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eBay UK Authenticating Watches


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17 hours ago, SolaVeritate said:

I wonder if even though they are not "authenticated" as such, they can be "authenticated for sale" as described by the seller. 

It would take a very good fake to get past an extreme visual inspection even without an inspection of its movement (especially if you know what you are looking for day in day out).

From what I read on their site and from messaging ebay directly, this is exactly how they will be operating. Lets hope Stoll & Co (ebay has partnered with them) are reputable. I cant find out much about them from a quick google, but maybe they are well known.

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10 minutes ago, JRParker said:

From what I read on their site and from messaging ebay directly, this is exactly how they will be operating. Lets hope Stoll & Co (ebay has partnered with them) are reputable. I cant find out much about them from a quick google, but maybe they are well known.

Stoll & Co stretches its service and authentication operation into the UK - WatchPro USA

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So far,  very  bad experience. Have bought  a watch under the value bottom of £2000. I paid for special delivery. This has been sent for authentication. The seller claims he didn't know.  However the address he sent it to was obviously not a home address.  As with previous post this was authenticated within 6 hours and sent on in theory to arrive yesterday. This is being sent via UPS who I have never had faith in & they are now estimating delivery on Monday. I have sent in a complaint to EBay & I am seriously thinking about rejecting the watch through no fault of the seller due to being subjected to this authentication process. 

Probably will not be buying another watch through eBay. Not happy! 

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1 minute ago, Porker63 said:

So far,  very  bad experience. Have bought  a watch under the value bottom of £2000. I paid for special delivery. This has been sent for authentication. The seller claims he didn't know.  However the address he sent it to was obviously not a home address.  As with previous post this was authenticated within 6 hours and sent on in theory to arrive yesterday. This is being sent via UPS who I have never had faith in & they are now estimating delivery on Monday. I have sent in a complaint to EBay & I am seriously thinking about rejecting the watch through no fault of the seller due to being subjected to this authentication process. 

Probably will not be buying another watch through eBay. Not happy! 

That's a bit rubbish, surely this "service" should be something that both the buyer and (to a lesser extent) the seller need to have agreed to.

 

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14 minutes ago, Porker63 said:

So far,  very  bad experience. Have bought  a watch under the value bottom of £2000. I paid for special delivery. This has been sent for authentication. The seller claims he didn't know.  However the address he sent it to was obviously not a home address.  As with previous post this was authenticated within 6 hours and sent on in theory to arrive yesterday. This is being sent via UPS who I have never had faith in & they are now estimating delivery on Monday. I have sent in a complaint to EBay & I am seriously thinking about rejecting the watch through no fault of the seller due to being subjected to this authentication process. 

Probably will not be buying another watch through eBay. Not happy! 

Thats annoying and strange, did it total over £2k including postage? Do you remember seeing a blue tick on the advert when purchasing?

I also agree, i have a lot of faith in Royal Mail Special Delivery, they are great and can always find my house. Couriers fail all the time, i see them driving around the road at the back (different road to my address), get confused and leave. Its basically 50/50 if i get a parcel from a courier like DPD or UPS, really annoying.

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3 minutes ago, JRParker said:

Thats annoying and strange, did it total over £2k including postage? Do you remember seeing a blue tick on the advert when purchasing?

There was a blue tick on the listing, I believe, however the total cost was below £2000. Therefore ithe watch should not have gone through authentication and if one pays for special delivery once the watch is authenticated it should be sent on using special delivery. Not some unreliable American courier who in my opinion is not one of the most reliable as has been proven in this case. 

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11 minutes ago, Porker63 said:

 

There was a blue tick on the listing, I believe, however the total cost was below £2000. Therefore ithe watch should not have gone through authentication and if one pays for special delivery once the watch is authenticated it should be sent on using special delivery. Not some unreliable American courier who in my opinion is not one of the most reliable as has been proven in this case. 

Yeah ive seen that too with the listings below £2k, i think it might be something wierd going on where its still using $2000 as the threshold (it was all done on ebay US originally). Hence why sub £2k watches are getting tagged for it.

Yeah totally agree about the couriers too, Royal Mail Special Delivery is hands down the best IMO.

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