Everyone wants to buy designer bags, but it is understandable in the modern marketplace there are reasons why confidence in purchasing can be affected. It can be difficult buying a designer bag these days. With the proliferation of on line sites selling fakes as authentic and unscrupulous salespeople. With all the designer knock-offs being called “authentic” it’s easy to be misguided into spending way too much money for a fake without knowing it. There is a difference between buying a designer knock-off and knowing it and being told you’re buying the actual bag when it’s not.
Before Purchasing A Designer Bag
Before purchasing a bag, there are many things to consider. Firstly, what are your motives for buying a designer bag? Are you looking for an investment that will hold it’s value? Or are you looking to make a significant addition to your closet? Dependant on how you answer these questions depends on the type of bag you want to start searching for.
Secondly, what budget do you have to work with? This will impact upon the designer label you can invest in, and in turn this can affect the resale value of the item. So if you are looking for an investment rather than an addition to your wardrobe then put your budget towards buying a bag from a brand such as Chanel, who hold its value.
It is also worth remembering that you will need to take adequate care of the bag, this includes maintenance and storage. This is especially crucial if you are investing and wanting to sell on in the future. Looking at cost per wear and usage is also a great consideration – what void exactly will this bag fill in your closet? Is it a practical size for what you want to use it for? These are valid questions to be asking before parting with your hard earned cash.
Buy Designer Bags From A Trusted Seller
The next question is where will you buy your designer bag from? on e bay visit their Community Chat Room. There is a wealth of information on how to detect counterfeit bags. Even an Ebay “powerseller” can be offering fake bags. When Ebay is alerted about a particular seller it may take them some time to investigate. During the time it takes for the investigation the seller could have sold many counterfeit bags. Ebay has shut down dealers selling counterfeit bags, but even e bay cannot protect you from all the unscrupulous sellers out there.
Who you’re purchasing the bag from is of utmost importance. You can be guaranteed that when purchasing that Prada bag from Nieman Marcus or that Gucci from Bergdorf Goodman you’re getting an authentic bag, although perhaps not a deal. Check the e-luxury site. Louis Vuitton is one of the actual owners of the e-luxury site. Purchase your Coach bag from their online site. Needless to say authenticity is guaranteed.
Some buyers take their bags to stores like Nieman Marcus or Lord & Taylor to have them authenticated AFTER they purchase them. These department stores will not give a written authentication on a particular bag, but the salesperson will probably tell you whether or not they think the bag is authentic. Don’t purchase a bag from anyone without a money back guarantee – ever. If they don’t offer a money back guarantee you can be assured the bag isn’t authentic. Even if it’s the bag of your dreams don’t buy it. There will be another one.
You can also read our blog on Chanel bags to find the trusted sellers we recommend, no matter what brand you are looking to buy.
Things To Look Out For When You Buy Designer Bags
Don’t be fooled thinking that only authentic bags have holograms and serial numbers. Those that make their money producing knock off bags are on their toes and keep up with any changes made in authentic bags. Even more importantly, when you see a bag for sale anywhere, do you really know what the hologram should look like? Do you know if the serial number should be on a separate metal plate or embossed inside the bag? Should the name Gucci also seen imprinted on the hardware on an authentic bag?
The best way to protect yourself when making ANY purchase is to educate yourself. It is always worth doing your research by both shopping online for the best prices, but visiting different stores to get a feel for the item and its quality.
If you would like to read a little more on which designer bag to purchase, and ones that will both hold their value and stand the test of time, then Harper’s Bazaar magazine have a great article.