You have just bought a designer handbag and you highly suspect that it is not authentic. You tried to bring the handbag to the boutique but the staff refuse to authenticate for you as it is against their policy. If you are not an expert when it comes authentication of luxury goods, where can you seek help for FREE? Following are some free methods that you may consider:
Check with Experts from Bag Forums
Most bag forums such as Purseblog, theBagForum and Deluxemall dedicate a section where members can post the photo of the item they just bought and have the forum expert for each brand to see if it is authentic.
Review and Accuracy Level : Low, photo authentication is not 100% accurate and some of these authenticators from these forums are not professional. Find out who are the expert in these forums and ask them. Still it is not 100% accurate, there are cases of wrong authentication.
Send your Bag for Cleaning or Repair
Bring your bag to the brand boutique to have your bag clean or repair, there are a cases where the staff revert they cannot clean or repair as it is fake.
Review and Accuracy Level : Low to High, depending where you bring your bag for cleaning. If you bring to the brand owner like the boutique, it will give more accurate result compared to a bag cleaning shop. Some bag shop owners who are familiar with some bags may tell you that the bag is not made out of the right material.
Sell to Online Pre-owned Consignment Shops
These online consignment shops such as Yoogi’s closet or Fashionphile resell used purses on consignment basis. At the same times they will offer to buy used purses as well. To sell your purse, you will need to upload a few photos of the item that you want to sell, the experts at the site will evaluate the merchandise before agreeing to buy. As these sites check the authenticity of their inventory before selling, it is an option for free authentication. Reebonz Vintage is a similar luxury goods consignment service if you are based in Singapore.
Review and Accuracy Level : Medium to High, Online Consignment shop like to keep the reputation of selling only authentic goods so they will take time to authenticate before accepting your goods to be consigned or sold to them
Bring to a 2nd handbag Shop that specialise in buying and selling pre-owned designer handbags.
For a more accurate result, bring it to a pre-owned bag shop and pretend to sell or consign your luxury handbag. The shop owner shall check the authenticity before accepting to buy or consign your item.
Review and Accuracy Level : High, same as online Consignment shop like to keep the reputation of selling only authentic goods. It is much more accurate as they owner of the shop get to view the actual good then just viewing via photo.
Paid Designer Bag Authentication service
Free method doesn’t always work and if doesn’t, you may consider turning to professionals for help. Following are some sites that provide paid designer bag authentication services
Mypoupette – Specialize in authenticating Louis Vuitton
Fakespotters – Specialize in authenticating Balenciaga, Chloe, Dior, Hermes, Miu Miu, Mulberry, Prada
Authenticate4U – Claimed they can can authenticate all brands
Bababebi – Popular authenticator for Hermes bags and accessories
Caroldiva – Specialize in authenticating Louis Vuitton
Castira – Specialize in authenticating Gucci
Etinceler Authentications – Specialize in authenticating Chanel
Fakespotters – Specialize in authenticating Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Celine, Chloe, Dior, Fendi, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Mulberry, Prada, Tod’s.