Vestiaire Collective is an online store that allows people to buy and sell second-hand designer items. It has been referred to as the designer eBay because potential buyers can make offers on items and sellers can choose whether to accept or reject them.
The website sells clothing, shoes, and accessories such as jewelry, watches, and bags. Every item listed is supposed to be genuine and to avoid scammers, the site offers authentication of items after they have been purchased for an added cost.
If the authentication test fails, the buyer is given a full refund and the seller can be banned from trading on the site. Popular brands include Selkie, Tiffany & Co., Vivienne Westwood, Gucci, Chanel, Louboutin, and Hermes.
Right now, the website is holding a summer sale. This is possible because they collaborate with sellers to negotiate a price they would be happy to reduce to or take already reduced items and add them to the sale section.
Second-hand fashion is great for the environment, and the website automatically includes taxes, shipping, and fees in the final price, eliminating any surprise costs. You could also get a great bargain if a lower offer is accepted.
The issue with the website is that sellers decide how much to charge for an item. This means that sometimes it ends up being more expensive to buy second-hand from the site than new. If they refuse a lower offer and the buyer hasn’t done the research, then they could be purchasing an overpriced item unnecessarily.
Overall, the website’s concept is sound, and it is well-run, but before you sign up and buy from it, make sure you research how much the item costs new and whether it is a good deal or not.
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