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Using Authentication and Grading Services

As a buyer, authentication and grading services can help you evaluate an item. For a small fee, an independent, experienced evaluator can help examine a listing on eBay and point out potential problems.

  • Authentication services – Authentication helps determine whether an item is genuine and described appropriately. Experts can often detect counterfeits from subtle details. However, two expert authenticators can have different opinions on the authenticity of the same item.

  • Grading services – Grading is a way of determining the physical condition of an item. The actual grading system is dependent on the type of item being graded.

  • Benefits of authentication and grading – Buyers can use these services to evaluate an item before purchasing it. Buyers can also use these services to get a thorough evaluation of a recently purchased item.

Items that are not accurately represented – If an expert says that an item on eBay is not accurately represented, eBay reserves the right to remove it if we believe that its sale might create liability for the buyer, the seller, or any third party. If this happens, eBay will refund the listing fee to the seller.

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