Get Smart & Recognise Easily Fake or Genuine Designer Bags

Designer handbags are a status symbol, designed, and manufactured by really big names in the fashion world. Women all over the world carry designer handbags. And some top fashion models and movie stars endorse various, famous designer handbags, increasing their status value. But, at the same time, you should be aware that genuine designer handbags also happen to be of extraordinarily high quality. You will find that they last a very long time and, if genuine, may bem for example, repaired free of charge by the manufacturer if and when the clasp or strap breaks.

You probably are aware that city streets all over the world, and internet auction sites are loaded with counterfeit or fake designer handbags, sometimes called "knock-offs. Bags are the most common of all the fake designer accessories sold worldwide, with wallets and sunglasses following at a distant second and third. While any name brand is at risk for counterfeiting, the most commonly ripped-off labels include Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Christian Dior, Prada, Gucci and Burberry.

It is not legal to sell a counterfeit item carrying a designer brand or any other proprietary trademarked name label, (just as it is not legal to duplicate copyrighted music, movies, books, and software or currency of any nation and represent them as the genuine article.) One way some fake designer handbags are shipped into the country is simply as generic, unbranded items without the labels. Then the labels are attached inside the country, separately. It seems it's not necessarily an actual counterfeit until the label, or some other evidence turns it into one.

Fake designer accessories are sold more widely than most people think. Since they are usually sold at great discount prices compared to the original item, the demand is high. The desire for designer handbags, shoes and jewelry -- and for their counterfeit counterparts -- has reached unprecedented, new heights. Commerce involving counterfeit designer goods is such a big business now that it is commonplace to find forty foot shipping containers at our ports loaded with fake Louis Vuittons, Cartiers, and Gucci handbags made in factories in China - along with many containers of legitimate items made in factories in China. In terms of supply, the mid-year FY 2007 report by the US Customs and Border Protection Office of International Trade showed that nearly $8 million of counterfeit handbags, wallets and purses were seized by US Customs and US Immigration alone. That number represents a very small portion of such items that are actually imported.

And as a measure of demand, a recent Internet search for "fake designer handbags" (in quotes) turned up almost 230,000 Web pages. If you remove the quotes, that number soars to nearly 800,000. Many look at as a victimless crime. After all, many otherwise law-abiding people have started selling counterfeit designer goods out of car trunks or at home purse parties (think Tupperware, but with knock-off handbags).

Replica or fake designer sunglasses or handbags may be a good way to maintain your stylish look and save money at the same time. This is especially true if you are purchasing them for their everyday utility value. You may be buying something that looks good, may be of good quality and that comes at a reasonable price, just as you might do when shopping for such an item that does not carry a designer label (real or fake.)

Some companies manufacture bags that are "inspired by" and closely resemble a famous brand's pattern. And you should be aware that handbags and other items actually advertised as similars or inspired by are indeed legal. If you do not want to pay hundreds of dollars for a simple handbag, then a fake designer handbag, especially legally sold as similar to or inspired by, may be a good option for you.

But anti-counterfeiting advocates say buying illegal fakes is not a victimless crime. And you may want to consider the fact that there is more to consider besides the theft of intellectual property and the loss of potential revenue for the legitimate owner of the brand and the rest of the distribution channel. For example, there is some evidence that part of the money for the bombing and attacks on the World Trade Center came from the sale of counterfeit goods, in addition to other criminal enterprises.

How Can You Tell

Everyone may know that bags bought from a market stall or a kiosk in a Thai shopping mall or on the sidewalk table -or even inside the store - on Canal St. in New York City are not likely to be genuine. But it is becoming harder to spot better quality fakes, especially those for sale in the more upmarket fashion boutiques.

Many online fake handbag vendors falsely advertise the exceptional quality of their cheap knock-off handbags. And sometimes any significant similarity between these inexpensive purses to expensive handbags is limited to the sales copy of the vendor and the delusion of the owner. However, very often, even a knock-off may be of good quality.

Real designer handbags are generally packed in tissue in an official brand name box, and often come with an equally well-crafted dust bag. Counterfeit replicas, on the other hand, usually are lower in quality than the originals, and are likely to break, rip or fade long before the original does. But before you go ahead and buy such an item, whether inspired by, a replica, or a counterfeit, you should be aware that there are plenty of authentic discount designer handbags for sale on the internet by reputable sites at a sizeable discount.

It's good news that when you know where to shop, there really are authentic discount designer handbags and sources that won't wreck your budget. You may spend thousands on a famous name designer handbag, but you can also buy an actual, authentic designer handbag for $30 or less. But you must also know that you won't find a $500 bag that's authentic on the street corner for 7$ - or even $20. Authentic designer handbags are sold only by authorized dealers, not by hawkers on sidewalks.

When dealing with stores and websites of various types, if a seller skirts around using the word "authentic," you should assume the worst. Of course, even if they do say it's authentic, that doesn't necessarily make it so. Sellers of the genuine article usually do provide a 'money back guarantee' to back their claims of authenticity. But don't expect the real article if the refundable guarantee is not available.