First of all, we all know handbags are big business. The leading designers like Prada, Gucci, Coach, Burberry, Dooney and Bourke all command huge investments when you purchase one of their purses, often in the thousands of dollars. So, it is no big surprise then that replica handbags, often called “knock-offs,” are just as big a business.
If you’re looking for the real deal for a steal, be aware that in order to actually get the authentic designer item you will have to most likely fork over the big bucks, regardless of that tip your friend gave you for a little shop where you can get the same thing for hundreds less. Not likely, say most experts. In fact, top designers make it rather common knowledge how you can spot the real product. And they say, you will not find a real Gucci through a street vendor, regardless of what he or she is advertising.
How do you tell the difference? Experts say there are all kinds of clues that will alert you to a fake. There is exact match of fabric and material, the way labels and decorations are attached to the bag, even what type of thread and stitches have been used. Tips such as these are just as handy when you are shopping for a replica and trying not to be duped into spending more than you must. Handbag counterfeiters try their hardest to lead you to believe that the bag you just picked up is a real Prada, and that you can have it for an attractive percentage less than the real thing just because that’s the last one they have in stock.
When you are shopping for a replica, shop with a vendor who advertises top quality replicas up front. A reputable retailer will be honest about their products, and their prices should reflect drastic differences between the authentic designer purses. Also, shop with a business that comes recommended from a friend or colleague. Shopping over the internet, sight unseen, experts warn, puts you at risk for being ripped off. Make sure the online retailer has drastic differences in prices from the originals. They should be honest that they are in fact selling replicas and not hinting that the handbags are originals with deep discounts. Most many consumers, quality replicas are a fine replacement for the original.
Nick Martilik is the fashion consultant and online marketer for the replica handbags and purses at AAAreplicas.com