We're all trying to save a dollar here and there, and when we see a good deal, most of us want to jump on it. The problem is, sometimes when you see a deal that's too good to be true, it sometimes is just that. When purchasing expensive, quality items like Armani sunglasses, there are things you can look for to make sure you are getting the real deal.
Look at the price. If the sunglasses are extremely cheap, it is unlikely they are real. In most cases, you are not going to get real Armani sunglasses for $5.99. Make sure the price seems reasonable to you. Do an online comparison or call a high-end retail establishment like Nordstrom to compare prices. You can purchase Armani glasses at high-end retailers or reputable sites like bluefly.com. You can also purchase Armani sunglasses from sites such as ebay.com but you should use caution.
Check out details such as the sunglasses case or the cleaning cloth that comes with the purchase. Both of these items should sport the Armani logo. The logo should be crisp and clear, not smudged or askew. That is a tip-off that the glasses are likely a fake. If you purchase the sunglasses online through a site like ebay, the seller may be an individual and not an online store. If this is the case, sometimes the individual won't have the case or a cleaning cloth. The seller should tell you that in the description, or you can send them a note and ask. Also, when making a purchase on an auction site, always check the seller's feedback rating. A rating in the very high 90s, tells you that the seller should provide exactly what you expect.
Examine the style. Armani glasses have a distinctive style. The designs are sleek and smooth. There are several types of frames available and popular ones are curved, tortoise and aviator-style frames. The glass itself is often tinted in colors like blue, brown or plum. Armani sunglasses are made in Italy and are beautifully crafted. If the frame looks askew, if the logo on the sides of the glasses is crooked or missing entirely and if the lenses appear flawed, the glasses may be fake.
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Verify the model numbers. Model numbers should be the same for each pair of Armani sunglasses, no matter where you make your purchase. Ask the seller to provide the model number for the sunglasses and then look it up online to make sure you are getting exactly what you expect. Each new pair of glasses will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. If purchasing online, make sure you ask the seller if the glasses come with a certificate of authenticity. If they do not, the glasses could be fake.
Based in Richmond, Va., Susan Ayers is a senior learning associate for a financial organization. She previously developed web-based training for Circuit City and spent a number of years creating eLearning courses for a not-for-profit law enforcement organization. Ayers graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a master's in education from St. Joseph's College.