These bootleg Armani suit manufacturers are getting better. I just received an auction link from a person who won an auction on an Armani Collezioni suit in the UK. This suit was one of the best counterfeits I've seen yet. I wanted to create another guide to warn you about these. I wish I could fit everything on one guide, however eBay limits you to 10 photos per guide. This new counterfeit suit is a listing from one of the sellers I have listed as one to avoid. Below are the photos and a description on why it's fake:
The actually have the Armani Collezioni label
on the correct side and it looks pretty close
to the real label. However, there are eagle
logos in the lining. That's the giveaway that this
suit is a counterfeit. Armani only uses the "eagle"
logo on the Emporio Armani line's label. Even on
the Emporio Armani suits, there are no eagle
logos in the lining or on the buttons!
The counterfeiters still insist on putting flap pockets
on the suits. Armani men's suits RARELY, and I truly
emphasize RARELY use flap pockets. I have only seen
a select few ever. He uses flap pockets more on
women's suits and jackets.
Again, the label is on the correct side now and
even the counterfeit hang tag looks real. However,
the eagle logos in the lining call out "FAKE."
Here's a close look at the eagle logos that are
never found on the linings of Armani suits
(even the Emporio Armani line does not use
the eagle logo on the lining).
The botton line on these suits are even though they are getting better in making the suit pass for a real Armani, it's still not close to the real Armani in craftsmanship. A real Armani suit is so soft to the touch and these counterfeit suits are rougher and will fall apart on you.
DON'T FALL FOR THESE "ARMANI" SUIT LISTINGS!!!!! The sellers of these suits will try to convince you otherwise. They have to, they are trying to make a profit off of you not knowing what a real Armani suit looks like. If you live near a store that carries Armani, go in and take a look at the suit, the lining, the fabric, the placement of the labels and get yourself familiar.
Fake! Fake! Fake! Fake! Fake! Fake! Fake! Fake! Fake! Fake!
Did I make myself clear on these suits?
I hope this guide helps you to make informed buying decisions on eBay. I get so angry when I see a seller of fake Armani merchandise and when I see an inexperienced buyer actually bid on it. Some people are so into labels that they just want "an Armani" piece badly and don't care that they are buying a fake and others are duped unknowingly. However, the quality and craftsmanship of these counterfeit are obvious and you'll be upset once you receive that "awesome brand new Armani suit for $80". Apparently some of the major sellers of Armani counterfeit clothing read my guide, because I get hate messages from them sometimes. They claim I am hurting their business. Actually, they are hurting the business of legitimate sellers of authentic Armani clothing. I do have a list of eBay sellers who regularly sell authentic Armani merchandise and never sell that other junk. I have seven other guides posted with photos of other Armani lines and the common counterfeits listed on eBay. (https://search.reviews.ebay.com/members/armani_king_W0QQuqtZg).
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. If you have specific questions on a current auction, send me the link and I'll take a look. 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. I can authenticate the item for you for $5 through my PayPal account.
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.