Before I bought my Birkin, I looked very seriously at the resale market. I would have been quite content with a preloved B. The only thing that held me back was the cost of the customs and duties to import it into Canada.
I absolutely have and will buy used Hermes bags. After you take a bag out once it really isn't new. I would rather save thousands and let somebody else take the bag out first. Provided that a bag is in good condition and the price is reasonable, I think it's a great idea to buy used. Hermes spa can do wonders for even well used bags. Not everyone agrees with me and I certainly wouldn't turn down an opportunity to place an SO, but for a regular bag I prefer to buy used.
heck yeah i buy PRE-LOVED! But i do my homework and thanks to tpf, have found a few fantastic highly reputable and well regarded resellers! But i also have bought two new birkins from H directly! Some of the most hihgly coveted bags are no longer being made so the reseller route is a super alternative as long as you don;t mind a less than pristine bag. IMO, i feel happy carrying a used bag, i don't stress about getting the first scratch on it, someone else has already taken care of that!
Most definitely...But only if the price is right. I could not see myself paying a premium for a certain color, leather, etc. If I'm paying full retail, it would have to be brand new. And I will not pay a penny more than retail.
Now that I think of it, all but two items in my small H collection are pre-owned. I love them more just thinking of $ saved from retail.
Absolutely. Like the other members have said, from the reputable sellers. There are some wonderful ones that many of us have used. You can get a pre-loved bag for a decent price. Good luck in your hunt.