bag buying guide
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how to buy used bags
We’ve kept an eye on the online resale market as it has expanded, and now there are so many options that things can get confusing for first-time resale shoppers very quickly. Below, we’ve put together a primer on over a dozen of the best places to buy pre-owned bags online, as well as some general tips to get you started, no matter where you shop.
Some things to keep in mind:
1. CHECK RETURN AND AUTHENTICATION POLICIES.
Most resale companies don’t have return policies as generous as those of regular retail stores, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with the rules of any particular site before you buy. Some sites only offer store credit for returns unless a bag turns out to be significantly different than it was described on the site (or an under-the-radar fake), and for multi-vendor sites, the return policies can vary by seller.
2. KNOW THE ORIGINAL PRICE OF THE BAG.
The best place start with any pre-owned purchase is with gathering information about what the bag would have been like brand new, including its price. Because of the number of resale sites that have popped up in the past couple of years, many popular bags will be available at pre-owned prices in multiple locations, and many of them will not disclose the bag’s original retail value alongside their own pricing. Buying pre-owned bags can often set you up for a good deal, but if the bag you want was very hard to get at original retail, you can expect to find a significant markup.
3. HAVE REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS.
Luxury shoppers expect a lot from the things we buy, and we should–that’s what the money is for, after all. When shopping second-hand merchandise, though, it’s best to remember that if you find the bag you want at half its original retail price, it will probably have a scuffed corner or a hardware scratch or two. If that’s unacceptable, pre-owned shopping just might not be for you.
4. WATCH OUT FOR FINANCING OFFERS.
Many of the sites we looked into offered payment plans of some sort, ranging from 0% to 30% APR, often through a third-party service called Affirm. These services can either make your purchase much more or much less affordable; make sure you read the fine print.
5. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS.
If something seems off about a bag or a site, it’s best to err on the side of caution. There will always (always) be another bag.
Article by Amanda Mull for purseblog.com
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