eBay launched a new sneaker authentication service to better protect buyers and sellers — here’s what it’s like to use

eBay launched a new sneaker authentication service to better protect buyers and sellers — here’s what it’s like to use

Over the past 13 years, I’ve purchased more sneakers on eBay than I care to admit — and I’m not alone.

Sneaker collectors have been using eBay as a place to buy and sell rare and expensive kicks since the early 2000s. The sheer volume and variety of listings made it the best online site to find those gems, but there were some drawbacks.

There were undoubtedly fake items and dishonest sellers ready to take advantage of anyone who’d fall for their tricks. It took time and careful attention to learn how to confidently shop without getting scammed.

As a buyer, I would carefully analyze every word and picture in the listing, ask the seller for more details if needed, and even record myself opening packages to cover myself from receiving something different than the listing. Fortunately, I never got scammed, but that isn’t the case for everyone.

Now, eBay has totally reconfigured how users buy and sell sneakers, and it’s simpler, safer, and more user-friendly than ever before.

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