News: eBay Authenticate™ Allows You to Purchase Luxury Handbags with Confidence

A woman’s handbag is purchased every 13 seconds on eBay in the US. Some of those bags are fakes, unfortunately.

eBay has launched eBay Authenticate™, a white glove authentication service designed to help the marketplace’s hundreds of millions of active buyers shop with confidence for luxury handbags.

eBay sellers can now utilize the service to list luxury handbags and wallets valued at $500+ and receive 80% of the final selling price when selling luxury handbags from 12 high-end brands, including Balenciaga, Burberry, Céline, Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Goyard, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Valentino. For a limited time, the service will accept luxury handbags valued at $250+ and sellers will receive 90% of the final sale price.

red handbag in an eBay package

Launch of eBay Authenticate™ Boosts Shopper Confidence for Luxury Handbag Purchases (PRNewsfoto/eBay Inc.)

For eBay buyers, they can shop more confidently for luxury handbags knowing that items marked with an “Authenticity Verified” label are backed by a 200 percent Money Back Guarantee.

Sellers have to send their bags to eBay for verification. eBay’s industry experts then photograph, list and sell the bag. Once the bag sells, the seller gets 80% of the purchase price. For a limited time, sellers will get 90% of the purchase price.

Over the past 20 years, eBay has devoted resources to setting the standard for operating a trusted and safe marketplace. For nearly ten years, eBay’s best-in-class Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) program has allowed more than 40,000 rights owners to quickly report possible counterfeit goods. This program simply helps eBay buyers have more confidence in the wealth of inventory on the marketplace – and enables our sellers to benefit from that confidence.

Additionally, eBay’s prior collaborations with the CFDA for “You Can’t Fake Fashion,” have celebrated original design and raised awareness about our commitment to authentic fashion.

Most popular and valuable handbag styles on eBay:

  • Shoulder Bag
  • Totes & Shoppers
  • Messenger & Cross Body
  • Satchel
  • Clutch
  • Hobo
  • Handbag
  • Backpack
  • Vintage
  • Doctor

My Take

I like that eBay is making a move to combat the sale of fake bags. I just wish it didn’t have to cost the sellers 20%. Ultimately, it means you’ll end up paying 20% more for that used bag on eBay. At that point, you may as well just go find a new designer bag on sale in a retail store for about the same price.

What do you think? Is it worth it to have your bag’s authenticity validated?

 

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