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Would you buy a Mulberry handbag off EBay?

(67 Posts)
akaemmafrost Thu 24-Jan-13 00:13:12

It's looking increasingly unlikely that I will ever be able to afford brand new and perusing eBay there are some lovely classics on there that seem reputable. Would you risk it? Have you? Thanks.

Ponyphysio Thu 24-Jan-13 00:16:28

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.

VBisme Thu 24-Jan-13 00:19:27

I wouldn't (sorry)

thisonehasalittlecar Thu 24-Jan-13 00:23:33

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.

thisonehasalittlecar Thu 24-Jan-13 00:24:48

pony out of curiosity, how did you find out it was a fake?

ThatVikRinA22 Thu 24-Jan-13 00:38:25

i wouldnt buy anything designer off ebay.

i stupidly bought some "tiffany" silver and sent it straight my arse.

DH bought me the real thing for my anniversary. its a risk buying anything like that off ebay - wouldnt ever do it again.

silver28 Thu 24-Jan-13 00:48:03

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!).

Rockchick1984 Thu 24-Jan-13 02:48:22

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 smile

VestaCurry Thu 24-Jan-13 03:20:42


faustina Thu 24-Jan-13 06:07:39

all you need to do is visit the Purse Forum. There is a section where they will authenticate a listing on Ebay if you give them the details.

If you pay with paypal, you can ask for a refund if the bag turns out to be fake, or different to the photographs in the listing.

Alternatively there are several trusted sellers - I think someone called is one, and naughtpidgin (not sure of spelling - try google). They guarantee authenticity.

It would be certainly be worth visiting an outlet though. As silver says, they do often have classics. What are you after?

Chopstheduck Thu 24-Jan-13 06:47:56

I wouldn't risk eBay. Maybe an online reseller like this one though. They offer money back guarantee too, so you could even get one properly authenticated yourself.

scarlet76 Thu 24-Jan-13 07:08:02

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.

SaraBellumHertz Thu 24-Jan-13 07:13:35

If you actually care whether it is real then No no no no no!

But lots if people are very happy with a reasonable quality fake.

Remember that dust bags, carriers, receipts and care cards are no indication that the bag is genuine.

carlywurly Thu 24-Jan-13 07:21:10

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 grin

CHOOGIRL Thu 24-Jan-13 07:48:42

I have sold a few designer bags on eBay. Look at what seller has sold previously and feedback.

shopafrolic Thu 24-Jan-13 08:19:40

I have sold 5 Mulberry handbags on EBay but always sell with the original receipts.

maisiejoe123 Thu 24-Jan-13 09:39:50

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!

joliejolie Thu 24-Jan-13 09:40:19

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.

noisytoys Thu 24-Jan-13 09:45:20

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

Chopstheduck Thu 24-Jan-13 09:57:02

joliejolie - there was a mnetter on a similar thread with the same problem, with a LV bag. I ended up buying it off her! It is gorgeous.

I really want a bayswater too, but too broke atm!

Slaymill Thu 24-Jan-13 10:03:50

I have a real unused Bayswater I don`t want Chopstheduck though I would be asking alot more than £100 for it.

I would be careful on ebay too, I have sold a heart keyring, bracelets and address book all Mulberry with receipts.

Ask a seller what shop she bought it from and no proof no deal. Mulberry keep records as I have spoken to the Somerset office, hi kate if your reading !

Be careful on any website too as my DP bought me what he thought was a real Barbour Vintage Troop Parka fakesville as the way I threw it in the bin.

wheresthecake Thu 24-Jan-13 10:32:02

I'd love a genuine bayswater if slaymillor joliejolie would like to pm me!

MadameOvary Thu 24-Jan-13 10:37:21

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.

Slaymill Thu 24-Jan-13 10:52:11

will pm smile

Annianni Thu 24-Jan-13 10:52:39

I bought a Prada purse off eBay years ago, and it was obviously fake when it arrived.

I did get my money back through eBay, but I also got abusive phone calls from the seller beforehand, which wasn't very nice.

As others have said, check what else they have for sale, their feedback and things they've sold in the past.

Have you looked on chic&cheap?
I've not bought from there, but they seem ok.

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