eBay is expanding its Authenticity Guarantee service to include luxury handbags. As part of the service, buyers will be able to get professional authentication for new and pre-owned handbags from 16 prominent luxury brands, including Saint Laurent, Gucci, Celine and Balenciaga.
“Authenticity Guarantee has changed the way people buy and sell luxury items on eBay,” said Charis Márquez, VP of Fashion at eBay.
“There’s a handbag bought every 12 seconds on our marketplace, and now we’re expanding authentication to deliver an additional layer of trust and confidence for these shoppers and sellers.”
All eligible handbags bought and sold in the U.S. will be both vetted and verified by eBay’s team of professionally trained authenticators, who will use detailed physical inspection and advanced technical equipment in a state-of-the-art facility, according to a company statement.
Shoppers interested in eBay’s new offering can visit eBay.com/authentichandbags to browse and purchase from an assortment of new and pre-owned handbags from coveted designers. All authenticated handbags will be marked with a badge of Authenticity Guarantee.
“Demand for luxury items on eBay is soaring – an iconic Hermes Birkin bag was recently sold for $98,000 and our watches business doubled last quarter, ” said Tirath Kamdar, GM of Luxury, eBay. “People come to the marketplace knowing that they’ll find the designers and items that they’re coveting. And now, eBay is delivering a more seamless and accessible experience that lets shoppers buy and sellers sell luxury handbags with total confidence.”
The news follows eBay’s initial effort to start working with independent experts to authenticate the legitimacy of sneakers sold on its platform.
Since launching its authentication services for sneakers and luxury watches valued at $100 or over, the marketplace has witnessed its sneakers business triple year-over-year for several quarters, while watch sales have accelerated from 16 percent to 38 percent in Q1.