That's right! I have entered the underground world of purchasing luxury handbags on eBay and I've uncovered some pretty interesting information. While I have sold a few items on the site, I've never taken the plunge and purchased anything. However, I've recently become intrigued by the idea, because I'm in the market for a new weekender and Louis Vuitton's price hikes have pissed me off for the last time. The same epi keepall that was around $1,800 when I was in college is now over $2,300. When you factor in the outrageous sales tax in Texas, that's simply too large of an investment for a travel bag that will only get worn a few times a year. Therefore, I turned to eBay to see what kinds of deals were available. However, I quickly realized that the age old rules for shopping on the site no longer apply. Unfortunately, positive feedback and authenticity cards mean nothing anymore. Why, you ask? Take a good look at this Louis Vuitton epi keepall.
The seller has sold 1,485 luxury goods with 100% positive feedback and assures potential buyers that this bag is 100% authentic. There's only one problem. Why would anyone in their right mind sell this bag for only $365? After an exhaustive amount of research, I have discovered the answer to that very question. Japanese counterfeiters have perfected Louis Vuitton products. The fakes are so good that Louis Vuitton retailers can't even tell the difference. These "super fakes" have completely ruined the secondhand market for Louis Vuitton. Buyers are left with either the risk of possibly purchasing a fake bag or the exorbitant cost of shopping at official retailers. To add insult to injury, if you're ever interested in reselling your bag, you have to compete with Japanese super fakes, ultimately lowering your return on investment.
My advice: If it looks too good to be true, it most certainly is. As for me, I will be splurging on a designer travel bag, but it definitely won't be Louis Vuitton. Stay tuned...