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eBay Sneaker Authentication Goes In-House after Capacity Issues

eBay Sneaker Authentication Goes In-House after Capacity Issues

eBay sneaker authentication is going in-house after the marketplace acquired the business from Sneaker Con last Wednesday. eBay offers an authenticity guarantee for certain select sneakers that sell for over $100, but as we reported in the spring, demand for authentication overwhelmed capacity.

eBay announced the acquisition of Sneaker Con Digital from its partner today (November 29th) but did not provide transaction details. It said the deal furthers its vertical expansion strategy in sneakers and offers customers added confidence in the purchase of high-value items. Through its sellers, eBay offers over 1.9 million pairs for sale daily.

Sneaker Con had launched its authentication business in 2018 and expanded operations in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany. It will remain independent and will continue to hold events for sneaker enthusiasts.

eBay launched its Authenticity Guarantee in partnership with Sneaker Con in October 2020, and in just over a year has authenticated 1.55 million sneakers worldwide.

eBay executive Jordan Sweetnam said in today’s press release, “eBay has always been a vibrant community of enthusiasts, with deeply knowledgeable buyers, sellers and employees. We partnered with Sneaker Con to launch sneaker authentication on eBay last year because the team shared our passion for the category – with best-in-class capabilities to deliver what our customers want most. The response to our authentication offering has been overwhelming, and this acquisition allows us to continue to transform eBay and bring a higher level of trust and confidence to every transaction.”

eBay also offers authentication in a small number of other categories, such as luxury watches (launched in September 2020) and handbags (launched in June 2021).

eBay reported that its buyer base is shrinking (active buyers were down by 5% at the end of September), but it has been doubling down on its strategy of targeting “high value buyers” whom eBay says spend more across its platform. High value buyers represent 20% of eBay buyers and account for about 75% of GMV (sales), according to the marketplace.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.

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