I have numerous guides out there to help you from falling victim to those who pass off counterfeit Armani men's clothing as the real thing. This guide will help you tell the difference between a real Armani dress shirt and the phony ones that I see innocent and inexperienced people bidding on. These fake Armani shirts come out of China from a website called TradeKey.com. This website has manufacturers of bootleg designer wear available for distribution via drop shipping. The sellers of these fake Armani shirts do not have to carry the inventory and the shirts are drop-shipped to you.
As a rule of thumb, Armani dress shirt NEVER have:
1. Eagle logos on the main label(except for Emporio Armani)
2. Eagle logos on the corner of the pockets or on the cuffs.
3. Plastic packaging with a ribbon with Eagle logos.
Below are photos of real Armani dress shirt labels. Take a close look at what the labels look like:
Giorgio Armani label (Black Label)
Armani Collezioni (the most current label)
Prior label from 1992 - 2001
Mani dress shirt (now discontinued)
Below are typical photo ads of fake Armani dress shirts that constantly appear on eBay. Many people are duped into bidding on these:
Notice the eagle logos (a dead giveaway of a fake)
These sellers love the eagle logo. Too bad is a dead giveaway of a fake.
Don't fall for these!
Interesting fake label (a combo of the Black label and the older Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni label) with the eagle logo on the sleeve
If you see these ads, they are fake, move on and save your money.
The eagle logo on these ads are dead giveaway of fake Armani shirts. Avoid these!
Other clues on fake Armani dress shirts include ads that offer a "Hugo Boss" tie or "Gucci" tie with the "Armani" shirt. Ask yourself, if it was a real Armani dress shirt that retails for about $175 to $350, why would they just give you a $100 tie when the shirt was auctioned for $19.99? By the way, the tie is fake too! If the sellers keeps the high bidder's ID private, they are more than likely selling fake Armani. There are fake dress shirts from Hugo Boss, Prada and Versace. They are the exact same shirts just with labels of those designers that look nothing like the real label! Sometimes there are auctions with an "Armani" dress shirt and a "Hugo Boss" shirt. The shirts look exactly the same in most cases. That's a dead giveaway.
This is a typical ad of a fake Hugo Boss shirt and fake Armani tie. Notice the packaging are identical to the fake Armani shirts listed above. The label does not look like the real Hugo Boss dress shirt and it has the word "Boss" on the corner of the pocket in the same place that the fake Armani dress shirts incorrectly have an eagle logo.
If you want more detailed info about the Giorgio Armani line and how to avoid counterfeit Armani suits, shirts, belts and leather jackets look at my other guides (http://search.reviews.ebay.com/members/armani_king_W0QQuqtZg).
I have an extensive list of sellers who list genuine Armani items that you can always bid on with confidence. I also have a list of sellers who list counterfeit Armani items. I can provide you with these sellers to help you avoid being a victim to these con artists sellers. If there is an item you are not sure of, feel free to contact me and I will help you figure out if it is real or counterfeit. Be sure to include a link to the eBay auction ad. Sometimes eBay blocks me from responding because we do not have a direct transaction in progress. If I do not respond to you within 24 hours, email me at TWells1906 at yahoo.com.
Question 1: But armani_king, the seller has a 100% rating, how could they be selling fake Armani suits, jeans and shirts?
Answer: Who cares that their feedback is 100% I can assure you that the people who have left positive feedback for that seller have no idea what real Armani clothing looks like and they are happy just to have received their "first" Armani item.
Question 2: But armani_king, the seller says their item is 100% authentic!
Answer: So what! Unless you know what an Armani label looks like, you can be fooled. Most of the sellers of fake Armani actually know their merchandise is bootleg and poor quality.
Question 3: Are there sellers in certain countries or regions that sell counterfeit Armani items?
Answer: Yes, it seems that the most notorious countries are China, Thailand, Australia, Canada and the UK. Many fakes are distributed through TradeKey.com from China. There are some lines of Armani that are made outside of Italy in some Asian countries. However, most bootleg items come from these areas. The most common fakes are the suits, A/X Armani Exchange shirts and jeans, Emporio Armani polo-styled shirts and dress shirts and Armani Collezioni/Giorgio Armani ties and belts. I have received some emails from people saying they felt insulted because they felt I am targeting their country. I assure you I am not racist, in fact, I am a minority here in the United States.
Question 4: How do you know so much about Armani?
Answer: I worked in the men's designer department of an upscale department store while I was in college in the late 80s. I was the Armani expert for our department. I have worn it since and a large portion of my wardrobe is Armani.
Question 5: I noticed a seller selling Armani A/X shirts and jeans with real wild designs, are they fake?
Answer: Yes, more than likely there are bad, hideous fakes. Armani is for the most part conservative is his designs. Even the A/X line is not an extremely fashion forward line in spite of it being aimed at younger buyers.
Question 6: Do you know a lot about the Armani colognes?
Answer: No, I used to wear it lot. But now I wear whatever cologne my wife tells me smells good to her. I'm a typical guy when it comes to cologne, I let her pick it out.
Question 7: Do you know a lot about Armani watches?
Answer: Not really. I own one that I bought in an Emporio Armani boutique on sale years ago. I'm not into jewelry and I rarely wear that Armani watch. Personally, I don't trust the ones auctioned on eBay.
Question 8: Can I send you a link of auction that I am unsure if the item is authentic?
Answer: Yes, the best way is to email me at TWells1906 at yahoo.com. For $5 through my PayPal account, I can authenticate an item for you.
Question 9: Are there Armani items that you flat out would never buy on eBay?
Answer: Yes, I avoid the jeans due to the saturation of fakes being sold and the fit of the jeans varying on the different styles. Personally I don't trust the jeans being sold on eBay except for a small number of trusted sellers I have bought from in the past and those sellers rarely list Armani jeans. I avoid pretty much all of the Armani and A/X Armani Exchange t-shirts listed, most of them are obnoxious fakes with the crazy logos that look nothing like the real t-shirts. I avoid the wallets because they are pretty much all garbage with obnoxious eagle logos on fake leather. I never bid on Armani socks because I believe the main manufacturer of Armani Calze went out of business years ago and the socks you see on eBay are fakes. The Armani boxer briefs listed for the most part are fakes from that Chinese distributor TradeKey.com. I'm not sold on the Armani leather briefcases listed here either.
Question 10: Do you have a list of Armani sellers on eBay that I can trust?
Answer: Yes, I have compiled this list from sellers I have personally purchased authentic Armani items from and from auctions of sellers that I see that frequently selling authentic Armani items. I would happy to forward it to you.
Question 11: Do you have a list of sellers who sell the counterfeit Armani items so I can avoid being duped?
Answer: Yes, and the list grows daily. I routinely scan the auctions and note the sellers who offer the fake Armani. Some of them have 100% feedback, but that means nothing. I also get emails from some of you who read my guides alerting me of sellers of fake Armani merchandise. I will be happy to forward the list to you to help you avoid being ripped off.
Question 12: I think I already bought a fake Armani item, what do I do?
Answer: All you can do is report them to eBay and to PayPal. Here's where I think eBay does a poor job of policing their own site. I usually recommend going to a store who sells Armani to possibility obtain a statement that the item bought from eBay is counterfeit.
Question 13: Do you know about women's Armani?
Answer: I have some basic knowledge of it. I do purchase some for my wife. I think there is more men's counterfeit Armani on eBay than women's. Most of the counterfeit women's Armani items are A/X shirts and jeans.