According to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), of the projected $4.2 trillion drained from the global economy due to counterfeiting, an estimated $70 million of this come from the production and selling of fake luxury bags.
Aside from this economic impact, there are also ethical, moral, and legal implications of buying fakes of patronizing counterfeit luxury goods.
That said, with better counterfeits flooding the market, it can be difficult to distinguish an original piece from a fake one.
That is why, as your trusted preloved shop in New Jersey, we are listing down the ways to verify the authenticity of your bag. Here are some of what you need to check:
If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is, even the ones labeled pre-owned in New York. We suggest visiting the actual website of the brand and comparing the price; if the difference is too significant, you may have a fake bag in your hand.
Plastic, glue, or chemical smell are giveaways to the bag’s origin. An authentic bag should smell like leather.
- Consistency of style, size, and shape
Did the brand ever make the bag in the style, size, or shape? Is it consistent with the real thing? Chances are, if you can’t find it on the brand’s official site or in the press, it’s because it simply doesn’t exist.
Real leather should feel soft and supple, not hard or plastic-like or generally low-quality like the ones that fake bags would usually use.
Of course, to 100% avoid buying fakes, always purchase from an authentic brand boutique, a licensed retailer, or a reputable online store selling preloved luxury goods like our very own ANESUA Preloved Luxury Shop.
You can rest assured that we carry only gently used, authentic luxury goods.
If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase for any reason, you can rest assured of a full refund from us.