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"Super Fakes": Quality Counterfeit Handbags That Come Close to the Real Thing

"Super fakes", the best quality counterfeit handbags, come with a high price tag, but may be worth the splurge for quality

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When it comes to buying a fake handbag, quality is often the biggest issue. Buyers often worry that the quality of a counterfeit bag will not match up to the quality of the genuine product. "super fake" handbags are the answer to all worries about quality. "Super fakes" are designed to be nearly identical to the genuine handbag, down to the very last stitch. This breed of fakes comes with a price tag that can climb into the thousands, but never quite costs as much as the genuine handbag. The handbags look and feel just like the real product by using genuine leather and identical stitching techniques, and can even fool experts. It is said that a counterfeit can be called a "super fake" if it can hang in the window of the original retail store undetected as a fake. Some "super fakes" are so high quality that they can often be taken into the genuine retailer to be serviced.

Ratings for Fake Handbags

There is a grading system for determining the quality of a fake handbag. A "B" quality handbag is the lowest of the low. A handbag rated "B" is cheap, plastic, and undeniably fake. An "A" is okay, the handbag will be good enough at the price for most buyers. A handbag with an "A+" or "AAA" rating is of good quality, but still distinguishable as a fake. A "1:1" bag is a "super fake", and is of the absolute best quality and can easily be mistaken for the real bag in question.

What are "Super Fakes"?

There are a variety of rumors surrounding where "super fakes" come from. The most common theory is that "super fakes" are handbags stolen from genuine factories, either smuggled out or saved from destruction. Genuine handbags with even the slightest imperfections are sent off to be destroyed, but if this rumor is true, then a few bags meant to be destroyed are sneaked out of the factory. Unfortunately, all signs point to these rumors being completely fabricated, and "super fakes" are most likely made by an independent manufacturer with a careful eye and a steady hand.

Finding "Super Fakes"

Chanel style paper bagFinding "super fakes" can be tricky. Pictures online may not actually reflect the bag sold, as many sellers steal pictures from genuine websites or websites with better fakes. Other websites use pictures of the most well-made knockoff handbag out of the batch, but the rest of the bags made are of varying quality. A handbag may claim to be a "super fake", but is actually terrible quality upon arrival. Even reputable websites that usually produce beautiful "super fakes" have slipped up with poor products. This discrepancy is why buying in person is so much better than buying online. In a location such as Canal Street in Chinatown in New York City, the buyer is able to feel the quality of the bag and determine if a bag is truly a "super fake". Buying bags in person also negates the risk of credit card fraud as most sellers only accept cash, but may increase the physical risk inherent in making a shady purchase. For more on risks associated with buying fake handbags, read Criminalizing The Sale Of Fake Handbags and Buyers at Risk.

Some may argue that buying a "super fake" handbag is pointless, because you could get a pre-owned but genuine item for roughly the same price. Fake bags come with an inherent stigma, and there are even services that will authenticate bags for a fee to give the buyer peace of mind. However, "super fakes" are often hard to identify as a replica unless the person inspecting it is an expert on the brand and the original bag.

"Super fakes" can be used to scam buyers into making a purchase that they think is a discounted or pre-owned real bag, but is actually a "super fake". This is why it is always best to purchase from a certified retailer or from a source that can verify the veracity of the purchase if the authenticity of the bag matters to you.