Relaunch of eBay Authenticate for high end handbags on

By Chris Dawson October 17, 2017 - 5:23 pm

eBay’s new eBay Authenticate™ officially launched this week after it’s announcement back in January. It provides an authentication service designed to help the buyers shop with confidence for luxury handbags (A woman’s handbag is purchased every 13 seconds on Items marked with an “Authenticity Verified” label are backed by a 200% Money Back Guarantee.

“We’re making it even easier for our buyers to shop quickly and confidently for luxury handbags. With tens-of-thousands of high-end handbags currently available, eBay is primed to boost customer confidence in selling and shopping for an amazing selection of designer merchandise.”
– Laura Chambers, Vice President of Consumer Selling at eBay

Initially in January it was announced that when a buyer makes a purchase, the product would be reviewed by a professional authenticator before it’s delivered to the buyer. That’s changed somewhat and the service is now more akin to assisted selling.

How to sell with eBay Authenticate

To sell with eBay Authenticate a private seller will send the handbag to an expert (with free shipping. Industry experts verify the handbag’s authenticity, photograph, list, sell, and ship the handbag to its buyer at which point the seller receives 80% of the final selling price. eBay point out that this is nearly twice as much as comparable online services and, for those who send in an eligible luxury handbag by January 31, 2018, they’ll receive 90% of the selling price.

You might think 80% is a little stingy but in reality it’s a pretty good deal. Bear in mind that if you sold an item yourself on then at the very least you’d be looking at 10% eBay final value fees plus PayPal’s cut with the shipping costs as an additional expense. Because the bag will be authenticated and one would hope, because the experts can merchandise the handbag with better photos and descriptions than a casual seller could, that the final selling price would exceed that which a private seller could attract.

What can be sold through eBay Authenticate?

Currently 12 high-end brands can be sold on behalf of sellers. Expansion of program to include additional brands and categories planned in 2018.

eBay Authenticate is currently available to consumer sellers through eBay’s quick listing tool for Balenciaga, Burberry, Céline, Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Goyard, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Valentino handbags and wallets worth $500 or more. eBay say that they are working to expand access to eBay Authenticate to business sellers as soon as possible.

  • 4 years ago

    I’m a qualified leather-worker with huge experience, when I look at quality images of the goods from the above list of “designers” I see nothing that I can’t copy . . if I wanted to. Present me with an example of one of these, give me a bit of time to resource hide, cloth, findings, etc. and make templates and then I’ll make you one that will look like a virtual clone . . . and I’ll make a good living doing so at a fraction of their highly inflated prices.

    The ONLY thing I won’t do is add the often small, cheap plastic moulding that carries the design house logo and which, to those pukka producers above, would cost pennies. Yet quality copies are easy as that . . . easy money!

    I see nothing in eBay’s words above that will address the clones manufacturers, nothing. They’ll buy a genuine item using a genuine address, have it verified and then kick their under-paid workers in their Far East sweat-shops to churn them out en-mass.

    The buck stops with those design houses making huge profits you know, rather than a simple plastic badge they should install some form of chip into the construction where it’s removal would wreck the item. Bit like a VIN for hand-bags. Why not go the full route of individuality for their goods, as I do for some of mine, and burn a unique serial number into the hide?

    Maybe the Chinese would get around it eventually but, as soon as they do, change the type or location. They make the money so spend a fraction of it protecting their business.

    • james
      4 years ago

      you get people who can copy a perfect picasso, stroke for stroke. they’re not worth the same as a picasso.
      I mean the art is literally indistinguishable, experts can’t tell the difference, but the copy is worthless, because it’s a copy.
      (don’t ask me why, i don’t buy art or handbags. if you could give me a 100% identical anything for 1/10 the cost i’d probably take it.)

      with a 200% refund (plus keep the item i assume) there is real motivation for expert forgers to make big returns. if experts can’t correctly identify a picasso from a fraud, i’m sure ebay’s home-based handbag checkers will be fine.

      although, how do you claim if the fake is that good? ebay’s experts identified it as genuine, so according to ebay, it’s genuine.

  • northumbrian
    4 years ago

    in our experience experts are expert at claiming an item is fake,
    its much easier
    if you need to send something for verification then it does the job anyhow it must be near as good as the real thing for personal use

  • northumbrian
    4 years ago

    tell ya what
    this could be fun
    when the chinese forgers get wind of it and start selling their copies thru the service

  • northumbrian
    4 years ago

    there are asian fake watches that are actually better than the real thing,
    no expert can 100% authenticate some watches as genuine, unless they personally monitor its construction and collect it personally from the factory

  • northumbrian
    4 years ago

    also many of these high value items are produced in china to begin with
    you dont think the manufacturer sticks to the amount ordered?
    just have a wander around the dragon market in Dubai !

    • 4 years ago

      . . . and that is where the greed of “First World” producers to cut costs yet maximise their profits can do a 180 degree turn and bite them in the arse!

      If they exploit the Far Eastern keenness to supply their goods for them cheaper than EU factories then surely they know they’re setting up competition against themselves? Surely they know that one almost alien to EU aspect of Chinese production is they don’t have any sense of “due diligence” for the entire supply chain? There are so many really small outfits being part of the sub-contract chain that even the exporter can’t know if they’ll make copies themselves?

      As a leather-worker I use dedicated sewing machines, almost all are US/British/German design even though ALL are made in China. Many leather-workers complain about the “clones” and how difficult it can be to ensure you have a good one but, guess what, these Chinese factories starting making them for the US/British/German companies over TWENTY years ago and exported them with the original stickers on their castings . . . until one day they then started exporting them with funny names for a fraction of the original price. Greed!

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