Buying Replica For the First Time?

Are you thinking of stepping over to the “dark side” (metaphorically speaking of course) and purchasing your first replica handbag? Well first of all welcome to the world of replica handbags. There are a LOT of myths which need to be debunked both about the quality and purchasing process of replicas whether they be shoes, handbags, watches etc. This is a welcome-to-the-replica-world guide by yours truly! Enjoy, and I hope it helps you with your first purchase of a replica product (whether it be a handbag, shoe, watch, or other accessory!).

The allure of designer goods are so strong and hard to resist especially when you are a true fashion lover like myself! BTW I love love Blair from Gossip Girl (yes even over Serena – go team BLAIR)!

What brand should I go for?

There is good news, and bad news when it comes to deciding which handbag you should purchase a replica for. The good news is that there are good quality replicas for every handbag brand, but the bad news is that not every model of every brand will be available in a replica form at all – let alone a good replica! So be careful when picking which handbag to buy a copy of – a good rule of thumb I always take into consideration is the popularity of the model of the handbag. Think of it this way: we all see Cara Delavigne, Chiara Ferragni, Olivia Palermo, the Kardashians, Kate Moss, Angelina Jolie, or any other celeb/model/blogger with a certain designer bag like a Celine luggage tote; this bag is very popular so the factories follow the old demand/supply rule, and create better copies of this bag as opposed to a Fendi Baguette which is not as in demand. So basically when shopping for a replica set your sights on a popular model since those tend to be more well done as opposed to the lesser known bags.

This is a good way to decide which handbag to buy fake vs. which to buy real – the models which are less well known are usually better to buy as authentic to maintain the beauty of the original design. However on the other hand I would never buy an authentic Neverfull since the replica ones are so well done, and I’d really be wasting my money.

Can replicas really be THAT good?

Those glances – yes you know what I am talking about – those negative glances that give that vibe of “oh that is a fake; she can’t afford that; who is she kidding” from strangers is every replica buyers nightmare. Now when you are new to buying replica handbags these thoughts and worries increase tenfold. Darlings, after many years of saving thousands, and gathering a big collection of bad, decent, good, and excellent copies of designer handbags I think it is safe to say that your worries can be valid depending on where you shop. Yes that is the key – some replica sellers sell poor excuses for bags, while others sell bags which cannot be told from the original unless rulers, and authentication numbers are brought in – these are the types of replicas I like to go for.

As someone who has many friends who are quite fashion conscious, I have been exposed to a lot of designer goods, so my eye is a bit more discerning than your average Joe, and I can honestly say that the increasing quality of replica handbags continues to pleasantly surprise me and my wallet as they are becoming darn good – depending where you shop of course!

What should I buy first?

If it is your first time dipping into the dark, yet dazzling world of replicas I would suggest you go for a small item such as a wallet. This is an inexpensive, and easy way to test the waters of a seller you are considering to buy from. You can get a glimpse of their leather quality, stitching quality, logo placement, accuracy etc. without spending too much money. Once you receive your first order, you can make a good judgement and decide whether the vendor deserves any more of your time or money, and make a decision about their quality!

What quality should I look for?

Replica handbags are like any other knockoffs in that every knockoff is not equal. There is the good, the bad, and the ugly. There are many A’s and +’s involved when looking for replicas online so it really becomes quite confusing to decode what a seller is trying to sell you, but after many years of interacting with Chinese sellers I have a pretty good understanding of their labels. This is the quality grade as per my knowledge:

AAA+: The typical market replica copy; the quality is so so; in my experience it is good enough to fool many, but lacks that lux feel of the original copies you buy from the brands.

AAAAA: This is the same as 1:1

One to One: This is the same as counter quality.

Original Leather: This is the same as counter quality.

Counter Quality: This is the “good stuff” as one would put it if they were discussing drugs – counter quality replicas are what Chinese sellers consider the best replicas in that they are apparently good enough to be placed on the counter at an authentic store, and this relates to both craftsmanship and leather quality.

So after reading that list I am sure you have come to same conclusion as myself – there are way too many labels for the same thing! I have also ready many other descriptions like “seven stars” etc. but I find those labels deceptive, and it is usually always a good idea to ask the seller what the standard is in terms of the letter “A” to get a good idea of its quality.

Another thing to remember, especially when it is your first time buying replicas is that many, if not most, sellers lie about their quality. This really sucks for us as buyers because we go in with honest hearts usually, and it always sucks to be scammed. This is where the reviews come in, and trial and error play a large part of this, but once you find a good source, it is best to stick with them and establish a relationship to make sure you always get the good stuff! The more friendly you are with them, the more care they usually put into your order!

So there it is folks – these are my key tips for any first time buyers. Feel free to email me with any questions, or concerns, and also feel free to email any additional tips you think I should add to this list.




167 thoughts on “Buying Replica For the First Time?

  1. Neisha says:

    Purse Queen, do you know if the LV Melie Hobo is better quality from DD. or Purse Valley? I’ve gotten mixed reviews on both sites recently.

    • toni says:

      Purse Queen, do you know if the LV Melie Hobo is better quality from DD. or Purse Valley? I’ve gotten mixed reviews on both sites recently….

    • Lisa Perosi-Morelli says:

      Designer discreet does not carry meile hobo and I looked closely at the bottom of the meile from purse valley and the authentic meile and they are completely different..designer discreet is always a mirror image of the authentic one!! #dissapointed😪

    • Jennifer baker says:

      hey Purse Queen,
      I’m seriously thinking about getting my first replica, I like DD they seem to have a lot of choice and look great. just worried , has anyone here from UK bought from them? how did that work out?

    • Lauryn says:

      I’ve ordered from Purse Valley before, and I LOVE them. I got my bag fairly quickly, and its almost and EXACT replica. I took it in with me to an LV store not even thinking about it, and I got A LOT of compliments on it. Their site is shut down now unfortunately. I just ordered from DesignerDiscreet and I’m ANXIOUSLY awaiting my bag.

  2. mariken00 says:

    I´m about to order a Celine for the first time, both CounterLuxury and DesignerDiscreet have it and I´m trying to decide which one is the safest option! TY!!

  3. Kim says:

    Hello Purse Queen,
    I am about looking to buy my first replica bag. I am looking for a LV Neverfull MM monogram bag. Which site is better to buy this bag from DD or Purse Valley? Or is there an even better site I should look at?? HELP

  4. Jara Savo says:

    I live in Sweden and I’m looking for bags in Sandys album.
    But before I do the order I would like to know if there is someone with better quality.
    I want “the good stuff”

    Are there any brands that are more difficult too copy like if there is some brand I would skip to minimize the risk too look like a fool..

    If it says “original quality”
    What does that mean?

    Some bags don’t have any thing about quality so I don’t know if maybe everything sandy selling is original quality?
    Maybe you know

    Thanks a lot!!

    • Melissa says:

      Did you ever receive your bag? Where did you purchase it from and are you happy with your purchase? I’m about to purchase a Hermes Birkin from DD.

  5. Zoe says:


    First time commentor and new to buying replicas. What are your suggestions on buying the best quality Chanel replicas? Im particularly interested in the Boy bags and Maxi double flap styles.

    Looking forward to your thoughts

  6. Mary Smith says:

    I’m new to replicas too but would really like to find a good reliable source for wholesale purses, wallets etc.but the good quality ones
    Any thoughts??

  7. Kelly says:

    I see you listed designer discreet as trusted. However, I can’t find anything that shows that they are still reputable? Can you tell me? I know they were shut down at one point and reappeared. So I don’t know if they are good to buy from anymore. I’m looking for counter quality.

  8. Jessica says:

    Hello I ordered two bags and they were 300 each artsy and Azur artsy can you please tell me if I recived a good replica please I am waiting for the bag to come in the mail

  9. Raho van Daniel says:

    Hi Purse Queen, everyone.

    I was wondering if you could help me. i am considering buying a bag from DD as i am about to travel alot by plane in the near future and would need a side bag. Most of the traveling will be done to switzerland and europe, from where i am myself.

    Ive heard a lot of stories about confiscated fakes at airports, especially in switzerland. Have any of you ever encountered any issues with your replicas?

    Thank you in advance,

  10. Eva Marie Kristoffersen says:

    Hi I am looking for LV shawls. Do you know of any good source? And what is your favourite purse, ever? Thank you!

  11. Kay says:

    So I purchased a Goyard from a seller that came recommended here…and had the bag personalized. I have just been notified it was seized by customs and is being destroyed. Any advice?

  12. Maria Psarakis says:

    Hi! Quick question, I’m looking to purchase a Celine Belt Bag, and I found one at Bags Heaven: at

    I googled the image and found the same one, at a site called High Purses:

    The weird thing was both sites had the exact same layout, which seemed a little sketchy.

    Has anyone purchased from any of these sellers, and are they legit? I’ve bought from Purse Valley, so is the quality about the same?


  13. Katie graves says:

    Im totally new to the site and not sure if i am posting this in the correct area. Im looking to buy a replica birkin. I purchased from one seller who has now disappeared after i paid via western union. (My mistake) I do see DD is listed as a recomended seller, but i cant afford $900.
    This bag is not for me. But rather my niece who is very, very ill. She wants a day of beauty at a spa, dressed up, the whole package. Im trying my best to find a replica for her, but cant get ripped off again. Can anyone suggest a reputable sight that takes credit cards?

  14. Tom says:

    Any wholesaler of replica handbags and watch? here have a good sources. just reply if you need it. remember,we contact shopper,wholesaler only. shipment all by yourself,we do the good productions.

  15. Jill says:

    Hello Purse Queen!
    I am looking for a new bag for my laptop.
    would you recommend the Porte- Documents or Porte- Documents Jour? I think either one would work, just wondering if anyone has purchased either of these.

  16. Jill says:

    Hello Purse Queen,
    I have purchased about 6 bags from Purse Valley. Some were better than others, but most were very good. What is your opinion of Purse Valley?

  17. Darlene Shaffer says:

    I am looking for the Louis Vuitton Kimono(replica bag) bag in the camel and black can you tell me what is the best replica supplier to use. I know this is not a new purse but I fell in love with it

  18. Paige says:

    Where can I find a good Louis the time totally GM replica? I found one on a site called ” cheapluxury “. Does anyone have any experience with that website?

    Thanks! Paige

      • Annette appelbaum says:

        Hi, I used to pirchase bags directly from China, a private person but I can no longer locate him, I have tried purse valley and perfect watches they were okay, them
        N I found a distributor on eBay, it was hit or miss. I need to buy handbags and watches for my daughters and granddaughter, also Gucci had a very nice diaper bag..
        PLEASE PLEASE. If you have any GOOD SOURCES.
        I had one thought, my nail tech is from China I shall ask him to go onto taobao not the English website and maybe he can find me a source or if he can find someone in nyc.%
        But until that happens please send me names of trustworthy places and please warn me of the bad ones.
        I shall return the favor..

  19. Isha Sen says:

    Hi pursequeen,
    I had shopped from pursevalley and got great bags. The quality was spot on. But now since they are gone i cant find any other dependable sellers. Whats your thoughts about ready7a? Are they good? Wanted ro buy gucci.

  20. Michael siplin says:


    I’m interested in purchasing some Chanel bags and Accessories . But no luck!! I want to find a reparable
    seller with 1-1 Quality and great service and a “guarantee” most don’t take Credit cards which make me very nervous because there’s no recourse in case the bag is not shipped or if it gets lost or stolen. If you can please help me it would be great thank you. I trying to
    stay away from the scam artist.

  21. Deemcdowell says:

    Has anyone used Lux time DFO handbags. I have an order ready and I want to know if anyone has used this site. I am so afraid of getting scammed I want to purchase for my girls for Christmas

  22. Jenny says:

    I’m wondering where the website Readyy7a has gone???
    I have purchased a LV handbag from them and it was top quality.. the other website pursevalley was shutdown too… Do you think they will be up and running afgain shortly under a different name??? Replies please

  23. Dwana Roby says:

    Im looking for a CHANEL VINTAGE CLASSIC MAXI FLAP BAG, I would like it to be counter quality where do I start the 2 websites you listed didn’t have it. What direction should I go?

  24. Jeannette says:

    I am looking for an Hermès black Birkin bag 35cm with gold hardware.

    Could you let me know if there are real outlets in Italy and where they would be? Around the Naples area or Amalfi coast would be great , as I would prefer seeing the bag before purchasing it.

    Failing that, which best and most reliable site would you recommend?

    Looking forward to your reply,
    Yours faithfully,

  25. DJ says:

    WOW. You completely avoid the fact that counterfeits are ILLEGAL to sell. If you buy one, you are dabbling in a world of criminal behavior. I am appalled!

  26. Sandy says:

    Looking for a place to buy a good quality Louis Vuitton neverfull mm. Suggestions on a reputable site appreciated!!

    • Deana says:

      That’s why the smart ones don’t have websites. And if they get shut down they’ll just change the url and open again.

  27. Madeleine says:

    Hi everyone. Has anybody purchased a bag or any other product from ? They say they accept Visa credit card as well as the usual, WU etc. Would love some advice/input on them.

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