There's nothing better than finally finding that no longer available designer handbag you've been searching for—but how can you be sure that you're buying a legitimate product?
According to luxury re-sale website Vestiaire Collective, a survey of Australian women aged 25-34 revealed that nearly half of female online shoppers have unknowingly purchased counterfeit designer goods, or know someone who has.
Fear not, there are ways to safely buy second hand designer pieces online, and here's how.
1. Vestiaire Collective: The luxury re-sale e-tailer, which launched in Australia this year, has a dedicated quality control department that ensures every product is exactly what it says it is.
2. The RealReal: Another online store that employs an authentication team to check every second hand item being sold.
3. The Outnet: You wont find vintage here, but if you're looking for designer labels without the price tag, The Outnet offers older season pieces for less.