CHANEL sunglasses have a unique style and are very special. They have been in fashion for decades and will continue to be for many to come. Each new season brings coveted designs that are exploited by counterfeiters who try to copy the elegant designs of genuine CHANEL products – but no “replica” has the true details that set authentic CHANEL sunglasses apart from their imitators. Here are 10 questions to ask yourself before going through with a transaction:
1. Am I getting a discount? CHANEL does not permit its authorized retailers to discount the products, so if they are advertising 20% off CHANEL sunglasses, resist temptation and run the other way! Don’t waste your hard-earned money on a fake.
2. Does this store have promotional materials from CHANEL? If you don’t see any promotional materials or posters for CHANEL products, the merchant is most likely not an authorized dealer. Only authorized retailers are able to receive these marketing items.
3. Does the frame have authentic CHANEL logos? Look for the signature CC logo (or CHANEL label) on the temple. Two interlocking Cs are correct, and if the backwards C appears to be “on top” of the other, it is fake. While many of the brand’s sunglasses have flat CC logos, ones that clearly outline the Cs will always have the correctly-facing C on top, as seen in the above photo.
4. What does it come with? Note the full packaging. Real CHANEL sunglasses come with an elegant authentic case and a certification confirming that the product is authentic.
5. Are my sunglasses flawless? Remember that quality control for genuine CHANEL products is exacting. If there are any visible flaws in the sunglasses, they aren’t genuine.
6. How does the weight compare to another brand? Real CHANEL glasses are relatively heavy for their size. Lightweight lenses are likely impostors.
7. What’s the return policy? Unscrupulous dealers selling fake CHANEL goods have either a poor return policy or none at all. Genuine retailers have nothing to hide and are very clear with their return policies.
8. Are the details uniform? True CHANEL sunglasses have one color of hardware throughout. If hinges are silver, check carefully the rest of the visible metal inside the temples of the glasses.
9 and 10. Is there anything etched into the lenses? The serial number and CHANEL logo should be laser etched on the side of the right lens. Today there are some counterfeit sunglasses that come with serial numbers etched on the lens but carefully note that there should not be a space between the first two characters of the serial number and the remaining numbers.
Online retailers may be authorized dealers, but be especially wary of difficult return policies. It as advised to call and speak to someone before purchasing to make sure you’re dealing with a genuine merchant. As it’s impossible to examine the product before buying, it’s imperative for you to seek only authorized dealers with clear return policy. Also note that authorized retailers are not allowed to sell CHANEL eyewear via their website.
Do careful research before spending a large sum on a pair of sunglasses. Authentic CHANEL designer sunglasses are built to last and worth their price but paying for CHANEL and getting a counterfeit is no bargain.