Avoid Purchasing Faux Designer Sunglasses at eBay

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The following article provides a few tips that will greatly minimize the chances of purchasing a pair of faux designer sunglasses at eBay.

Look carefully at the wording. Most official resellers who sell genuine sunglasses would let you know that what they are selling is authentic. So look for guaranteed authenticity.
Examine the photos for packaging. Brand new sunglasses are always packed in a box and supplied with cleaning back and warranty card. Don't trust any seller who doesn't provide those items. The one and only case a seller can lack some of these items is when the sunglasses are not brand new and that cant be a good deal anyway. The vendor is highly unlikely to have a good explanation in any other situation.
Check that labels are the same as you'd find if you bought from a retailer. Authentic sunglasses package usually has labels on every item supplied in it. For example Oakley has the "Genuine O Software" label sewn on the cleaning box.
Beware of fake packaging. Since many fraud sellers are aware of what a buyer is going to look at first, they try to either fake a box supplied or use a box from a different model.
Check the barcode to match the sunglasses. Replicas are often packed in original boxes, the glasses themselves will have barcode labels torn off.
Look at the code on the interior temple arm of the glasses. Once you have it, look at the designer site and verify the model number is authentic, a current style, appropriate color, etc.
Beware of deals too good to be true. Another good replica indicator is the price. It shouldn't be far away from the average eBay value. For example, usually Oakley sunglasses are sold for over 50 USD. Anything below this price should be treated more carefully.
Research. Consider research the work required to get a good deal when you find it. In the age of Internet every sunglasses company has its own website. You should take advantage of it. Browse the official website and make sure the model listed on eBay matches official one in color. It's amazing how many vendors sell wrong colored sunglasses.
Use caution if the auction seller is using official photos taken from the designer. They may be copy and pasting the photo but selling you something that only looks similar. Make sure that the vendor doesn't use official photos. Well, in that case you should ask to email you a few real photos. When you get the pictures, look carefully for anything unusual.
Avoid any stickers on the glasses or either of the lenses. Some people use stickers with the designer logo and attach it to the lens to give the appearance of being legitimate. Fraud vendors build fake authority by doing that. Don't buy it.
Skip any item with words like "-style" in the title. That word is just screaming that it's a fake item.
Get a guarantee. If you're not sure about authenticity of the sunglasses you've bought, get them checked by manufacturer. Most of them provide this service totally free if you mail your glasses to their head office. Also any official dealer would verify the sunglasses for you as well.
Ask the seller if something is not clear for you in the listing. Official vendors won't avoid providing authenticity proof. Don't bid if the seller doesn't reply to request like that.
Ask the seller if the items is 100% authentic by [designer] and if you find the item isn't authentic they will refund your money, shipping and handling. If they say no, you should beware.
Check the sellers feedback. See if they deal with real items or have been accused of selling fake items.
Beware of extremely new sellers. They may have been kicked off or banned.
Report anyone selling fake goods as the real thing or by having item descriptions that turn out to be false once you learn the real story from the seller. By doing your part to police the opportunist you can make auction sites better for everyone.

Don't bid until you have the real story about and item and its authenticity.
Be very clear and specific with your email to the seller. Don't just ask if it's authentic, ask if the item is 100% guaranteed authentic merchandise, by the specific designer.
Any deal that is too good to be true usually is.
Carefull for dealer has less history record or bad repuation(less than 98% positive)


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