8 Ways to Spot a Fake ...


I spend a lot of time on eBay on at the thrift store, looking for vintage clothes and accessories to add a little retro flair to my closet, and for my family and friends. It’s a jungle out there, though — I can’t tell you how many phony handbags, shoes and jewelry I’ve run across, and I’ve become something of an expert on telling the real deal from the fake junk. Here are 8 ways to spot a fake.

1. Shoddy Craftsmanship

If you’re holding a designer bag in your hands, and the stitches are uneven or loose, and the lining is poorly sewn in, and the zipper catches, then chances are, the bag is a fake, no matter how real the tag looks. Designer accessories are pricey because of the name but also because of the superior craftsmanship. If the work is poor, then it’s likely a fake.

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