You might think the rise of digital wallets, Apple Pay, G-Pay, and all the other tap-and-go payment alternatives would send our trusty, old-fashioned leather billfolds into extinction.
But it turns out, like John Wick coming back from a seemingly fatal fall, the wallet is still very much alive and kicking. According to recent research from eBay Australia, a staggering 88 per cent of Aussies surveyed still carry a wallet. And if that isn’t enough to make you hold onto your cards, more than one-third of those surveyed (37 per cent) prefer luxury brands when shopping for wallets.
In a statement to Man of Many, eBay Australia’s Head of Fashion, Brooke Eichhorn, said, “eBay Australia is looking to democratise luxury sustainable fashion and we hope our Authenticity Guarantee expansion to include luxury wallets will give Aussies more confidence that they are buying the real deal.
“Our survey found that wallets are still overwhelmingly popular in Australia despite the rise of digital wallets. More than a third of Aussies prefer luxury brands when shopping for wallets with one of the most watched items on eBay the men’s Louis Vuitton Pocket Organiser. The results showed functionality is important, with card wallets the most popular style for men.”
For more than half of the survey responders, the allure of a pre-loved luxury wallet comes down to one simple factor: affordability. When asked why they’d consider buying a pre-owned luxe wallet, 51 per cent said it was all about getting a better deal.
And it’s during this part of the transaction process that eBay Australia steps up to the plate. Now offering its Authenticity Guarantee for eligible luxury wallets over AUD$350, the incredibly trustworthy service will extend buyer protections to renowned designer brands like Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada for added peace of mind for shoppers to know they’re getting the real deal.
Especially if one of those deals is worth a few thousand dollars! eBay Australia’s data showed that the most expensive wallet sold on their platform in 2022 was a Louis Vuitton Soft Trunk Wallet Clouds, designed by the legendary Virgil Abloh. The price tag? A cool AUD$3,500. That’s some serious moolah to store your moolah.
But that’s not all for the LV. According to eBay Australia, Louis Vuitton is searched every minute, while Gucci comes up in second with a search every two minutes. Some of the most-watched wallets include the Gucci Horsebit 1955 Card Case wallet, Louis Vuitton Mens Pocket Organiser, and Saint Laurent Cassandre Matelasse Wallet. Regarding wallet styles, Aussies favour card wallets, coin wallets, and envelope wallets, making it clear to everyone that functionality is critical for men when it comes to wallet shopping.
So, how does eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee work? Eligible items will be marked with a blue tick on eBay. After purchase, they’ll be sent to eBay’s Sydney authentication facility for expert verification, all at no extra cost to the buyer or seller. It’s all about giving fashion lovers’ peace of mind, as eBay Australia’s Head of Fashion, Brooke Eichhorn, puts it, “eBay Australia is looking to democratise sustainable luxury fashion, and we hope our Authenticity Guarantee expansion to include luxury wallets will give Aussies more confidence that they are buying the real deal.”
But wait, there’s more. eBay Australia is also extending the list of eligible luxury brands under its Authenticity Guarantee service for handbags. Over ten new luxury brands, including Dolce & Gabbana, Loewe, MCM, Mulberry, and Versace, will be added to the designer list eligible for eBay’s handbag and wallet Authenticity Guarantee service.
So, whether you’re a wallet aficionado or just looking to upgrade your trusty companion, eBay Australia has you covered with its Authenticity Guarantee. Shop confidently, knowing you’re getting the real deal on your next luxury wallet or handbag. Fortunately, in a world where prices are increasing for basically everything, it’s good to see eBay Australia step up to add a bit of certainty.
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