would you consider purchasing a used designer bag?

Would you consider purchasing a used designer bag?

  • Would never own a used bag.

  • Don't own a used bag but would consider it.

  • Bought a used bag previously.

  • Primarily only buy used bags.


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Feb 11, 2006
2,505
54
San Francisco
Generally, I would say no. I like my bags to be new. It just feels better to me. The only exception would be if the bag was discontinued. In that case, I would consider buying used.
 

bag-mania

O.G.
Apr 6, 2007
9,472
15,795
I think everyone prefers a new bag. However, if you can buy a bag that looks new and pay several hundred dollars less for it, why not? I bought a bag on eBay that I honestly cannot tell was used and only paid about 20% of what it would have cost retail. You just have to be careful that it is not more "used" than you find acceptable.
 

Miyoshi637

Member
Mar 27, 2006
2,284
4
Bay Area
Some of my bags are previously owned. And it doesn't bother me. If I can get a bag that costs $2000 for $1100 and it looks brand spankin' new, then I can spend that money I saved on something else. Plus you have to love ebay for bags that are no longer made, that you have just get!
 

stephluvspurses

i love me some bags!
i actually would not buy a used bag. i rarely buy bags outside of retail stores/authorized sellers/outlet stores because i want to be sure the bag i'm getting is authentic...
as a designer, i am not a supporter of copies...:tdown:
(it helps too, because when i find a bag i really really love (which usually means i can't afford it! hehe), i have no problem buying it because i'm not falling in love all the time!)
i do...understand wanting to buy used bags because stores no longer carry them. i really really want a gray balenciaga city, but the only way would be to get a used one, but i would be devastated if i bought a fake one!
 

kimberf

Loves the Lindy!
O.G.
Mar 8, 2007
4,078
2
California
I've bought a couple of pre-owned bags. I always get them authenticated on the forums here, check them out thoroughly, and only buy from reputable sellers, be they ebay or a consignment store that specializes in designer bags. I agree that if I can save a substantial amount for an authentic bag or get something that's discontinued (e.g., the Balenciaga Purse style), it's totally worth it. I agree that it's not worth the risk for a couple hundred dollars on a bag that's still available new, though.
 

ChiChi143

O.G.
Jun 13, 2007
13,508
46
New York
I've bought used bags before but they have to be gently used & I'll only buy it if it's 50% off what I'd pay for retail price.
 

JoannaSweden

Member
Sep 21, 2006
610
0
I own several previously owned designer bags & I'm definately planning to get some more if a good deal comes up!
 

missypoo

Pure Imagination
May 10, 2006
3,205
1
45
"The Good Life"
I have never bought a used bag before, but would consider it if the bag I wanted was not available in stores anymore and it was in mint condition : )
 

Violawas

Member
Nov 30, 2006
502
0
I have purchased pre-owned bags before. Some of them have been barely used and I've gotten a great deal, but a couple have been very used and I was very disappointed. Now I'm much more careful about who I buy from.
 

starletta8

Balenciaga Addict
Jun 15, 2006
1,561
11
PA
I guess I'm in the minority, but I don't see what the big deal is about buying a used bag. Especially when you're talking about some of the more expensive designers, why plunk down $2K+ for a bag when you've never carried anything like it before?

By being careful and buying nicely used items, I'm able to afford bags that I can't/won't pay retail for. I also tend to like discontinued styles.

Besides, some bags are better pre-loved, such as Balenciagas. Once they've been broken in, they're amazingly smooshy. I'll let someone else take the retail hit and break in a bag for me and scoop it up at 50-75% of retail price!
 

RTone

O.G.
Sep 8, 2006
824
1,074
Texas
I have purchased several used bags and find that if I do the research, I can get a good deal on a bag I want without spending what an identical new one costs. This allows me to buy more bags!!