The seller is listing an unusually large number of the same exact bag. This is a red flag because there are websites where you can purchase good-quality replicas, and I have seen these replicas listed on eBay claiming to be authentic. Continue reading
Beware of blurry photos or stock photos (a stock photo is one that has been cut-and-pasted from the COACH website, usually with a white background) – this does not necessarily mean the bag is fake, but if you see either of these types of photos, I would contact the seller and ask if they can send you a photo of the actual item they’re selling.
Take note if there is absolutely no mention that the bag is authentic! If so, ask the seller to verify that they are offering an authentic product. If they fail to respond to your request, this may be a sign that they don’t want to incriminate themselves.
But be careful! Just because the seller claims it’s authentic does not mean that it is.
Most COACH handbags have a “serial number” stamped on the inside, on a square patch of leather sewn into the lining. Some of the smaller purses (the “clutch,” the “swingpack” and the “mini”) do not have a serial number. Continue reading
The “COACH” logo should be stamped on most of the metal hardware – except the older “classic favorite” styles. Continue reading
Although the zipper pull on a real COACH bag will be made of leather or a series of rings, the actual zipper mechanism which pulls the two sides of the zipper together should be embossed with the letters “YKK”. This is the highest-quality manufacturer of zippers and COACH uses this brand. Continue reading
Check the lining on signature Coach handbags. If the outside of the handbag has the CC pattern, the lining will NOT have any pattern. Signature linings are used by Coach, but only in bags with solid-colored exteriors. Continue reading