Online fashion stores can be a godsend if you can’t find the particular model you were looking for or have limited shopping options. It’s also a chance to get exclusive models delivered straight to your door. However, buying luxury clothing items and accessories online can seem daunting, especially if it’s your first time doing so. Then there’s the very real possibility of dealing with scammers. In this article, we’re going to give you a few tips on how to buy designer bags online the right way.
Think Twice About Auction Sites
eBay might seem like a natural choice if you’re trying to buy from proven buyers, but it’s a bit more complicated than that. Sure, the feedback score does add an extra layer of protection, but you’re never totally safe.
In some cases, they might just be selling some very high-quality knock offs. Or they have ramped up their feedback score selling nondescript items and have just started selling “designer” bags. The only way to ensure that you get the real deal is to work with a retailer that is well established and preferably has some brick and mortar locations.
White Ophidia Tote
Grained leather tote in white.
If you’re looking for something like a Gucci Bag, online fashion retailers like SSENSE would be a great place to start. They’ve been in the business for many years and have a great reputation among customers as well. You can also visit them in person, which increases the chance of them being legitimate. It’s very unlikely for a store of that stature to stay in operation for that many years if they sell knock-offs. This is your safest bet if you want to make sure that everything the store sells is authentic.
Make the Rounds
If you want to make sure that the retailer is legitimate, we also suggest that you ask for a second opinion. Just go around the boards and fashion sites and mention a retailer. You’ll usually get feedback really quickly. Ask about the shipping and/or return process, customer service, and selection among other things.
Know-How to Spot a Fake
You also have to make sure that you actually know how to spot a fake. In case sellers are showing the real picture of the bag, then there are some things that you can start looking for.
The first giveaway is the stitching. If the stitching is sloppy and uneven, then chances are the bag is fake. The stitch count is also something you should be looking for. In the case of Chanel, for instance, there will usually be at least 10 stitches and more per inch, while fake manufacturers will often try to cut costs and production time by using fewer stitches.
Other things you should be looking for are the logo and inside tag, lining, and material quality.
If you follow these few tips, you should be able to make great finds online. Make sure that you double-check the reputation of the seller and do your homework as well, so you’ll know exactly what to look for when buying online.