There are several reputable third part authentication companies you can use when purchasing items in the pre-owned market and I’ve created a list below. I’ve broken down each company and added in the pertinent information for each so you can make an informed decision.

In a time where it is so easy to throw up a website and call yourself an “authenticator”, the companies listed below have proven their knowledge and all are working towards creating trust in the resale industry.

If you want to become an authenticator yourself, the Authentication Institute of America is the first educational platform where you can receive training and certification to learn more about the brands or to start your journey to become an authentication specialist.

One big misconceptions that anyone can bring their items to the brands boutique and have them authenticated by the staff. No. Brands instruct their employees to not comment on authenticity. Period.

Below is a list of the images need for third part authentication companies (Open Luxury has great images needed for authentication) and make sure you are taking these pictures in good lighting, close up, clear and straight on of that area and do not send blurry images.

  • Front
  • Back
  • Side
  • Bottom
  • Logo
  • Interior lining, interior logo, interior date code or any other tabs
  • Hardware
  • Stitching
  • Any other discerning areas which are unique to that item

Each company also offers expedited authentications for a fee (except Entrupy) so keep that in mind cost wise when looking at companies. I’ve also included links for each company to their reviews on TrustPilot if available as some companies like Authentic Detective, The Fashion Detective and Open Luxury are newer so they don’t have any reviews as of yet but, I know the people behind each of these companies and I trust them.

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Authentication companies listed in alphabetical order:

Authentic Detective
Cost: $5 on up
Categories: Handbags, accessories, shoes and clothing
Turnaround: 24 Hours
Financial Guarantee: No
Location: USA
Reviews: 
None, business is brand new
Authentication Institute of America Partner: Yes

Authenticate4U
Cost: $7.50 on up
Categories: Handbags, accessories, shoes and clothing
Turnaround: Information unavailable
Financial Guarantee: Information unavailable
Reviews: 
TrustPilot

Authenticatefirst.com
Cost: $20 on up depending on the brand and if a certificate is needed
Categories: Handbags and accessories, shoes, clothing, jewelry
Turnaround: 2 Business days (approximately)
Financial Guarantee: Authentication fee only
Reviews: 
Trustpilot

AuthethenticatorsRus.com
Cost: $15 on up depending on the brand and if a certificate is needed
Categories: Handbags and accessories, shoes, clothing, jewelry
Turnaround: Less that 24 hours as stated on their website
Financial Guarantee: No
Reviews:
None listed outside of their website

Bababebi.com
Cost: No pricing on her website but pricing used to start at $65 on up for an opinion
Categories: Hermes only, Handbags and accessories
Turnaround: Within 24 working hours after receipt of satisfactory pictures and payment of fees
Financial Guarantee: No
Reviews:
Trust Pilot
Authentication Institute of America Preferred Business: Yes

Dr. Runway
Cost: $15 on up for verbal based on brand
Categories: Handbags and accessories, clothing, shoes and jewelry from specific brands
Turnaround: 24 hours for verbal, 48 hours for certificate
Financial Guarantee: No
Location: USA
Reviews: 
Trustpilot

Entrupy
Cost: $99 per month (smallest plan) and you must have a resale business
Categories: Handbags and small leather goods for a specific groups of brands
Turnaround: 24 hours during business hours
Financial Guarantee: Yes
Location: USA
Reviews: 
None
Authentication Institute of America Preferred Business: Yes

The Handbag Clinic
Cost: £34.95 on up
Categories: Handbags and accessories
Turnaround: 24 hours
Financial Guarantee: Information not available
Location: UK
Reviews: 
TrustPilot

Legit Check
Cost: $60 w/certificate or a monthly membership of $49
Categories: Handbags and accessories, sneakers
Turnaround: 48 hours
Financial Guarantee: Yes, see website for details
Location: USA
Reviews: 
Trustpilot

Legit Grails
Cost: $15 on up
Categories: Handbags and accessories, clothing, shoes and jewelry from specific brands
Turnaround: 30 minutes being the quickest (fee applies)
Financial Guarantee: No, check website for refund policy
Location: USA
Reviews: 
Trustpilot

Legos In My Louis
Cost: $25 for verbal, $40 with certificate
Categories: Handbags and small leather goods for a small list of brands
Turnaround: 48 hours during business hours
Financial Guarantee: No
Location: USA
Reviews: 
None

Lollipuff.com
Cost: $25 starting price then goes up from there
Categories: Handbags and accessories, shoes, clothing
Turnaround: 24 hours
Financial Guarantee: Fee will be refunded if they cannot make a determination
Location: USA
Reviews: 
Trustpilot

Memes Treasures
Cost: $20 on up
Categories: Handbags and accessories for specific brands
Turnaround: 60 minutes for Louis Vuitton, 24 hours for all other brands supported
Financial Guarantee: Fee will be refunded if they cannot make a determination
Location: USA
Reviews: 
Facebook Reviews

Open Luxury
Cost: $30 on up
Categories: Handbags and accessories
Turnaround: 24 hours
Financial Guarantee: No
Location: USA
Reviews: 
None, brand new company but highly respected individuals who are well versed in authentication
Authentication Institute of America Preferred Business: Yes

Pro Authenticators
Cost: $15 on up
Categories: Handbags and small leather goods for Louis Vuitton only
Turnaround: Minutes up to 48 hours
Financial Guarantee: Yes, if unable to determine authenticity or if they re-authenticate and the results are different
Location: USA
Reviews: 
Trustpilot

Realauthentication.com
Cost: $20 on up depending on the brand and if a certificate is needed
Categories: Handbags and accessories, shoes, clothing, jewelry
Turnaround: 2 Business days (approximately)
Financial Guarantee: Authentication fee only
Location: USA
Reviews: 
Trustpilot
Authentication Institute of America Preferred Business: Yes

The Fashion Detective
Cost: $20
Categories: Handbags and accessories, shoes, clothing, jewelry and watches
Turnaround: 24 business hours
Financial Guarantee: Refund the cost if a determination cannot be made
Location: USA
Reviews: 
None, new business but highly respected team
Authentication Institute of America Preferred Business: Yes

Zekos Authentication
Cost: $50 on up
Categories: Chanel handbags and small leather goods
Turnaround: 24 hours
Financial Guarantee: No but refunded if authenticity cannot be determined
Location: USA
Reviews: 
Trustpilot