At this new age of replica 2.0, counterfeiters are so confident with their production that they are ambitiously selling them as the real ones. My own frantic search of any Dior Book Tote popping up in the resale market gave me an early exposure of their new tricks - a Hollywood one.
One great thing about the Dior Book Tote is that the jacquard canvas is not that easy to knock off. Dior also creates new collections from season to season, making it almost impossible for counterfeiters to recoup the cost of replicating seasonal collections. All we need to worry about, is the classic Oblique, which is most likely to be an evergreen and hence, it's worth to replicate and refine as the marginal cost shrinks when production goes up.
And here we go, I spotted another fake Book Tote (see the post of the first fake one here) in the most covetable Navy Oblique. Bidding started at $350 on eBay and current price is already at $2,230! Hello eBay! I've reported this product on your platform as a fair warning!
To be fair, it is not a bad fake. For those who have not seen an Oblique Book Tote in person, this is quite legit, except that they made a huge mistake on the date code.
Some detailed shots for those who want to find out the differences.
But my biggest discovery is how these sellers camouflaged their scheme by employing the exact same tactic. Both of they pointed out the minor defects, two highly negligible stain and mark to be exact and circled them out, a candid gesture often seen on transparent individual sellers.
This made me believe it's a new organized scheme, and it reminded me many other schemes I've witnessed in China over the years.
- Counterfeiters purchase original packaging and receipts from sales associates to brush up the fakes. Consumers end up buying a fake item with real paper bag, box and receipts.
- Counterfeiters ship fakes overseas and back to China to obtain an "imported" documentation, as if the products were procured legitimately overseas.
And the list goes on.
At this point, I think some basic knowledge of economics will come in handy - the invisible hand of supply and demand. If the market price for an Oblique Book Tote is $3,000, it is highly unlikely a seller would be willing to part with it at $1,500. There is no free lunch and if it's too good to be true, it probably is.