How to Spot an Imposter

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Eugenia Han, owner of the high-end resale website yoogiscloset has an unfailing eye for determining any item's authenticity. Here's her tips for ensuring that the fancy name-brand bag you're buying online isn't actually a clever fake.
Price: It shouldn't be too good to be true. Any site selling new Louis Vuitton for less than louisvuitton is counterfeit, for example-and keep in mind that many labels such as Chanel don't sell new products online at all. If a site is offering them, they probably aren't real.
Pictures: If you're looking at bags on a site like eBay, steer clear of a seller using stock photography-ask for specific shots of the bag you're considering, plus detailed pictures of stampings,zipper heads, and date code/serial numbers.
Verify Date Codes: On Louis Vuitton bags, these contain the manufacturing country along with the month and year of production-look them up online to make sure they correlate (e.g. that the bag stampings don't say it was made in France if the date code indicates USA) Each Chanel bag has a unique serial number that determines the age of the item. If a seller says she purchased the bag in 2004 but the serial number claims 2006, it's a fake.
Return Policy. Flexibility on this front is a good sign. It means the site has nothing to lose.
Ask an Expert: Post pictures of pieces at forum Purseblog its in-house pros will offer an opinion on whether they're counterfeit based on the symmetry, stitching, and hardware.
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