Gucci bags are timeless and one of the most recognizable handbags in the world! With a hefty price tag, they are also one of the most counterfeited. If you are thinking about buying a pre-loved Gucci bag, here are a few tips to tell whether your bag is the real deal!
Interior Serial # Tag
Gucci bags made in the last 30 years or so have been created with an interior leather flap that includes the copyright "Gucci" on the front and the serial number on the back. The serial number will be across two rows, with no more than 6 numbers per row. There should be no letters! This tag should be sewn on straight and the numbers should be embossed straight and with consistent pressure.
When "Gucci" is printed on the bag it carries a very consistent font. The "G" and "C"s should be very round, as if they would be O.
High Quality Materials
One of the reasons for a high price tag is because Gucci uses very high quality materials. The bag should smell of leather, not chemicals. I have a vintage Gucci bag and it still has this smell! The material should be sturdy and heavy. If it feels thin or scratchy it is probably not legit.
These bags go through stringent quality control, so stitching should always be straight and consistent. There will be no loose threads, or stitching that has gone back and forth over itself.
Many Gucci bags will contain hardware, including the classic horse bit seen on many of their bags. This hardware should be heavy and not easily scratched. It should not appear shiny or painted.
Hope these tips are a help in your future secondhand Gucci purses! Below I've rounded up a # of preloved Gucci bags from reputable resale sights, all under $300.
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Preloved Gucci Bags Under $300
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