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Louis Vuitton -- Avoiding The Ebay Nightmare
by: Rufus Steele
Without a doubt, eBay was one of the cleverest on-line ideas
that anyone has had so far. The idea of creating a site where
you can bid on and buy items ranging from an eggcup through
to a disused Boeing 747 or a Nuclear Missile Silo was pure genius.
though, whenever a good idea comes along, the seedier side of
humanity is sure to be not to far behind, sliding along in it's
wake leaving a gooey trail behind themselves.
So it is on Ebay. Current estimation holds that nigh on 37%
of the worlds counterfeit and fake goods are sold daily on Ebay.
Having seen some of the listings I can fully believe it.
Especially where designer label goods are concerned.
Take a look at just about any page of Louis Vuitton items listed
on Ebay and on average you'll find 95% of them on each page
So how can you avoid the easy to make mistake of buying a cheap
quality fake Louis Vuitton?
Learn as much as you can about the specific item you're interested
Don't go trawling ebay for ideas on what to buy and expect to
be able to find a prize, hidden away deep in the listings. There
are LV addicts who spend the best part of the day doing just
that, trawling the auctions, checking and rechecking, looking
for the bags that are being sold by owners with little knowledge,
owners who are selling at a price away below what it should
be. Then they'll "snipe" the auction in the last few
seconds - right out from under your nose!
If you really want to buy a pre owned LV then your best bet
would be to go to a consignment store and see if they can get
hold of one for you. They'll have a constantly changing stock
of second hand authentic items for you to choose from and you're
fairly assured of it being genuine.
But if you really must buy your LV off eBay then try to use
one of the badged LV sellers.
Who or what is an badged LV seller, you may well ask?
Well, there are two sets of LV sellers and buyers who have proven
themselves, both over a period of time as well as a by being
able to prove a minimum number of successful sales of authentic
goods and who have a distinction awarded by one of two "bodies".
The two bodies are MyPoupette and ALVA (Authentic Louis Vuitton
A MyPoupette recommended seller is known as an MPRS (My Poupette
Recommended Seller) and an ALVA recommended seller is known
as an ALVA SS (ALVA Seller Select).
Both of these lists have a criteria that any seller MUST meet
before being granted the "badge". That criteria requires
a certain number of authentic only items to have been sold with
supporting feedback and good trading practice before they can
Once they are awarded this distinction they are then allowed
to use that title and badge in their auctions.
Now, although nothing in life is guaranteed, you can be much
more assured and comfortable buying your used LV through one
of these sellers.
Well, two reasons really.
Firstly, many of the resellers who have earned this level treat
their selling and buying as a business. To sell a fake would
result in their being stripped of their titles which could seriously
affect their turnover! They only deal in authentic items and
Secondly, both of the bodies who issue these distinctions have
an interest and a duty in ensuring that their members behave
and sell properly.
Should a buyer have an issue with one of these sellers they
can take their complaint to either MyPoupette or ALVA and ask
that they intervene. Although neither of these bodies are legally
responsible for your sales and purchases with their listed resellers,
they do take any complaint seriously and will investigate and
assist where possible - even going so far as to ban a member
from their group and stripping them of their title.
On past record, when you deal with a seller with either of these
"badges" you are going to have a good time!
And that means you avoid buying a fake LV on Ebay!
Copyright:: Rufus Steele 2005
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