Bag-reselling – do you think it’s cool?


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Coach, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Prada. You name it, you’ve loved it.  You’ve seen that coveted bag on the catwalk, in the magazines, and on the red carpet.  You’ve seen it in the stores too, but some of them are just way way too purse-breaking to get.

Lately, however, I have noticed a similar trend sprouting around.  Bag lovers do not need to pay a hand and a foot to get branded bags they can call their own.  I’ve seen online sites selling these bags for a fraction of the price in the stores, and these are supposedly originals.

Question is: would you buy your bag this way?

Yes, it is cheaper, and yes, you get to strut your stuff and yet still save money, but is it worth the while?

When I visited the Coach Factory Outlets in USA, there were many people who were purchasing bags by the dozen.  Back then, I figured they were just buying them as gifts, but now, come to think of it, those people might have been purchasing those bags to earn a tidy profit from reselling them.

I personally would not purchase a branded bag from any means other than from its original store or from its factory outlet.  The warranty and service that comes with a bag is far too important to me to sacrifice, and I have personally experienced superior customer service from Coach too.  In fact, I have another pleasant experience/story from Coach which I will share in another post, but the bottomline is Coach never fails to impress me.  And I would never get that service had I bought the bag from a source other than direct from Coach.  I believe the same goes to all the other branded bags too.

So would you spend a little extra just to get a branded bag, or would you be willing to get a branded bag for less, albeit from a bag reseller?



2 Responses to “Bag-reselling – do you think it’s cool?”

  1. Paris B Says:

    Needless to say, I feel the same way you do. I will not compromise the fun and luxury of shopping for a luxury bag just to get a perceived cheaper price. I will go to outlet stores myself. I just won’t pay someone else to do it because there is no fun in owning a bag that way. That said, I recently came across a site purporting to sell branded bags cheaper than at the stores here (I think they buy them overseas and you’re saving on exchange rate and taxes only) and the LV bag they were selling was just RM50 cheaper than when I bought mine in store. Would I sacrifice my confidence, pleasure and thrill of walking out of a luxury store with a paper bag for RM50? I don’t think so. :)

    The Giddy Tigress says: I absolutely agree. There are online stores selling these branded bags everywhere, and even those without an online presence are just plain selling them on Facebook. I think that’s totally wrong. To me, it’s a form of piracy, to a certain extent. Btw, babe, still lovin’ that LV bag of yours :)

  2. Tine Says:

    My sentiments exactly. I’m not comfortable with buying bags from resellers, especially when I do not know of their background and if the bag I’m getting is authentic. Anyways, I’d much prefer to get it from the actual store, a place where I can swipe my card, have the bag in its proper paper bag, and strut out of the store :P

    The Giddy Tigress says: That strutting part is so true!