Okay, this will be short and sweet but quite to the point. Actually, it started out short and sweet, but whatever.
NEW UPDATED INFO NOV 26 2007:
A seller who was selling a FAKE Burberry pink cashmere muffler told me that my info about the baby blue lines was incorrect per another guide that they found on ebay that claims the opposite of what I wrote. Guess what?? THEY ARE WRONG. The guide writer claims that she called a Burberry store in Charlotte and they told her that the blue lines run in both directions. I can without a doubt, assure you that is FALSE information. I called the same store, asked a salesclerk to go and physically pick up one of the baby pink mufflers and describe it to me. Guess what?? Baby blue lines that ONLY run vetically. I can only imagine that when she called, the salesclerk was either new seasonal help who did not know the merchandise and guessed or were simply too lazy to go and grab one to see for certain. Call ANY of the Burberry stores, ask if they have a pink cashmere muffler in stock, to go and get in in hand and describe it. They will ALL say the same thing...the blue lines SOLELY run vertically. If they do NOT have one in stock; call another store who does. Bottom line?? The fact that I had to edit this guide to include this information further proves that bogus sellers will do ANYTHING to discredit someone who is trying to help people NOT buy their fake crap. It truly sickens me the lengths they will go to and the lies they will tell to snow people into thinking their crap is authentic. So, read on to learn EXACTLY what to look for when trying to buy a Burberry Cashmere pink Muffler.
There is nothing more annoying than people who desperately claim that their scarf is authentic in their auction but never reply when you ask them if they completely guarantee their Burberry scarf should you happen to take it into a Burberry retailer! NO REPLY...EVER. It is like they think if they just don't answer, then I won't be able to still see their auction! Idiots.
Well, from the mouths of Burberry and those of us who own a GENUINE, FROM THE BURBERRY STORE CASHMERE SCARF and not a poly/wool blend that some still have the nerve to claim as authentic...here is the scoop.
Being that I am a pink Burberry fan, this is how you spot a fake, or replica. In the Cashmere Muffler, the baby blue lines ONLY run vertically, so if you are looking at your scarf, they run in the same direction the fringe hangs. The blue lines do NOT run in BOTH directions. The blue line is also more of a soft, light turquoise-y blue and NOT the bright sky blue often seen on the fakes.
In the Cashmere Happy Scarf, the blue lines ONLY run horizontally, which on that scarf is the same direction the fringe hangs as it runs up both sides of the scarf. The blue lines do NOT run in BOTH directions.
The deeper color that runs through is supposed to be a soft brown...NOT a mauve as seen on the fakes. In the checkwork part of the design, the authentic Burberry has DEFINITE creamy white rows, but in the fakes, only the center blocks are white.
Now check the fringe. It should not be too skimpy or too thick of a strand. The strands should also not look fuzzy. Most fakes have strands that are way too long for an Authentic Burberry scarf. Take a look at the fringe on the mufflers and scarves on the Burberry site; NOT a site that claims to sell true designer items from "suppliers" who swear on the authenticity of said items. Compare those photos to the photos from the seller. If they are the same photo...click DELETE. BOGUS AUCTION!@! If they are different photos; compare every detail and you will soon be a master at spotting the difference between genuine and a genuine phony.
Now, if you still insist on buying that $30 heck of a find on Ebay that you sweated out the auction until the last 8 seconds before bidding so you could snipe it from the previous bidder; please know that the world will not be fooled. Everyone will know it is a fake so if you are buying a fake and KNOW it is a fake, why bother making sure there is a fake Burberry tag is on it? Kinda superfluous, don't you think? You may as well buy a checked wool scarf from Wal Mart. Wait a minute...could that be where some of these are coming from with just a fake designer label sewn on ?!?!?! Who knows?!
If you check out an auction and it seems legit; ask your questions and do your due diligence. Insist on their personal guarantee of authenticity; not just what the auction description says. Ask for a FULL refund if their merchandise is bogus, INCLUDING shipping fees. Why should you pay for THEM to sell and ship you crap? Ask to see photos of the ACTUAL scarf you will be getting; not photos copied off Burberry, Neiman Marcus, Sak's, etc. Seriously, ever wonder how the same photos pop up in different auctions from all over the world? Think those sellers got together and held an auction loading party and shared photos? WRONG!!! They aren't photos of THEIR merchandise, but photos taken off the actual stores that carry Burberry so they can lull you into a false sense of security thinking they are selling a real Burberry Cashmere scarf. Come to think of it...that is the perfect way to expose them! Not only should you report them for Copyright infringement, you can report them for using another's advertising which is prohibited on Ebay. This is where I am shocked at how stupid sellers can sometimes be. They put pictures up on their auction from the REAL website that the merchandise can be purchased ORIGINALLY totally forgetting that this exact stunt can come back and bite them in the A**. You see, when you use Paypal to purchase your items, and send ALL messages via Ebay's Message center; you have recourse against a bogus seller with fake merchandise. Say you buy that scarf because you didn't pay attention to the advice here and the auction had photos pilfered from the Burberry site. You get the scarf and it is not even close to looking like what was pictured. Let's say you DID follow the advice about using Paypal and sending all questions and messages via Ebay. You now have recourse to be refunded in full via Paypal. Ta-da!!! You have learned 2 valuable lessons. First, don't buy without seeing a picture of the actual scarf you will be bidding on and second...using Ebay messages and Paypal will protect you against a shady seller.
Finally, if you do not get a reply, or worse, get a snotty reply that smacks of the old adage, " Doth protesteth too much" DO NOT BID. They simply are trying to make you think how dare you question their integrity on their auction item!!! It sickens me to see 100% feedbacks on bogus items, but then those poor souls who purchased those items just simply don't know the difference between a real, authentic Burberry and a fake. I hope this helps save someone from wasting their hard, earned cash.
Now scroll down a little bit further and click YES that you found this guide helpful. If you don't really care about Burberry scarves, but simply read the guide because you were trolling ebay with nothing better to do, then vote YES because you are not alone!! I have read guides on things I don't even own, like or would buy but am curious just in case I may one day get the urge to purchase it! You also get the added bonus of helping me feel that my creative writing classes paid off so go ahead... please... click YES!!!