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    Default Ebay (Fakes or real?)

    what does everyone think about buying bags from ebay? I saw some very nice bags from some reputable sellers, but I am reluctant to trust anything outside of bloomies, or other major retailer. Can anyone share any experiences to ease my mind.

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    IT all depends on the seller. I've had really bad experiences, but then I've had really good ones. It all depends on the seller.
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    There are honest genuine sellers out there. I've been buying and selling on Ebay for the past 3 years. In my experience, you can get a really good bargain but you must always do your research first.

    1) Find out what bag you want and what it sells for outside of Ebay (no point buying in Ebay if there's cheaper alternative out there) Believe me, I've seen people actually bidding beyond the RRP, maybe they don't have that particular brand where they live.

    2) Check out how much the bag that you want has sold for the past 6 months ie auctions that have ended to see what was the max bid. Then decide if you want to go that high.

    3) If everything is ok, start searching for that particular bag. If you found any, keep them in your Ebay page. If there's none, save the search. Ebay will email you once someone has put it up for auction.

    4) Once you have found the auctions that you're interested in, make sure all information that's relevant to you is stated there ie color, size, the wear and tear if pre loved, payment method, shipping method, return policy etc. If any of the info is not available, always always always email and ask coz you don't want the hassle of returning it if it doesn't suit you.
    For me, if I'm buying preloved bags, I always ask for marks/scuff/tear on the body esp at corners, marks on hardware, odors/condition of interior, sleeper bag and authenticity card availability, receipt, pet/smoke free home and how old is it.

    5) Ask for lots and lots of photos for wear and tear AND more importantly for authentication purposes (you can get it authenticated at MyPoupette, have to pay though or through forums such as this, free but not legally binding or go to the store to do it, can be difficult though) so it's best to do it before bidding.

    6) Save the photos for comparison once you get the bag just in case they pull the bait and switch. If the seller doesn't reply, try again as they might have missed it (this happened to me a couple of times). If there's nothing or seller refused, then there's something fishy there. A good seller with nothing to hide will oblige your requests. DO NOT bid in these circumstance.

    7) It is best to use Paypal as if anything goes wrong you can file a claim through Paypal.

    8) If the price is too good to be true, it probably is but if it's been confirmed authentic then it's your choice. Feedback are just simple evaluations of previous buyers, while 100% is good you still need to authenticate the item. Of course sellers with negative feedback esp relating to authenticity, should be avoided.

    I think that's it, maybe tbf'ers that have more experience can weigh in too.
    To give you examples of the bargains to be had, I've bought my Biasia NWT for $220 (RRP400+), Tod for 150 pds (no marks whatsoever even though preowned, RRP700+ pds), Miu Miu 220 pds (NWOT but with receipt, RRP595 pds), BV sunnies for 10 pds (no marks, RRP200+ pds) and many others..

    Ebay can be so much fun and rewarding with careful planning and research esp in the current economic climate
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    Default Re: Ebay (Fakes or real?)

    There are some awesome sellers on ebay, but there are also some horrible ones as well! You just have to trust your gut (if it seems too good to be true, it probably is). If I see something I'm interested in, I first look at the seller's feedback. Also, do some research on the seller (search the forum and see if there are any comments about them), and have someone look at the auction to verify authenticity before bidding or paying. Make sure the auction has LOTS of pictures to verify authenticity and condition of the item!

    Although there is no way to guarantee a smooth transaction, it's always nice to take precautionary steps! There are sellers out there who will do a bait and switch on you, so even if you verify authenticity with the pictures in the auction, you're still taking a risk when buying off ebay. Pay with your credit card in case you receive a fake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frbspa View Post
    There are honest genuine sellers out there. I've been buying and selling on Ebay for the past 3 years. In my experience, you can get a really good bargain but you must always do your research first.

    1) Find out what bag you want and what it sells for outside of Ebay (no point buying in Ebay if there's cheaper alternative out there) Believe me, I've seen people actually bidding beyond the RRP, maybe they don't have that particular brand where they live.

    2) Check out how much the bag that you want has sold for the past 6 months ie auctions that have ended to see what was the max bid. Then decide if you want to go that high.

    3) If everything is ok, start searching for that particular bag. If you found any, keep them in your Ebay page. If there's none, save the search. Ebay will email you once someone has put it up for auction.

    4) Once you have found the auctions that you're interested in, make sure all information that's relevant to you is stated there ie color, size, the wear and tear if pre loved, payment method, shipping method, return policy etc. If any of the info is not available, always always always email and ask coz you don't want the hassle of returning it if it doesn't suit you.
    For me, if I'm buying preloved bags, I always ask for marks/scuff/tear on the body esp at corners, marks on hardware, odors/condition of interior, sleeper bag and authenticity card availability, receipt, pet/smoke free home and how old is it.

    5) Ask for lots and lots of photos for wear and tear AND more importantly for authentication purposes (you can get it authenticated at MyPoupette, have to pay though or through forums such as this, free but not legally binding or go to the store to do it, can be difficult though) so it's best to do it before bidding.

    6) Save the photos for comparison once you get the bag just in case they pull the bait and switch. If the seller doesn't reply, try again as they might have missed it (this happened to me a couple of times). If there's nothing or seller refused, then there's something fishy there. A good seller with nothing to hide will oblige your requests. DO NOT bid in these circumstance.

    7) It is best to use Paypal as if anything goes wrong you can file a claim through Paypal.

    8) If the price is too good to be true, it probably is but if it's been confirmed authentic then it's your choice. Feedback are just simple evaluations of previous buyers, while 100% is good you still need to authenticate the item. Of course sellers with negative feedback esp relating to authenticity, should be avoided.

    I think that's it, maybe tbf'ers that have more experience can weigh in too.
    To give you examples of the bargains to be had, I've bought my Biasia NWT for $220 (RRP400+), Tod for 150 pds (no marks whatsoever even though preowned, RRP700+ pds), Miu Miu 220 pds (NWOT but with receipt, RRP595 pds), BV sunnies for 10 pds (no marks, RRP200+ pds) and many others..

    Ebay can be so much fun and rewarding with careful planning and research esp in the current economic climate
    Wow that is a great post! I will definitely use that advice for buying ANYTHING on ebay!
    Thanks

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    I have given up on ebay, except for very small nothing items. Last year, I got taken for $1000 for a Chanel bag and even with SquareTrades assistance, it took until mid April to get my money refunded.
    That cured me for handbags on ebay, even with my favorite sellers.
    Ebay has lost it's credibility with me, they don't care about any of us.
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    Default Re: Ebay (Fakes or real?)

    I have always used ebay. It is great if you are aware of some of the scammers out there. Ebay does a pretty good job of getting rid of all the fakes

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    Default Re: Ebay (Fakes or real?)

    Yeah it should be safe just get lots and lots of pics and make sure you get friends to look at them closely

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    Default Re: Ebay (Fakes or real?)

    Check the sellers feedback i guess people will write what they sold them...
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    Default Re: Ebay (Fakes or real?)

    yea check feedback.. I actually herd that sellers are not allowed to sell replicas any more.. so you can report them if u do get a replica and should get your money back
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