Given the previous thread on the authenticity or fake identity of the Versace tie, I though it would be a good topic to discuss fakes on eBay (and there are plenty). I was once bitten by buying Gucci jeans that turned out to be fake. Â I was sooo p/off 3 years ago when I bought "Gucci" jeans that I thought were genuine, and were offered as "genuine", but turned out to be fake (My local Gucci store pointed out nine "problems" with the jeans). I promised myself it would never happen again and I would ensure if I didn't bid from reputable sellers I would do my homework 1st then ask heaps of questions. I have not been disappointed over 100 prurchases later. Caveat emptor. Please also note that fakes are pretty good these days - they even do the embroidered linings, fake tags, proper size tags with where made, fabric and cleaning instructions and authenticity tags. In my searches, fakes seem to be weighted to accessories and cheap clothing, hence the abundance of fake belts, t-shirts, wallets, bags, key rings, shirts (usually polo), socks, watches, rings, hats, etc. The worst case I saw was one guy buying a Gianni Versace leather jacket for US$800 and it was one of those cheap GV US$50 numbers. Â And they are still selling upward of US$200+. Another time one guy admitted (after the auction) that he had sewn on a Isaia label on a cheap suit and sold and labelled it as Isaia. My experience shows that Gucci and Versace are the two most "faked" (if that's a word?) items on eBay for male items, given the widely known signature logos of the Medusa and GG monogram. Â Do a search on Versace/Gucci belts and wallets and I guarantee at least 70% are fake. Then there is the Prada triangle, the Armani Eagle, the LV and D&G logo which are all also effortlessly ripped off. Â We can at least be thankful we are not female given the oceans of fake Chanel and Louis Vuitton. So: (1) have you been stung and how? (2) what are tips you have to avoid this malaise afflicting eBay? (3) what are some of the worst examples of "fakery" u have seen on eBay pls?
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11/5/03 at 1:58am