NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Counterfeiters go to great lengths to imitate a high-end handbag knowing they can get big money for the phony accessory.
Enter Lorena Shiff known as the "Consignment Princess." She shared tips with Good Day NY viewers on ways to spot the fake from the real.
As the owner of LorenasWorth.com, Shiff says there is always a tell-tale sign a bag is fake.
When it comes to shopping for a Hermes, Chanel or Louis Vuitton handbag keep the following tips in mind:
Example: Hermes Birkin bag
A real one costs about $15,000.
A real used bag can run you anywhere from $8,000- $13,000.
"Always check stitching, stamping and hardware. All hardware should be stamped or embossed. Hermes never come with an authenticity card," says Shiff.
Example: Classic Chanel clutch
A real Chanel bag will never have cardboard inside (used to help a purse keep its shape.)
The leather should be not be stiff and hard and it should be easy to open.
A tell-tale sign that Channel bag is a fake: the signature double 'C' logo.
"The C in the reverse position should be under the C that is facing the correct way," says Shiff.
Example: Louis Vuitton bag
Check the color: LV bags have the signature LV color.
Also, they'll always have smooth zippers and be made of good, high-quality leather.
"You can find a real LV bag at a consignment shop that is up to 50% cheaper," says Shiff.