Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Sample Sale Come-On

Our friends were all buzzing about this super-duper-designer sample sale. When asked us about it we said that we were suspicious.

What made us suspicious? The sale description reads a lot like a too-good-to-be-true apartment listing on Craigs List:

Sample & stock sale. Sample Sale Productions has the largest selection of Chanel assembled outside of Chanel. Find hundreds of new and mint vintage designer handbags up to 70% off as well as designer sunglasses, jewelry, coats and furs. For three days only, shop Chanel and other favorite designers including Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada, Dior and more at up to 70% off. Also ready-to-wear from high end designers at up to 80% off: Chanel, Escada, John Galliano, D & G, Fendi and more.

It was the "new and mint vintage" line that set us off. We had a vague hunch it was a collaboration of resale vendors but without the facts we couldn't announce our doubt. That's why we were so glad when Racked posted a buyer beware item. Basically our instincts were right:

"I just wanted to let you know that the designer handbag sale is actually a group sale of re-sellers who will be selling bags for their clients and then getting a commission off the sales...A buyer will not be able to guarantee that they will be purchasing an authentic bag unless they know what to look for in terms of authenticity...My inside tipster told me that no Gucci group brands are going to be sold because at one point a fake Gucci bag was sold at this event and the organizers got into legal trouble and are not allowed to sell any more Gucci brands."



We have nothing against a Chinatown Special, if that's what you want. Duping shoppers, however, is not cool. So remember, if the sale listing sounds too good to be true chances are that it's not much better than a crack den with rear facing view.

Photo Credit: Tendance High-Tech

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