How to buy pre-loved designer bags

How to buy pre-loved designer bags

QL Classifieds
By QL Classifieds

By Dipti Nair

Fond of designer bags? Who isn’t!

But not everyone can afford to buy at retail prices. And with the pre-owned market evolving so fast, shopping for a pre-loved luxury bag is more popular than ever. And with Qatar Living Classifieds now having a large selection of pre-loved bags for sale, you can now parade your latest sling, leather bag, or tote, and get all those fabulous compliments, without breaking the bank. Designer bags don’t just make a style statement but are also an investment.

Here are some tips to keep in mind while investing in a designer handbag that is not only stunning but also functional.

 

Do Your Homework

Research is one of the most important factors for a successful pre-loved purchase. There are many different brands and labels to choose from and just as many styles and looks. Decide what kind of bag you would like to go for and the brand and style you wish to invest in. Look at real bags made in the same year as the bag you have your eye on and check if the colors and styles match. Look at the type and shape of buckles, the stitching and other minute details and compare with the original.

 

Understand Value

Check on online blogs and forums for peer-to-peer reviews and to understand the value and market price of your pre-loved bag. Some labels are more coveted than others and their value will not depreciate much, while you might find others at half the original retail value. If you are looking for a good deal, then make sure the bag style is a few seasons old or go for emerging designers which might eventually appreciate in value and could be a sound investment. The original vintage market is also thriving, and you may find some good finds that are still on-trend.

 

Authenticity Check

Designer bags are usually handmade from soft leather with immaculate finishing and have high quality hardware materials. Ask your online seller to send you detailed photos of the outside and inside of the bag. Check the material, make sure there are no color splotches and the stitches are fine and handmade. The colors of the lining should match the original. Zips or chains should be solid and not look flimsy. Another important factor you must really check for is the logo. Train your eye with the logo of the original and try to spot any minor discrepancies.

 

Original Receipt

Always ask the seller if they can provide the original receipt or a certificate of authentication. Many resellers do provide it. Purchase receipts are the best proof that the designer bag you are buying is the original stuff. But bear in mind that bags with original packaging and purchase receipts cost more than a bag sold on its own.

 

Bag Condition

Most users will care for their expensive designer bags and ensure it maintains its original condition. So, the bag you are coveting should be in good condition, that being said, it is still pre-owned and might have slight wear and tear depending on how old the bag is. Be sure to look for fabric stains, wear or pen marks in the lining, worn corners, scratches to metal and make sure the zip is working fine. The condition of the bag can affect the price of the bag and may give you room to negotiate.

 

Date Codes & Stamps

Many designer handbags come with date codes or serial number stamped inside them. This unique number can be checked online for authenticity and to determine how old your bag really is. Check the position, font and color of the serial number and the heat stamp usually presented on the interior of the bag.

Qatar Living Classifieds has a huge collection of new and pre-loved designer bags that you can choose from. Use our tips and you are sure to make a purchase that will not only stand the test of time but also make quite the impression.

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