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When buying a secondhand purse or wallet, many will question the authenticity. Here are just a few tips for making sure your secondhand Coach purse is the real deal: 1. If the bag has the signature "C" print, the c's will ALWAYS match up in the center of the bag. The pattern is two c's facing each other in the center, and two c's facing the same direction upward or downward. This pattern will repeat throughout the entirety of the bag (including pockets, side panels, and bottom panels). For wallets and wristlets, the same rules apply. When buying a wallet with a leather stripe in the center, make sure all c's are centered around the stripe. It shoud look even and the stamp on the leather should be evenly pressed. 2. The signature "C" print will NEVER be found on the interior of a Coach product that has any "C" print on the exterior. Rarely will any bag have the "C" on the interior at all unless it is made with suede or is a special edition. Other fake interiors include, "COACH" repeated in a pattern, a rope-like pattern, and cheap, thin fabric. Real interiors are typically silky or thick fabric in a contrasting color to the outside of the purse. Some will contain multicolored stripes called "legacy stripes". 3. The hangtag will NOT be metal. Most counterfeit products will have a metal hangtag with incorrect fonts. If it looks strange, don't trust it. Some fakes will have leather (or fake leather) hangtags but usually these are easy to spot due to faulty stitching, uneven stamping of the leather, and cheap materials. 4. Metal hardware used will either be unmarked, or will be in the wrong font. Coach only uses three markings that will appear on the metal buckles and other pieces. 6. Just because a bag has the Coach creed does NOT mean that it is real. Most fakes nowadays have the creed, however, it is typically unevenly stamped, unclear to read, and has uneven stitching surrounding it. Wallets and wristlets will not usually contain the creed, but will have a little brown tag with white writing indicating where the product was manufactured. 5. Small details such as plastic on the handles when you are buying a purse, uneven stitching, uneven colors, and cheap materials can be a dead giveaway. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Contributed by Amanda Harvat