Friday, October 25, 2013

Classic Stripes and E-bay

Blazer: H&M (old), similar here // Shirt: H&M (old) // Belt: Target // Sunglasses: unknown //Bag: YSL from E-bay, this year's here // Flats: Chanel from E-bay // Jeans: Current Elliot purchased on super sale at Neiman's but appear sold out on their site now :// Scarf: Vintage from E-bay

As you can see, I am a fan of shopping on E-Bay. You can find some amazing pre-owned but like new designer items for great deals. The shoes and bag I got for > 60-75% off retail and they both came looking brand new. The key to buying authentic items is to research the real item extensively - including, if possible, seeing the real thing in person so you know what to look for in the pre-owned item. Be sure the photos of the item show the key items needed for authenticity (like authentication stamps, serial numbers, zippers, and underneath of bag and shoes).
Web sites like Purse Forum and My Poupette are great resources for authenticating items on E-Bay via forums and services. I only purchase from buyers with excellent feedback and look specifically at their feedback to see if they have sold other similar items. The comments in a seller's feedback section can help you feel out if the person has sold other luxury items and whether or not the recipients felt the items were authentic once received. If you have any questions - don't buy!
If you feel it is too risky to buy via E-bay there are some new great sites that offer amazing pre-owned luxury items. Two examples are : 1) Yoogi's Closet 2) Portero Luxury. I find their prices are higher than on E-bay but they guarantee authenticity and have done the research for you. Also, many of these sites offer returns which E-bay usually does not.
Do you shop pre-owned or on E-bay? Have you purchased from any of the new online luxury consignment shops? What are your tips for getting a good authentic deal on these sites?

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