Authentic Louis Vuitton handbags can easily cost a few thousand dollars, based on the quality, age and design of the bag. Even smaller bags cost a hefty sum, making it a top choice for counterfeiters. Before you buy a Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag, check the characteristics of the bag. Fake and replica bags are different enough from the original that you can tell the two apart.



Stitching

Check the stitching of the bag, especially the interior stitching and the stitching along the handles. Even the best replica makers sometimes skimp when it comes to the inside and areas less likely to be scrutinized closely. Each stitch should be perfectly straight and even, with equal distances between each stitch. Fake bags have uneven stitching or crooked stitches.

Color

The real Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag has cowhide leather on the straps and trim with toile canvas on the outside of the bag. The leather develops a patina with regular use, turning the leather a rich honey brown color. Fake bags use the honey brown leather in the construction, making it look as if the bag has some age to it.

Interior Hardware

Examine the hardware inside the bag carefully. The studs and key ring should have the Louis Vuitton stamp on each piece of metal. Fake bags either lack the stamping or use an inferior method of stamping. On a replica bag, the stamp may be slightly off-center, uneven, or even have a misspelling in the name. The inside pocket also has a zipper pull, and on fakes, the pull usually has a flat shape or design. Authentic bags also have a heat stamp and date stamp inside the bag. The codes on the stamp represent when and where the bag was made. On fake bags, the stamp is often a simple ink stamp on the fabric, or stitched onto a leather pocket.

Warning

Be especially careful when purchasing the Neverfull bag online, where you cannot touch the bag or view the interior for yourself. Unscrupulous sellers will show an authentic bag on the online auction site or classified ad and send a fake bag, expecting you to not notice the differences. If you buy a Neverfull from the Internet, compare the bag you receive against the bag shown in the pictures and make sure it is the same one. The dealer may even include a fake bill of sale or a Louis Vuitton shopping bag, just to fool you into thinking it’s the real thing.