If you’re anything like my cousin, you’re probably always on the waiting lists for the new YEEZY release, or looking out for a new pair of Air Jordans – and with these streetwear branded trainers selling out fast (like, really fast), sometimes the only option is to buy resale. But when you think of copping the latest streetwear must-haves or the next big name in footwear, you probably don’t immediately think of eBay. Or, if you do, it comes coupled with the suspicion and doubt that goes hand in hand with purchasing second-hand from sellers you don't necessarily trust. But sneakerheads, listen up - because eBay might just be where you land the hype styles you've been after. And now, with the platforms Authenticity Guarantee, they come with peace of mind too.
I can completely understand why so many people are dubious when it comes to buying second-hand branded items online. After all, who hasn't encountered a seller claiming to be selling a designer item only for their bonafide genuine item to turn out as a fake. But it's a problem eBay has been addressing, and now with eBay’s new sneaker Authenticity Guarantee, purchasing resale sneakers has never been safer.
So how does it work? If you’re purchasing a pair of sneakers from eBay for over £100, you’re automatically eligible to purchase through the Authenticity Guarantee program, which will see a team of expert authenticators thoroughly inspect your item before you receive them. Alternatively, sellers can be vetted ahead of time to grant them the eBay seal of approval before they even list their item for added security. Whether it's a chunky Balenciaga you're after or one of Gucci's iconic striped pairs, every pair of trainers will be accessed by authenticators who will verify the box, sizing labels, soles, stitching, logos, heel tabs, laces and more. Your sneakers will then be verified against the seller’s listing, meaning you’ll have peace of mind that you’ve received what you thought you were purchasing. Once a pair is verified as authentic, the left sneaker receives a unique NFC-enabled tag that provides detailed information about the pair’s authenticity, which makes it easy to resell in the future should you want to. When all is said and done, they’re then sent to you via fast and free tracked delivery. And the best part? eBay covers all costs of the authentication process. That'll put a spring in your step.
So that's me and my cousin now completely obsessed with buying second hand kicks via eBay, because it means we can get the best box-fresh styles for a fraction of the price – all with the knowledge that neither of us is being duped or ripped off. It’s the fastest, easiest, and safest way to bag a bargain – and an authentic one at that. Scroll on to discover the best buys on eBay right now.