Women highly covet designer handbags around the world, but not everyone can afford an expensive handbag made by popular designers like Chanel. With the recent price increases, there is no surprise that some would be tempted to resort to buying a replica or a counterfeit. Fortunately, the High-End Facebook community of fashion lovers and connoisseurs shun this activity, and we continue to remain committed to the quality of every product added to our collections.
Have you ever thought it possible for a second-hand Chanel bag purchased from a seemingly reputable store to be a fake? Unfortunately, the likelihood of this happening is quite high! Not only that, even the designer bag you purchased from a retail store or a seller endorsed by a social media influencer could also be a replica.
These days, it is no longer easy to spot a fake Chanel bag. In the past, the mere appearance of a fake is highly discernible. Nowadays, authenticators need to use multiple methods to verify if a product is genuine or not. High-quality counterfeits are saturating the second-hand designer bag market making it extremely challenging for both sellers and buyers to pick an authentic product over a fake.
My reason for shedding light into this alarming issue is a recent post that appeared in the discussion of a High-End Facebook Group, of which I am a member. The post contained a photo of a luxury handbag authenticated by the owner after seeing some unexpected signs of use. The owner had documents from the seller, which is a popular store with a good reputation. The handbag was inspected and authenticated by two separate experts, and the outcomes were also different. If you are the owner, what is your next move if you have conflicting information about the authenticity of the bag you purchased?
According to a consignment owner, ‘getting a handbag authenticated is similar to a doctor’s appointment. If you go to three doctors, it is possible to get three different diagnoses, and the same principle applies to handbag authenticators.’
These authenticators rely on their expert opinion alone, and you pay for this expertise. The risk here is that by relying on the personal opinion of an authenticator to buy a handbag, you are putting your trust and your investment on the possibility of an incorrect assessment.
Those who are looking to get their hands on a hard to find luxury handbag often relies on a consignment store. Many consignment stores have an excellent reputation and have assisted in finding some of my most valued pieces. If you are looking to minimize the risk of buying an expensive item, a consignment store is a great starting point. Of course, look for a store with positive client feedback and a 100% money back guarantee.
Another way to get added peace of mind when buying a luxury handbag is to use Entrupy. This service is an exciting addition to the field of authentication. It is the first of its kind, which is a tool that stores use to get a 98% success rate of authenticating products. You can use this device, along with the expertise of authenticators to further guarantee the accuracy of bag authentication.
To recap my advice about buying a luxury handbag online, always make sure that you are buying from a reputable seller or consignment store. Don’t buy if there is no 100% money-back guarantee and pay using a method that provides you with insurance, such as PayPal.
Even if an authenticator is vouching for the product, human error is always a part of the equation. Hopefully, the tips provided above can help minimize your exposure to getting duped in buying a counterfeit product. Don’t be discouraged in buying second-hand designer handbags because it can be your ticket to owning a highly sought after piece at a reasonable price. As long as you remain vigilant in trusting reputable, trust your instinct, and take time to research, you will succeed in steering clear of fakes and replicas that are flooding the market today.