I buy items at garage sales & a thrift store in a nearby affluent area. I eyeball the items well so I don't waste the realreal's time. They authenticate the items and list them. All my items have sold pretty quickly and I make money. I'm happy. I think the realreal is great. I don't want to sell high end items on my own. I don't want to deal with nightmares. Start with 1 item if you want and see how it goes. I think you'll like them.