Fake goods are rife on ebay simple rules will keep you a head of the criminals.
Bid or buy only if when you request close up PICTURES of garment labels you get them.
Conversely DO NOT bid or buy if when you request close up PICTURES of garment labels and you receive NONE.
Nike tag details.
Nike have changed their internal labels to show the production run in a US DATE FORMAT mm/dd/yy.
For example the new Nike AIr Rift 10th anniversery are a limited run due to the dates 10/13/05 to 11/30/05.
Usually Nike produces a trainer over a 2- 3 month run. Specials, Limited numbers over 1-2 month Nike RIFT Brazils the original Green/Yellow version.
Old labels would appear as mm/mm/yy So a Nike Haven COJP would read 001101 2000/November/January.
FOR NIKES WITH the old label LOOK UNDER the BARCODE there is a specific birthday date for the particular trainer you are looking at these must match up by being within the ABOVE LABEL DATE will read as per US DATE FORMAT mm/dd/yy.
New Nikes do not have a specific sneaker birthday :-(.
The Letters next to it are the factory.... example LN4, ST-P
NIKE ARE PRODUCED IN the following countries exquisively
7. ITALY 1970-1980's Pre-1980's No factory codes
8. JAPAN 1970-1980's Pre 1980's No factory codes
9. UNITED STATES 1970-1980's Pre 1980's No factory codes
NIKE FACTORY CODES
LN2, LN3, LN4, Y2, Y3, Y2-3, QH, QS, QT CHINA
IB, ID, IN, IP, IW INDONESIA
ST, ST5, S7, T2-1, T2-A, T2-D, TY, TY1, ST-P, SH, BY KOREA
FT1, FT2, FT4, FT8, PC3, PC8 TIAWAN
PA4, (PA) THIALAND
NIKE SAMPLE SHOES
ONLY IN A UK 8 and the label will read "SAMPLE".
TYPES OF SAMPLES
1 Player Samples - produced for Nike sponsored teams and players
2 Sales Samples - produced for Nike Sales Representatives (EKINs)
3 Wear Test Samples - produced for wear testers
(individuals providing performance feedback)
4 Look See Samples - produced for in-house distribution,
often with hand written tags. The stage of development prior to 'sales samples' production.
5 Factory Confirmations - produced in quantities of typically 1, 2 pairs as a confirmation of quality before the entire production (of the same shoe, but in tens of thousands) commences. If the factory management is satisfied with the sample, QC staff must sign (yes) their names on the shoe.
For more insider knowledge see the following link
THERE YOU GO LOOK AT FOR OTHER GUIDES FOR SPECIFIC TYPES OF NIKE (RIFTS etc) OR BRANDS.
DISCLAIMER I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY MISFORTUNE OR FORTUNE YOU
ENCOUNTER BY EITHER FOLLOWING OR NOT FOLLOWING THESE SIMPLE RULES.
Nike name and Swoosh are trademarked and copywritten by Nike and therefore should not be reproduced for profit.
kicksonline for the Types of Samples 1-5 section. (very interesting)