We have all heard about stories of people who got scammed on the internet. This is especially true when it comes to purchasing expensive items such as luxurious or branded handbags like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel and others. If you are looking to purchase pre-owned or vintage handbags, they usually cost alot less than branded new ones sold at authorized retail outlet. Simply perform a bing search will help you find what you’re looking for. Although sometimes you may find a really good deals if someone decided to sell their bag for a fraction of the cost just to get rid of the item. You may go out celebrating and showing it off to your friends when you found a great deal on the world-wide-web. However, if it turns out to be a fake, the sum spend may be minimal and that it may not be worth your time pursuing the website that sold you the item.
On other occasions, you may find a very expensive handbag going for alot less than what it is really worth but still costs a great deal, that may also turns out to be a counterfeit! Pursuing such Seller takes time and if the website is located on a server in a less well-known country, you may find it very difficult to recover your money. Worst could happen if they simply shut-down the site and disappeared.
One recommended major site that you can buy your desired handbag is on eBay where you can localized your search based on country ie. eBay.com, eBay.ca etc.. EBay offers money back guarantees upon filing a complain lodge on their Resolution Center webpage against any Vendor selling their handbags on their site and there is no cost towards filing the claim.
Your purchase using paypal is the safest and fastest means in making sure the seller will refund your purchase in the event you are sold a designer bag that is not as described or never delivered. Alternatively, using a credit card can also help protect you against fradulent purchases. Speak with your credit card company for charge-back should you received delivery of a knock-off. Never, ever use a debit card for online purchases unless you trust the source completely.
There are ways that helps minimize the risk of buying handbags on eBay and I’ll explain what you need to do before buying the item.
Ask yourself this question. Do you know what you are looking for? Take some time to research the bag, serial numbers, color, size, interior. Double check if the bag sold is the same bag that matches the original. Does it comes with a detachable strap and whether there are several sizes available? You may find petite, small, medium, large, extra large or jumbo sizes for a same bag model
Examine closely the leather and details of the bag. Look at shiny metal plate and whether it has the brand embossed on it, the quality of the print. Can you see logo on the zipper opener. Loom at the stitching and compare with photos elsewhere. Make sure the Seller sent pictures of the handbag to you via ebay instead of sending it directly to your email as evidence in case they send you fake photos. The Seller should be willing to send you more photos upon your request. Are the additional photos sent to you are of professional quality or “home made?” These are tell-tale signs.
Check and determine what feedback and the quality of feedbacks that are left for the Seller in the past. How many feedback is just as important as the content of the feedback. I have seen a Seller with 100% feedbacks but for items other than handbags. A Seller that provide return policy is always better than one that does not. This is a gauge for Seller’s responsibility over the item they sell to you. Be sure to read the Seller’s negative rating left by past buyer and if there was any reply and action by the Seller to rectify the problem. Check the Seller background, where they operate from, whether they have additional recognition such as Verified by Paypal, eBay Top Rated Plus seal or recognized as eBay Powerseller. It is a good idea to see these seal of approval if you plan to buy from Sellers offering expensive purses for sale.
If you’re still unsure you may need a handbag authentication service, check out this article.
Be safe and Happy Shopping this holiday season!