As a blogger, you get certain perks.
One perk that always seems to come in abundance is the opportunity to review sunglasses. Don’t ask me why this is such a fruitful PR gift, but I cannot even tell you how many pairs of sunglasses I’ve been sent to feature over the years!
The other week, I was approached by a company that, I won’t name and shame, but will give a pseudonym to. I will refer to them as ‘StupidBuySpectacles’ throughout, but think of the opposite of two of those words and you have our sunglasses retailer….
Anyway, StupidBuySpectacles offered me the opportunity to review some sunglasses. As usual, I went straight to the Ray-Ban section and chose some Wayfarers. I have 2 pairs of Ray-Ban’s, but didn’t actually have these ‘cult classic’ ones. About two weeks past and they came in the post… in a box… from China.
Immediately the alarm bells rang!
On the box there was a shipping label that said ‘Value GBP 14.00’. Not wanting to judge too soon, I opened the box and found my ‘Ray-Bans’ inside.
As soon as I opened them I could tell they were fake. However, someone who hadn’t had Ray-Ban’s before wouldn’t have been able to spot this faux pas so easily. I questioned the authenticity with StupidBuySpectacles and they demanded I sent them back, with a shipping label I had to print myself. I don’t have a printer, so told them this and they stopped replying to me.
Fortunately, I was also approached last week by a reputable sunglasses retailer, Watchshop. Who actually sent me the sunglasses originally requested from StupidBuySpectacles – BUT THIS TIME REAL ONES.
So, how do you spot the real Ray-Ban from the fake ones?
Most Ray-ban designer sunglasses have glass lenses. Give them a quick tap with your nail and check if your Ray-ban sunglasses have glass or plastic lenses. It’s pretty easy to spot.
You will also find that real Ray-bans have an RB inscribed in the side of the lens and ‘Ray-Ban’ in white signature writing on the top of the other lens. See if you can easily scratch this white writing off. If you can with little effort, they are fake. The inscription is also more prominent on the glass lenses than the fake plastic ones.
Of course, plastic is lighter than glass. So fake ones weigh less as well. This isn’t as noticeable until you have the real and fake ones in your hands though really, or are used to the weight of authentic Ray-ban’s.
Real Ray-Ban frames have a metal rod running through the arms. This is another element that adds to the weight test. If you hold the frames up to the light you will clearly see the metal rod, if you can’t see it – they’re fake.
As you can see from the image of the arms, the hinges are different. The bottom one is the arm of the real Ray-Ban sunglasses and the top is the fake. Always look for the hinge being on the external part of the inner frame, not embedded within.
BOX AND PACKAGING
Ray-Ban sunglasses from authentic retailers will have a barcode on the box, which also has a few other details on like batch numbers. The box itself isn’t always great quality to be fair, but the real ones should always have this barcode.
Real ones also have a sticker on the lens and the case is real leather, with a little nubbin inside where the nose part of the glasses fits in.
Place the glasses down with their arms folded and see how they are positioned. The authentic ones will lay pretty flat with the lenses facing upwards. The fake ones will be more forward facing, as shown on the picture.
Ray-Ban sunglasses are made in Italy and the quality of authentic ones reflect that. Chances are, if you think they might be fake, the probably are! Considering you’re paying over £100 for certain pairs, it’s always worth checking out reviews and buying from reputable retailers, such as Watchshop.
Upon googling ‘StupidBuySpectacles’ (by their real name) I have found thousands of people complaining about their fake sunglasses. They have no qualms swapping them when this issue is raised, but it really angers me the amount of people who have spent so much on fake sunglasses from China that have gone unnoticed.