(This is not a sponsored post, FYI!)
It’s no secret that high-end clothing and accessories can bring in big bucks on eBay. While my “bread and butter” brands are usually mid-range in price (Anthropologie, Eileen Fisher, Lilly Pulitzer, etc) every now and then, I come across something from a more pricey store.
I recently found a Diane von Furstenberg dress at a local Goodwill and was thrilled at the profit potential after checking completed listings.
However, after taking it home and examining it further, something seemed just a little… off… about it. The seams were a bit wonky in places, and the fabric didn’t feel quite as luxurious as I would expect from a several hundred dollar dress. Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with designer clothing, you run the risk of coming across fakes. You do not (DO NOT!) want to sell fake clothing, shoes, accessories (or anything) on eBay. It’s one of the easiest ways to get kicked off eBay, and whether or not you knew the item was fake doesn’t necessarily matter.
I spent time reading over DVF authentication guides on eBay (this one in particular) but I still wasn’t 100% certain whether it was real or fake, so I decided to ask the experts.
I contacted Authenticate First on May 18th, paid $25, and submitted several photos of the dress through Google Drive. I actually had an issue getting the photos to them, but the person handling my case was very understanding and helpful. Two days later, they emailed back to me a Certificate of Non-Authenticity, confirming my suspicions that the dress was fake. They cited uneven seams, poor finishing, and incorrect font on the label as reasons why they deemed it so.
Here are a few reasons I recommend using Authenticate First:
- quick turnaround
- good customer service
- an extensive list of brands they authenticate
- the ability to use their statements in Paypal disputes
- reasonable service fee
It was a little disheartening to know that the dress was worthless, but I was so relieved to have found out before listing the dress, and not after selling it and having a buyer open a case against me. That would have been way worse than being out $25.
Have any of you had to deal with fake items, either as a buyer or seller? I’d love to hear about it!