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As fashion consumers increasingly turn to suitability, they are looking for smarter ways to shop. We turn to thrift, brick-and-mortar, and online retailers like eBay to find those designer pieces and luxury handbags of yesteryear that can refresh our wardrobes without contributing to the ever-growing problem of fast fashion.
Today, eBay Australia announced the extension of its authenticity guarantee service to used and new luxury handbags listed above $350. eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee aims to give Australians peace of mind when shopping for men’s and women’s luxury handbags from 16 designer brands, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada.
According to Brooke Eichhorn, Head of Luxury at eBay Australia “A handbag is listed every two minutes on ebay.com.au and Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada among our top brands bought, luxury handbags have never been in more demand, whether it’s an investment purchase or the search for a rare vintage find. The biggest trend we’re seeing is a year 2000 resurgence, along with double-digit growth for brands like Fendi, Gucci and Saint Laurent over the past two years.
“We are also seeing an increasing number of Australians investing in luxury handbags which are seeing their value increase over time, and they are quickly becoming an asset class in their own right! eBay data shows the value of classic bags such as the Hermes Birkin, Dior bags and Chanel Quilted bags have risen dramatically in recent years, with a rare Hermes Birkin selling for US$98,000 (about AUD$136,000).
So how does eBay’s authenticity guarantee for luxury handbags work?
Eligible items are marked with a blue check mark on eBay. Once purchased, they are expertly verified at eBay’s Sydney authentication facility – currently at no additional cost to either buyer or seller. Authenticators check dozens of inspection points – packaging, handbag details, smell, and accessories – and compare it to the seller’s listing description, so you get exactly what you ordered. Once verified as authentic, each handbag receives a unique authentication card with detailed item information.
Will you be charged for the authenticity guarantee?
No. Until further notice, eBay has announced that there are no additional fees for the Authenticity Guarantee for either buyer or seller. As part of the Authenticity Guarantee service, eBay covers the cost of authentication and express delivery followed by the authentication service to the buyer.
Who provides authentication services?
eBay’s team of professional authenticators will review and verify each bag, using detailed physical inspection and advanced technical equipment in a state-of-the-art facility.
How long will the authentication process take?
After purchasing an eligible item, the seller is required to send the item to the authentication service, where authenticators inspect the item within two business days of receiving it. Once the article has been checked, it will be sent to you by express tracking, against signature. Nice!
What if the luxury handbag does not pass the inspection?
If authenticators cannot verify the authenticity of the item or the condition of the item is not as advertised, you (the buyer) will be notified and receive a full refund to your method of payment. original payment.
It all sounds pretty good, right? This all-new process means you can feel confident spending your hard-earned money.
It’s also worth pointing out that you can also get additional exclusive eBay fashion deals, sales, free express shipping and returns on millions of eBay+ items for only $4.99 per month if you sign up for an eBay Plus Membership while you are there.
You can read the full FAQ on how eBay’s new Authenticity Guarantee works here.