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1. THE BOUTIQUES
I know some of you feel awkward to bring the bag into the store for authentication. In fact, most LV boutiques are not interested in authentication and are also reluctant to give out their opinions on bags which are not purchased from them as it generates no revenue for them. Also, they do not encourage any sales outside their store, not to mention we are talking about an eBay purchase. Therefore, a better way to authenticate the bag will be, say, you bring in the bag and ask for a cleaning service or repair. Sometimes, you can just ask them where the date code is located because you can’t see it. But keep in mind that you do not mention it is a purchase outside their store before you have them take a look at your bag. In most cases, if they spot a fake, they will tell you this does not belong to their store and refuses to offer the service. Then you know the bag may be problematic. Always ask for a senior manager to look at your bag since Louis Vuitton has various limited bags each year coming to the market and the truth is that NOT every salesperson has had a chance to see every bag themselves. So it is difficult for them to tell you the authenticity of a bag that they have not seen before.
2. THE PURSE FORUM
This is a popular forum about all kinds of bags including named brands. So, you can find threads under different named brands regarding authentication and it is a free service. But since everyone can join the membership and pose comments, there is no guarantee that the judgements that have been made are 100% correct (professional) and fair since anyone can give out their assessments there. There are also quite a few eBay sellers themselves operating under pseudonyms and may try to promote their own items by misleading potential buyers into believing they are objective. These sellers may even mention there are problems with the bags people are inquiring about but in fact the problems don't really exist or give out false information about other eBay sellers because of business competition. So, this is also the issue that has to be aware of when you choose this free service to authenticate your bag.
3. MY POUPETTE
Mypoupette starts their website with offering very useful
and informative information about Louis Vuitton bags at the
year of 1999. The website was built to help people not to get
scammed on eBay shopping. The also offered eBay shoppers
with a list of trustworthy LV resellers that Mypoupette has
investigated on via their rigorous screening process and
approved their names to be listed with them. This saves people
a great deal of time when choosing a rigt seller to deal with.
Besides, they also offer a charged service on authentication. To
get an opinion from My Poupette, you need to go to their site
and follow the instruction to submit your request. This service
has a fee associated ($10 or so) and you have to pay before
requesting an opinion. Theoretically, you get an opinion in a few
days.There is a higher fee if you need a written opinion.