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Are You Faking It?

Authentic designer handbag or replica designer handbag.
Which do you choose?

Shopping for the perfect designer handbag is hard enough, without having to contend with the thousands of replica designer handbags now available.

I remember when I bought my first designer handbag about 20 years ago.  It was a Fendi, but I didn't realize the significance of the label until years later.  I just liked the bag.

My next designer handbag purchase was a Celine black leather mini-backpack, with red silk lining.  Oh, how I loved that red silk, and the beautifully executed craftsmanship.  I still have it, and apart from a few scuffs on the smooth black leather, it's a testament to the quality of the product.  Its longevity also helps me justify the exorbitant price I paid for it!

Which brings me to the subject of replica designer handbags.  Shhhhh. . .if you promise not to tell, I'll let you into a little secret. . . I also have a couple of replicas in my closet too. 

Because let's face it, designer handbags are everywhere these days, and you can't tell me that every chic woman you see clutching her Louis Vuitton really paid thousands and thousands of dollars for it.  Which must really upset those chic women who DID pay thousands and thousands of dollars for their genuine Louis Vuitton designer handbag, when I would suggest that they're in the minority - the very, very small minority.

The problem is not with replica designer handbags - I defy the average woman to pick some of my excellently crafted knock offs from the real thing - but with how much you should be expected to pay for a replica.  And more importantly, whether you know that you're actually buying a replica.

Shopping online for an authentic designer handbag can be a dangerous experience for your wallet.  How do you know what you're going to get shipped to you, when all you've got to go on is a photo?  And most online designer handbag sites use stock photos, regardless of whether the handbag is genuine or fake.

That's where Laura from can help you.  As a  "handbagoholic" (like me!) she's done her homework and says she can spot a fake simply by viewing a photo.

Laura believes that up to 80% of the designer handbags sold as authentic on auction sites like e-Bay are knock offs, so she's put together a brilliant little book that will help you easily identify the fakes.

For a mere $18.99, Laura's book can save you hundreds.  If you're in the market for a designer handbag, I suggest you check out  How To Spot A Fake Louis Vuitton now.

- OM