In light of the recent story that Women's Wear Daily ran, regarding the $44M settlement in favor of Coach (suing a number of people that sold fake, Coach bags), I decided to post a little note on 'knowing the difference.'
(real Coach bag, vs. fake Coach bag)
First and foremost, there are plenty of us, out here, who probably wouldn't know what a fake Coach bag (or any bag, for that matter), would look like, because the copyright infringers do it so well, lol.
(fake Coach bag, details.)
Yet, there are tell-tale-signs of when a product is fake-or-authentic... e.g., the company producing the product, will always (most certainly) make sure their 'logo' is aligned and repeated in a clear-and-consistent format (see the Louis Vuitton item, below)...
(Louis Vuitton, Saumur bag. Retails for $1,200. USD)
...as well, the company producing the product, will always (most certainly) use top-of-the-line hardware (read: accoutrement's), to hold the product together, i.e. handles, stitching, grommets, rivets, zippers, etc. (see the Versace item, below)...
(Versace, Vanitas purse. Retails for $2,700. USD)
And, lastly (but not the least among this issue), the company producing the product, will always (most certainly) sell the product at an accurate, retail price; and yes, although the price(s) may be 'expensive,' it's because of the craftsmanship, dedication to service and creativity that goes into the actual design and production of each, designer item (see the Burberry item, below)...
(Burberry, Car coat. Retails for $1,500. USD)
The best way to call this stuff to mind, is to think of it as fast-food... you'd go to a drive-thru because you want a quick-fix, BUT, you wouldn't dare go to a drive-thru for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner... I'm just saying, lol.
Enjoy, and be blessed, xo!
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