I am usually not one to buy on impulse. I am the kind of shopper who considers each investment with extra special care and I am always on the hunt to find the best prices. So in today’s blog post, I am sharing tips and tricks on how to buy authentic designer handbags on eBay, specifically how I got my Chloe Faye Backpack for less!
eBay is a hidden gem when it comes to online shopping destination for all things fashion. When you think of eBay, you might think 'auction', 'used', 'fraud'– what most people don't know is that 85% of all clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry and beauty products on eBay are actually NEW and available with the 'Buy It Now' option! You can get free shipping and buy items instantly with a single click—no auction required.
While it's true eBay has a history of being plagued by frauds, there are actually reputable eBay sellers that have brand names for sale, all authentic, new with tags – you just have to know how to look for them! Being an eBay partner, I know they are making big changes to ensure that buyers like us can buy (or bid) with confidence. That’s exactly how I got my Chloe Faye Backpack, and I will share tips on how you can shop for your favorite designer items for a fraction of the cost...
#1 Know Your Product: Know your Product. Go to department stores and look at the bag you are wanting and familiarize yourself with the craftsmanship like stitching, logo placements, etc. The more familiar you are with a product line, the less your risk for purchasing a fake on eBay.
#2 Narrow your search: Generally, you'll find better stuff if you hunt for something specific, rather than browsing aimlessly. For example, instead of "Chloe Bag", I searched "Chloe Faye Backpack". Use the filters to the left to help further narrow your search.
#3 Ask questions: Don't be afraid to bombard the seller with questions! Where and when did they get the bag? Do they have original receipt? These are things you can research. Not every seller knows the power of taking the perfect product shot. I always contact the seller for more photos or even ask for videos of the product. Anyone trying to sell you an authentic $1500 handbag should be more than willing enough to send more/better photos. If they aren't willing, then that's a big red flag!
#4 Look for eBay Authenticate: Look for an authenticity guarantee from the seller, so you can shop with total confidence to buy authentic designer handbags on eBay. It is covered by eBay Money Back Guarantee which brings me to the next point... This is the list of Pre-Owned Authenticated bags.
#5 Check the Return Policy & eBay Money Back Guarantee: Some sellers will offer free return others might have you pay for the return. I always make sure to only buy from sellers who offer FREE returns. eBay also will guarantee virtually most items so check for "eBay Money Back Guarantee". Just make sure you examine listings carefully! Look for trick words like "Chloe Inspired" (FAKE!!) or "Not Actual Product".
#6 Check Seller ratings - DSR scores and length of time as an eBay member: How many ratings do they have? How long have they been selling for? What kinds of items are they selling? What items are they selling with for those ratings? It doesn't necessarily have to be 100% perfect feedback but those ratings are IMPORTANT and are crucial to read through. Use your common sense! I won’t shop or buy something from someone who doesn’t have good ratings or haven't been a seller for more than 2 years. Also, look for the POWERSELLER logo! These members have an established reputation for high volume and responsible selling practices.
#7 Pay attention to the condition noted (new, gently used, etc.) I personally only buy New with tags with the original box for designer items.
#8 Don't be afraid to Negotiate: Contact the seller to negotiate a more reasonable 'Buy It Now' price or Free Shipping. It never hurts to try!
#9 Protect your purchases with Credit Card or Paypal: Never use DEBIT! Your debit card isn't protected. But PayPal purchases are automatically protected and you can easily dispute it! If PayPal rules in your favor, PayPal will refund you and take on the hassle of getting the funds owed by the seller. I only purchase from sellers who accept Paypal. Of course, credit cards are preferred as well because all major credit cards offer buyer protection policies!
Hopefully, these tips will make your next eBay hunt even easier so you can buy authentic designer handbags on eBay! eBay also has lots of other summer trends that we all crave from brands you love for less, like Anthropologie, Free People, Zara, Madewell, Adidas, J.Crew, Gap, Topshop, Prada and of course, Chloe. Let me know in comments below if you have any additional tips or find this helpful!
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