A second chance to own the ‘one that got away’ or a posh eBay?
Remember the ‘one that got away’? I bet you do- the beautiful shoes fit for Cinderella, permanently on hold until payday or the Mulberry bag nestled under your style crushes arm that completely sold out? In my case a pair of Isabel Marant Soono boots which would have pretty much bankrupted me back in 2009. The chunky gold chain and black suede beauties are etched on my mind but I had begrudgingly excepted that they would never be mine.
From time to time a pair would appear on eBay at twice the RRP but I’m always nervous of spending anything more than loose change on eBay. So many fake designer products flood the market each year, I honestly wouldn’t be confident splashing out hundreds of pounds on a product I couldn’t unequivocally verify.
I confess to regularly searching Shopstyle for the next edition to my bulging boot collection and to my surprise a pair of Isabel Marant Soono boots appeared for sale on Vestiaire Collective. I couldn’t resist taking a look. Vestiaire Collective acts as the middle man between the seller and buyer, guaranteeing quality, good service and authenticity. Taking all the risk out of buying second-hand products online. I joined and promptly placed a reasonable bid on the boots of my dreams but then nothing. So I upped my offer and again heard nothing, after a few days I re-visited Vestiaire Collective to check on the boots but they had totally disappeared- gone! For the second time these little lovelies have got away from me. Am I disappointed- yes, would I have appreciated notification that the product had been withdrawn- yes, would I try my lucky again with Vestiaire Collective…… most definitely (I already have my eye on a Mulberry mini Alexa).
*Update: Since publishing this post Anna from Vestiaire contacted me to let me know that my comments had been noted. Vestiaire Collective are looking in to sending notifications out to customers when a product you have placed an offer on has sold. I give full marks to any brand that listens to customer feedback and responds. 10/10 Vestiaire Collective!