How To Spot Fake StockX: Tag, Card, Receipt (2024)

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Last Updated on May 16, 2024 by Ch David

This guide teaches you how to spot fake StockX Verified Authentic tags.

We’ll also speak about the papers, cards, receipts, and more.

What is the StockX tag?

StockX tags are the company’s seal of authenticity: it’s their way of proving that an item has been deemed authentic (i.e. not counterfeit) by them.

One of their tags (pictured below) will be attached to an item (always on the left shoe, if it’s a sneaker) so as to prove that they deemed is as a genuine item.

StockX tag on the left shoe of Yeezy Semi Frozen Yellow
In the picture are the Yeezy 350 V2 Semi Frozen Yellow

StockX has a clearly-defined process: every transaction of every item must go through their warehouses so that they can authenticate the said item: regardless of whether it’s a sneaker, streetwear clothing piece, luxury bag or watch.

The way they can confirm that an item has been authenticated by one of their employees is by attaching their tag to the merch that has been through their locations.

As we’ll soon see, fake manufacturers have tried to replicate this seal of authenticity, since people started trusting the green coin.

But don’t worry about that, we’ll guide you through how to spot the fake StockX tag.

How to know if your StockX tag is real or fake

To know if your StockX tag is real or fake, you should check if the tag is scuffed or presents any scratches. Fakes are always scratched or have fatal errors that real coins never present.

1. Front inscriptions

1.1. New logo (post 2020)

  • The fake StockX tags have too many scratches.
  • You can also see scuffs and marks all over the green plastic.
  • There are white paint dots over the green part on the fake tag.

An authentic tag should have all of the green plastic filled with green paint, without any white dots on top.

Also, no scratches should be seen on the genuine StockX tag.

1.2. Old logo (pre 2019)

Let’s have a look at the logo seen on items bought until 2019 from StockX.

1.1. Best quality replica
  • The fake coin has chipped inscriptions.
  • The pointe dletter “E” is the most visibly scuffed or damaged letter.
  • There are also differences in spacing between the letters: tthe “E” and “R” are spaced differently on the fake tag, as well as “E” and “D”.

Obviously, this will vary on the fakes and the damage found in the fake vs real StockX tag comparison above is not perfectly constant.

However, there is definitely a difference in terms of how strong this coat of paint is.

1.2. Worse quality replica

In this real vs fake StockX tag comparison:

  • The dots found on each side of the “X” logo are significantly bigger on the fake tag.
  • The font used on the fake tag is different.
  • It seems pretty obvious even to the naked eye that the letters used on the fake tag are sometimes assembled in a weird manner.
  • That is most noticeable in the “A”, “H”, and “E” inscriptions, as we’ve highlighted.

We need to note here how the thickness of these letters is sometimes varying even on the authentic tags, as you might notice in the comparisons below.

Therefore, given that the variance is not too high, we will not consider font thickness a reliable tell.


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2. StockX “X” logo

Moving on, we’ll analyse the “X” logo used by StockX.

2.1. New logo (post 2020)

The image above shows you what the StockX logo from 2020 onwards is supposed to look like.

  • The fake “X” logo has extra dots of black paint.
  • There are scratches on the fake logo — they shouldn’t be on an authentic tag.
  • There are lines of black paint as well.

The authentic logo is flawless, as there are no extra paint marks or any scratches.

2.2. Old logo (pre 2019)

Since the higher quality replica StockX tag seems to replicate it virtually perfectly (except, maybe, for the level of embossing), we will not analyse that specific model.

Once again, the fake tag below is the most commonly found one.

  • The fake StockX tag is missing the lines found at the intersection of the two oblique lines that the character is made up of.
    • We’ve highlighted the small line found on the right side of the authentic tag, though the oblique line found on the left is missing as well.
  • As a second tell, we’ll point out how the shape of the arrow found in the upper right corner of the X is different.

We’ve highlighted the difference up-close in a StockX tag legit check comparison below:

  • The right side of the arrow is slightly different from the replica tag.
  • Very minor detail but an observable one, nonetheless.

Below we’ve attached a brief look at the previous very slightly different version.

  • The arrow is different and on top of that, only the oblique line found on the left side of the X intersection can be found on the authentic.
  • Needless to say, the counterfeit StockX tag misses that small detail.

Yet again, font differences can be noticed here, as well as a variance in size for the dots.

3. Packaging card

Unfortunately, fake StockX tags do come with a set of counterfeit paperware.

We need to point out here that StockX is not completely constant in the way it distributes these cards.

Sometimes they send a black card, some other times it looks like their boxes come with a green card — we will illustrate both versions below.

3.1. Green card

The good news is that the green cards do not seem to be replicated at all, so having something like what you see below is a very good sign.

There is also a newer type of green card with 3 bullet points instead of this numbered list with two items — that is fine as well, neither of these green cards is replicated!

3.2. Black card

Moving on, here’s the StockX card fake vs real comparison for the black version.

  • We need to move your attention towards the “X” StockX logo in the upper left corner:
  • For starters, the colour of this logo is much more of a highlighter green, rather than the grass green StockX uses.
  • That is visible even on the stickers (highlighted with the hand emoji) that come with these cards and tags.
  • Notice how even though the light shines directly on the authentic sticker (therefore it’s at its lightest tint in a picture), there is definitely a difference in colour.

We’ve zoomed up on the pictures for you to understand better:

  • A very important tell for the black StockX card is the material that is used for the logo.
  • Thanks to the shadows of the authentic logo, we can point out the emboss that’s present on genuine paperware.

This can also be noticed on the signature found on the bottom left side of this accompanying card — have a look below:

Thanks to our community member Ryan Canelo for providing this.
  • The fake card simply has these two details (signature + StockX logo) printed.
  • Given that this laminate material stands out on the authentic card, it should be easy to spot a fake.

Last but not least, we will ask you to scroll up a bit to notice the placement of the signature: you will notice how the fake card has this detail placed too high.

4. Rear inscriptions

For the next tell, we will flip the coin over and have a closer look at the text inscription found there. Don’t worry about the StockX tag QR Code fake vs real comparison, we’re covering that in a second as well.

What you need to look out for here is any excessive damage to these characters.

  • No authentic StockX coin should look like it’s been dragged through rough materials.

It’s worth adding that this happens as a consequence of using a significantly thinner coat of paint on these letters, therefore they will get the scuffed look very easily.

A quick mention:

  • The steps we’ve written so far are the BEST ways to authenticate this item
  • The next few steps are still reliable methods…
  • … but they apply to non-top-versions of replicas available for this item

If in doubt, we recommend double-checking the steps we’ve explained above this line.

5. Sneaker attachment

Even though not all fakes get this detail wrong, it’s worth adding this tell closer to the top of our list, since it’s an absolutely instant giveaway for a replica.

All StockX-approved sneakers will come out of their warehouses with the tag attached to the left shoe.

  • Any sneaker that comes with a StockX tag attached to the right shoe will, in 99.999% of the cases, probably be using a replica set of tags.

Make sure the tag is always attached to the left sneaker, never to the right one.

6. Replugging the cable

Test whether the cable can be unplugged and re-plugged

Another important detail to notice is whether the cable that wraps the coin around is detachable and “re-attachable”.

In other words, once an authentic StockX tag has been closed, think of it as a zip-tie: one is not supposed to be able to attach this cable together.

We do want to raise awareness of the fact that, as a consequence, two scenarios are possible:

  1. The sneaker’s laces can be taken off so that the tag is intact — in the lower-left corner of the real vs fake StockX tag comparison below is a visual example.
  2. The tag’s cable will be simply cut.

Therefore, we strongly suggest you do not deem a perfectly closed cable as a replica. What we’re pointing out is that the fake cables are able to be disconnected and re-attached together at any given moment.

7. Green shade

We’ve covered earlier the difference in colour over the X icon in this company’s logo.

However, there is also a slight difference in regard to the colour used on the coins.

Because it’s significantly harder to spot the difference (as opposed to the previous situation, where the fakes used a much-farther-from-the-truth green), we’ve placed this tell closer to the bottom of our list on how to legit check the StockX tag.

  • The authentic StockX tags come with a “grass green” shade, while the counterfeit tags have more of a “mint green” tint.

Of course, lighting plays a very important role when taking these pictures.

8. StockX QR code

Over here, as much as everyone wanted to have the StockX tag QR code fake vs real authentication method, sadly it’s not the case.

Scanning the StockX tag code will yield you an internal code used by the company which, for the time being, can not help you anyhow.

8.1. New logo (post 2020)

Whether you knew it or not, we’re here to explain it: StockX updated their side of the QR Code, and for the most part, the new StockX tags have their QR Code not linking to their phone number anymore.

8.2.1. Printing details
  • The fake StockX tag has an extra transparent StockX logo below the QR code.
  • That’s not to be seen on the real QR code.

The authentic StockX tag doesn’t have such a StockX logo below the QR print.

8.2.2. QR scan test

Scanning the QR code of an authentic 2020+ StockX tag should bring up a random combination of letters and numbers.

But the thing is that when you try to scan the authentic 2020+ QR Code, you are now going to be redirected to a combination of numbers and letters.

8.2. Old logo (pre 2019)

There is one glaring flaw that fakes present for the pre-2019 coin: if the StockX tag scan takes you to their website, you’re looking at a counterfeit tag.

8.3. How to scan the QR code on a StockX tag

Open up your phone or tablet’s camera, point at one of the two codes, and you’ll either be taken to:

  • Authentic tags after 2020: A combination of letters + numbers.
  • Fake tags after 2020: The company’s website, phone number, or no results.
  • Authentic tags before 2019: A “1802…” type of phone number.
  • Fake tags before 2019: The company’s website.

You can try scanning the QR in the pictures above yourself to see the results!

9. Coin thickness

  • If your coin looks too thin, chances are you’re looking at a replica.
  • Once again, this might not be visible to the naked eye. However, we recommend that you refer to these pictures.

Downloading our app allows you to quickly access this specific tell (or any other) when needed.

10. Peeling the QR code

This might seem a bit excessive, but we do aim to go as deep as possible with our authentication guides.

In this tell, we will point out how, if you peel out the QR code sticker, you will see this text on an authentic StockX tag.

  • The authentic inscription is meant to read “VOID”.
  • However, it’s not fully visible, depending on how strong the adhesive on the back of the white paper sticker was.
  • A fake StockX tag will not have any kind of inscription, should you remove that QR code sticker.

This is not what everyone must do in order to authenticate their tag, yet it might be a reliable tell if you’re not confident on the other methods.

11. Older coins (pre-2017)

Below you will see an older model of the StockX tag, which should definitely not be coming with any latest release.

These tags have been discontinued for a couple of years, so there is no reason for the company to put these out anymore.

  • We will quickly note how scuffs can be noticed in the highlighted area.
  • On top of that, the “X” which should be replicating the StockX icon is far from what it should be.

It is true that it’s possible for someone to stock a pair that has been authenticated by StockX from the period of time when they were giving out these specific tags. However, this tag should never come with newer releases.

We’ve attached the fake version of this older model to be used at your own discretion if need be.

How to spot a fake StockX receipt

Yes, sadly fake StockX receipts are forged as well. However, they’re pretty easy to spot, since the authentic receipts are printed nowadays with a thermal printer.

In other words, think about a label printer, if you’ve ever seen one. It is exactly that technology that is used to print receipts. We’ve attached a poorly-forged receipt, compared to the genuine receipt that StockX puts in their shipments:

As you can see, the format is totally different. Nonetheless, let’s have a quick look at some flaws found on the ingenuine paper:

  • We’ll start with the upper left corner: the address for StockX’s headquarters is wrong since they’re located number 1046 and the right postal code is 48226.
  • Besides that, StockX does not ship their shoes from their headquarters, as they have multiple warehouses across the globe.
  • Alongside the tell we’ve just explained, there seems to be a hand signature — this will never happen, as we’ve analysed above the card that comes with every StockX shipment.
  • We’ve noticed how not only the signature is printed, but it also has to be from a laminated material.

While scammers can get creative when it comes to forging, I doubt someone will go the extra mile to replicate the thermal printer receipt.

Are there fake StockX emails?

Yes, there are fake StockX emails from fake addresses. Always check if the sender has an “@stockx.com” email address — if not, you’re definietly dealing with a scammer.

It’s worth bringing to your attention the fact that StockX emails are forged as well.

Do not simply assume an email is a real one — make sure you use the resources we’re putting here: both the sneaker authentication guides and the StockX tag real vs fake comparison we’ve just covered above.

Is StockX legit and reliable?

StockX is a legit online marketplace. More often than not, StockX is reliable, though errors happen just like in any other business.

That’s why fakes sometimes get through StockX.

Do fakes go through StockX?

There have been discussions on whether StockX is reliable when it comes to the authenticity of the sneakers. The short answer is yes, more often than not, they are reliable and yes, some fakes get through due to human error.

Their at-the-time CEO Josh Luber mentions in an interview how their operations rate of success is 99.85%.

However, this rate is not limited to fakes. That’s not to say that out of their at-the-time 20,000 pairs, 30 are fake. The failure rate includes mishappenings such as:

  • Wrong size
  • Damaged box
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Or, indeed, fakes

We, The Legit Check App, are a different entity than StockX. What we want to do here is put all the facts to the table and make it so that one can understand the full situation and assess it for itself.

Are StockX sneakers authentic?

It’s worth raising awareness around the fact that, at least in today’s environment, negative social media attention is louder than positive one.

In other words, one post per day about fakes is louder than the other 20,000 (random numbers), and you’ve probably seen this for yourself outside this StockX discussion.

At the same time, no one can know for sure, besides God itself if you’re religious — or truly no one if you’re an atheist — whether those stories are legit as well. At the Legit Check App, it is our absolute duty to consider every single scenario possible, including:

  1. People are telling the truth and StockX is indeed letting fakes pass-through
  2. Some of the stories might have as well been invented — by competitors, trolls, and whatnot.
  3. Maybe people claim that their StockX sneakers are fake, when in fact they’re simply misinformed and they’re owning an authentic pair of fakes.

One thing is sure: we aim at providing you with the tools needed to decide for yourself whether the exact pair you are buying from StockX is legit or not.

That is what this fake vs real StockX tag guide is and what the sneakers or other streetwear items guides are out there for.

In our subjective opinion, StockX is owning up to its mistakes and claims that they’re doing everything in its power to fix any wrongdoing, whenever that happens.

Are StockX Yeezys real?

If you’re wondering whether the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 you’ve bought from StockX is real, we need to direct you to our complete guide on how to legit check any colourway of Yeezy 350 V2.

Over there you’ll find all the information you need in order to spot a pair of fake Yeezys, should you be worried that your StockX Yeezys might be fake.

It is simply the best way since we’re an independent company and we make a mission out of being as neutral and close to the truth as possible.

Besides the universal fake vs real Yeezy guide we’ve linked above, we also have specific comparisons on every colourway of the Yeezy (some are still in the making).

In order to see those, download the Legit Check App and navigate to the pair you want to learn how to authenticate.

Does StockX sell used items? Are StockX shoes new?

It is part of StockX’s process to sell only deadstock items: items that are never worn, never tried on, and in perfect condition. Therefore, no, StockX does not sell used items.

Part of their service is to have every single transaction go through them: whether a person is selling or buying with StockX, the item/s will pass through the company’s facilities.

Over there, before the authentication process, the condition of the item will be assessed: if there are signs that an item has been worn or even tampered with, it will be refused and sent back to the seller.

This way, their policy is respected: only unworn, brand-new sneakers are sold through them.

How do I remove the StockX tag without cutting it?

In order to remove the StockX tag without cutting it, simply remove the laces of the sneakers you’ve had them on, if they’re attached to the laces part. Otherwise, sadly you won’t be able to remove it without cutting it.

We understand that some people might want to collect or simply keep the green StockX coin as a trinket.

In the past few months, more and more tags are attached to areas of the shoe where they can’t be removed without cutting — such as the pull tab, as you can see in a picture of the Yeezy Semi Frozen Yellow we linked at the beginning of this article.

Do I leave the StockX tag on?

You can leave the StockX tag on or take it off, according to your preference. Feel free to wear your item with the tag on or take it off before wearing the product you bought from StockX.

Our suggestion is to not listen to what anyone says. You should wear or not wear the StockX tag according to your wish.


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Ch Daniel is the co-founder and co-CEO of Legit Check By Ch, one of the world's leading companies in product authentications. Daniel's experience: 8+ years in the luxury industry, 7+ years in the authentication industry, 10+ years of business development. Currently, Daniel is overseeing the development of new products of Legit Check By Ch.
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