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How to Buy Authentic Coach on Ebay: 5 Basic Ways to Tell if a Coach Purse is Real or Fake

Updated on September 21, 2015

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I love Coach bags, period. I eat, sleep and breathe them. They are my kryptonite. I have a hard time resisting anything Coach! I have been selling Coach items on Ebay and have been doing so for over six years. Like I said, I am a Coachaholic! The quality of these bags is irresistible. They are fashionable, a little sassy, and at times just down right classy! And often times the best deals on authentic Coach bags are found on Ebay. Yet not all these "authentic" bags are real. So how can you tell a real authentic Coach purse from a fake? Below I discuss five foolproof ways to determine whether a Coach purse is real.

Foolproof Way 1: The Coach Leather Creed

Coach Ergo Large White Pleated Hobo Purse Style 12235 REAL
Coach Ergo Large White Pleated Hobo Purse Style 12235 REAL | Source

The first way to tell if a Coach bag is real is to look for the Coach leather creed. Every Coach bag has a serial number; it's as simple as that. Inside most Coach purses is a leather patch, known as a Coach creed, which shows a serial number that corresponds to the name and type of Coach purse you are looking at.

Large to medium-sized to large size Coach bags will always have a Coach leather patch with a serial number inside the bag. Some of the smaller bags (such as top-handle bags or clutches) don't have the patch, but they will still have a serial number, and they can be verified. The serial number will be listed on the sales tag. If the sales tag for a small bag is not included in the auction or sale because the bag is pre-owned, then please take this into consideration before bidding or buying.

On a Coach creed, you should see a letter, then four numerals, then a dash, and then more numbers: five numbers for newer bags, three or four for older vintage bags (pre-1990). The last five numerals are the style of the purse. For example, a large white leather Coach Ergo bag has 12235 as its last five digits (see picture). You can take this number and type it into your search bar, either on Ebay or the Internet, with the word "Coach" in front of it, and search it. If your search results come back with similar pictures or descriptions of Coach purses then you know the bag is real. Also, this number can be verified by any Coach store. So if in doubt, pick up the phone and call!

Coach Juliete Mini Satchel Bag. Front view. Although the creed is actually inside this purse, many of these small purses do not have them. Some other ways to verify besides the sales tag would be by the hang tags or any hardware on the purse.
Coach Juliete Mini Satchel Bag. Front view. Although the creed is actually inside this purse, many of these small purses do not have them. Some other ways to verify besides the sales tag would be by the hang tags or any hardware on the purse. | Source
Smaller Coach purse with a Coach leather creed patch inside. This is #45524, Coach Juliette Mini Satchel Bag.
Smaller Coach purse with a Coach leather creed patch inside. This is #45524, Coach Juliette Mini Satchel Bag. | Source
This number would be for a Coach Purse Style 5688. But style 5688 does not exist; a search will prove this. FAKE. The stitching on the creed is also messy, and the writing is not raised.
This number would be for a Coach Purse Style 5688. But style 5688 does not exist; a search will prove this. FAKE. The stitching on the creed is also messy, and the writing is not raised.

Foolproof Way 2: Coach Hangtags

Real metal and leather Coach hang tags.
Real metal and leather Coach hang tags.

Coach hangtags are NOT sales tags, but small leather keyfobs adorning the outside of a Coach purse. They are ALWAYS leather and embossed with the word "Coach". The only way a real authentic Coach purse would come with a metal hangtag is if it was a limited edition. The metal hangtag would always be accompanied by one or two leather hangtags, or crystal studded. If you see a purse with a metal hangtag only (often gold-colored), it is fake, or at the very least its authenticity should be questioned!

Lone Coach embossed leather hangtag. REAL
Lone Coach embossed leather hangtag. REAL

Foolproof Way 3: The Inside Lining

Coach satin interior lining, solid:  REAL
Coach satin interior lining, solid: REAL | Source

The easiest way to tell whether a Coach purse is fake or real is by the inside lining of the purse. For real purses, it will be a solid-color satin material. There are exceptions to this rule in the Legacy line of purses, but since this is a basic guide I am not touching on that. Fake Coach purses may be lined with solid-colored silk (very rarely, only high-quality knock-offs will have this), or much more often with the "signature C" lining shown in the picture below.

"Signature C" Lining: FAKE
"Signature C" Lining: FAKE

Foolproof Way 4: Coach Sales Tag

REAL Coach sales tag. Notice how the tag is looped through the hardware.
REAL Coach sales tag. Notice how the tag is looped through the hardware. | Source

Authentic Coach sales tags are always white. They will list the MSRP price of the purse and the style number that I discussed above under Foolproof Tip 1 (Coach creed), as well as an abbreviated description of the style of purse. For example "Med Mad Met Hip" is Medium Madison Metallic Hippie. Fake sales tags are always red or brown with a white outside border, and these fake tags will be attached to the fake metal hangtag rather than to the hardware or to the inside of the Coach purse.

By the way, Coach bags do not come with Coach booklets, only a small business-card-like Coach care card.

Real Coach Sales Tag
Real Coach Sales Tag

Foolproof Way 5: "Signature C" Material on the Outside

REAL Coach signature C material. The C's can be split right down the middle of the purse.
REAL Coach signature C material. The C's can be split right down the middle of the purse.

This tip obviously will not work on leather Coach purses; for them you need to use the earlier tips. But when it comes to Coach purses made from the "signature C" jacquard material, it's pretty easy to tell whether they are fake or real. The C's in the material will always line up straight down the center of the purse, so if you were to cut the purse in half from top to bottom, through the middle of the bag, each side would have its own C. This pattern will continue throughout the purse and along the bottom of the bag. On fake Coach purses, the C's are usually not lined up and they are often off-center from the middle of the bag.

Also, if they are genuine, these bags with the "signature C" material on the outside have solid inner satin linings. If the inside liner has the "signature C" design, the purse is not genuine.

Questions or comments? Leave them below!

Feel free to contact me via Hubpages with any question, or with pictures, should you be thinking about purchasing a Coach bag from Ebay but are still unsure. I would be more than happy to help you verify its authenticity.


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    • Rosana Modugno profile image

      Rosana Modugno 4 years ago from 10th Kingdom

      Great hub! I am a little familiar with Coach, undoubtedly not as much a fan as you. lol However, I must admit I wasn't aware of #5. Thumbs up for an informative article. I especially liked how you had the pics of the fake and real to show the differences.

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      efeyas 4 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Glad you could pull some new information from this Hub. Thanks for commenting Rosana!

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      Marilyn Kee 4 years ago from Penang, Malaysia

      Great info! Here's how you could spot an investment worthy bag.

    • Eileen N Dixon 2 years ago

      I have some problem with coach bags,because i don,t know how to distinguish it is real .

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Eileen, feel free to email me photos of the purse in question and I would gladly help you authenticate it. Thanks!

    • Nightwolf 2 years ago

      The number rule on this list is wrong. The small handbags don't have the "Creed" tag on the inside. Please check your facts before you mislead potential customers.

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Nightwolf, some of the smaller bags do actually have a Coach creed in them. It depends on the Coach line from which it came. My Madison sequin clutch is a limited edition and has a Coach leather Creed patch in it as well as my Madison Op Art top handle bag. Some of the smaller bags do not come with the Coach leather creed patch but can still be verified via their serial number which will be listed on the sales tag. You can still verify the authenticity of a small bag even with out a sales tag or Coach leather creed patch by checking the inside liner, hardware, Coach hang tags, zippers, etc. to ensure that they are all genuine. Many times the smaller bags will have coach engraved in the hardware somewhere in the purse. So please check your own facts before assuming something.

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Also, I've included pictures above of a smaller bag with the Coach leather Creed patch inside to show an example. Thanks!

    • Karen 2 years ago

      I'm looking at a vintage coach bag that was made in nyc and the serial number is 006-1607. Is this authentic?

    • Kelly 2 years ago

      Hi I have a coach bag but I'm not able to tell if it's real... Can u help me please?

    • Kelly 2 years ago

      My email is thanks

    • Kelly271 2 years ago

      Please help me identify if my coach purse is authentic. Thanks! The serial number is G1376-F77408

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hi Kelley, the F77408 tells me it is a Coach Signature Nylon File Bag or crossbody bag. The G1376 is also correct. They come in many colors and will have the Coach creed or leather patch inside the purse. Hope this helps!

    • Kelly271 2 years ago

      Thanks, so that means that it is authentic?!

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA


      yes going by the number it is authentic. If you would like you can send me a picture via hubpages and I can look at it as well. Thanks!

      Hi Mary,

      Going by the D1293-Z20882 it indicates that the purse is a Coach Nancy Studded Convertible Satchel Bag. Before I verify its authenticity I would have to see a picture. Please feel free to contact me via HubPages email with a picture.

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hi Nelly,

      I can't verify authenticity 100% without seeing the purses so for now I'm going by serial number only. Please take this into consideration.

      M1320-F23284- Is a Coach Parker Leather Carrie Tote Bag , going by the serial number alone I would say its authentic.

      L1380-F27008-Is a Coach Signature Strip Tote in Khaki with the Signature C material and an Strip down the front. The serial number indicates it's authentic.

      K1380-F23283-Is a Coach Signature Zebra Stripe Tote, serial number indicates it is authentic.

      H1394-F25282-Is a Coach Signature Ocelot (Animal) Print Tote in Purple, Brown & Black. According to the serial number you supplied I would say it's authentic.

      Hope this helps! Thanks for commenting.

    • Megan 2 years ago

      Hi, I'm considering buying a Coach bag and have been doing some research before. So I'm glad I stumbled upon your page. I was wondering if you could help me determine if it's authentic or not? The serial is J0868-18148. Thanks so much :)

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hello Megan,

      Going by the serial number you gave me I couldn't dig anything up. Taking this into consideration I can't accurately validate it's authenticity (I would have to say avoid this purchase). If you have a specific website you are looking at to purchase it from feel free to send me the link and I will check it out or if you have the link to the listing on Ebay , send me that.

      Hope this helps! Thanks

    • Megan 2 years ago

      Hi, me again. I'm so sorry, I read the numbers wrong! I got a clearer view of the serial tag and it's actually 13143 as the last digits.

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hi Megan,

      That serial number (13143) is associated with a Coach Op-Art Coated Canvas Tote. I would say it's authentic going by the serial number alone. I would need to see pictures to verify it 100% though. You can also make sure it has a pocket on the front with a turnlock closure, the outside material should be a coated canvas with the signature C's and the word COACH printed here and there on the outside material, inside material should be their signature satin material (solid color) as another way of verifying the authenticity. Hope this helps.

    • Paula Dixon 2 years ago

      I just purchased 2 COACH Handbags, I think they may be fakes can I send a pic of them to you, I also have them on my Facebook page if you wish to take a look!

      Paula Dixon



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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hi Paula,

      I can take a look just send me the link to the facebook page pictures and I will let you know. Also, where did you buy them from? Thanks!

    • Jamie Frasier 2 years ago

      I have a bag that says coach bag, trying to determine if real or fake. Can you help.

    • Heather Causey 2 years ago

      Can you tell me if this is authentic? No. L0868-6011

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hi Heather,

      I would have to see the purse. The last few digits aren't giving me anything. It could be because its an older bag pre-1999, if this isn't the case and the purse has just recently be purchased I would say avoid it. Without seeing a picture I can't confirm it's authenticity at this moment in time.

      Hope this helps. Thanks!

    • 2 years ago

      I just bought 2 old maybe coach bags : serial #'s: F 12-9 710 and 0325-025 they look nice anyway?

    • pinkpugsy 2 years ago

      Hi there, my husband purchased this bag for me off of ebay in July ( I noticed the long strap my bag came with is pink, while in the stock photo on eBay and the Coach factory site, the long strap is tan. Everything about the bag appears to be genuine, but I'm worried about the difference in color of the strap. Does that indicate a fake? Thank you!

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hi Pinkpugsy!

      I just checked it out and it looks 100% Authentic. The Coach tag is attached and authentic and the hang tags are all present as well as the creed patch inside the purse. I have seen this multi-function tote in this color before with the pink strap. The other difference is the inside lining is pink whereas some of the other purses have the tan lining. Your husband did a good job, he found the rare pomegranate color in this style and it looks like it was shipped by Coach directly to the seller. Rest assured, in my opinion , the purse is authentic. If you still have doubts, give Coach a call or take it in to a store. They can always verify it as well. Hope this helps!


    • pinkpugsy 2 years ago

      Yay! Thank you so much!

    • melissa 2 years ago

      I was wondering if you could tell me if this bag I have is a fake..a2j13687

    • Stephanie 2 years ago

      My fiancé got me a F1269-f20049 was wondering if real or fake?

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hi Stephanie,

      Looks like he bought you a Coach Dotted OP Art Ashley Carryall bag. The number is legit, I would say it's authentic. Enjoy!

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hi Mira,

      I just looked at the Ebay auction, the purse is authentic. It was in a used condition when you bought it so it probably wouldn't have had a sales tag on it. The Coach hangtags looked like they were missing as well. Thanks!

    • Mira 2 years ago

      thank you for help ^_^

    • Kim 2 years ago

      I just purchased a small cross body coach. It doesn't have a patch on the inside with any info. It does have the leather coach tag on the outside. And the zipper is YKK. Is it unusual for these small bags to not have inside patch?

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hello Kim,

      Sometimes these smaller cross body bags have the Coach patch on the inside but it depends on what Coach line they are from, some don't. Where did you purchase the purse from? Not sure why the zipper would be marked with a YKK, that's a red flag for me. I'd really have to see a picture to verify it. Hopefully this helped a little.

    • Hazel 2 years ago

      Do sell on Vinted?

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hi Hazel,

      i'm not sure what Vinted is? Right now I sell on Ebay.

    • Patricia Dougherty 2 years ago

      hi i bought a vintage coach bag the tag says it was made in Italy but it doesn't have a has a creed but no serial number. it is a large bag 17" wide 11 1/2" top to bottom it is black pebble leather with brown handles and trim. can you tell me if i go to a coach store will they be able to tell me if it is real.

      ty patty

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Actually Ben Burned, there is a way. Despite fake purses using authentic serial numbers on a creed there a ton of other give aways that marks the bag as a FAKE. Did you read the article at all or just decide to post your website link on here? Please no spammers. What you don't seem to be getting about this article is that is is a BASIC GUIDE. I didn't go in depth for a reason. Most people aren't experts and just want a basic guide to be able to tell a real Coach purse from a fake one and that is exactly what this is, A BASIC GUIDE. So please take your spam somewhere else. And PS...I'd go toe to toe with you any day, I'd win. I don't misguide anyone.

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA


      Has been deleted. No website links allowed in comments but I did address your idiotic post. See above!

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      efeyas 2 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hi Patricia,

      Verifying that would be really difficult with out seeing a picture or the bag itself since telling the difference between a real or fake bag with vintage is somewhat different from newer bags.

    • anne c. 2 years ago

      LO5Q 5688 is indeed a fake?

    • Lisa 2 years ago

      Can you please help me to find out if my purse is real or fake. Please & thank you. F0782-F11515.

    • Lisa Anderson 2 years ago

      Good Morning I have a bag that was given to me as a gift. I can not identify if it is real or a knock off. The serial # is B1321-22381. Thanks for your help

    • jlv5555 2 years ago

      I would love to find out if my recent purchase on eBay is real or fake! Could you help me? I have plenty of pictures...

      I'm concerned because the zipper doesn't have the letters on it!

    • yohe 2 years ago

      Is my coach bag fake of the tiny purse has "coach est. 1941" all over it?

    • Natalie Parr 2 years ago

      I bought a signature Coach purse off ebay. The creed inside does not have a serial number on it. however, on one of the inside pockets there is a tag with the serial number on it F1405-F2850. the hang tag also says Coach New York. any info?

    • Wisteria 2 years ago

      I have bought a red coach tote bag from ebay , although not yet arrived, and have been assured by the seller it was purchased in a Washington Coach Store. site link

      Brand New Red Coach Tote Bag

      ( 161503584451 )

      It has every necessary detail but I still have a few doubts especially regarding the sale price.

      I would value your opinion. Thank you.

    • Wisteria 2 years ago

      Ref the above posting: I now realise the above information is not helpful is reaching a link.

      The creed number is L1294-23576.

      Thank you

    • jewuls 2 years ago

      I purchased a coach blk/grey Nancy bag-satchel. The creed tag has the carriage logo on top of the creed. Also no serial numbers. there is a white sewn in tag that says made in Vietnam. I have read where this could possible be real , but I'm doubtful.

    • Holly 2 years ago

      Hi. I just purchased a coach bag from ebay. I'm not sure if it is real. Can you help? No. G0768-11505. Thank you soon much. This is a great thing you do to help people.

    • chris 2 years ago

      Hi I have been given a Coach bag for christmas the number on the bag is: M3U-13671 I suspect it is a fake? Can you kindly let me know? thanks Chris

    • Jenny 2 years ago

      Hi i have a coach purse and ive read a lot of how too tell fake from authentic but still am lost. It does not have a serial number but says this is an authentic coach bag it was hancrafted in the united states of completely natural glove tanned cowhide the variations in the grain are characteristics if natural full grain leather 1944.The hang tag is metal with coach on it. Parts of the leather or whatever its made from is pealing. Please

    • Jenni 2 years ago

      I just wanted to let you know...I just bought a very pricey coach bag at a Coach store that did not have a serial number on the leather tag inside of it. The Coach customer service rep explained to me that on many of the 'shiny' leather tags inside the newest selling bags, there are no serial numbers attached- just FYI

    • Jennifer0812 2 years ago

      Hello, how can I send you a picture through email? I am new to this group

    • jamien 2 years ago

      Im trying to authenticate my coach bag but I might believe its a vintage bag. Please help.

    • Amy 2 years ago

      I was given a coach crossbody bag and I wanted to know if its real or not. It is a smaller bag so it doesn't have a creed. The front has a small metal coach embellishment that has COACH on top and smaller underneath it says "new york" it also says the same on the leather tag that's on the metal chain. Also the zipper has IDEAL on the metal. It did come with like the little care card. Also the inside has a small tag that says made in philippinee. And another small tag that looks like a product number

    • Karcar1963 24 months ago

      My Coach is a legacy duffle with C's trimmed in leather. It has Made in Viet Nam on the inside tag. The Creed does not state where it was made. It otherwise looks authentic. Let me know your thoughts.

    • Tonya 24 months ago

      Thanks so much for your article! The bag I've purchased seems to authenticate really well through all your tips but I was wondering about the inside leather stamp. The only thing that I question about the bag is that the credo inside doesn't make reference to where the bag was handcrafted. Otherwise the credo is exactly the same and the serial number and everything else though is perfect. Would that mean it's a replica?


    • Joyce 24 months ago

      Real coach purses are not made with a serial number anymore

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 24 months ago from Washington State

      Great information about Coach bags. Quite fascinating all the detail involved to tell what is real or not. I know there are some knock offs out there. What about those? Can those still be bought and sold if the buyer knows by being told by the seller they aren't the real deal?

    • AshimaTan 24 months ago

      It's actually amusing to know how people still purchase and flaunt their fake coach bags and think nobody will come to know…

      So thumbs up for writing this hub and making people aware of "reality" around them...

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      Singular Investor 24 months ago from Oxford

      Excellent hub Efeyas and really useful for anyone looking for a genuine Coach bag. Do you know if Coach themselves produce guidelines for identifying genuine bags?

    • Samantha 23 months ago

      Hi, I purchased a diaper bag from and it doesn't have a serial number.

    • Ang 23 months ago

      Hi Hub,

      I have a cross body bag, looks to be vintage Willis. No 0710-335 or 0701-335 ( I was reading it in an awkward position, due to lighting. Is it Authentic?

    • Saadah 23 months ago


      Im just wondering if bags on are authentic?

    • Tiffany 23 months ago

      What is your email so I can send pictures of a coach cross body

    • Kelli Evans 23 months ago

      I have a large black satchel bag that has a metal tag and leather tag but cannot verify the serial number. Can you help me in any way at all? I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me so I can guarantee that it's real before I put it up for sale. Thanks so much!

      Kelli Evans


    • Morgan 23 months ago

      Is this bag authentic? I'm very grateful for not only your page, but ebays policy for inauthentic items being sold on eBay.

    • Dee 23 months ago

      I have a coach purse with NO CO4U 1202. I can't find a picture or any information about it. Thanks for your help

    • Kristy 23 months ago

      Just purchased a Coach from someone and want to verify it's authenticity and see if the style can be determined No. H1082-15756.

    • Julio 23 months ago

      Some People are like Who Cares if its a Fake I agree, but at the same time disagree. The Reason are because. Some Fakes are Made very Poorly Look really sloppy, but then again some fakes look really good can barely tell the defference. All I'm saying is that.. If you are going to buy a Fake get one that's not sloppy Not 2 noticable. [: Also, The fakes are a really good buy 2, but sometimes people sell them saying there real it turns out 2 be a fake. That's was I hate.. So watch out! [:

    • Ashley 22 months ago


      Could you please tell me if this bag is fake or real? The serial number is No: K0785-F11666. It looks real, but I'm not finding any information on it. Thanks for your help!

    • Clarizza 22 months ago

      Hi! Can i have your email address? I have a question on my recent coach purchase. It is probably fake. Thanks.

    • Clarizza 22 months ago

      Please email me at i can send pictures . Hope you could assist :( thanks in advance.

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      efeyas 22 months ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hi Ashley,

      The style number you gave me indicates that if authentic it would be a Coach Signature Carryall Tote bag, they usually are made with either a suede or leather bottom with one adjustable strap and one leather hang tag. Hope this helps!

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      efeyas 22 months ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA


      Leave me the style number and a description. I will try to help. I don't give out my personal email or I would be flooded with questions and wouldn't be able to keep up. Although I do believe there is a way you can email me directly through HubPages via this post.


    • Corv0377 22 months ago

      I have a bag with the numbes a3j-7579... I have looked and looked to see if this is a real or fake bag. Can you please help me

    • Carm 22 months ago

      Hi, I bought a used purse and I think from the info aopve that it is fake. The lining is not a solid colour. There is a solid patch but the serial is YE-57-0589 which does not follow your rules either. Please let me know at

    • kacyrae 22 months ago

      I bought a coach folding tote off of top hatter. The bag has no serial number and its not on the coach website. I believe its fake. Can you email me at and I'll send you a picture to see if its real.

    • Victoria 22 months ago

      HO 71312266 - It's supposed to be a Reed Krakoff 10th Anniversary Limited Edition .

      The interior is not solid,... and looks as though there is RC or RK (I'm assuming K) 07' with pictures in it. Because it was an anniversary year, have they done things out of the norm,... in special years?

      I'm pretty sure the bag is from before 2011'

      It appears to be a Hobo style bag with gold pebbled leather, with a chain and large change purse in the center, with a clip closure.

      I can send pictures,... the interior tag is a bit hard to read, due to it being the gold pebbled leather. Which makes me suspicious?

      Plus I can't find any other online. You can email me . Thank you in advance for your help!

    • kristine 22 months ago

      Hi, i recently purchased some coach bags. The seller says its pre owned thus the low selling price. I really don't have an eye in identifying if a coach bag is real, i.just love the bags and a good deal from it. But I could sleep last night thinking if it was all worth my hard earned money. I want to send you pictures but how? Anyway here are the serial numbers 1. F25183 - Does the logo in front.should be the new coach logo without the Horse? Or there are really designs that the logo is a horse and COACH est 1941? When i search and enter the serial on the search bar the images appeared were all the samae, the logo doesn't have the horsey

      . 2. F25671- Does the hardware have or should not have a coach engrave on the logo? I will be very happy if you help me clear all this. Thank you

    • Jenny 22 months ago

      I have a coach with the number H4B-0516. It is an old coach I have had for some years. Is it real.

    • Deb 22 months ago

      How would I go about sending you a pic of makeup bag to authenticate?

    • jeannie 22 months ago

      Can you look at this bag and tell me if you think it is real or fake

    • Ashley 21 months ago

      I recently bought a coach diaper bag off eBay and I am afraid it is a fake. Is there anyway you could tell me?

    • Darla 21 months ago

      What if it says Vietnam inside /sm zebra print


    • Jackie 21 months ago

      Can you tell me if asu 9954 is real? It is an old style. I really can't say it faded a little.

    • Breenacres5 21 months ago

      This was very helpful information. Sad thing is, my bag is fake. At least I know. Won't try to resell. Thank you.

    • Stacey 21 months ago

      Can you help me see if mine is real? Serial number D1273-17806M. Thanks for any help!

    • jane 21 months ago

      I have a bag with serial # K1076-F15681, can you tell me if it is real?

    • Keith 21 months ago

      Could a coach bag have a creed but no serial number on that creed?

    • Keith 21 months ago

      And if not, do all coach bags have the serial number somewhere in the bad itself. Thanks

    • Joyce 21 months ago

      Hi. I purchased this Coach [F28728-SKHCM] Park Signature Carrie Tote and it doesn't have the serial number on the creed. I checked the bar code on the tag and searched it over the internet, it results the same bags . But I'm still worried that there's no serial number on the leather patch. How will i know if it's authentic or fake? Thanks

    • april 20 months ago getting ready to buy a bag of ebay and the serial number is H0771-11236 xan u tell me if its real or not,please?

    • 3la 20 months ago

      I just bought a purse this week from coach .com it arrived Thursday and there is a creed but no serial number, this might not be a way to judge an authentic bag anymore when buying used. It is a leather satchel, maybe it is just some of the new bags? I was worried about that since when I am bored of a purse I put it up on ebay and the general consensus is that if there is no serial# it is fake.

    • ang 20 months ago

      I've bought two park hobo bags from the online sales this month I know they are real ( I've returned one to the store) neither one had serial numbers and the one I just got as a pink leather hang tag and the bag is vermilion. I called coach and they said that bag comes with many different tag colors.

    • Marie 20 months ago

      Hi I brought some bags from an outlet store in Hawaii. They don't have a serial number and are made in Vietnam ??

    • Krystle 20 months ago

      No one panic! I get a new coach bag every month and I noticed that my serial numbers were nonexistant...I panicced and called my store...she said Coach has started putting the serial numbers in a new nondisclosed location on the bag but will no longer be on the my question is...where is the new serial number hidden?

    • Slamp 19 months ago

      Can u please tell me if this is a fake??

      F52657 I would like to send u a picture because it's not a leather patch and see what u think. Let me know how please.

    • DeHass 19 months ago

      I have been a 100% rated ebay buyer for several years. Recently decided to sell 3 of my Coach items. The second item I listed was a like new Coach bag that I purchased a couple of years ago on ebay but really is not my style. To me it meets every authenticity test. Well a couple of days after she received the bag the buy sent a message saying she took it to a Coach store and they said it was fake. I immediately agreed to a refund upon return of the bag. The reason being there are not 4 complete "C"s on the bottom panel. It is a satchel type bag.

      I have owned a number of Coach bags and I really believe this bag to be authentic. I won't risk listing it again but I sure would like to verify its authenticity. Can you help please?

    • debbiedo 18 months ago

      A lady on line through a garage sale site is selling authentic coach purse for $100.00 The serial # is NO 01221-18979. It doesn't have the hole punch looking stamp on the leather tag on the inside. It also says it's made in the Philippines. The outside is the signature c tan pattern, with a pink border around the top and pink handles. It also has no ykk zipper. I got stung a couple of years ago when I bought my daughter one for her birthday. She ended up trying to sell it, and then we found out it was fake. I spent $175.00 dollars for it. So now I'm very weary of buying on-line through garage sale sites. Can you help me. I'm trying to find one for my daughter 18th birthday

    • Cheryl2223 18 months ago

      I'm looking at a "Coach" bag, but I can't find this number for this "Coach. This bag is on ebay, with the number "B3K-014" . Is this real? Thank you for your help!!

    • Nini 18 months ago

      Pls help me find out if this serial is authentic? No G0773-F11519 . it's a glossy coach bag with Creed on top of the serial number. Thank you so much.

    • LiesaT 16 months ago

      Not all coachs hv serial numbers!! Dont trust everything you read coach

    • Jennifer 14 months ago

      Hi I don't know if you're still taking questions/comments, I'm pretty sure all my Coach bags are fake anyway (after having, briefly, a real LV & a real Gucci it gets easier to spot low quality anything; I always look at the leather handles, if they're nice and soft and supple, that's an indicator of quality: I have had amazingly nice/expensive knock-offs perfect in every detail but with stiff cheap feeling handles). I just wanted to mention that I'd been perusing the Coach website recently trying to verify if two pairs of glasses I had were authentic, and I read THEIR authentication tips. Simply buy at a Coach store or one of the authorized retailers they have listed (you'd have to double check but I think coach was listed as NOT having to do with them, I don't remember). They also said that they DO NOT VERIFY items by serial number via phone, or authenticate items in stores. Their theory is that if you shop where you should you won't need to worry about buying a fake. I do understand that they need to combat black market knock-offs, and so discourage online aftermarket sales which are totally outside of their control. They can't rightly verify by serial # alone, as you have mentioned, and they can't have their upscale retail stores overrun with people lined up with- mostly- fake bags for their salespeople to inspect. But they are denying economic & consumer reality. Most people can't afford to walk into a Coach store and shell out $300, $600, $1,000+ on a luxury accessory. So many people turn to places like eBay to realize what had been out of reach. They are 1st time owners and so don't often realize what the genuine article looks & feels like. They also don't realize that "amazing deal" they got is utterly unrealistic. Why would someone sell for $25 what they could get $100+ for? There certainly are RARE exceptions. But it's like the people on eBay who leave negative feedback about the "cheap quality" whatever they just bought...for $1. One of the ladies previously asked your opinion on a purse she was considering from a garage sale site. Then said she had been ripped off already buying from a garage sale site was tired of it. With $175 I believe you could actually go into a Coach store and find something, sidestepping the whole question of authenticity. But I f you are hell bent on getting a "deal", well you get what you pay for. Sorry for how long this got; I just really wanted your input on Coach's official stance on refusing to authenticate items.

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      Singular Investor 14 months ago from Oxford

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for the comment! You are right, if you want a genuine article then you are better off going direct to the manufacturer's outlet. Coach are expensive but for designer bags they are generally much less expensive than the others such as Louis Vuitton and the quality is good. Buying online is a minefield. I wrote this page quite a while back so things may have changed since I wrote it but I hope that the information helps some people nevertheless. Thanks again for taking the time to comment, I hope readers will read your comment too !

    • Karen 12 months ago

      I have a A3J-7579 coach purse with a leather creed

      It's plaid blue red and tan

      Can you tell me anything about this

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      Singular Investor 12 months ago from Oxford

      Hi Karen,

      Unfortunately I can't - I'm just a blogger. Good luck with your search, have you tried the Coach website ?

    • laurab 12 months ago

    • Autumn 12 months ago

      How can I send you a picture to tell if mine is real?

    • erika 11 months ago

      hello, i am very sure this COACH diaper bag i purchased on Mercari is fake as evidenced by the following, can you help me? the creed matches the type of bag however the year is 2014 and the word reflect doesnt have the s and apparently they started to use the word reflects as opposed to reflect in 2008? I cannot see any real coach online that say reflect after 2008, or in my own bags. the bag feels like plastic but claims to be leather (chelsea diaper bag) no cloth tag inside with country of where it was made, only a see through plastic tiny one sticking out of side saying made in Vietnam. The creed doesnt state where it was made, and also at the bottom, right before the letter and numbers begin, where the No is, the No has a period after it up next to the o and isnt underlined. there is one spot on the bottom back seam where the piping is it overlaps as though it is pieced together. the zippers do say YKK and the lining is fairly nice,

    • Sabrina 11 months ago

      I just purchased a leather COACH on Ebay for the first time ever and it's gorgoeus and in same style as the bags I have purchased in NYC. I am curouis if it is real because the Creed has states Made in Italy, L7E-4181, yet the exterior has a stamp that says Coach New York.

      However, the bag has a mildewly smell to it. Is there a way to get rid of it?

      I love the bag, but my gut says return it.

    • Marylou C. 11 months ago

      I'm wondering if a Coach backpack purse that I bought at a Goodwill store is real or a fake, can you help me?

    • Rachel Kelly 10 months ago

      I AM, LIKE YOURSELF, A HUGE HUGE COACH LADY, from my bags, briefcase, phone cases, sunglasses, key chains, raincoat, you get the point, lol. Oh yeah, forgot the business card holder! Lol

    • lawanda 9 months ago

      I have a small clutch like coach bag.. it all black. There no numbers or letters inside.. how can I tell of it real...

    • Kayla 9 months ago

      Is mine authentic? D1457-F29362

    • Sher 9 months ago

      Just wondering if this is an authentic Coach bag number L1048-F16443?

      Thank you!!

    • Jean Bakula 9 months ago

      You can go online to and get the phone number. Give them the serial number, and a sales rep can verify if it is authentic.

    • lmascian 9 months ago

      Hello. Can you help me determine if my bag is an authentic Coach? I can provide pics if needed. Thanks.


      I did reach out to COACH and provide them with the numbers on the creed and their response was this...

      Since there are many determining factors to verify that your bag is a COACH product, we are unable to make that determination with the registration number only.

      Please refer to the link below for authorized distributors:

    • nena 9 months ago

      Hello, I don't think this is a real coach, I bought it at a thrift store and the zipper was broken, itis a black Ashley with a black interior, and I have one just like it I bought new but the interior on mine is purple. can you let me know if this is authentic? It's Ashley coach bag No. G1476-Z33041

    • Susan 9 months ago

      I just got 13 Coach vintage leather bags from my mom's church, they have asked me to sell them on Ebay to help them raise money for their charities. Anyways, I have been able to authenticate several of them. There are a few I can not find however. All have the Creed and serial no. in them. Here is a list of the ones I can not find








      I can send pictures also. All of these bags have the correct Creed with the serial number on it and they also all have an attached leather hang tag in the same color as the bag.

      Thank you for any help, Susan

    • kaycee 9 months ago

      Hi i have been wondering if the coach bag i got is real or not but after reading this blog its more on leaning to being fake but he said it was bought in coach online shop :( i need help

    • Christie 8 months ago

      Just bought a coach bag and would like to see what you can tell me. F1049-F13732

    • lyndsey 8 months ago

      Hi i have a ton of purses but don't know if fake or not

    • Sue stanley 8 months ago

      Just bought this Coach purse. Can you please tell me if its real. It has no patch How do I send you photos to you? Thanks Sue

    • Coach 8 months ago

      That is a lie , not all coach purses have the creed numbers , especially after models made in 2014 , or mini bags and a numerous of others , don't post false information

    • Karen 8 months ago

      Can you tell me if this is an authentic creed for the following coach purse


    • Emily 7 months ago

    • Collette 7 months ago

      Hi I need help authenticating a coach gabby tartan bag. Creed is H1040-F1548. This bag is a pink and black plaid. Should an authentic Coach match the c pattern in the back also?

    • ChastitySMoore 7 months ago

      Is there any way I could email you some pictures of a Coach bag I just got for a gift? I haven't a clue whether it's real or fake. I've never seen one in this color... that you.

    • Ms Gertie 7 months ago

      I have a sinking suspicion that I bought a fake Coach. The serial number is CO6Q-11495 . According to your blog, this number many not even be in the correct format? It also is lined with the C pattern. The bag is Red with a embroidered design that includes the stage coach, a skull and pink flowers. Do you have an opinion on this?

    • Missmariaberns 6 months ago

      Hi i'm eyeing a coach bag online can i email it to you to authenticate? Pls. I need your email pls.

    • Nicole 5 months ago

      I am interested in a COACH cardholder. Not sure if it is real.

    • Nikki 5 months ago

      I have one of the poppy bags and a magnet will not stick to the metal on it. Is it fake?

    • Nikki 5 months ago

      Not all hangtag are leather the poppy collection has a hard plastic hangtag.

    • Jasmin 5 months ago

      Hi, i bought coach purse in mainland and im suspecting it is fake. The serial number is F28502 and its made in philippines. Is it automatic fake if it's made in the philippines?

    • jessica chauhan 5 months ago

      Thanks for sharing the information as I was not aware that we can get fake coach purse also.

    • Asiah 4 months ago

      Hey @Jasmin , there are coach factories in Vietnam, China & Phillipines. So it should be authentic.

    • Looneyslady 4 months ago

      I got this coach bag with leather smells like leather NO A2J -7800 is it a fake it has metal tags

    • ceecee 4 months ago

      Hi ijust brought a tablet holder and cant tell if it is fake or not, it has a solid lining inside and the C's line up but no serial number anywhere. not sure how to send pic to this site

    • Maria Drummond 4 months ago

      Does Coach make any purses with a print other than the Cs? Do they make an animal print bag? Thank you.

    • Hi its julie 4 months ago

      I have three coach purses and would like to know if there real or fake please help me ty

    • Calvinj82 4 months ago

      Thanks for the article. I actually just bought a Coach from Ebay and I was wondering if I could send you some pics to help with authentication?

    • Sabiha Hassan 4 months ago

      I would like to know if this bag is authentic. Attached is the link and pictures. I have not bought it yet. Waiting for yiur advice. Thanks! I cant attach the link, so I am putting in the description. Coach Carrie Crossbody in pebble red authentic leather F36666, sold on by Electro Deals NH and fulfilled by Amazon.

    • Michelle 3 months ago

      Hello I purchased a Coach bag A2J-7801 and think its a fake. Any help? I could not find where to send a pic.

    • Alexandria 3 months ago

      Is my coach purse real ? N2F0993-14235

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    • Linda 3 months ago

      Where do you go an look up the serial number?

    • Brittany 3 months ago

      G1282-F20015. It's blue. Please help :)

    • Natasha 2 months ago

      Hi can you please tell me if Coach F36366 (Authentic Coach London Womens Designer Tan Brown Leather Carryall Bag [F36366]) is genuine? item: 331984632561 It looks like a business called and called sarah-hobbs-handbags (402 Feedback score: 402) I live in the UK and want to buy my mum a multi compartment zipped handbag and this one looks quite nice 3 separate zipped compartments, decent size, and can be hand held or put across her body (which is easier for her at the mo as she has to use a walking stick as she has had a problem with her leg for a couple of weeks. I have set myself a budget of £200 (so it is just within) as I have already spent over that on some of her other Christmas presents (already LOL! Better to start early and you only have one mum! Oooops I deviating off the subject sorry) So any help is confirming whether this is genuine would be much appreciated x

    • Kathy 2 months ago

      Is it real??? YE-06-1982

    • Emilie 2 months ago

      Come on girls!!! This post is olddddd. Somebody notifies the writer to change or update plz? As of today, 30 October 2016, I know for a fact that most of Coach bags don't have ID numbers anymore. I checked in person at department stores like Macys, Lord and Taylor, Nordstrom... and also Coach outlet stores in Illinois. Please DO NOT rely on a VERY OLD POST to verify your bag. Go to a store instead!!

    • VincentLazaro 2 months ago

      ...same goes with bags for men?


    • Tamara Ekberg 2 months ago

      I have a bag I was wondering if you could tell me if it's authentic or not!?

    • katie 8 weeks ago

      I just bought a bag similar to this one listed on ebay but I'm not sure if its real. Ebay is the only place im seeing one similar. Any ideas if its real or not. The serial number is M05k-130

    • Real or Fake please 7 weeks ago

      I was given this purse. I'm not sure if it is real. How can I send pics

    • Mel 6 weeks ago

      I could you tell me is this one is real or fake.

      COACH NO K1380-F24603

      COACH NO D1059-F15669

    • melisha 5 weeks ago can you tell me if the set with coral/pink trim is authentic? Thanks!

    • Stuart garison 2 weeks ago

      I am male and no nothing about handbags but the coach bag I have seems to basically all match up to what is authentic but the model I have is F21883 made in China and on the zip mechanism it doesn't say ykk it says ideal so does this mean it fake?

    • Ernie 2 weeks ago

      I bought 3 Coach Dakotah rivets bags on eBay. They all have a perfume smell . They were labeled new with tags. Do genuine Coach bags smell like perfume?

    • Kay Graham 2 weeks ago

      I received a gift from a family member last year. A blue Coach tote. According to your article it seems authentic, however, the logo on the front is a silver oval similar to the turnlock style. It also does not have the serial number under the creed which I understand is not always used. There is no tag inside the bag with a serial number, just a clear tag that says MADE IN VIET NAM* VIETNAM.

    • GAfromCA 2 weeks ago

      It appears that your rules don't apply to saddlebags. shows them with leather lining or no lining, only the natural suede back of the leather. Also the serial numbers are SD-XXXXX(numbers).

      I have a bag from the 1980's from ebay. I think it may be real because I've been using it continuously for 15 years the damn thing won't die!

    • Isvasu (อิสวาสุ) 7 days ago

      I bought a Coach handbag for my sister directly from Coach store in Virginia. My sister said it was Made in Vietnam and her older sister's Made in New York. Her bag was fake...

      Where/how can I find one Made in USA?


    • Evette 17 hours ago

      Why is my coach bag peeling ,I had it for 15 years

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