- Aug 26, 2010
I have been an eBay member since 1997 and was a Powerseller many years ago (with 100% feedback). I stopped selling on eBay after they started to allow refunds six months after the sale and felt that I didn't need the money or the aggravation. Then my purse room got too full and I decided I kind of missed the excitement of auction selling. I listed a 2005 Z Tag Bordeaux Balenciaga First Bag that was well used, but had amazing leather and offered it at $24.99 with free shipping and I spent hours taking pictures making sure to get clear images of the silver tag, inside leather tag, the brass bales, the notched grommets and the damage on the handles. I thought that someone who couldn't afford a Balenciaga usually would love the opportunity to own one just to see what the deal was about the 2005 leather. I also listed a Velvet and Satin Chanel Small Boy Bag that was a sample bag from a photo shoot. It was clearly marked as such and was one of a kind, and had an ASK handwritten tag sewn into the interior for reference from Chanel for verification since there was no hologram or card. It had a dust bag and front flat protector as well. It had Reuthenium hardware. It was from the same year as my Chanel Small Dallas Boy Bag and my Chanel Boy WOC with short chain (2014). Like the Balenciaga Bag, I had purchased it on eBay from a 100% feedback Powerseller. I had many messages from eBayers, about the Chanel Bag, but one member in particular was dead set that because there wasn't a hologram or card, it was a fake and only worth $300. I just told her that then I would keep the bag forever then if that was the case. I wanted to tell her that when I was first collecting handbags, I had purchased a Prada bag with a perfect interior tag and perfect matching authentication plastic card and when the logo hardware and leather didn't feel right to me I had my suspicions confirmed here that it was a fake bag. I also wanted to tell her that Google was her friend, but didn't want to "feed the troll" so I just tried to keep it light. Many days later, 10 minutes before my Chanel Bag auction was to end (and the bids were very good and several hundred above what I paid for the bag), the auctions for the Chanel Bag AND the Balenciaga bag were cancelled for "Trademark Violation". I sold the Chanel Bag to another collector already (eBay missed out on about $200 of fees) but the Balenciaga Bag has me perplexed. The Chanel buyer is paying for the certificate, so I am going to send that to eBay, but since I was only offering the Balenciaga for $24.99 with free shipping, I don't really want to pay for an authentification. What should I do with that Bag? any suggestions? Also - If I want to sell the bags I bought from Real Deal Collection without receipts (my 2005 Teal doesn't have a store receipt) should I have to get a letter of authenticity before I sell again? I know they are authentic, but if I get another ding I get suspended. So upset!