Shopping on eBay can be a very rewarding adventure, but not everything you see on eBay is autnetic. Selling knock-offs is big business and many of the items that claim authenticity are nothing more than fakes. If you’re a fan of Nike shoes, vintage and new, than you’re probably a big fan of bidding on eBay to find the rare editions and for a cheaper way to bid on newer releases. If you’re patient, smart, do your research and pay attention you’ll find great deals on authentic Nike shoes in no time.
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Things you need
- Credit card
- Nike shoe size
Know your size. If you’ve never owned a pair of Nike shoes than you need to know your shoe size before making a purchase. All Nike shoes run exactly a 1/2 size smaller than both Adidas and Reebok. If that comparison doesn’t help you out, than you should head to your local shoe store and try on a pair of Nike shoes to determine your size.
Check the patent. You can check the patent and manufacturing of every Nike shoe created by looking at the tag on the underside of the tongue or the inside of either heel. This mark shows the manufacturing date, month, day and year that shoe was made.
Get your monies worth. All Nike shoes are guaranteed for 2 years from manufacturing date, so if something goes wrong with your shoes before the two years are up, don’t hesitate to send them back to the manufactured, whether you bought them used online or not. For warranty info go to the Nike website and check the customer service/returns tab.
Check the shoes authenticity. The manufacturing tag on the underside of the tongue also contains a UPC# that is crucial to telling the authenticity of the brand. This tag includes the style and colour number and it will always be a 6-digit number followed by a slash and then a 3-digit number, like 567893-967. Every Nike shoe has exactly a 6 to 3 number succession. Some fakes will have fake UPC codes, so another way to check the shoes authenticity is by the SKU, which is a number on the inside label and on the box. Every authentic Nike shoes come with a unique SKU number. Make sure the number on the box matches the number on the shoes.
Check the box. Some eBay sellers, in fact, may not know if there shoes are authentic or not. Nike shoes are manufactured internationally, but all Nike shoes are sold directly from the US warehouse. US Customs certified shoes are shipped from inside the US, so if you receive a shipment from a foreign country, chances are it is a fake. Be extra cautious of sellers in Asia.
Check the reviews and opinions on the sellers page to make sure that other people have been satisfied with the sellers service, have received the purchases they were expecting and don’t have complaints about the products quality. Look closely for any neutral, negative or any unusual positive feedback comments.
Make sure that there is a return policy in place. Not all sellers on eBay accept returns, but if you’re unsure about the quality of a product, than make sure you have an out. If the seller doesn’t have a return policy, chances are that they aren’t selling quality goods.
Study the shoe. The sole of a Nike shoe is made out of real BRS 1000 rubber. You can tell this by touching and squeezing it. It feels like rubber. Fake Nike’s will be made of a shiny, much harder plastic. Also check the threading and where the material meets the sole, to see if there are mismatching colours, pore craftsmanship or glue marks.
Tips and warnings
- A knock-off Nike will be significantly smaller than its authentic version, between 1 and 1 1/2 sizes smaller.
- Sellers who sell knock-offs of Nike shoes do not stock US size 9 or 13, so if they don’t sell these sizes, they’re selling fakes.