Be expecting some duds - it's part of the Ebay process, honestly. But if you have the stomach for it and don't mind occasionally reselling, you can do very, very, very well on Ebay. $20 Charvet ties? yep, got that. $50 Alden shells? yep, got that. $40 Kiton shirt/Chipp blazer/J Press suit/whatever you desire? yessirree. There's plenty of stories of amazing Ebay scores on these boards. The thing is, it's all in knowing what you're doing and knowing what you're looking for, and accepting some level of risk for the great rewards possible. Not to rant, but the most important things are, in some general order: MEN'S CLOTHING ON EBAY, THE QUICK & DIRTY VERSION: DO YOUR HOMEWORK 1) your fit/sizing - know it, learn it, love it - don't budge from it - and this means measurements. For that matter, don't always trust the seller's measurements - use some common sense, and don't completely discount the tagged size just as a data point. Remember that sizes used to run a tad smaller than they do today, shrinkage may have occurred (especially relevant for vintage sweaters / shirts) and some brands have a built in tendency (e.g. Brooks Brothers runs a bit full in general). For shoes, seriously, because of welt differences on THE SAME SHOES, don't screw with measurements - just do your homework about the maker and last fit - you'll be able to tell fairly decently for most brands, though some educated guesswork is always going to be there. Do your homework = you can nail your fit better. 2) labels and styles - research, research, research. Don't buy some 70's Zegna or darted store-label crap because you don't know better. Doing your homework avoids this. 3) Authenticity - this is really part of the above, labels/styles research research research. If you know what the real thing looks like, it will be obvious what the bad fakes are. I will share this, though: brands that are niche and/or probably not well known outside SF do. not. get faked. Seen a fake 80's Zegna/Gucci/Armani tie? sure. Seen a fake Kiton? Fake J Press or Brooks Brothers? Not so much - not at all, in fact. Also, what fakes there are, are ALMOST ALL NWT/new listed - buying something "pre-owned" is much much more likely to be authentic. I've purchased hundreds of things on ebay - never once gotten a fake. The important thing is that you put in the research and legwork yourself - never trust the seller to do it for you. If you have doubts or questions, don't hesitate to ask here, so long as you're not constantly posting and making an ass out of yourself. The people here really do like to help with this kind of thing, and will sometimes come together to identify fakes sellers, even ones with high positive feedback due to other sales or uninformed customers - a great example is the Brioni ties from Lebanon (note: don't buy Brioni from overseas, honestly). Doing your homework helps you make sure you buy authentic items. 4) Items not as described - don't put up with it. At the same time, don't be a perfectionist asshole. Please. Most sellers really are trying to give you all the information (though some are not - watch yourself!) but at some point it is your responsibility to know what you are buying. Make use of the Ebay protection policies if needed - but talk to your seller first if you're even considering that! Doing your homework before you buy saves you from a world of trouble and aggravation later. There, I think I've said my bit and more. A necropost from 2002 seemed like an appropriate place to post this age-old bit of common sense: do your homework and ebay can be great.