With any transaction, the customer places some form of trust in the seller that the product maintains its integrity, or exists. The process of buying products online presents new dangers to customers and they present themselves in a variety of ways. The following describes methods that individuals/sellers use to gain an advantage over the consumer/buyer.
It is highly recommended to stay away from gifted purchases through Paypal. Gifting a payment would make it impossible to initiate a chargeback if the item you bought does not ever reach you. Users on Twitter may demand gifted payments only, and although not all of them are scams it is best to be cautious or stay away. Instead, use an invoice payment.
Inherently, trading does not signify a scam. However, there are several flags in the process of working out a trade that you should be cognizant of. First off, if the trade is outrageous (their product’s value is much greater than yours), you should exercise caution going forward with them. Typically, trades occur between two products of the same value or in the same ballpark.
There is a common scam on Twitter, eBay, OfferUp, and LetGo where people will send you real pictures to LC, then give you fakes. One of the easiest ways to catch this scam is to ask for “Tagged” pictures. A tagged picture should be a clear picture of the item with their name or username along with the date, handwritten on a paper or card. If they do not have the real item, they won’t be able to provide these pictures. This scam is very common when items are being traded. Always ask for tagged pictures to avoid this scam.
Too Good to be True
If you see an item for a price well below market for the condition it is in, it is most likely a scam. A good rule to live by is: if it’s too good to be true, it’s probably not true! So if you see someone selling a pair of DS shoes for $400 online that normally would go for $600+, stay away. You just have to think, why would they not just sell for $600?
Western Union Scams
Probably the oldest scam in the book, and this one doesn’t apply to only shoes but it is still popular in Facebook groups. If someone ever asks you to pay by bank transfer/money wire, don’t do it. ALWAYS use PayPal invoice, we cannot stress this enough. PayPal invoice is one of the only methods of purchasing from other individuals that offers buyer protection.
*Note* These scams are pertinent within online transactions, however; not all sellers are looking to take advantage of buyers. Caution is the value that is being stressed, but it is up to your personal judgment to
Takeaway: It is in your best interest to always invoice your payments if it is to an untrusted seller.
LCs (Legit Checks)
To do an LC on shoes or Supreme takes time, effort and practice. One of the simplest things to look at for shoes is the box. Look for lines in the box. The box will have vertical lines because the fake factories use single corrugated cardboard boxes because they are cheaper.
Example of a Single Corrugated Box.
Fake boxes for Retro Jordan 1s are known to have an “Ashy”, powdery look to them. Also, look other parts of packaging that come with your items – Dust-bags, Shoe Trees, the Supreme Bag, anything you can to verify. Additionally, there are guides to legit check; however, some have varying details, which is why by looking at many guides you can find coinciding
Details! Details! Details!
The devil is in the details. You will want close, clear pictures to look at for inconsistencies and errors in stitching, holes, cut-outs, anything small and detail oriented. The fake factories will usually make their mistakes in these areas because they are trying to push out fakes as fast and as cheap as humanly possible. The real versions are going to have attention to every detail because the company is selling a high-quality item and they have Quality Control standards.
Things to look for:
Blurry or Unclear pictures – I mean, it’s 2018, who doesn’t have a good camera on their phone?
Zoomed/Cropped Pictures – If you ask for close-ups, they will send you the same picture zoomed/cropped. Have the original set of pictures open for reference.
Background and Lighting- Be sure to look at the background of the pictures. Do they match up? Are they taken in the same room? Use items in the background or the color of the wall and floor as a reference. You can use the lighting to tell if they were taken at the same time.
Older Items – As a rule, it is recommended to stay away from older items, since; the shops that make the fakes have had more time to perfect them. They call them the “God Version”. These “God Version” fakes are nearly impossible to tell from pictures alone. If you are buying older hype items it is highly recommended to buy from only trusted sources, even is the price tag is a bit higher.
Here are some tools and sites to help you hone your LC skills
https://chdaniel.com/ – iOS Legit Check App
https://fakeedu.com/ – One of the best!