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If you resell authentic luxury items, like Gucci bags, you have to play the procurer, marketer, salesman, and fulfillment manager.
And as if that isn’t enough, you also need to be an excellent authenticator. Because returns and chargebacks can ruin your payment acceptance privileges. And if your products are proven fake on a merchant platform, you will lose your selling privileges.
So, where are authentic Gucci items made? Original Gucci items are made in Italy, but some Gucci dustbags are made in China. Gucci’s 100% Italian manufacturing makes it relatively easy to authenticate and gives Gucci products a consistent quality.
In this article, you will learn how to authenticate Gucci items, including bags and fashion apparel. You will discover specific nuances in the Gucci lettering, tags, color schemes, and iconography that will help you filter out the fakes. But first, let’s go over the significance of Gucci’s Italy-exclusive production to authenticity.
Gucci is Made in Italy: Why Resellers Should Care
European luxury brands have started outsourcing their production to countries with cheaper labor markets. A few drawbacks come with having your products made in faraway countries, and one of those is a drop in quality.
Brands try to offset this drop by rejecting hundreds of bags, shirts, shoes, and other luxury products from their own supplies.
And guess where they go?
Instead of destroying rejected items, manufacturers sell them to the knock-off market.
It is harder to authenticate illegitimate products from brands that outsource their manufacturing because they may come from the same suppliers that the brands use.
In contrast, Gucci knock-offs are made by manufacturing operations not affiliated with Gucci.
This makes it easier to authenticate a legit Gucci item because it has multiple quality markers. Moreover, the products are often imitated without a reference copy because the knock-off producers can’t afford them. Many Gucci knock-offs, therefore, have serious tells.
How to Authenticate A Gucci Product (4 Tips)
There are different ways to authenticate a Gucci product depending on your access to it.
If you can physically touch the product, the quality alone should be a serious indicator of authenticity.
If you cannot touch it, you must go with the broadest visible iconography, like the logo. It is easier to knock off the broadest details, but lazy fake-makers don’t even bother.
Still, it is good to pay attention.
Gucci products have varied in tag placement across the years. So don’t be quick to judge a product to be fake if it doesn’t meet all of the markers below. These markers should be present in most Gucci products and missing them all should definitively expose a product as a fake, especially if it is newer.
Older Gucci products are harder to authenticate and are best judged by quality.
Pay Attention to the Logo
The Gucci logo on handbags is very prominent and the easiest to authenticate. Look for these characteristics on the Gucci logo:
- It is gold plated and features interlocking Gs, usually centered over the clasp
- The real logo is slim and slender
- The bottom of the G is rectangular but not much thicker than at the top, which concludes in a sharper top end
Those characteristics are true for forward-facing iterations. In interlocking mirrored Gs, the top and the bottom are slightly thicker and elongated. A reference picture of the authentic Gucci logo on the same model can help.
Look at the Accompanying Tags
Serial numbers are located on Gucci handbag tags. They have a specific format, with recent ones running 13 digits long. Since 2017, Gucci bags have started coming with QR codes on secondary tags.
Again, the existence of older models keeps this from becoming the sole marker of authenticity. But this does make your job easier with new tags. What’s always consistent is that Gucci products will always say, “Made in Italy.” And this lettering is consistent in weight (but not size) with the logo.
Note: Gucci has outsourced its dustbag manufacturing to China. It is, therefore, not unusual to find dustbags with a label that reads “Dustbag Made in China.” You will, however, not find “Made in China” individually on a Gucci product.
Look at the Stitching
Gucci stitching is of considerably higher quality, with threads often having the same color as the material they hold together. Stitching shouldn’t be used as the sole indicator of authenticity, but it is a very prominent one.
Avoid buying products that have non-uniform stitching.
Pay Attention to Quality
The most significant marker of a Gucci product is its quality.
Just holding a Gucci product feels different because you can feel the richness of the leather used and the expert craftsmanship involved in its making. Fakes are almost always machine-made, and that comes off when you carry the product.
5 Best Practices of Buying Authentic Used Gucci Items
One of the easiest ways to get an authentic Gucci Item is to buy it from a Gucci store. However, this is also the most expensive way to get a Gucci product.
People who buy used Gucci products are more vulnerable to scams. You can follow these best practices to avoid getting a knock-off when you buy a preowned Gucci Item.
1. Avoid New Sellers
Regardless of which Gucci Item you buy and the platform you use for your purchase, avoid buying from new sellers. A fresh seller account has very little to lose from your poor review or even a platform-wide ban.
In contrast, a seller making money with consistent sales and having a decent standing in ratings loses more in potential income than he makes on selling a single fake bag.
You can check out our list of Recommended Sellers For Pre-Owned Designer Handbags if you’re worried about getting scammed.
2. Check the Reviews
If all the reviews rate the seller at 5 out of 5 stars, you have to be a little more attentive. Look at the date of the reviews. Often, fake reviews are purchased in bulk and read identically to each other.
On the other hand, authentic sellers have high ratings, but they aren’t perfect. There are occasional disgruntled customers. Overall, authentic sellers have a 4.7-star or higher global average rating on a 5-star scale.
3. Demand Certificates and Tags
While tags and certificates can be faked, knock-off sellers don’t usually bother with them.
If the product seems suspect on the metrics covered above and the seller doesn’t have a certificate for it, you should steer clear of the item.
4. Avoid Deals That Are Too Good To Be True
No matter how authentic a Gucci item appears, avoid buying it if the seller gives you a deal that is too good to be true. When it comes to luxury products, unbelievable deals are the ones you should not believe.
There is always a trade-off.
If the product you get is cheaper than the one you get in a Gucci store, it will not be in mint condition. “Used” products that seem fresh off the press are generally fake.
5. Get a Second Opinion
Finally, you can use the services of an authenticator. These are educated specialists who stay up to date on the latest in the world of luxury and fashion. They know which tag and serial trends are applicable and the date range for each convention.
A specialist knows if a Gucci tag is rounded because the bag is a vintage or a recent fake.
Authentic Gucci Items are made in Italy, with some dustbags being made in China.
Overall, the quality control of Gucci items is strict so that you can tell fakes from quality alone. But other markers like the sharpness of the Gucci G’s top and the roundness of G and C in the logo can be used to pinpoint suspects of further inspection if not outright fakes.