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Collecting Louis Vuitton -Telling Fake from the Genuine

Table of Contents
Introduction 6
TELLING FAKES FROM GENUINE ITEMS 13
Point 1 – Check the item in a Louis Vuitton catalogue 13
Point 2 – Brassware/Metal Work 15
Point 3 – Stamping & Date Code 15
Point 4 – Handle Some Genuine Louis Vuitton Pieces 16
Point 5 – The Stitching 17
THE JAPANESE SUPER FAKE 19
What to look for to avoid a Japanese Super Fake 19
BUYING GENUINE LOUIS VUITTON FROM EBAY 21
Point 1 – Buy the seller before buying the item 21
Point 2 – Check how long the seller has been in business 22
Point 3 – Confirm the item is genuine 22
Point 4 – Pay by PayPal 22
BUYING NEW FROM THE LOUIS VUITTON STORE 25
Which pieces retain the most value if buying new pieces from the store? 25
APPENDIX A - LOUIS VUITTON DATE/BATCH CODES 28
APPENDIX B INTERNET RESOURCES 29
Forums 29
Quality On-Line Retailers 29
Websites of interest 29
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