I'm in a quandry. I bought some Converse off ebay for DH. When they arrived he commented that the canvas was thinner than usual and the pattern on the front was different, but we just thought they must be a different style. He wore them for 3 days, by which time the sides had split, the black trim had come off the front, the inside were looking worn out and the sole was wearing out.
DH does wear shoes out quickly, (compared with me) but a pair of converse usually last him 12 months. I know the sides split, but not straight away.
When I looked at them closer, compared them with mine and did some googling I realised they were fakes, different material for the sole, they have an R for the trademark which real ones don't apparently, uneven stitching, and just generally poorly put together.
I contacted the seller and she'd bought them 2nd hand for her son but they were too small, she bought them as genuine and sold them for less than I bought them for. So she's contacted the person she bought them from, who says she bought them in the states and they were "definitely not fakes" but she admits she got them from the equivalent of a TKMaxx place.
So where do I stand? The seller has really really good feedback, and I believe she sold them me in good faith. I don't particularly care whether they're fake or not. But I do care about the fact I've paid £15 for a pair of shoes which are unwearable in a week.
Do I ask for a refund? Or do I notch it up to experience? WWYD?