Even though I have created courses and offer in person authentication classes, I am always on the hunt for anything that can help me learn or tools that can make the authentication process easier and I am so excited to share what I just found and have literally been using all night on every single bag I have! The Plugable USB Microscope.

This little $40 microscope is super easy to use and shows you details that you could never see with the naked eye. I compared the snap from a Goyard pouch and you can see the details between the authentic and counterfeit so easily that I literally started pulling everything I own out so I could compare!

With magnification ups o 250x, you can easily see and compare on a. microscopic lever the differences between counterfeit (right) and authentic (left).

I also used it on the same type of Louis Vuitton zipper pull (one fake and one real) and while they are similar in shape, you can definitely see the differences.

I won’t bore you with all the other images I did on all of my bags but to say I was impresses is an understatement. All you have to do it download the software which is available for both Mac and Windows and it’s literally as easy as plugging it into your USB and pointing! It will take a little bit to get used to using each hand to hold and to take a pic on your computer but I figured it out in just a few minutes.

It does come with a stand and platform like the image in this post but I didn’t use them as I wanted it to be loose so I can move it where I need it to be.


  • HIGH DEFINITION – 2.0 Megapixels, up to 250x magnification (Note: Final magnification corresponds to monitor size)
  • BROAD COMPATIBILITY – Electronic microscope uses a webcam chipset and sensor to support nearly any operating system using standard webcam software. Users with an Oculus Rift may require additional setup
  • INTEGRATED LIGHTING – LED halo light with brightness adjustment control. The microscopes flexible arm stand with observation pad includes graduated marks for easy measurement or use as a handheld microscope

Counterfeit Monogram Canvas / Authentic Monogram Canvas

I would recommend spending the $40 on Amazon to grab this if you are at all interested in authenticating or just want to have fun looking at the details of your own bags!

I am part of the Amazon Associates program so if you purchase this microscope from my link, I may make a few cents!