There's nothing better than finally finding that no-longer-available item 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 revealed that nearly half of female online shoppers have unknowingly purchased counterfeit designer goods, or know someone who has.
A perf example of this is the fake Kylie Jenner Lip Kits that were being sold online and in Australian retailers over the past year.
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.
This article originally appeared on In Style.