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01-05-2005
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Will this happen in the future?
I've thought a lot about troubles nowadays with authentic bags and the uncertainty of buyers whether the goods they purchased are indeed the real deal.

Coming from an Electrical Engineering background, I had the following thought. How about RFIDs embedded in handbags? In case you are clueless, RFID stands for Radio Frequency Indentification, basically a miniature computer chip that send out a certain ID when polled by a reader. It's already in use worldwide in a multitude of applications... why don't large fashion companies equip their treasure with tiny RFIDs that could be quickly checked for the proper encoded electronic signature of the bag? The little devices are cheap and can be produced by the millions easily these days.

Sure, cracking the encoding and implanting *fake* RFIDs would happen eventually on really good imitates, but it certainly would make things a whole lot harder for chinese sweat shops to crank out fake LVs by the thousands a day.

Just a thought to play with.

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01-05-2005
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but what's going to stop the counterfeiters from making them too since they are so cheap to make. these people would go through pains to make the stuff as "authentic" as possible, just look at the serial numbers, cards and other minute details that are on the fake bags.

I think the way to identify authentic bags is for the bags to have some kind of detail or treatment which cannot be easily and cheaply replicated. I've read some time back that Prada was experimenting with some kind of invisible dye which can be applied onto the bags. The dyes will only show under certain lights. I admit that even that is not fool proof. But since those designer bags are priced so high, they easily use some expensive technology on the bags which the counterfeiter would be reluctant to use.

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