authenticity of designer glasses

You ordered and paid for name brand eyeglasses or sunglasses. How can you be sure they’re authentic?

Given how often eyeglasses and sunglasses purported to be name brands are actually knockoffs, you’ll want to know how to spot the fakes.

Let’s start with how the glasses are described.

Some sellers are “sneaky honest” in the way they describe the item. Look to sniff-out such tactics when descriptions say “inspired by [brand name]” or the like. For sure, don’t let the word “replica” slip past you. Also, look for misspellings, perhaps subtle ones: Pradda, or Guci, for instance.

Consider the seller

Authentic glasses are sold by reputable, authorized ecommerce websites and stores. Avoid street vendors at all costs. And, of course, be wary of scams when purchasing used eyewear no matter where you shop.

While you may comparison shop for the most attractive price (or a price-match policy) an unreasonably low price may be the first signal the product is fake. Avoid any online seller that doesn’t have a reasonable return policy or offers no easy way for you to contact them online or by phone.

Do some simple integrity checking. Rating systems and seller reviews are prevalent in the ecommerce business. Don’t buy from a seller that offers no consumer feedback systems.

Also, look for “trust badges” meant to verify reselling agreements and online validation. The absence of any brand certifications such as these could suggest foul play.

Inspect the product you receive

Regardless of where you bought your glasses and the price you paid, ultimately, you’ll want to do some due diligence by inspecting the product you receive. We recommend the following to examine the authenticity of your glasses:

Examine the label and logo

Ray-Ban logo on lens, model on arm

The logo is often etched into or printed on the right lens. Look for authentic logos placed on the lens, arms, or inside the ear piece. The logo should be easy to identify and clear. All logos should be perfectly consistent with the brand.

Check the model number

Regardless of where you purchased your glasses, they should have a model number consistent with the brand’s. A quick visit to the manufacturer’s website will enable you to verify the model number.

Inspect the package

Authentic glasses come in a branded box with a bar code and manufacturer information. The package should include some type of guarantee booklet or certificate of authenticity.

Examine the carrying case

Your purchase should also include a branded carrying case marked with an official logo.

Do a quality check


Check the components of the glasses looking for solid construction and quality components. If you find plastic screws or hinges, the glasses are likely fake.

Noteworthy…

Detectafake.com is a website dedicated to helping shoppers validate the authenticity of the products they purchase. The section labeled “Clothing and Accessories” offers tutorials for seven popular eyewear brands.

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