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How to tell a designer vs. a fake handbag

This Christmas a high-end handbag may be on your shopping list, but it's important to make sure you don't get duped. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) This Christmas a high-end handbag may be on your shopping list, but it's important to make sure you don't get duped. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
To tell the difference between real and fake sometimes you have to look closely. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) To tell the difference between real and fake sometimes you have to look closely. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
Seams are another important thing to look at.  A strong stitch is a good sign of a real bag. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) Seams are another important thing to look at. A strong stitch is a good sign of a real bag. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
On Coach bags always look for the Cs to come in pairs and match, even on the bottom seam. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) On Coach bags always look for the Cs to come in pairs and match, even on the bottom seam. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
For Kate Spade bags the T in Kate will always align with the N in New York.  Correspondingly, the K in New York will always match with the A in Spade. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) For Kate Spade bags the T in Kate will always align with the N in New York. Correspondingly, the K in New York will always match with the A in Spade. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

This Christmas a high-end handbag might be on your shopping list, but it's important to make sure you don't get duped.

To tell the difference between a real high-end bag and a fake, sometimes you have to look closely.

At Reruns, a consignment clothing store in downtown Cape Girardeau, we found some real handbags and also brought in one imposter.

If you look closely at the picture of the two Michael Kors bags you can see the logos are different.

The font is completely different on the fake purple bag than on the real brown one.

Seams are another important thing to look at.

A strong stitch is a good sign of a real bag.

On Coach bags, always look for the Cs to come in pairs and match, even on the bottom seam.

For Kate Spade bags, the T in Kate will always align with the N in New York.

Correspondingly, the K in New York will always match with the A in Spade.

We decided to ask some shoppers if they could tell the difference.

Of the three we asked, two were able to pick the real one, but one person chose the purple bag because it looked more like real leather.

Dr. Hafiza Khan is part of the English Faculty at Southeast Missouri State University and a part-time fashionista.

She said just looking at certain things on the bag can help you tell if it's the real deal or not.

"Whether it's too glimmery, glittery, or glossy then you know it's a fake," Khan said. "Because, we also know that 'the fake' is around in the market."

If a name brand isn't important to you there are look-alike bags on the market of similar quality.

If you're going to purchase a handbag online it's best to buy from a reputable retailer. 

There are lots of websites that sell authenticated bags so you know you are getting the real thing.

Some popular websites are TheRealReal, Hautelook, and Ideel.

It's also important to make sure you know your vendor's return policy.

Many websites do authenticate, but won't offer a return for their bags.

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