Buying Replica For the First Time?

Are you thinking of stepping over to the “dark side” (metaphorically speaking of course) and purchasing your first replica handbag? Well first of all welcome to the world of replica handbags. 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 by yours truly! Enjoy, and I hope it helps you with your first purchase of a replica product (whether it be a handbag, shoe, watch, or other accessory!).

The allure of designer goods are so strong and hard to resist especially when you are a true fashion lover like myself! BTW I love love Blair from Gossip Girl (yes even over Serena – go team BLAIR)!

What brand should I go for?

There is good news, and bad news when it comes to deciding which handbag you should purchase a replica for. The good news is that there are good quality replicas for every handbag brand, but the bad news is that not every model of every brand will be available in a replica form at all – let alone a good replica! So be careful when picking which handbag to buy a copy of – a good rule of thumb I always take into consideration is the popularity of the model of the handbag. Think of it this way: we 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 Celine luggage tote; this bag is very popular so the factories follow the old demand/supply rule, and create better copies of this bag as opposed to a Fendi Baguette which is not as in demand. So basically when shopping for a replica set your sights on a popular model since those tend to be more well done as opposed to the lesser known bags.

This is a good way to decide which handbag to buy fake vs. which to buy real – the models which are less well known are usually better to buy as authentic to maintain the beauty of the original design. However on the other hand I would never buy an authentic Neverfull since the replica ones are so well done, and I’d really be wasting my money.

Can replicas really be THAT good?

Those glances – yes you know what I am talking about – those negative glances that give that vibe of “oh that is a fake; she can’t afford that; who is she kidding” from strangers is every replica buyers nightmare. Now when you are new to buying replica handbags these thoughts and worries increase tenfold. Darlings, after many years of saving thousands, and gathering a big collection of bad, decent, good, and excellent copies of designer handbags I think it is safe to say that your worries can be valid depending on where you shop. Yes that is the key – some replica sellers sell poor excuses for bags, while others sell bags which cannot be told from the original unless rulers, and authentication numbers are brought in – these are the types of replicas I like to go for.

As someone who has many friends who are quite fashion conscious, I have been exposed to a lot of designer goods, so my eye is a bit more discerning than your average Joe, and I can honestly say that the increasing quality of replica handbags continues to pleasantly surprise me and my wallet as they are becoming darn good – depending where you shop of course!

What should I buy first?

If it is your first time dipping into the dark, yet dazzling world of replicas I would suggest you go for a small item such as a wallet. This is an inexpensive, and easy way to test the waters of a seller you are considering to buy from. You can get a glimpse of their leather quality, stitching quality, logo placement, accuracy etc. without spending too much money. Once you receive your first order, you can make a good judgement and decide whether the vendor deserves any more of your time or money, and make a decision about their quality!

What quality should I look for?

Replica handbags are like any other knockoffs in 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; in my experience it is 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.

So after reading that list I am sure you have come to same conclusion as myself – there are way too many labels for the same thing! I have also ready many other descriptions like “seven stars” etc. but I find those labels deceptive, and 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. This really sucks for us as buyers because we go in with honest hearts usually, and it always sucks to be scammed. This is where the reviews come in, and trial and error play a large part of this, but once you find a good source, it is best to stick with them and establish a relationship to make sure you always get the good stuff! The more friendly you are with them, the more care they usually put into your order!

So there it is folks – these are my key tips for any first time buyers. Feel free to email me with any questions, or concerns, and also feel free to email any additional tips you think I should add to this list.



206 thoughts on “Buying Replica For the First Time?

    • Hi Yinka,

      I have never purchased from Tony Luxuries nor have I heard of them. It is usually more difficult to shop with unknown sellers since they don’t have an established reputation so you can’t gage whether the replica bag you receive will be good or bad.

    • Hi Wendy,

      I would go with perfect hermes for a Birkin hand down because nothing compares to hand made Birkin’s in my opinion. I am actually in the process of ordering another Birkin from them and will let you know how it turns out! 🙂

    • Hi Lola,

      I recently purchased a replica Dior Saddle bag and will be reviewing it soon, so you can use that review to decide where to shop!

  1. Has anyone ever dealt with FIRSTCLASSHANDBAGS? Their website looks authentic and their pricing is more reasonable then many, but haven’t seen Any customer reviews. Any feedback you can provide would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Hi Lisa,

      Their site seems like it was put together hastily, and they seem like a new seller since no information exists on them out there so I’d personally hesitate to trust them since it’s a higher risk factor to shop with an unknown seller. If you do try them please let us know how your experience goes! 🙂

    • Hi Lisa! I have purchased from this site several times and I am pleased with the items recieved. I have purchased LV neverfull, a YSL bag and a few other LV purses and small letter goods.


    • I just received three bags from First Class Handbags. They actually are quite realistic looking in quality of leather, stitching, accessories, HOWEVER, when I immediately decided one bag was too heavy for me, and too large, I wanted to return and exchange it. My emails are undeliverable. To my email addresses and searches they have disappeared. BAD BUSINESS. AVOID THEM AT ALL COSTS.

      • Thanks…I had the perfect bag after looking for days using the designer discreet website. When I went to pay Switch me over to personality and I was afraid to check out.

        • Hi Laura,

          Whomever you shop with just try to make sure you trust them, otherwise your nerves will be wrecked when shopping for replicas!

  2. Hey
    I’m SO beyond glad i found your blog!
    Do you happen to have any recommendations on where to buy counter quality shoes like louboutin and balenciaga?

  3. Hi! I am planing to buy my first replica bag at the website designer discreet. Have you bought something from this website or do you know if it is a trustable website?

    I would be so thankful for a answer, best wishes 🙂

  4. I agree 100% with you on everything you said here! I’ve started my replica journey two years ago after buying ONLY authentic designer goods (mostly Hermes, Chanel and Louboutin) ALL my life. I made that turn when I realized how little money my authentic stuff are actually worth when I tried to consign them.

    Since I’ve owned authentic Hermes and Chanel etc, you can imagine my bar is set very very high from the very beginning. I was lucky to have found two sellers in China who have been really honest and knowledgeable about their products. They would even tell me not to get certain things if they know they are not well made enough (as in not in original quality). From them I’ve learned every factory has their own fortes so it’s essential that your sellers know which factories are good for what products.

    My sellers and I have even become friends now and they would go out on a limb to do extra things for me. So you’re right in saying it’s important to stick with the sellers you have dealt with and trust.

    I still buy authentic stuff, but only for styles that I know the factories wouldn’t make a good copy of.

    • Hi – found your comment while browsing for a trustworthy seller for Chanel. I too own an authentic Hermès as well as an authentic Chanel Jumbo, but would like the boy bag but am not ready to commit and pay the authentic price. Would so appreciate a recommendation if you don’t mind sharing!

      • Thank you purse queen fir starting this site. I’m very nervous to buy s replica Louis. I got scared when they said it might get stuck in customs or something. What are your top picks for Louis bags? Thank you

        • Hi Sharon,

          I’m glad you find the site helpful hun! Please take a look at LV bags I have reviewed on this page here. Hopefully that’ll help you! 🙂

    • Hi do your sellers happen to have web-sites I’d love to shop somewhere I can trust thank you thank you 🙏

    • Hi Pat! Could you privately share where your purchase your bags? I’ve purchased several authentic handbags, but am now interested in purchasing a “counter quality” one.

  5. Has anyone used ??
    Can someone suggest me a good replica site for gucci sneaker and LV bag??

    • Hi Lalafey,

      Nope because I know how to buy ones that are authentic quality. Back in the day when I first shopped for replicas I went through a lot of duds that I wouldn’t carry until I found out how to actually properly shop for replicas! 😉


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