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    Default Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    Hi ladies (and Guy).

    I was wondering if it would be a good idea to start a thread about buying authentic Balenciaga. It seems like a lot of are getting into the Bbag trend, and some of us need a little help determining how to spot a fake.

    If anyone has any tips on leather, colors, date codes, styles, etc. please add to the thread so we can make sure no one here buys a fake
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    Default Re: Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    Thanks lil!

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    Default Re: Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    Thanks for this lil, at least when I buy my first in afew years I would be educated...

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    Default Re: Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    I still am not sure if I could tell a real one from a fake one just by looking at it - so I think I would have to stay away from eBay for a long time to make sure I didn't buy a fake one!
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    Default Re: Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    Great idea, lilstrlett. I'll post pic of an authentic bale to illustrate what a real one looks like. Also, the spacing on the metal tag is another giveaway. Some fake ones are too far apart or too close together.

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    Default Re: Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    I think I need help deciphering the date code on the tag. I tried figuring it out from the guide but I'm still lost.

    Here's the one I need help with:
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    Default Re: Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    ^^Sorry, can't help with the code.

    But here are pics of parts of an authentic Bal City. And the pics you would need to request from seller to determine authenticity:

    Bale should have the dips on the shoulder. Fake ones tend to be more rectangular and smooth.
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    Default Re: Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    I know the first part of the code means it's a city, but what does the second part mean? I wish I knew more about Bal to be able to tell
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    Default Re: Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    Watch out for the fonts and spacing on the metal tag. Fake ones are either too close or too far apart. From 2005, there is a dot between Balenciaga and Paris. Pre-2005, it's an underscore.
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    Default Re: Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    Thanks for posting!

    Here's a link to an ebay guide as well:
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    Default Re: Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    Arianne, you should water mark your pics in case someone decides to "borrow" your pics.

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    Default Re: Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    ^^ Good idea Jess!

    We all know what happened to Jennifer. http://www.thebagforum.com/ebay-foru...t-do-i-do.html
    Someone could post Arianne's pic on a fake ebay auction!
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    Default Re: Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    Oh thanks! I don't know how to do that. I'll figure it out and edit post.

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    Default Re: Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    thankyou! I really want a Bbag and this is helpful..their so much harder to authenticate, and to find real ones!

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    Default Re: Guide to Buying Authentic Balenciaga

    One other thing to look for is that on the bags, the top line of thread attaching the tag on the inside should be black; the other three sides of thread matching the color of the leather.

    also, the notches on the underside of the ridges should be rounded, as in the pic on post #7 above
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