How to Spot a Fake Preowned Designer Handbag

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Ah, the thrill of the hunt! Stumbling upon a beautifully preserved preowned designer handbag online or at an unfamiliar vendor, particularly at a steal, can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. But in the bliss of such a discovery, how do you know if what you hold is real?

Authenticating A Designer Handbag

Due to their price tag and prestige, designer handbags are frequently counterfeited, making the authentication process important, especially if you don't know the seller. But the sad truth is spotting a fake bag is more complex than you think it would be.

Here are a few essential tips to help you get started.

  • Study Craftsmanship. Top-tier designers pride themselves on impeccable craftsmanship. Check the stitching. It should be even, straight, and without loose threads. Uneven stitches or a hasty sewing job are potential red flags.
  • Inspect the Hardware. From zippers to buckles, the hardware on a genuine designer bag should feel weighty and substantial. Additionally, many designers brand their hardware subtly with their logo or name.
  • Material Tells a Story. Genuine designer bags don't skimp on materials. Leather should feel soft and buttery, not plasticky or stiff. If the bag uses exotic leather, familiarize yourself with its unique characteristics.
  • Logo and Branding. Brands are meticulous about their logos. Study the logo's size, placement, and even the font. Sometimes, counterfeits can get a detail slightly off, which can be a giveaway.
  • Serial Numbers and Date Codes. Some designers incorporate serial numbers or date codes within their bags. Familiarize yourself with the brand's system and verify the serial number's authenticity, if possible.
  • Interior Details. Don't just judge the bag by its exterior. Peek inside! High-quality lining, branded interior tags, and even the placement of pockets can offer clues.
  • Trust Your Nose. Genuine leather has a specific smell, which is often pleasant and earthy. On the other hand, synthetic materials or chemicals can give off a distinctly plasticky odour.

Shop Preowned Designer Bags at a Trusted Reseller

When purchasing an authentic preowned designer bag, it's better to be safe than sorry. Making it a practice only to shop for preowned designer bags at a trusted vendor like Around the Block consignment ensures authenticity, quality, and peace of mind. Unlike random online listings or questionable sources, reputable resellers meticulously inspect and authenticate every item, ensuring you invest in a genuine luxury.

Another advantage? This approach supports a more sustainable and ethical consumer practice by giving preowned designer bags a second life, mitigating the risks of inadvertently buying counterfeits. With a trusted reseller like Around the Block, you know you are getting the real deal and the satisfaction of making an eco-conscious choice. We take pride in using only certified appraisers to assess the quality and authenticity of every item we receive in our inventory, including our curated collection of preowned luxury designer bags. From Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and more, we have one of the best selections of preowned designer bags on consignment in the greater Toronto area, Browse our current selection of preowned designer handbags online or visit our showroom to see what magnificent finds we have available. 

Final Thoughts

While the world of preowned designer handbags is dazzling, it requires a discerning eye. As with any significant purchase, the mantra remains. It's better to be safe than sorry. So, the next time you're on the verge of adding a new (old) beauty to your collection, pause, authenticate, and then revel in your find!

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