There's a huge difference between LEATHER and PU LEATHER. Most sellers on eBay will say Leather when in fact it's a cheaper less durable synthetic leather of sorts. Make sure you check feedback when buyin and ask the seller up front WHAT KIND OF MATERIAL IS IT?
Genuine Leather is very durable, will last a lifetime and cost far more than Synthetic Leather. Genuine Leather will have very expressed grooves kind of like your fingerprints, and will have a rich leathery scent even when dyed. Genuine leather isn't very pliable and can withstand constant torture and punishment. It'll hold up to yanking, stretching, bending, squashing etc..Look carefully at the picture below for easy visible signs of Genuine Leather and compare them to the Synthetic PU Leather photos.
PU (Poly) Synthetic Leather is a man made material that will represent the look and feel of Genuine Leather but in fact is NOT. This PU material is far less durable, considerably cheaper in cost, and may not last long if used often. This material is extremely pliable and will stretch kind of like a spandex material. It has a more shiny appearance and generally is far less thick than real leather. Grooves similar to your fingerprints are mechanically pressed into the material to give it that REAL look. These grooves are far less defined and are hairlike impressions. This material for the most part is Waterproof and easily cleaned or maintained. For persons on a tight budget this material is the way to go. It's about half the cost of real leather products and will still look awesome in your collection. If your Strict on your Leather policy, this IS NOT the way to go.
SYNTHETIC PU LEATHER
No matter which kind of material you decide to buy you most likely will get an awesome product. This guide was written to educate you on the difference in material and what price you should expect to pay. Don't get fooled by misleading sellers. They know what real leather cost and that's the motive behind their deceiving you.
STAY INFORMED, ASK PLENTY OF QUESTIONS, CHECK FEEDBACK, IF IT"S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE THEN IT PROBABLY IS.
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PU LEATHER COMPARED TO GENUINE LEATHER
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August 25, 2008
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