Questions have been raised about a website which offers Coach designer bags at up to 75 per cent off.
On Nov 23, Urban magazine had listed a website called CoachBlackFriday.com in an article on shopping for Black Friday.
Black Friday refers to the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, when retailers launch their sales to kick off the Christmas shopping season.
The site offers bags by the popular American fashion label at discounts of up to 75 per cent off retail prices.
After the publication of the article, Straits Times readers posted on Urban's Facebook fanpage questioning the authenticity of the bags sold at CoachBlackFriday.com.
Yesterday, Coach said that the site is not an authorised retailer and is not affiliated to the brand. A spokesman said the only websites owned and operated by Coach to sell Coach products online are Coach.com and Coachfactory.com.
Some offers on the website include the Colette Hobo leather bag, which is going for US$78 (S$95) instead of its usual retail price of US$298.
In a post on the Urban Facebook page, a reader named Marj Tan pointed out that the site had used bad grammar and a Gmail e-mail address.
This is not the first time that Coach is faced with online stores claiming to sell its merchandise at discounted prices.
Last month, the label was awarded US$257 million in damages in the United States in its case against websites which were hawking counterfeit Coach products.
It was also given the rights to shut down more than 500 online domains bearing its name which peddle fake Coach merchandise.
Urban editor Tee Hun Ching said the magazine had intended the story to be a reader's service.
She added: "The Urban team has stepped up efforts to ensure thorough checks before our stories go to print."