Sellers can have their items authenticated by an independent expert before listing them, and buyers can get items evaluated before making a purchase to see if they’re getting a good deal.
What service to use
Authentication services can determine whether an item is genuine and described appropriately. Experts from these organizations can often detect counterfeits from subtle details.
Grading services determine the physical condition of an item; the system depends on the type of item graded.
Recommended authentication and grading companies
The authentication and grading companies listed below are professional, independent evaluators.
We have a pledge from these experts that they’ll offer their services to both buyers and sellers, and that they’ll maintain independence from any individual party. The authenticators have pledged not to buy or sell on eBay’s core site, keeping them out of competition with the buyers and sellers they serve. They’ve also promised to provide eBay users with competitive prices.
If an expert says that an item on eBay is not accurately represented, we reserve the right to remove it. If this happens, we may refund the listing fee to the seller.