CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Shopping addicts beware.
One in six shoppers will be tricked into buying a counterfeit luxury bag. Now a Charlotte pawn shop is trying to reassure customers with new technology.
There’s a huge market for designer handbags, and, by default, people trying to take advantage of those who want some retail therapy.
“Counterfeit bags are very, very common; it’s on the rise. We see it every single day,” said Victor Harris with National Pawn in Charlotte.
The new app they use is designed to give you some peace of mind when you’re making a purchase that may break the bank.
“They're valuable, they're cherished and they're worth a lot down the road. It’s very, very important you leave with style, fashion and that it's truly what you invested your money in,” said Harris.
The program is called "entrupy" and it verifies what’s real and what’s fake. The process can be long; they take dozens of pictures and enter serial numbers.
National Pawn will verify items for free at their location at 5030 E. Independent Blvd.