The seller ofcourse denied it being a fake, which was to be expected. The odd thing is that this seller represents herself as being the sales manager of an official RL store in Taiwan...
The e-mails are being signed with:
Sales Manager, Ralph Lauren Taipei Breeze Center
1F, No. 39, Sec 1
Fuxing South Road
Taipei 105 Taiwan Republic of China
And the e-mail address ends with 163.com.
As I find it hard to believe for a RL store to sell goods for a very compettetive price on Ebay using a 3rd party e-mail provider I contacted RL by e-mail to ask them if this seller is a RL Taipei employee or a fraud. I also asked them if the shirt I bought is authentic, describing the stitching details.
This is the response I got:
We apologize; however, due to the extensive variety of Ralph Lauren merchandise on the market, we are unable to verify the authenticity of specific merchandise. To ensure that you are purchasing authentic Ralph Lauren merchandise, we suggest shopping with an authorized retailer. Authorized retailers include Ralph Lauren stores, as well as select department and specialty stores.
Shopping in our Ralph Lauren Stores or on RalphLauren.com will ensure that you are always purchasing authentic Ralph Lauren merchandise. For your convenience, we have provided a link to our store locator below.
Funny thing is that the Ebay seller is clever and the address she provides in her signature matches the address provided by the RL store locator.... The phone number is different though.
I replied to RL custmer service that they didn't answer my question about the authenticity of the seller and if she really is a Taipei store employee selling goods through Ebay.
I got the following response:
We sincerely apologize; however, RalphLauren.com does not have the resources to verify if this seller is an authentic Polo Ralph Lauren store. To ensure that you are purchasing authentic Ralph Lauren merchandise, we suggest shopping with an authorized retailer. Authorized retailers include Ralph Lauren stores, as well as select department and specialty stores.
The way I see it they just don't give a damn if someone claims to be a RL store sales manager selling counterfeit RL merchandise on Ebay or wherever on the internet. No wonder there are so many sellers like this around, they have nothing to fear.