Thrifting has become a popular way to stay up to date with today’s fashions. Likewise, so is wearing designer clothes. So when you’re out and trying to look like a celebrity or you just want higher quality items for not as ridiculously expensive, pay attention to these 18 things so you don’t get sold a knockoff.
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7. Are Those Personal Photos?
When buying secondhand items online through avenues like Ebay, Depop, or Poshmark, (or Craigslist), it can be a little trickier than buying from the company’s official website. THe reason we buy second hand stuff is because it’s cheaper, right? Yet we want the quality or look of the real thing. So you turn to thrifted pieces or the online version of a garage sale. It can be really easy, however, for the internet to trick you into thinking this person is selling real Nikes. Do not buy an item if they only use stock photos. Look for photos that appear to be taken by that person, tried on by that person, or look like they were taken in a place like their room. Make sure they also include pictures of the size and maybe even the packaging or tags if they still have them.
6. Where Was It Made?
When it comes to Chanel bags, it really does come down to the detail. If there’s something not perfectly parallel or level, you know somethings up. Another thing to keep in mind is where the tag says the item was made. Chanel purses are made in both Italy and France, so if names some other country, then it’s not real (unless it’s Spain, because sometimes they’re made they’re too). If it’s a higher end brand, it usually won’t be made in China since it’s relatively inexpensive to manufacture things there and designer brands are all about making things as expensive as possible.
5. The Packaging Is Weird
Unless it comes in that perfect Tiffany blue box, then be wary of what you’re buying. Assessing the packaging is important when looking out for counterfeiters. If a company is trying to make a good quality product, then they’re going to care about the package it comes in. Unlike with humans, you totally can judge a product by what’s on the outside. Be familiar with how that product is usually sold and all the details in the packaging. If the one you see is missing details, such as certain words or pictures or stamps, then you know they only had enough time and money to copy the front of the package. For boxes with little plastic windows, make sure the windows fit the products exactly. If it doesn’t come in a package...well...you probably shouldn’t buy it.
4. Spellcheck It
Look at this pair of shoes. It says “DAIDAS” instead of “ADIDAS.” It’s more than clear this is a knockoff. Most knockoffs will not be so blatant, unless it’s not really a knock-off and it’s more of a joke product. People might still buy it, you never know. We mean look out for other typos in the packaging, tags, or smaller words that aren’t as apparent as the logo. Some designer brand stuff come with certification cards to let you know it’s the real thing. Just because it comes with one, however, doesn’t mean it’s even a real certification so check for those spelling and grammar errors! Keep in mind, however, real products might still have typos, although those products usually get sent to the outlet.
3. Overall Low Quality
LIke we said before, being able to see the product in real life before you buy it makes this 100 times easier than when you’re purchasing something on the internet. The more you buy higher quality or at least look at them in real life, the easier it will be for you to tell the difference, even online. Something can pass all the color, smell, and stitching tests and have no typos on their tags whatsoever. Then you actually use it and that purse rips apart or those shoes didn’t last too long. You now know what a lot quality item will feel like.
2. Ask The Seller
We get it, nobody likes confrontation and if a seller is willing to sell you a fake product, they’re of course going to lie to you. The trick here is just being able to read people well enough. This is then up to you to decide whether or not you will still buy it. In rare cases, the seller might just go ahead and tell you, no, of course it isn’t real, but doesn’t it look real? Then you can go and ask yourself if you’re okay with a counterfeit Coach wallet. If you are, then no shame! If not, walk away.