Beginner’s Guide

Well hello there! Are you thinking of stepping over to the “dark side” (metaphorically speaking of course) and purchasing your first replica product? First, welcome to the world of replicas. There are a LOT of myths which need to be debunked both about the quality and purchasing process of replicas whether they be shoes, handbags, watches etc. This is a welcome-to-the-replica-world guide that’ll help you get ready to dip your toes into the water.

Before you start typing your “Where to get the best [insert brand name]” posts, we’d suggest taking a look at the Trusted Rep Dealer/Seller List which has been compiled based on the joint experiences of many sub readers.

On What Brand to Buy for Your First Replica
There is good news, and bad news when it comes to deciding which brand you should go with when deciding which replica products to buy vs. not buy.

The good news is that there are good quality replicas for many designer brands, but the bad news is that not every brand or every model within every brand will be available in a replica form at all – let alone a good replica! This means you need to be super careful when picking which replica products to go after. A good rule of thumb to take into consideration when deciding which brand to pursue for your first replica purchase is the popularity of what you are seeking.

Think of it this way: we may all see Cara Delavigne, Chiara Ferragni, Olivia Palermo, the Kardashians, Kate Moss, Angelina Jolie, or any other celeb/model/blogger with a certain designer bag like a Birkin (with the advent of social media it’s hard not be photobombed with beautiful designer items all the time!). Now this specific bag is quite popular and in demand so as the fundamentals of economics dictate, the old demand/supply rule dominates the supply. As a result there are better copies of Birkins out there than so for example a Fendi Baguette which is not as in demand.

The key takeaway is that when you are shopping for a replica (whether it be a watch, shoe, bag, or whatever) set your sights on something that is popular since popular items tend to be be more well done generally as opposed to less popular items. The focus of LuxuryReps is on meticulously crafted replicas – i.e. bags that are EXTREMELY hard to distinguish from their authentic counterparts. This is not a forum where the focus is on buying $50 Michael Kors or Kate Spade fakes.

More generally, you can use this line of thinking to guide you in deciding which bags to buy fake vs. which bags to buy real. Models which are less popular or not as well known are typically better to be purchased as authentic, while it would be foolish to buy certain bags as authentic since their replica counterparts are almost perfect.

Can replica bags be THAT good?
We have been conditioned by society & the media to automatically make a link between “fake” or “replica” bags and thoughts like, “oh what a faker; he/she can’t afford that; who are they kidding?”. When a person is new to the world of replicas these thoughts and associated worries can be said to increase tenfold as you are in a world of unknowns. Now anyone who is a seasoned replica shopper can safely assert that, after many years of saving thousands and going through crappy, decent, good, and excellent replicas that these worries are valid BUT their validity depends largely on where you shop. That is the key to replicas – you NEED to know who to buy from. This knowledge will help you go from buying poor excuses for replicas to buying ones that are super fake and that you essentially can’t tell apart from a real deal unless rulers, and authentication numbers are analyzed.

If you are a newbie you can feel free to explore the Trusted Dealers/Sellers list we have compiled based on persistent feedback from other experienced sub readers.

How can I tell the difference between the quality of a good replica vs. a bad replica?
One key thing to remember when shopping for replicas is that every knockoff is not equal. There is the good, the bad, and the ugly. There are many A’s and +’s involved when looking for replicas online so it really becomes quite confusing to decode what a seller is trying to sell you, but after many years of interacting with Chinese sellers I have a pretty good understanding of their labels. This is the quality grade as per my knowledge:

AAA+: The typical market replica copy; the quality is so so; it is usually good enough to fool many, but lacks that lux feel of the original copies you buy from the brands.

AAAAA: This is the same as 1:1

One to One: This is the same as counter quality.

Original Leather: This is the same as counter quality.

Counter Quality: This is the “good stuff” as one would put it if they were discussing drugs – counter quality replicas are what Chinese sellers consider the best replicas in that they are apparently good enough to be placed on the counter at an authentic store, and this relates to both craftsmanship and leather quality. There are also many other descriptions like “seven stars” etc. but it is usually always a good idea to ask the seller what the standard is in terms of the letter “A” to get a good idea of its quality.

Another thing to remember, especially when it is your first time buying replicas is that many, if not most, sellers lie about their quality. You can avoid the pitfalls of buying a replica as a first time shopper by sifting through reviews on this forum and consulting the trusted sellers list.

Five Important Tips for Newbies to Consider When Shopping for Replicas:

Understand the Difference Between Authentic and Rep: Replicas are imitation versions of designer goods, made to resemble the original product. They are sold at a fraction of the price of the authentic bag. A rep can be very close to the authentic (sometimes with an accuracy of up to 99%) but it will never be an authentic bag. That is important to keep in mind. If you want an authentic bag then you will need to pay retail at a designer boutique.

Research the Seller: If you’re still considering purchasing a replica bag, research the seller extensively. Look for reviews, feedback, and reputation on the sub. This will give you an idea of the seller’s reliability and the quality of their products.

Quality Assessment: Assessing the quality of a replica bag can be challenging, and there are more than a few things to look for. Pay attention to details such as stitching, materials, hardware, and overall craftsmanship. While replica bags may resemble the original from a distance, poorly constructed ones often lack the same level of quality and attention to detail. LuxuryReps aims to identify super fakes since most of our readership buy both authentic bags and reps. Look through the sub’s threads to get a better understanding of the quality of reps.

Pricing: Replica bags are significantly cheaper than the authentic versions, but the price can still vary. Be cautious if the price seems too good to be true, as extremely low prices may indicate poor quality or a scam. Compare prices across different sellers to get a sense of the average market price for the replica product you’re interested in. Super fakes are usually on the highest end of the pricing range for reps.

….so young jedi … after reading this guide you should be ready to try out your rep saber and start exploring the world of replicas. If you find this guide useful, please upvote to show the love! 🙂

 

Summary

AAA+: The typical market replica copy; the quality is so so; it is usually good enough to fool many, but lacks that lux feel of the original copies you buy from the brands. AAAAA: This is the same as 1:1 One to One: This is the same as counter quality. Original Leather: This is the same as counter quality.

— Jiyeon
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