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how authentic are brandnames items from Winners?


Everyone shops at Winners b/c you can get good deals, especially on brandname clothing or handbags. I shop at Winners and it makes me giddy when find a handbag that cost $80 but the same brand name&style bag costs $200 in a shop down the hall.

But I've always wonder how authentic are Winner's items? For example, I saw a Matt & Nat bag there the other day for $70 and I saw the same one at shoe store for $190. The style is exactly the same but the fabric is different. I also find that I cannot find the same bag online. So what's the difference between Winner's stock and the bags from the shoe store? How can Winners sell an authentic item for so cheap?
Jan 22, 2009 @ 07:02 am

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Ali de Bold

I think it's authentic

I like Winners too. I have always assumed things were authentic. I think they would legally have to be. Even online retailers have to guarantee the authenticity of the items they sell or they can get in a lot of trouble. A lot of things you find in Winners are from previous seasons, extras, samples, etc. I have found things there that are new and if you find a good deal like that you have to snap it up right away.

Some of my fave Winners purchases include Michael Kors Sling back leather pumps ($100) BCBG Gladiator Sandals (haven't worn them yet!) for $60, and I often spot Betsy Johnson bags or shoes there, which I'm always tempted to buy then never do!

If you find a good deal, go for it!
Jan 23, 2009 @ 09:04 am


they keep things cheap by buying LOTS of the product, and getting a "bulk" deal on it. Also, they sell a LOT of stuff, so they can make money without the five million per cent markup that smaller stores do.
Jan 23, 2009 @ 08:05 pm


I wanted to point out that I have multiple times contacted winners with photographs of labels of high end brands sewn into cheaper garments. They replied to me that they can not guarantee authenticity given that customers may commit theft, or the way that they purchase their goods. Many items they buy from the manufacturer which produce lower quality items (IE. michael Kors) but they also buy over stocks and liquidations this is where the problem may lie.

You need to be savy to know your labels and brands. Check the label in the back of garment to the sewn in "care/content" label on the side if they mismatch you for sure have a problem.

I have seen $199 priced/tagged items claiming to be DVF which is fact are a cheap contemporary brand. Also seen jeans claiming to be J-Brand $129.99 which were Levis- winners price should be $39.99.
Feb 29, 2016 @ 10:27 am


I just read an article about winners and it made me never want to shop there again. There are some good deals but sometimes what you get isn't always what you thought.
Feb 29, 2016 @ 10:56 am

Running shoes

I just bought a pair of running shoes from Winners (Asics for $60) and few weeks later, I found the exact same shoes at a athletic warehouse sale going for $80. But I did notice some differences. Although the model number was the same at the top, (it was the GT-1000 5 model) they had different numbers at the bottom of the tag (found at the back of the tongue). One said F130116 and another said F130126. Does anyone know what the difference is?
Sep 20, 2017 @ 11:56 pm

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