Bape brand hooded sweatshirts (hoodies) can be incredibly hard to find in the United States. Customers interested in Bape hoodies often realize that they can only purchase them online. Follow these tips to ensure that you purchase an authentic Bape hoodie from a trusted seller.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Log on to Bape.com or an official reseller's website. These two sources are the only ones that can guarantee you an authentic product. Auction sites can carry authentic products, but many imitations exist.
Research Bape hoodies. Look at clear pictures of authentic Bape hoodies on Bape.com or other resources dedicated to authentic Bape hoodies. The close inspection of the hoodie helps you identify fakes on the Internet.
If you are in the United States, find sellers on auction sites who are based in Los Angeles or New York City, since Bape has official stores in these cities. Other locations of official Bape stores include London, Taipei, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Request and inspect close-up pictures of the Bape hoodie for sale. Be wary of sellers who don't offer close-ups or who refuse to give them to you.
Look for obvious signs of counterfeit Bape hoodies. Here are some reasons to pass up the hoodie: it has a non-centered tag on the sleeve, has merchandise tags anywhere but the sleeve, is 3XL or larger, has flawed stitching, does not come in a sealed, plastic Ziplock bag with a white size sticker on it, has dull coloring or has a care tag anywhere but the hip area.
Tips and warnings
- When buying from auction sites, research the seller of Bape hoodies. Look for sellers with a high number of completed transactions and check the seller's feedback for reviews and warnings. If the seller has even one negative review claiming that the hoodies are fake, move on to the next seller. Likewise, stay away from sellers who have little, no, or negative feedback and only have auctions lasting one day.
- The Baby Milo line of Bape hoodies is the only line that doesn't have silver zippers. Every Bape hoodie zipper should have the letters "YKK" on its back.
- Steer clear of sellers who offer their Bape hoodies for a nominal price. Bape hoodies should be sold at around $200.