Case In Review: A Real Fake

“Real recognize real and you lookin’ unfamiliar” 👀

Being on Poshmark as long as I have, I’ve encountered all kinds of issues; some on the sellers side, and more recently some on the buyers side. This is a first for me. I was sold a pair of counterfeit Converse!!! But what’s even more alarming is the fact that these fakes were some of the BEST counterfeits I’ve ever seen. In the feature photo, one of those sneakers ain’t legit…can you tell which one? Get ready y’all, here comes the whole story on the entire experience.

(**The shoe on the right is the real Converse All Star**)

I know what you might be thinking…me being a fashion enthusiast it’s like kinda a thing to be able to identify fake merch, so how did something slip past ole Kim?????? Honestly, it wasn’t until I purchased the real Converse that I was even able to for certain know without a doubt the ones purchased from Poshmark were not real.

It went something like this…I was looking for a pair of classic all white Converse. I had just put 2 pairs up for sale and had high hopes that I could find a fairly clean/newish pair for a decent price to replace the ones I was getting rid of. When I went scouting, I marked my likes to see what offers I might get. The general price range seemed to be $35-55. I also wasn’t seeing very many options for my size and a couple pairs at that, so I waited a few days to see if anything else would show up.

Then by chance, someone was listing a brand new pair with the box for $25!! Now at this point you might be lookin blank face at me like “Kim really??? That’s too good to be true” and it was, however in my defense, I’ve gotten deals on Posh on AMAZING stuff that is authentic with a too good to be true price as well, soooooooooo yeah, I wasn’t too shocked that someone might have been trying to get rid of a gift they didn’t need *shrugs.

I skimmed over the pictures and everything looked decent. The Converse box looked exactly like the one I had for my own authentic retail purchased red ones I had up for sale, logo was spot on, I’m telling you, nothing screamed out “fake” to me. But then they arrived and things just didn’t seem to add up.

Among the first noted issues, I couldn’t catch that rubber scent that is known with real Converse of this kind; in addition the weight seemed much too light. Real rubber is thick and heavy. I compared them with my own Converse and still couldn’t get a convincing read.

I started looking online and found some help. One of the Classic signs of an authentic pair is a star in the corner of the bottom of the shoe (which one pair had but the other seemed defective and only had what looked like a dot). I checked the stitching which was very clean except the most unnoticeable of spots on the lace holder on the tongue of the shoe. There were loose threads already and some of the stitch punch holes were just outside the sewn down fabric…just enough to look sloppy in comparison to the real ones.

Here is an example of how the font looked inconsistent between the counterfeit shoes as compared to the real ones. Check out how closely the inner stamp logo looks. The fake one has slightly more bold letters stating “Converse All Star”. The color is also off very slightly:

This was another slight variation, but where the rubber line is crooked on the fake one in comparison to the real one:

Patent stamp was wearing out already on the fake ones:

As mentioned before, real converse have a star on the top upper corner stamped very sharply into the shoe whereas the fake ones only had only a dot:

This was all very subtle and if I hadn’t investigated further, I would have probably kept them honestly thinking they were real. As a sneaker head at heart, I just know when something doesn’t feel/fit/look right.

Besides all this the overwhelming evidence in lack of rubber smell and odd lightness in weight of the fake ones, I had enough to back my theory. Needless to say, Poshmark sided with me and I was able to get a full refund.

After thinking more on the subject, I wondered if even the person selling them was in fact aware of the counterfeit product sitting in their closet? I was almost duped so I think it’s likely the person just did not know they were selling a fake.

I wrote this mostly to educate, but also to raise awareness to counterfeit goods. If you’re the type that wants to be absolutely sure your purchase on Posh is authentic, be sure and ask the seller, ask for more photos, investigate before hitting the “accept” button, and make sure to let Posh know if anything seems off.

Til next time,

Happy Poshing

My “I Don’t Want To Look Like A Mom” Mommy Tote

Being thrust into the mother of two world comes with certain…predictions. I drive an suv, I only wear yoga pants out of the house, I have a faint yet continual scent of animal crackers emitting from my person at all times lol. While some of these truly define me, I felt like when I was preparing for the new stage of motherhood, more thoughtfulness was needed when it came to the type of diaper bag I would be hauling around. 

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Case In Review: New Valuable Lessons From Poshmark As A Seller 2018

I don’t know what it is about the fall season that seems to make people want to open cases on me 😝. Maybe it’s the cooler weather, maybe it’s the closing of the year, or maybe it’s been too long of a “good streak” and all good things have to come to an end sometime. Regardless, this is obviously going to be a deep post. If you’ve already seen my post on losing a Poshmark case, you know how I’ve started to approach these situations.

Get your reading eyes out, time to see what’s different, what’s the same, and if I’m able to cope with life after yet another case opened against me.

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Poshfest In Hindsight

With Poshfest 2018 in hindsight, I have finally had time to sit down and write out the details of what I’ve learned and how I plan to apply them to my future approach with my closet. Sorry in advance it has taken longer than anticipated to get this post up (dealing with a sick toddler so everything else has taken a backseat). Anyway, this is going to be a more detailed informational post of the key take aways from what I gathered from Poshfest. Here we go!

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Is Going To Poshfest Worth It??

All the buzz around Poshfest 2018 had me thinking…was attending actually going to be WORTH it for me??? I mean, I’m somewhat a part time Posher, so I wasn’t sure if asking for tickets as my super early birthday present (thanks hubby) would beat out something else to come along. But whatever, I’m all about investing in myself now-a-days so let’s get deep into Posh Fest 2018 and the answer to that one nagging question…

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10 Stores To Fill Your Poshmark Closet Inevntory

I’ve debated posting this for a long while. Not because it’s unusable, but I had hesitation about giving away some of my golden info. Welp, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and do the thing that makes zero sense. I’m going to tell you where I thrift and shop for my inventory, how I find items when I go, tips and tricks to get the most for your purchases, and how to flip them for profit. This will be a few part series so be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss all the goods.

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Posh With Purpose

I’ve been debating about writing why I Posh in the first place. Even as a college graduate, I had always been more interested in the visual creativity of fashion vs. the analytical creativity side that I got lost in. It was never a question of if I was talented, but who was going to give me a chance to show my visual creativity. So many bumps and bruises along the way, but I finally feel like I’m right where I need to be. Here’s my story:

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7 Of My Postpartum Faves

Every time I go through a life change my clothing evolves. Obviously having a baby takes a toll on the body and in my need to feel comfortable and stylish I have developed this reoccurring obsession with a select few items in my closet. These are the items I wear almost weekly simply because I feel they give me a little edge without looking too mommy-ish.

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Case Opened: Valuable Lessons From Poshmark As A Buyer

As a Poshmark seller, there have been times I felt treated unfairly. If any of you have ready my post “Case Closed: Valuable Lessons From Poshmark As A Seller” I give my perspective on what it’s like to have a claim opened against you and how to cope. Maybe some of you have been in that position and had valuable takeaways. But what about the other side of things? What if you open a claim against someone else. I’ve had to do this before and I’d like to share my lessons learned. Hold on to your hats, it’s about to get deep!! Continue reading “Case Opened: Valuable Lessons From Poshmark As A Buyer”

Poshiquette: Etiquette For Dealing On Posh

Oh this post has been a loooong time coming. I LOVE Poshing. Nothing brings me more pleasure than to sit down with a warm cup of tea and chill on my phone Poshing away.

However, on several occasions, I have started to notice the larger my audience, the more challenges I face when just dealing with people whether buyers or sellers. Since no one in particular asked the question: “Hey Kim, what are some things I want to avoid while being on Posh?”.  I’ve decided to ask and answer of my own merit lol!!! Let’s jump right in! Continue reading “Poshiquette: Etiquette For Dealing On Posh”