3/16/10 ARCHIVE: Authenticate This Hermes Bag

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Jan 12, 2006
This thread is for discussion on authenticity of Hermes bags.

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  • Before you submit a request for authentication, please search this thread to make sure that the item has not previously been authenticated. This is not a thread to ask general questions about Hermes, please refer to our reference section for such information. Finally, do not submit requests for something that is obviously a fake, e.g. the item says it is a replica, or a $200 Birkin.

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Listing number:


  • Authenticators are not required to answer every request, and it is their right to ignore a request that is not in the proper format.

  • Please include all pertinent details including provenance of the bag. Authenticators may also request additional pictures and/or information in order to assist with authentication. Please remember, it is always useful to have several close up pictures when submitting an item for authentication.

    NOTE: In the absence of an auction listing (private sale situations), posters to this thread are encouraged to provide the following extra pictures, which need to be large and really sharp. More information on posting photos can be found here:
    It is recommended to use the macro function of the camera:

    - Front view of bag
    - Zipper & its end
    - Hardware
    - Craftsman stamp on strap
    - Hermes stamp + Top stitching
    - Clear picture of the interior lining
    - Base of the handles
    - Side view of the strap guides

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Ladies (and gentlemen)--
When you are looking at a bag and thinking about bringing it here for the authenticators, part of your research should be into the seller's feedback.

While in the end it is all about the bag--feedback is, IMHO, critical. Why? Because even when you have legitimate images, if the feedback is suspicious you need to stop dead in your tracks. There is always the chance that the bag might not be in the seller's possession.

For example take the case wherethere is 0 selling history. You then look at the buying history. Lots of stuff--but NOTHING over $10. Most of this seller's buying history has been for items in the $1-$3 price range.

So what does this say? There is an all-too-typical pattern on eBay. Potential seller starts buying enough little things to amass modest but positive feedback. Seller suddenly emerges with a--drumroll--birkin in a coveted color. Red Flag!!

Speaking only for myself, I am going to suggest that posters take a minute to thoroughly investigate the feedback. No matter the images, I would never in a million years buy anything $$$ from someone who has only amassed this feedback history. I think I am right in assuming that it could very easily become a disaster.
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^^ My apology. I was reading the last 10 pages on the last thread but didn't see anything on them. I must have missed them. Thanks anyway. I'll look again.
I would like to add to the refresher of the *rules* in post #1, that requests be accompanied by any and all details about the provenance of the bag. Incomplete requests are more likely to be ignored, and having to ask for additional information (that might have been withheld knowingly or unknowingly) can be tiresome. Thanks.
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