Although there may be “questionable” reasons NOT to buy knock-off designer handbags, there are many reasons TO buy fake designer handbags. First and foremost is that there are a lot of websites out there selling knock-offs as authentic, and getting away with it. And, there are also some big stores right here in the United States unknowingly selling fake designer handbags. If corporate America can be duped into selling fake handbags what chance do you have?
Sam’s Club Caught Red Faced Selling Counterfeit Prada Handbags!!
Today it’s virtually impossible to tell a real designer handbag from a fake designer handbag. Mirror handbags are what they claim, a 99% exact copy. These copies are so good they can fool so-called handbag “experts” and it turns out, they can also fool corporate giants.
It turn’s out that a Sam’s Club in Humble Texas was selling what turned out to be counterfeit Prada handbags. This came to light when one of the handbags somehow made it’s way to Italy, to Prada to be repaired. Prada claimed it a fake. As a result of a lawsuit filed against Sam’s Club any customers who bought any Prada product from Sam’s club between 2002 an 2006 may be eligible for a refund.
The response from Sam’s was interesting to say the least. Apparently in a letter to their customers Sam’s Club said about the Prada handbags “They said they are real, but they are not authentic.” HUH??
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To Buy or Not to Buy
So, here are some questions to ask yourself. “Why do I want to risk spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars and getting a potentially fake handbag?” Good question. Here’s the next question “If fake designer handbags can fool so-called handbag “experts”, doesn’t it make sense that no one else would know, especially me?” Then the next logical question would be “Why would I want to take any risk when for hundreds I can get a comparable handbag?”
Don’t think for one minute you’re buying a guaranteed authentic designer handbag unless you’re shopping at a department store like Nordstrom or Bloomingdales or buying directly from the designers website or outlet.
Think you can buy an authentic designer handbag on eBay? Don’t even try it. The sale of counterfeit handbags on eBay is huge.
Louis Vuitton Quality Replica Handbags
Wouldn’t you love to own a Vuitton? I own three. These three Louis Vuitton handbags are now in my closet. They’re replica handbags so close to the real thing no one knows the difference.
One of the gals here asked for a replica Prada Canvas and Tan Leather Satchel for Christmas. It cost $185. She brought it into the office for all of us to see. The only thing we felt we could fault was the quality of the leather, which could have been better. It came with a tan leather crocodile trim.
We thought it might be interesting to see how closely this fake designer handbag stacked up to the real thing so we did some looking online to find out how to identify an authentic Prada handbag. Here’s a bit of what we found:
How to Identify an Authentic Prada Handbag
The “R” on an authentic Prada logo has a “curved” right leg. The letters on the metal logo plate are slightly raised. Authentic Prada handbags are lined with their signature fabric that is either black or a coordinating color. This signature fabric has the word Prada and a symbol that looks like a sideways “S” woven throughout.
Our logo looks EXACTLY like the original and the lettering has a raised feeling. The signature fabric also looks EXACTLY the same. Here’s are pics of the replica handbag:
The hardware on authentic Prada handbags is marked with the wordPrada very clearly. All Prada zippers are marked by the manufacturer. There may be several different zipper marks – Lampo (with & without the lightning bolt), IPI, Opti, riri, ykk. Also, the feet on the bottom of the handbag will be marked Prada.
The handle hardware on our knock-off bag clearly marked Prada. (no markings on the buckle hardware on the handbag). The zippers are not marked. The feet of the handbag are clearly marked Prada.
We thought the most obvious thing to look for was how the handbag was made. We actually were impressed by the workmanship of this handbag. The stitching is even and the fabric of this bag is sturdy. The attention to detail on the inside of the bag is impressive. Again, the leather is well stitched, no strings or pulls. This handbag has a zipper compartment on one side and a side compartment with cell phone pocket on the other. The lining fits beautifully inside the handbag with no pulling or puckering.
The bottom line is that this is a very good quality handbag for $185. And, we all agreed that since none of us has ever seen an authentic Prada Canvas and Tan Leather Satchel we would never know the difference.
Not All Replica Designer Handbags are Created Equal!
Don’t think that all knock-off designer handbags are the same quality. A $29.99 Coach handbag is going to be a piece of crap, as is a $19.99 fake handbag. Don’t even go there. However, if you shop wisely and follow some practical rules you can get a very good quality handbag in the $200 to $250 range.
First is never buy without a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Also READ the guarantee. For obvious reasons a lot of fake designer handbag sellers are located in Japan or China. If you don’t like the handbag and have to send it back postage can be costly. Also ALWAYS USE A CREDIT CARD for any purchase you make.
Designers claim they lose money to counterfeiters. However, logic dictates that women who are buying replica designer handbags are doing so because they can’t afford the real thing. Women who can afford to buy authentic designer handbags are buying the real thing. LV, Prada and Fendi are NOT losing any money. They just haven’t become smart enough to realize they have a huge untapped market.
We have an idea for designers like LV, Fendi and Prada who are spending lots of money fighting counterfeiters- why don’t you take advantage of an obviously HUGE market right in front of your eyes and make a line of affordable $200 – $400 handbags for the masses?