Counterfeits sold as authentic items on eBay really really get me riled up. An innocent person spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on a fake is just so wrong! Selling a fake as an authentic is THEFT. But, there's something that angers me even more, WAY MORE! Resale sites that guarantee authenticity even though there are fake items being sold on their site EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
There is a MASSIVE problem with counterfeits being sold online. Unlike the guy at the corner with a bunch of $40 "designer" bags on the sidewalk, it's not obvious to most people if the resale item that they're buying is a deal or a scam.
When a resale or consignment site/store accepts and sells almost every designer brand all at once, there's good reason to be skeptical of their authenticity guarantee. Authenticators have always been able to EASILY locate counterfeits on these types of sites. This is because authentication is different and specific to every single brand and item type, so it requires a LOT of time and effort to build up knowledge for each brand. And, if someone tells you that an item can be authenticated by merely handling it, you know they are full of sh**.
Here are counterfeits from 3 well-known US designer resale sites, and one European designer resale site. (*UPDATE* - Because of multiple inquiries, we are disclosing the sites discussed in this article: Tradesy, Shop-Hers, Vaunte, and Vestiaire Collective.) These sites really make me angry. They outright lie by providing an authenticity guarantee. Not only is the seller lying, but the company that's helping them sell is lying too. If the company isn't knowledgeable enough to authenticate all of the items, don't provide an authenticity guarantee!! The fakes that you see below were randomly and easily found. They were literally the first fake that I came across after doing a quick search for a few brands.
If you are a Celine authenticator, you would know that this is NOT a good fake. It is an obvious Celine phantom replica. Guess how much someone got scammed for this? $2200! Because these sites are not really knowledgeable (but proclaim to be) enough to authenticate all these brands, it is riskier for buyers and can be SAFER for counterfeit sellers!
These sites also proclaim that they will kick off counterfeit sellers. However, all of these fake sellers were very much active and had lots of previous selling history! But, keep on reading, the story gets juicier... 2 of these 5 fakes are sold direct from the site's headquarters!
This fake Jimmy Choo clutch is asking for $450. It comes from the same place that would not refund for the fake Herve Leger dress. Not only is this bag fake, but it is being sold directly from their headquarters. They also stated that this item is not refundable.
The authentic version of this Jimmy Choo clutch was sold for $225 at Lollipuff.
Yet, another stupidly obvious fake. This site did NO homework on Herve Leger authentication. Yet, they guarantee that their items are genuine. This fake is on sale for $465.
This fake is trying to be this front zip Herve Leger that sold on Lollipuff for $300.
What really gets to me is just how BAD most of these counterfeits are. They're not even "good fakes." Aside from all of the errors on the design of this bag, did Jimmy Choo EVER have a main tag like that?!? NO. This fake's price is $461.
This fake is mirrored after the Jimmy Choo Mahala bag. For reference, the authentic Mahala bag has sold on Lollipuff previously for $200 and $305.
I saved the worst fake for last. For those familiar with Balenciaga, this is a poor poor copy. It is very very obvious to any Balenciaga authenticator. But, here's the really crazy part. Not only does this bag come from their headquarters, but the fake is being sold from one of the people that work at their company!!!
Unlike these sites, where most of the listings don't even have enough pictures for proper authentication, Lollipuff has NEVER had a listing of a fake item. By thoroughly vetting each and every item, buyers and sellers have a safer and easier experience.
In addition to our brand knowledge, we require more pictures, and EVERY picture is examined by a human and software. Keeping people safe from fakes was the reason why Lollipuff was created. This is also why we DON'T accept all designer brands, but rather slowly add on new designers over time. Lots of brands is good for business, but companies should care more about their community.
We trust in our authentication skills so much that comments on Lollipuff are open, promoting ultimate transparency. We respect and love this community FAR FAR too much to ever make empty promises. You gave us a chance, so the least we can do is take good care of you.
Hope you enjoyed this. Be careful out there. Online resale offers some of the best prices on designer goods, but if you're not careful, you can also end up paying lots of money for a shoddy counterfeit.