Despite being a company that was originally founded upon the premise of online auctions and completely digital transactions, eBay has increasingly been exploring the landscape of in-person events. We recently partnered with eBay to host an evening event at the Kimpton La Peer Hotel in Los Angeles, where attending guests had the opportunity to engage with eBay’s unparalleled selection of authentic luxury watches, along with handbags, and jewelry — top categories for the marketplace.
As luxury goods play an increasing role among the kind of items listed on eBay’s platform, the marketplace has taken multiple steps to support both buyers and sellers when it comes to high-value transactions. Luxury items are frequently counterfeited, and eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee service adds an additional layer of trust to protect both buyers and sellers of luxury goods, such as watches, jewelry, and handbags. As it pertains specifically to watches, eBay’s authentication service is available for timepieces that have values in excess of $2,000 USD, and by having an independent third-party serve as the intermediary to verify the specific item being sold, both the buyer and seller are protected from an unscrupulous party making false claims about the authenticity or condition of the product.
Beyond adding additional levels of security for transactions of high-value luxury goods, eBay has also been committed to improving the overall experience for those who buy and sell premium items on the platform. One of the ways that eBay has been doing this is by hosting in-person events that bring eBay’s unparalleled inventory to life, while still allowing those in attendance to benefit from eBay’s curated sales, promotions, and the two-way protection of its authentication services.
As watch enthusiasts, we are all very much aware that having the opportunity to experience a timepiece in the metal and try it on our wrist is important in forming a proper opinion about whether or not we actually want to add it to our personal collection. While this is something that simply cannot be done when buying a watch online, eBay’s in-person events allow prospective buyers to try on the models they are considering purchasing, then conduct the actual transaction through eBay’s secure digital platform, so that shoppers can also benefit from the protection of eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee.
Guests at our event with eBay in Los Angeles also received a discount code to help sweeten the deal of any timepiece they were considering purchasing. Given that many watch lovers sell a piece so that they can make room for another, we encouraged those attending the event to bring the timepieces that they were interested in moving out of their personal rotations, which could then be sold or traded among event attendees.
Beyond the watches themselves, other products, such as handbags from brands like Hermes and Louis Vuitton, were also for sale, while Tequila and Armagnac tastings were offered by El Cristiano and Cardinal du Four, who were also present at the event. A big thank you to the folks at eBay for making this an extra-special and fun evening for everyone. If you happened to miss us this time around or couldn’t make it to Los Angeles, just keep an eye out for future event announcements, and we will see you next time!
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