Brands are valuable. After all, they are the positive public perception of a company, which means that they can be used to sell that company’s products and services at higher prices than would otherwise be possible. Because of this, it should come as no surprise to learn that counterfeit products are so widespread that counterfeit trade can be measured in the hundreds of billions of dollars. For consumers, this is a bigger problem with certain types of products than others. For proof, look no further than the cases of people who have suffered serious medical problems from consuming counterfeit food and drink. However, people looking for Louis Vuitton products should be careful because it is a very popular brand with counterfeiters. Here are some tips for spotting fake Louis Vuitton belts.
Check the hardware
To begin with, it is a good idea to check your belt hardware. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Louis Vuitton uses high-quality materials to produce high-quality products, which means that anything that goes against this should be considered cause for suspicion. Of course, most people have limited knowledge of materials and fabrication. As a result, they find it difficult to detect extreme cases. However, the good thing about fakes is that many of them are produced to fool unsuspecting or unguarded people, so they can be very obvious in this regard. For example, a fake may have a buckle that looks good in the front but is much grittier in the back or around the edges. Similarly, a fake can have the wrong color tone, which can mean everything from a gold that looks too much like bronze to a silver that is strangely dull in appearance. Simply put, if something seems odd on the hardware, interested individuals should instantly be on their guard.
Check the seam
Speaking of which, sewing is another good place to check. Apparently, the seams on a Louis Vuitton belt should be tight, somewhat slanted, and in proper alignment with the shape of the belt. Because of this, if someone sees long, straight, misaligned spots, they should be suspicious. In theory, it is possible for a real Louis Vuitton belt to have a mistake or two because even the best manufacturers can make mistakes from time to time. However, it doesn’t take many of them for credulity to extend beyond the breaking point, particularly when they are very cheeky in nature rather than very subtle.
Check the stamping
The stamping should also be inspected. You’d think counterfeiters would go to great lengths to make the prints look good. However, that is definitely something that you can see significant variation from case to case. Thanks to this, it is possible to find fakes that have prints in which the letters are not equidistant from each other, they are not so deep with each other and they are not in fonts that have been used by the manufacturer. On top of that, it is very common to see counterfeits getting basic information wrong. Sometimes they misspell things, which is a very good sign that people are looking at something fake instead of the real thing. Other times, they may list a number of things about the belt that don’t really describe its physical dimensions.
Check the packaging
If a fake can be visibly fake, it makes sense that the packaging of a fake can also be conspicuously fake. As before, interested persons should check the box to see if there is anything strange about the colors, the font of the letters, or the spacing of the letters. On top of that, if interested people see an orange-colored authenticity card, that should be considered a great red flag. After all, Louis Vuitton doesn’t actually wear them, which means that their inclusion is a sign that whoever made the package is trying to pass off a fake as the real thing.
Smartphones make it easy to search for things on Google in the moment. For example, a real Louis Vuitton belt must have both a model number and a date code. If you are missing one or both of these two things, it is not real. In either case, the model number should start with an M or N before moving on to four or five numbers. If the model number shows a different product, it should be clear that the belt is a fake. Similarly, the date code reveals where the belt was made and when it was made. Conveniently, this means that it can be compared to stamping …