It is always hard to admit to stupidity. But as I already told you in one of my previous posts I made myself a victim of counterfeiting. While I was on an online shopping spree I had a closer look at a number of Tory Burch Handbags that were offered for a really good price. The thing is, the offer wasn’t one of these “too good to be true” bogus deals. It was a great price but still reasonable enough for me not to see any red flags. But they were there – I just ignored them. Or in other words I should have done my due diligence before actually placing the order.
Tory Burch Handbags On Sale
I am not sure if I am legally allowed to mention the website I was buying from and expose them as a scam. However, what I am absolutely willing to do is to point you into the right direction. When you run an online search a la “Tory Burch Handbags For Sale” you will get a list of websites and some of them will look rather familiar. Specifically, Neiman Marcus, the original Tory Burch Website of course and a couple of other rather unsuspicious names. But then, already on the first page of the Google results, you will find a number of sites that may sound and look like authorized Burch affiliates, yet, they have absolutely nothing to do with the manufacturer.
I want to show you something that is rather interesting and will tell you a lot about the magnitude of this problem. Have a look at the screenshot below:
What you see here refers to the so called US DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act). Under this law an entity can file a claim regarding copyright infringement with Google. Google will then follow up on the alleged infringement and take the appropriate action. Now when you actually follow the link to the complaint you will see a whole list of sites that used Tory Burch’s company logo (the “TT”) without having Burch’s authorization or even feature counterfeit products on their sites (click here).
Fake Tory Burch Bags
Now here is the issue. Most of those websites – I’ve been on a few of them – actually look like actual Tory Burch online stores. The double T is usually prominently displayed in the header and all the product images are the exact same that you can find on Burch’s regular website.
However, there are a couple of red flags as I had mentioned earlier in this post. Sometimes the discounts that are being offered are just ridiculously low. It wouldn’t make any sense to sell a product of that quality for such a low price. It’s like somebody offers you a Kindle for $10 – you would immediately know that there is an issue with that. That’s pretty much what happens here.
But it gets a little bit more deceiving when those scam artists are smart enough to price their products in a way that a customer assumes he is getting a great deal – what you will see is price reductions that are very good, yet, still reasonable. So there’s really nothing that would make you suspicious of the offer. And that’s exactly what happened to me….
I came across this one website that was named something like “toryburchoutlet-us.com” (I’m not sure if this is the exact name, this website doesn’t exist anymore….surprise, isn’t it?). It actually looked almost like an exact copy of the original Tory Burch website. I even read their FAQs and there was not a single mention that they were not an authentic and authorized Tory Burch Store. Long story short, I placed my order and I got everything for about 35% less than the actual retail price. It sounded reasonable and since there were even some customer reviews (later on it became clear to me that those were faked, too), I thought that this website was a credible and reliable source.
I received my order a couple of days later, but just looking at the box I thought that there was something weird going on. I had ordered two Tory Burch Handbags (actually, it was a handbag and a Tory Burch Purse) and a pair of shoes. All three items turned out to be counterfeits. They were definitely not authentic, I know that for a fact because I already own the same pair of Tory Burch Revas and one of the handbags is the exact same model my friend has since a couple of years. The worst part is, those counterfeit products didn’t even look good, those were just very cheap copies. I can’t tell you how annoyed I was but anyway, it was a lesson learned.
Where to buy an authentic Tory Burch Bag
Of course buying via the Tory Burch Website is the safest way to get you clothing and accessories. In addition to that, there are a number of trusted sources, and one of which we can highly recommend is shopsense/shopstyle. This merchant is affiliated with trustworthy and known retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, etc. Here is a small selection on what they have to offer on Tory Burch Handbags:
Okay, I hope you found this helpful. By the way, in case you come across an unauthorized website that sells Tory Burch Purses, bags, clothing, or any kind of merchandise – or if you want to report a counterfeited product – use this email address and contact the Tory Burch Company directly: