How to Tell If Ray-Ban Wayfarers Are Authentic

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How to Tell If Ray-Ban Wayfarers Are Authentic
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Ray-Bans are high-end manufactured sunglasses. Created in 1937, the brand is well-established, and many other sunglasses producers try to mimic its signature styles including the Wayfarer. These fake sunglasses look similar to Ray-Bans, but if you look closely, you can spot distinguishing characteristics that real Ray-Bans do not share.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Hold the pair of sunglasses in your hand for inspection. Does it seem cheaply made? True Ray-Bans are made of quality materials and won't seem flimsy.

  2. 2

    Examine the side and nose pads of the sunglasses. Real Ray-Bans have an "RB" label etched into, not painted on, the side of the frame. The nose pads also should feature an interlocking "RB" label. If the logo on the nose pads is not interlocking, the sunglasses are fake.

  3. 3

    Look at the authenticity card. Real Ray-Bans come with one printed on card stock, and it should be free of typos and grammatical errors. The warranty card should also be free of typos and printed in dark black ink on a glossy card stock.

  4. 4

    Feel the rubber on the sunglasses. It should not feel slimy, stiff or slick. Genuine rubber feels chalky, like rubber bands.

  5. 5

    Check to see if there is a bar code sticker on the box of your sunglasses. This distribution label should have the distributor's name, model number, frame number, dimension and lens type.

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