Designer fakes on ebay

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Zubberah, Nov 5, 2003.

  1. FCS

    FCS Senior member

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    Do you guys find many counterfitted shoes on ebay? How about factory seconds?

    And how exactly do you judge a superior quality belt?
     
  2. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    first  of all, i've had bad experiences with every reversible belt i've ever owned, including some pricey ones. i resolved several years ago not to buy these as they will eventually break. to me, quality is all about the look and feel of the leather, and of course, you must like the design of the buckle. that's it. trust yourself to choose a buckle you like, then examine the leather.

    it's hard to do this online unless you know from previous experience that a certain maker uses good leather.
     
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    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    And how exactly do you judge a superior quality belt?
    it's hard to do this online unless you know from previous experience that a certain maker uses good leather.
    The difficulty is that the manufacturer of the belt is with certainty not the designer name on the label. Belts are one of these niche products, like socks for example, which you find in every design portfolio, but they all are supplied by the few manufacturers in the world which have the set-up to produce belts in significant quantities. Even leathergoods manufacturers are not likely to make their own belts. Belts and other small leather goods are about the most faked items on eBay. The more famous the name, the greater is the temptation to fake. All the "New With Tags" Hermes, Gucci, Louis Vuitton stuff on offer, week after week, will be faked.
     
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    Mind if I ask your opinion regarding the authenticity of this D&G belt,as well as the other belts that this ebay seller is carrying? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....8768291
     
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    i think it's in poor taste to wear company names and logos on your clothes.
     
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    Versace does it very considerably, especially on their belts.

    Just for sake of examining fakes, what's your take on this belt?
     
  7. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    About the D&G belt - hard to say. However, all the ties the seller has on offer are all knockoffs, if that tells you anything.
     
  8. Zubberah

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    Looks fake to me - email and ask if it has "D&G / Dolce & Gabbana / Made in Italy" engraved on inside of belt PLUS size and style numbers. Bet you it doesnt.
     
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    Assume it's fake and bid accordingly.
     
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    I got a reply from someone who previously purchased that D&G belt for $65 and he told me it was a fake. Hardly a bargain for such price and the seller seems to put a fairly high reserve price too.

    Now is the more important question, how do you guys suspect that it was fake just by looking at the picture?
     
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    As an eBay seller, I can tell you that if it were an authentic brand belt, I would show you more pictures, and better quality pictures at that. I would go to great efforts to show you pictures that I think prove the item is authentic. This seller has not done that. He has not shown you any codes or words on the back of the buckle or the back of the belt. I would ask for these pictures first before I would place a bid.
     
  12. Nektopoli

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    Ok this is my first post and, I'm also afraid of ending up with a fake suit thanks to eBay; I believe I was looking at the German seller some of you talked about. I'm now leaning toward a Versace Classic V2 suit from Atozshop. He does have some negative feed back but there almost all from shipping mix-ups. NP
     
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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Nektopoli,

    I looked a couple of the V2 suits you mentioned. They look legit. They are probably 2 or three years old. I think I remember seeing the same, or very similar suit in Bernini in the Beverly Center a few winters back. V2 suits are pretty nice and fit well, and have decent construction, although I'm sure that plenty of forum participants would have great fun slamming the machine work, etc, etc... On the other hand, Canali (same price range, great price-to-value ratio) don't make no black tone-on-tone Greek key striped suits, so if that's your thing, go for it. The prices are reasonable too.
     
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    FCS,

    There are a *lot* of cheesy Italian brands, but in general, they don't make it here, just as lots of American brands (Steve Madden and Skechers, anyone?) don't get distributed overseas. You see a lot of crap like that at offprice stores, though, along with lots of stuff from IT (hate it...) lines like Versace Jeans Couture (ugly, gaudy, crap,) Ferre Jeans (less well known, but still infinitely crappy, with lots of polyester to boot, and D&G (more crap, completely unworthy of Dolce & Gabbana's talents. Hey, it's a trend.) If you're in SF ever, go to the myriad stores on Sutter, and you'll see what I mean. Don't let the sleazy salemen pawn anything off on you though.

    I have been meaning to get a mustard windowpane suit (matching hat) and gator shoes and belt though. Maybe I'll check it out next time.
     

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