Are you one of the many who is in love with all things designer? From clothes to shoes, and designer handbags, the world of fashion has so much to offer if you collect and are willing to spend your hard-earned money on these goods.
Designer handbags are a class all their own. Not only are the top brands sought after anywhere in the world, but classic designs and models also remain prominently popular even today. If you own a Chanel flap bag which cost around P27, 000 back in the 1990’s. It would boggle your mind that the same bag could cost P150, 000 today.
It is not surprising that a lot of Filipinas invest their money on handbags. These items are heirlooms for some and will stand the test of time. According to Danee Samonte, a columnist in Philippine Star, his mother owned a Louis Vuitton Speedy bag she used until her passing in 2003, and the bag became part of his sister’s inheritance after.
In most major cities around the country like Cebu and Davao, you will find a number of luxury handbag sellers. Cebu bag sellers sell both brand-new and pre-owned items to meet the desires of their discriminating clientele. But before you start shopping, here are a few tips.
Buy only from a trusted Cebu bag seller
One of the most popular ways to find a designer bag is through the internet. While this may be most convenient, you still need to check the seller’s reputation. The mark of an excellent online bag seller is their authenticity guarantee. For the most part, the seller should also offer a return policy.
Check the condition of the bag
The condition of the bag is essential when you are buying a pre-owned luxury item. Some bags, even if it is a luxury brand may no longer be worth buying because of its condition. Look at signs of usage such as hardware scratches and wear on the handles and corners.
Be familiar with how pricing works
Some designer bags, depending on the brand still tend to be more expensive even when pre-owned. This pertains to the most coveted brands and models and one-of-a-kind designs. Examples of this include Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Celine. The more sought after the bag, the higher the resale value.
Consider being on the waiting list
As soon as a famous designer bag is listed, it will get sold quickly. If you have been waiting a long time for your dream bag, consider asking the seller if there is a waiting list. This will increase your chances of getting the coveted item you have been waiting for.
Date codes and authenticity
Some designer brands put date code stamps on bags and it acts as a serial number. Fortunately, you can search online using this date code to verify if the bag is authentic. For brands like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and Balenciaga, dates codes are particularly relevant. If you are also concerned about the bag’s authenticity, there are many resources online to help you check if what you are buying is genuine or not.