By  on December 10, 2019

Mercari is still a relatively small player in the U.S. resale market at over 2.5 million monthly active users, but it’s still after the loot that is luxury handbags, launching its “Authenticate” service today.

Instead of opting for in-house authenticators like luxury handbag reseller Rebag, which launched its “Clair” pricing appraisal tool this fall, or The RealReal, which came under fire after a CNBC investigation on the company’s, since restated, “no fakes” pledge, Mercari’s U.S. chief executive officer, John Lagerling, finds that it wanted to go the third-party route.

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