There was a time when you couldn’t pay me to buy something on eBay. Despite their shopper protection policies, I just didn’t want to risk the hassle of trying to get my money back if I got duped by a counterfeit seller.
That has all changed, however. Like thousands of other women, I desperately wanted a Mansur Gavriel bag a few months back, but they’re sold out everywhere. So I turned to eBay. And guess what? I got a real Mansur Gavriel tote in pristine condition for exactly what I would’ve paid if it bought it retail. Turns out the seller had two and just wanted to get rid of the extra one. Pretty amazing, right?
Now if you’re thinking I lucked out once, not so. Since my major Mansur score I’ve been somewhat of an eBay fiend scoring designer deals like no one’s business. So if you’ve been wary of hitting up the auction site, don’t be. Just read on for tried and true product recs that are pretty safe to shop on eBay.
– Mansur Gavriel handbags. Believe it or not, my Mansur Gavriel purchase was not a fluke. There are actually quite a few Mansur bags listed on eBay and not all of them have an insane mark-up. My firsthand shopping tips? Read the listing very carefully–some sellers are sneaky and will title their listing as a Mansur Gavriel bag, but in the description explain that it’s just a Mansur Gavriel-STYLE bag. Big difference. Also, ask for pics from the seller so you have proof they actually have the bag. Better yet, email the seller any question to make sure the person is an actual human who gets that Mansur Gavriel bags are a big deal. Lastly, I always limited my searches to sellers in the US, just to be safe.
– French clothing. Maje, Sandro, The Kooples (and Isabel Marant clothing, to some extent)–I clean up with these brands on eBay. Because they aren’t so mainstream, they’re less likely to be knocked off which means you have really don’t have to worry too much about the item you’re eyeing being a fake. French sizing is a little tricky, though, so make sure you know your size before hitting “Buy Now.”
– Designer swimwear. Now if you’re thinking eww, just chillax. When searching swimwear, always look for NWT–that’s new with tags. There’s also an option to refine your search results by condition, so definitely select NEW. As an added measure of protection, email the seller and ask for a photo of the sanitary liner in tact on the swimwear. With that out of the way, I love stalking eBay for Mara Hoffman and Marysia swimsuits in styles and prints that are sold out at other retailers. One note of caution–Mara Hoffman is another brand that sellers try to fake you out on by throwing the word STYLE after the product title. Read carefully!
– J. Crew anything. Pretty much all of the sandals I own are J. Crew and they’ve all come from eBay. There’s also a ton of J. Crew clothing, so if you’re a J. Crew addict get to it! I’ve never come across any fake J. Crew on eBay–and I’m pretty sure no one knocks off J. Crew–so this is a pretty safe bet. If you’re worried, just ask to see photos of the actual products. J. Crew has their branding on all of their items, even their jewelry.
– Home goods. I live for Jonathan Adler home décor, but I really can’t afford it at retail. Luckily, there’s loads of it on eBay–for much cheaper!–and because his designs are so distinct I can always tell if they’re real or not.
Those are my go-tos–what about you? Anything else you score on eBay without worrying if it’s real or not?