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Louis vuitton monogram glace & ebay help

post #1 of 21
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Has anyone ever seen a piece from Vuitton's Monogram Glace collection? I'm planning to bid on a piece when a nice one comes around on eBay (probably a wallet). Is it worth it? They look georgeous in pictures but I haven't seen one in real life (and can't anytime soon, where I live). If it doesn't look nice, is there anything else you suggest I should purchase in the form of a wallet or small bag? Also, I just signed into eBay and am fearing that something will go wrong if I win an auction. What's the best way of knowing the seller is safe to buy from? What's the best payment option? (I'm most worried about payment options and such)..eBay help didn't cover this very well... Thanks guys.
post #2 of 21
myself and others here have been around on Ebay quite a while... if I were you I would post the auction you're interested in and we can give you our opinion. You do have to be careful. The ripoff folks are getting harder to spot. I've never had a bad experience on it and gotten a ton of good deals (including recently a brand new Super 150s Corneliani suit for $300).
post #3 of 21
Just be very careful. Small leather good are probably the easiest thing to fake. (Large sections of industries in Turkey and the Far East live from making fake, cheap leather goods.) With makes like Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Hermes the most sought after, it's inevitable that these labels attract the most fakes. Stay clear of brand-new items. Stay clear of sellers who sell the same item over and over again. Find yourself a nice battered, worn piece. It probably will be genuine.
post #4 of 21
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Stay clear of brand-new items.
if you are careful, there's nothing wrong with bidding on brand new items IMO. I actually have only bidded and won brand new things. I do a lot of research beforehand, ask a lot of questions, and get advice from other Ebay clothing shoppers I trust before I bid.
post #5 of 21
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Monogram Glace This is the search for Monogram Glace items currently on eBay. This link will always be good because it's a search. I think I'm leaning towards the wallet, but I might wait because the starting price is a little high IMO. I just hope another one will be listed soon. Any comments on any of those items? All I'm worried about is payment after I win an auction. I'm not sure how it works and what the easiest ways are.
post #6 of 21
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Just be very careful. Small leather good are probably the easiest thing to fake. (Large sections of industries in Turkey and the Far East live from making fake, cheap leather goods.) With makes like Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Hermes the most sought after, it's inevitable that these labels attract the most fakes.
The funny thing about that is that often the quality doesn't suffer nearly enough from real thing to fake. I've often marvelled that the small leather goods available from Vuitton or Prada are barely -- it at all. -- better than the fakes that one can buy openly on the streets of Dubai or Istanbul, or on quickly-moveable blankets at night in many Italian cities. Obviously, that's not always the case -- anyone remotely interested in doing so can tell the difference between a real Hermes wallet and a fake in seconds. But all too often, brand cachet trumps outmoded values such as high quality. Peace, JG
post #7 of 21
I have no problem with fakes and I agree, some can be quite well made, while others are just cobbled together. When I can hold the item in my hand, decide that the workmanship is at least acceptable and, most important, the price is right; then I might buy it. I know it is a fake, the Lord knows it, but nobody else does. But I certainly would not want to buy it at the shop price, or maybe pay even more. This, I fear, happens a lot on eBay with luxury items. Just as example an auction which has finished a few minutes ago: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....02&rd=1 Nowhere says it that the item is authentic, I don't think it will sell at the Louis Vuitton shop for more than $ 150-180. That's what I meant with being careful.
post #8 of 21
something is really fishy when a) that little thing goes for $270 b) you can get one at bloomy or other stores for probably $150-200 brand new like Bengal said.
post #9 of 21
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...item=967598676 This is what I am interested in. The price is a little high, I'm just waiting for another to be listed. Any comments? Easy to be faked? How could I tell? Thanks.
post #10 of 21
hmmm that wallet looks the same as a fake Prada wallet I purchased on e-bay -knowing it was fake of course- for $20. Except for the logo, it looks exactly the same. It's a nice wallet and virtually indestructable but definitely not worth $295.
post #11 of 21
I can't comment if it's a fake or not in this case- I'm not familiar with the LV leather goods. A reputable, aware seller of things like this should, but probably won't, guarantee either on the auction or by email that it is 100% authentic and will refund your money promptly and in full, no questions asked, if you found out otherwise. The better sellers know to take pics of things those 'in the know' look for on items and guarantee authenticity. Still isn't a fullproof though- nothing on Ebay is. Like someone else said, the things easiest to fake (leather goods, burberry scarfs, etc.) are the things you take a greater risk with.
post #12 of 21
I think there's usually some sort of stamp on the inside of LV items. Don't take it for gospel, I could be wrong. IIRC the glace line was recently discontinued (for example, it's not on eLuxury anymore) which could be where the seller got the item from (i.e. liquidation sales). I think $295 was/is around the actual retail price, though. Other similar LV wallets in other materials sell for less or about the same, so you're not getting a deal by any stretch. Frankly, the glace leather (like the monogrammed canvas) looks girly to me... if you must have LV, I'd recommend the Taiga leather.
post #13 of 21
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...item=969837158 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...item=969631822 Here's 2 other wallets I wouldn't mind owning. I know the second one says it's a woman's wallet, but as far as im concerned it's structered like a man's wallet, and the only thing that may be a bit feminine is the color and print. Anyways, The only type of LV item I would purchase is something from the Glace, Damier, Vernis (if it's not too much of a girly colour) and possibly Epi if I really liked it. I'm just gonna browse around eBay until I find something I really like for a good price, and guarenteed authenticity.
post #14 of 21
Of the two latest links, one item has already become invalid, which usually means either that the item is a fake or the auction listing used the names of other designers solely to increase the number of search hits, an eBay no-no. For what it's worth, I find that auctions that state outright that the item is authentic are trustworthy; it's the ones that don't say it anywhere that are risky. Also, in particular, Black Label Resale (which is selling the Monogram Glace wallet you first showed us) deals only in genuine goods. I've had successful dealings with them in the past.
post #15 of 21
Of the two latest links, one item has already become invalid, which usually means either that the item is a fake or the auction listing used the names of other designers solely to increase the number of search hits, an eBay no-no. For what it's worth, I find that auctions that state outright that the item is authentic are trustworthy; it's the ones that don't say it anywhere that are risky. Also, in particular, Black Label Resale (which is selling the Monogram Glace wallet you first showed us) deals only in genuine goods. I've had successful dealings with them in the past.
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