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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.

Annianni Thu 24-Jan-13 10:55:09


gregssausageroll Thu 24-Jan-13 10:57:02

Yes I would. Only get it verified on the purse forum. Make sure it is in the uk. The ad has lots of photos so I'd tags can be checked etc. be careful and research. Hopefully you will be fine.

joliejolie Thu 24-Jan-13 11:13:15

Many people who buy off eBay use the purse forum to authenticate, but I'm not sure what exactly qualifies someone to have that job. Guess they just know their stuff.

carrie74 Thu 24-Jan-13 12:17:39

I sold a brand new oak bayswater last Xmas time on ebay (my H had won it in a work raffle - it had been donated by Mulberry - but it wasn't my style). In the end, it went to someone locally who I delivered it to and once she'd inspected it, she gave me the cash there and then. Both happy - I got enough to buy the Mulberry I actually wanted (Daria satchel), and she got her brand new Bayswater for less than outlet price.

Viviennemary Thu 24-Jan-13 12:53:19

I wouldn't take the chance. But check feedback as surely there must be quite a few genuine people. But handbags are a bit to open to fake.

faustina Thu 24-Jan-13 14:35:17

joliejolie I think they've been doing it for years, and they know all the tricks: the fake serial numbers used on the backs of the little discs, the "made in" labels, the zips used - all that kind of thing. They also have lists of sellers who have sold fakes before - oh and sometimes they even tell you if the photos used on the listing are photos from real bags belonging to other people! Even the receipts are faked sometimes.

MoodyDidIt Thu 24-Jan-13 14:43:04

no way, its full of fakes

MoodyDidIt Thu 24-Jan-13 14:46:37

i would LOVE a mulberry alexa ...... <sigh>

Glossynotflossy Thu 24-Jan-13 15:57:30

I have. It was a purse foruber sellinh it so i was able to chat to the seller about the bag and she had bought if off ebay and had tpf to authenticate it. Its a distinctive design of a popular bag

I wouldnt have normally though as there are too many fakea.

In my local deparment store they have mulbs that are reduced from over a grand to just over four hundred pound. If you pm me i will tell you the store and what bags there were yesterday

They may post them out

EmpressMaud Thu 24-Jan-13 16:23:33

I wouldn't, as I'd be worried about buying a fake.
Though I have sold one of my old Mulberry bags on there, genuine of course. I supplied the code number on the internal tag, which I suppose my buyer may have checked before purchasing.

Ooh that sound like a good bargain, Glossy.

boodles Thu 24-Jan-13 16:24:59

It is so hard for sellers too. I have a mulberry bag I bought a few years back. I kept all the things for it, care card etc and I also still have the receipt but I am wary of selling it on eBay.

shine0ncrazydiamond Thu 24-Jan-13 16:29:49

Oh I wouldn't, no. Far too risky. Same for Tiffany, Uggs etc. I buy Mulberry from John Lewis < ok, my two mulberry bags are from there > , Uggs from Office and I have a pair of Elsa Perretti silver heart earrings that are much copied but I got them from Tiffany direct.

I'd assume anything on Ebay was a fake I think

HokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Thu 24-Jan-13 16:34:42

I have sold various Tiffany and Louis Vuitton items on ebay.

I always keep the receipts and include photos in my listing.

I think if you are very careful there are some genuine sellers on there.

CaroleService Thu 24-Jan-13 17:03:58

Blimey Glossy - what store is that?

PostBellumBugsy Thu 24-Jan-13 17:11:50

Yes, I would if I the seller had a good track record on other sold items. I have bought & sold high end items on ebay & not had a problem.

Genuine sellers will be looking for a good price, will list the item carefully, will note any flaws and will probably be sending the item registered delivery.

If the item seems very cheap - there is probably a reason for that. Also if you look at the ebay guides, there are quite alot of listings for how to tell if you are looking at a real or fake item. You could also check out for lots of useful tips on all the high end brands.

HokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Thu 24-Jan-13 17:36:03

Post is right, i don't start them at 99p, without a reserve!

I only post recorded next day delivery because there needs to be enough insurance to cover the item if it goes missing.

Glossynotflossy Thu 24-Jan-13 17:40:40

Carole and akaemma i have dropped you a pm

CaroleService Thu 24-Jan-13 18:06:02


faustina Thu 24-Jan-13 18:09:09

you also have to be wary of chargeback if you sell something high end on ebay: for instance I sold a mulberry bag last week, and the paypal funds won't be released until she has either left me positive feedback, or ... something else - I can't remember exactly - perhaps a period of time has elapsed? There is some scam some buyers do where they pretend the item never arrived and they reclaim their paypal funds. To be protected you must send it with online proof of delivery

MadameOvary Thu 24-Jan-13 18:25:34

If anyone wants to know if a pre-Alexa Mulberry is authentic on eBay, PM me with a link. I have written guides to spot fake Bayswater and Roxanne bags.

joliejolie Thu 24-Jan-13 19:55:59

Im happy for mine to be authenticated when I list it, I'll probably even put a link in the auction. I have my eye on a pair of boots and dh said I can have them if I unload a bit, so the Bayswater is going.

DancingRoundTheKitchen Thu 24-Jan-13 20:16:27

I have bought & sold mulberry handbags on eBay. I would be very careful and get it authenticated on the purse forum.
Would also agree that if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is!

ThisLittleP Thu 24-Jan-13 20:18:11

If you're careful, I would say go for it. I have sold high end designer items plenty of times on eBay. Just remember that if you 'pay peanuts you'll get monkeys'!!

Definitely authenticate the item you are interested in at The Purse Forum. You can provide a link to the eBay auction page for the item, and they'll let you know if you need to ask the seller for additional pictures, or if they know already if it's authentic or fake.
Check the seller's feedback, and see what items they have recently sold (and bought) and what else they are currently selling. This all gives a good indication.

There are also a few reseller sites, try:

Check them out thoroughly though, as I've not used them myself before, just heard about them.

Other than that, I am a Bicester addict. Can't recommend it enough, you can get some FAB bargains. My sis bought a Carter Camera bag from Mulberry last week, down from £850 I think, and with my VIP membership (and her tax-free saving as she lives overseas) she paid about £270...grin

Best of luck, hope you get a wonderful new treat soon smile

joliejolie Thu 24-Jan-13 20:28:23

Bicester sometimes has fantastic stock!!

Glossynotflossy Thu 24-Jan-13 21:13:10

Ooh i love thw carter bag. I may need to make a call

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