Over the years, more and more reseller sites have popped up catering to the designer bag market, but none are as much of a household name as eBay. eBay has been the place to go for the majority of pre-owned bag shoppers and sellers alike over the years, so much so that we have an entire section of our forum dedicated to talking about eBay shopping. Because of that, one of the biggest draws on our forum has been authenticators, who help other members avoid counterfeit products—one of the biggest worries when buying resale fashion.

eBay has followed this trend and recently started eBay Authenticate, a way to buy and sell luxury handbags without the worry and hassle that many have felt in the past. eBay Authenticate is twofold: it assists both the buyer and the seller, guaranteeing the buyer that the bags included in the eBay Authenticate program are authentic, while also enabling sellers to offer peace of mind about their products to potential buyers.

I have to be honest: eBay, for me, has always been kind of overwhelming. I am a creature of habit, one who likes to ensure that what I’m doing will wind up with me feeling like I made a good, responsible choice. For some, the extra steps required to authenticate a bag before they purchase might feel like solving a puzzle, but for others (like me) it can feel daunting. eBay Authenticate takes that away and makes the experience easy, seamless, and stress-free.

In order to really understand how eBay Authenticate works, I purchased not one but two bags. I went to the eBay Authenticate store and scrolled through pages of beautiful bags, each with an authenticity guarantee that made me immediately feel at ease. I scrolled through brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel, and wound up finding a really great Chanel bag. Then I did the same and found a Gucci Dionysus Bag, a bag that I had lusted after but never purchased. Both items had ‘Authenticity Verified’ indicator on the product listing page on eBay to indicate that the items are part of the program. The Chanel bag was priced well and made clear disclosure of its wear level, which was minimal. I clicked “purchase.” The Gucci bag already had a bid, so I placed a higher bid and watched as the auction ticked down and I won.

I sat at home and waited for the bags to arrive, and when they did, I was delighted by the packaging. eBay Authenticate offers an experience. The box was new with eBay tape around it, letting me know my new designer bags were inside. Inside I found a triple-layered matte black box, and inside there is where I found the bag. eBay Authenticate packs the bags as though they are fragile and precious, and the experience of unboxing exceeded my expectations.

The bags also had an eBay dust bag as well as a nice added touch of an eBay branded thank-you notice, again guaranteeing the bag itself. The bag also had an eBay security tag attached to the hardware. I feel completely confident with these purchases; I don’t have any worries about the bags, and because of that, this experience was as seamless as could be.

If you’re a member of our forums, you know there is so much discussion about eBay. Many people use our forums to have knowledgable brand experts authenticate a bag for them. I always knew this (or a paid for authentication service) was at my fingertips, but I never used it. I watched hundreds of thousands use it across our sites, leading them to learn about the bag they were lusting after. I think one of the biggest concerns for any luxury handbag shopper when it comes to eBay is the idea of authenticity, and this program alleviates those fears. eBay understands that when it comes to the luxury bag market, there are questions, and eBay Authenticate makes you as a shopper feel incredibly comfortable with your purchases. I know I haven’t felt any concerns about these bags. and that peace of mind is worth every dollar!

If you are a seller, you can easily sell through eBay Authenticate with expert authentication and effortless earning. eBay Authenticate offers one of the lowest fees on the verified resale market at 10%, so the seller receives 90% of the selling price. (That’s a limited time promo rate until September 30, 2018, after which 20% fees are assessed on the selling price.) If you want to learn more about selling, you can read about it on the seller information page.

The eBay Authenticate program mainly focuses on the secondary market with pre-owned inventory. You can check out all of the items for sale right now.

While we haven’t officially announced the upcoming giveaway of these two wonderful bags yet, you can sign up now to ensure your name is on the list. Don’t miss out on the official announcement in the coming weeks.

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