The Hermes locking mechanism is another area that the counterfeiters will often times get incorrect. Hermes is hand made with top quality materials and their locking mechanisms reflect this. The counterfeiter will attempt to cut corners, even when producing a fake Hermes, and these corner cutting attempts will leave signatures of their phony origin. The higher quality locks will when compared to lower quality locks will reveal obvious differences, not to mention handling these locks in person would 'feel' different as well.
Below is a real vs fake Hermes lock (key hole):
[Hermes lock]: The authentic lock key hole on the left hand side is clearly distinct from the fake in the shape of the key hole as well as the HERMES font etched into the lock. The fake lock etching is appears in comparison to the authentic lock, not to mention the fake font itself is different than that of the authentic lock.
Below is a fake Hermes with plastic wrap on the handles:
The plastic wrap identification is generally a universal indicator of counterfeit merchandise when concerning designer handbags and other luxury items. This is a rule of thumb guideline that if you encounter a handbag with plastic wrapping on the handles that this detail should be an immediate red flag. There are exceptions to this rule, but these cases are rare and most likely will not be not be encountered by the majority of shoppers. So we have good reason to suspect that if we stumble upon a handbag with this type of wrapping that we should beware.
[1.] [youtube] theclosetae: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afbn5rgcqhs&feature=plcp