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I bought a bayswater which turned out to be fake. And I only paid £100 less than what a genuine one would have been 😣. And the seller was no longer a registered ebayer when I complained. Gutted.
Watchdog or a newspaper bought 20 designer items off eBay a few years ago and took them to the designers to be verified--about 19 were fake. My mum got an LV handbag very cheaply on there a few years ago which looks fairly genuine, but I wouldn't know what to look for. If you can't afford a real bag, why not just buy a fake, and the at least you know what you're getting? Or just don't pay more on eBay than you would be willing to shell out for a decent fake.
I bought one years ago, it was obviously a fake when it arrived.
I have since bought three (for special occasions, or using birthday/Christmas money) from their outlet shop at Cheshire Oaks. Each was around half price (still expensive but big savings) and they're all classic styles and colours (ie they don't just sell off the lime green ones!).
I bought a Chloe handbag on eBay years ago which I believed to be a fake (far to cheap to be genuine, brand new without tags) and when it arrived it was amazing - I compared it to a real one and couldn't find a single difference! I think if you buy an item for the price you would happily pay for a fake then you won't be disappointed, but may be pleasantly surprised
I posted a similar question to this just before xmas when I saw a lovely effie satchel on ebay. In the end, I decided I'd be gutted to receive a fake and so didn't go for it. I think I will go to an outlet for something.
I always look at other items the seller has sold, and often where they live - sometimes you can tell if its someone wealthy who's just bored with a genuine bag vs someone with thousands of feedback who sells piles of designer tat.
I bought a Tiffany necklace this way, and uggs years ago and it was fine. Am currently stalking a few bags
I bid for a Chanel bag a number of years ago. I won, however the chap said he wouldnt be able to send for a week as he was in Thailand (where all the fake bags are!). TBH. It was £90 - a Chanel bag is 1000's so I course it was fake on reflection!
On an important birthday my DH brought me a real Mulberry Baywater directly from Mulberry. Would never buy bags or straightners from ebay. When I brought my GHD's I registered them immediately. Apparently GHD using the reference numbers and the place where you got them from can confirm whether they are fakes or not!
I've been thinking about selling my oak Bayswater on eBay, but this issue puts me off. I think all the fake bags out there just give genuine sellers a bad name and pushes prices way down. I sold a Marc Jacobs bag and I got a pittance, despite having all the tags and receipt.
I bought a Tiffany ring on eBay that turned out to be genuine and it is beautiful. I have similarly bought a Tiffany necklace on eBay that looked like it came out of a christmas cracker it looked plastic
I would, but I've bought a few and they were fine. I was thinking about selling my chocolate bayswater but it is nicely battered and I think it is easier to tell that Mulberry bags are genuine if they are used, as they stand the test of time. A fake would fall apart.