purchase.

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