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How to Spot a Fake Gucci Bag

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How to Spot a Fake Gucci Bag When Buying From a Thrift Store or Online

There is no denying that Gucci is one of the top fashion houses the world has ever seen. Guccio Gucci’s initials, GG, were first used in the early sixties.

Their range of handbags, sunglasses, fragrances, and so much more for men, women, and children is desired worldwide. They say copycat activity is flattery; however, counterfeit manufacturing costs millions.

Do you know how to differentiate between a good copy and the real thing?

It is tough to spot a fake because most are made with such detail and very closely mirror authentic sites, but there are a few red flags to watch out for.

Obviously, if you purchase your Gucci handbag from a Gucci store or a highly reputable department store, you can be comfortable knowing that you are buying genuine.

However, if you are looking for a 'bargain' whilst still wanting the genuine product, you will most likely favor an online auction site such as eBay or a garage sale or flea market.

Things to Look For When Buying Authentic Second-Hand Designer Bags

  • Dust bag and box
  • Certificate of authenticity
  • Precise stitching
  • Engraved logo
  • High-quality leather or material
  • Serial numbers

Dust Bag and Box

All Gucci handbags come with a special dust bag and, in some cases, a box also. This is a standard extra.

Any handbag that is wrapped in plastic is definitely not real.

If you are buying what is supposed to be a brand new Gucci handbag and are offered free items as an encouragement to buy, such as a wallet or sunglasses, chances are it is not real.

Certificate of Authentification

Every Gucci handbag will come with an identification card or certificate of authenticity. Not only is this a signal of it being genuine, but it will also give you instructions on how to care for your bag.

Just remember, though, if you are buying second-hand, the owner may not have kept it, or they may have disposed of it by accident.

Precise Stitching

The stitching on an authentic handbag will not only be precise and perfectly even, but it will match the color of the bag itself.

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Be aware if you notice any loose stitching, different sizes, colors, or missing stitching altogether.

High-Quality Material

When buying genuine, you will expect the highest quality materials, mainly because you are spending a lot of money. This includes any fabric or leather used.

Often it is really hard to know whether something feels right or not. The only advice here would be to use your instinct. If something feels plastic-like or vinyl when it should be leather, you know it cannot be right.

If you want to purchase a leather Gucci handbag, the GG will be engraved into the leather itself. It will not be sewn on or shown as a stamp.

Fake handbags are often seen with one G only or even with the use of an E or a C. In these instances, the C is made to look very, very much like a G to take a close look.

Serial Numbers

Like the certificate of authentification, a key way to identify a genuine Gucci product is via the serial number. Every Gucci Handbag will have one.

Typically they are 4-6 numbers and will be located on a leather tag inside the bag itself or inside the pocket. When you turn the pocket inside out, you should see a printed number on the fabric or on the leather tag.

Some counterfeit bags have a number printed on them, typically starting with a Zero or a one. Anything with these numbers is not real since Gucci does not begin their serial numbers with zero or one.

On the reverse side of the tag, you will also see the word 'Gucci.'

No serial number. Not genuine.

Additional Tips for Buying Gucci Bags Online

If you are determined to search online auction sites, such as eBay, for a Gucci Handbag, here are some words of warning:

  • Check the feedback of the seller - look for negative comments.
  • See how many Gucci handbags or products they are selling. If they have a lot, you could almost assume straight away that they are not real, particularly if they are the same.
  • Make sure the description states 'Genuine' or 'Authentic.'
  • Look for details of the serial number. If not present, email them asking for the detail.
  • Ask for proof of purchase, receipt, and the identification card.
  • Ask for lots of photos and ask for a return policy - keep that in writing.

Should You Buy Designer From Second Hand Stores?

Believe it or not, many women who can luckily afford new authentic handbags comfortably donate their old bags to second-hand stores or thrift shops. For them, they are just happy to part with them.

May websites like The Real Real, Rebag, and Vestiaire Collection guarantee authentic second-hand designer bags. These retailers have a guarantee that they will refund you if your bag is deemed fake.

So keep an eye out for them there.

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Comments

Closet Full Of Cash on April 26, 2018:

Your information is wrong, Gucci does start their serial numbers with a 1 or 0.

carol stanley from Arizona on August 14, 2012:

I have to say I really enjoyed reading this. My poor old handbag that I have used for years. I think I will just have to buy a knockoff. Loved the hub.

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