There was a time when it was easy to spot a fake: misspelled logos, cheap leather and shoddy hardware. Now, fakes are starting to look rather good and it's hard to tell the difference. Here's how to tell what's real and what's not: 1. Authentic handbags are purchased from authorized registered dealers. Authentic designer handbags are not sold by street vendors, at home parties, at flea markets, in New York's Chinatown, in Los Angeles' Santee Alley, or at mall kiosks. 2. If you're considering a Coach handbag, the company's website provides a list of authorized dealers. Both Coach and Kate Spade give detailed information on spotting replicas of their products. 3. The price. A new Prada handbag will not sell for $50. 4. Country of Origin Labels. The country of origin for Fendi handbags is Italy. If the handbag has a label that says 'Made in Taiwan', it is not the real thing. Buying designer handbags online If you're shopping online and find a designer handbag at a price that's hard to pass up, there's a way to tell if you're getting an authentic product: Read the product description carefully. Some online merchants will lure you into their sites by describing their products as original, authentic or genuine. After reading descriptions, you may find such phrases as 'inspired by' a particular designer. This product isn't authentic and the phrase is used to protect the merchant from trademark infringement.
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