Buy authenticated sneakers from eBay: What you must know
Here's what it's like to get your hands on verified sneakers from eBay, including the authentication badge.
If you're a sneakerhead and are a looking for a new place to shop the hottest kicks, you need to know about what's available at eBay. The online marketplace giant is known for its huge variety of categories and great deals, and now you can add authenticated sneakers to that list.
You can shop tens of thousands of verified sneaker listings on eBay, from both Australia and US sellers. eBay has also set up an authentication centre right here in Australia, so all the kicks are verified by third-party local experts Sneaker Con.
Here's what you need to know about buying sneakers from eBay.
What does authenticity guarantee mean at eBay?
This service is designed to help you buy and sell sneakers on eBay with absolute confidence. If the shoes you buy are brand new and cost over $150, they're going to be verified by Sneaker Con.
Eligible kicks have a blue tick in search results, specifically at the top right of the item page.
Authenticity guarantee is completed through a strict data-driven process where aspects of the shoe are checked off, including logo placement, stitching, quality of leather and the scent.
Once verified, your sneakers will be express shipped to you with a unique NFC tag that guarantees the authenticity.
Using an NFC-eligible device or by downloading an app like "Decode", you can scan the badge to see a digital certification that displays the product's details, size, SKU and date of authentication. Each tag is unique, so they can't be reused or replicated, which is pretty cool if you ask me!
Here's what my certification looks like.
The best part? eBay covers the authentication and delivery costs, so you're not paying anything extra to get verified sneakers delivered straight to your door.
What kind of sneaker brands can you find on eBay?
All the must-have brands can be shopped on the eBay site, including Nike, Jordan, adidas, Yeezy, New Balance, Converse and Vans.
You can expect to see luxury brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton introduced to the site soon!
In recent months, we've seen eBay use the brand new sneaker hub to offer cheap-as-chips discounts on some of the coolest kicks on the market.
The online marketplace was offering the Nike Air Jordan 1 Mid Wolf Grey for just $150, and the Nike Dunk Low UNC 2021 for $250. We can't wait to see more of the red-hot deals to come.
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