Designer handbags are expensive and although there’s nothing like a brand new designer bag, in many cases, some used handbags are in like new condition and are a great value as compared with a brand new option. We see many used handbags during the course of our business and while some are gently loved and visibly used, others show no obvious sign of normal wear. In fact, most of the used handbags we sell don’t look like they’ve been used at all. The great part about buying a used designer handbag is not only can you find bags that are barely used, but also, you can get them at a fraction of their original cost. It is not unusual to find a gently used designer handbag for more than 75% off the original retail price.
What to look for
When buying a used designer handbag, there are some things to look for to ensure you are buying an authentic designer bag. There are many fake purses flooding the marketplace, but if you are diligent, you can find some authentic purses for great buys. First, when looking at a bag, look inside the bag to see if there are any serial numbers printed or embossed in the bag. Authentic bags typically have a serial number inside the bag, although some do not. Secondly, look at the quality of the bag. Designer bags are often of exceptionally high quality. The stitching is impeccable, sides are not glued together, and everything is sewn on, including id tags. If the purse looks like it is falling apart, it is probably not a designer bag.
Finally, when shopping for designer handbags, look for labels. Most designers include a label on the inside of the bag, as well as on the outside of the bag. And if you are not sure, you can always ask the company to authenticate a bag for you.
What to pay
It depends on the purse, but as we mentioned, it is not unusual to see authentic designer handbags selling for more than 75% off the original retail price. If a bag originally cost $400, you might be able to buy it for just $100. We’ve seen Authentic Coach bags selling for as low as $40, depending on the style, size and shape it is in. Check out our store to see our complete line of authentic designer handbags, vintage purses and other women’s bags for sale.