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- A new technology is making it easier for sneaker resellers to weed out fakes.
- Product authentication technology provider released its Legit Check Tech (LCT) solution earlier this month, which uses artificial intelligence to determine whether a sneaker is counterfeit or not.
- The technology is meant to equip high-level resellers and marketplaces with a quick way to authenticate sneakers.
- Counterfeiting is a big problem for sneaker resellers. Authorities recently busted a counterfeiting operation that shipped
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One of the biggest problems in the sneaker resale market may now be more manageable.
Earlier this month, product authentication technology provider Entrupy released its Legit Check Tech (LCT) solution, a device that uses artificial intelligence to determine whether a sneaker is counterfeit or not — and it only takes about a minute to use.
Fake pairs of popular Nike and Adidas sneakers are rampant in the resale sector. Authorities recently busted a counterfeiting operation that shipped
"You have a sense of betrayal when you buy something and you're scammed off of it," Entrupy cofounder and CEO Vidyuth Srinivasan told Business Insider. "And I think that's really what we're trying to address."
2020欧洲杯体育平台Resale marketplaces and consignment shops like StockX and Urban Necessities use trained human authentication specialists to verify sneakers in-house. But for independent resellers that don't use middleman marketplaces to sell their goods, the threat of counterfeit sneakers is a serious problem that can be detrimental to business.
Counterfeit sneakers are pervasive on websites like eBay that lack authentication specialists, and at trade shows like Sneaker Con. For the most part, it's up to resellers and buyers to determine whether a pair is authentic or not.
For Entrupy, which already provides an authentication solution for luxury handbags, the plan is to sell the new sneaker authentication devices to retailers and high-level resellers. Instead of replacing humans, the goal is to equip authentication specialists with the technology to diminish any possible errors in the verification process. According to Srinivasan, the device is designed to help save high-volume resellers time and money while instilling their business with credibility.
2020欧洲杯体育平台"Nothing has slipped through our system, and we've tested hundreds of fakes of multiple different qualities," Srinivasan said.
Entrupy has not released details on the price of each device, but a representative said that the company will likely use a pricing model that corresponds with each seller's monthly transaction volume.
2020欧洲杯体育平台Though perhaps not the intended purpose, the device will likely enable independent resellers to grow their business without the help of a middleman authentication specialist.
"Maybe with this, everyone can create their own marketplace," Srinivasan said.
2020欧洲杯体育平台Here's how the device works to catch counterfeit shoes in a matter of seconds: