Are you ready to purchase your first designer handbag? Whether you’re upgrading your accessories due to entering the corporate world after college or just ready to splurge a little on yourself for that special occasion, purchasing your first authentic designer handbag is a rewarding experience both the moment you purchase it, and every day after that you carry it on your person. That’s right; this is one purchase you will never regret! So now that you are ready to purchase, how will you know if what you’re paying for is authentic? Where should you start shopping? Moreover, how can you get the best price? Here are a few tips to help you find the right handbag at the right price for your budget.
Let the buyer beware! Not all handbags that are sold under the designer’s brand name are indeed authentic! Some of these dealers are upfront and disclose to the buyer that they are not genuine.
Some of the terminology you will see for these types of distributors will be words like “replica” “faux” “mirror image” “designer inspired” “copy” and “knock – off.” They range from being very poor representations of the designer brand that they mimic to being extremely difficult to distinguish. Subsequently then, how will you, a novice, be able to tell the difference?
Here is a list of just some of the basics of what to look for when shopping for an authentic designer handbag. First, the handbag should be made from the highest quality material.
This is where the iconic designers differ from the rest. From leather to fur, they choose only the best. Secondly, the stitching on the bag will be even with no loose, tangled or missing thread. Even the logo on the bag will be engraved into the material, never printed onto it.
Great designers pride themselves on their workmanship and this is their place to show off their handiwork. Third, the hardware on the handbag will be quality weighted pieces with no color variations in them and covered with plastic until time of purchase where no scratches will occur. The designer’s logo will be engraved into the metal not merely printed or even embossed onto it. These handbags truly are a work of art which is why their price is much higher than the average designer. Every effort is made to make each handbag the very best. Fourth, look for a serial number.
Most, yet not all of the manufacturers give serial numbers to each handbag. And lastly, yet one of the most unique ideas they utilize, is a small credit card sized piece of plastic called an “authenticity certificate card“. This usually has the designer logo on the front and a magnetic strip across the back with a written guarantee to cover all manufacturing defects. There is also a place to input the date of purchase and the shop.
The buyer should also know that most designers only agree to sell through registered boutiques. In these brick and mortar stores, you can rest assured that no matter how much you choose to spend on your new handbag (and you will pay top dollar here), it will be authentic as well as brand new, with tags, dust bags and authenticity cards included. You’ll see the designer’s logo right down to the tissue paper and paper bag you carry it out of the store in, but this is not the only place you can purchase an authentic designer handbag. Read on.
Of course you can watch for these handbags to go on sale before you purchase them. And I advise going into the boutiques first to scrutinize all the details I’ve mentioned here before trying some of the other places that I’m about to tell you to try. That way you will be familiar with what a genuine item should look like and be able to make a more educated comparison.
There are many places and ways to find a great designer handbag without paying top dollar for it. One option is looking at outlets which will carry items that are either discontinued, mildly defective or merely an older model. These factors can be very insignificant, and you can find some great buys.
Another option is purchasing online. The World Wide Web has made every designer and distributor very accessible to those who use the internet.
Virtual stores can and do have genuine authentic designer handbags and purses that are purchased from wholesalers and resold. Because they do not have to pay rent for a brick and mortar store, they are able to offer their customers discounted prices on many of the same handbags. Another advantage these e-commerce stores have is the ability to “carry” large inventory that you normally wouldn’t find in a normal store because of the limited space.
Shipping is inexpensive (usually $15 in the U.S. and $35 worldwide), and every product is guaranteed or your money back (less shipping & handling and sometimes a small restocking fee).
These handbags can be taken into any boutique not only to be examined for authenticity but also to be repaired if need be. Finally, one can even purchase secondhand designer handbags online because of their enduring quality and beauty. And believe it or not, if you still can’t afford the investment into one of these handbags, then you can even find a place to rent a handbag for a weekend or even up to a month!
Wherever you purchase your first designer handbag, one thing is for certain: you will enjoy its tremendous functionality, its remarkable endurance and its awe-inspiring great style. There are numerous designers to choose from. Some of the great icons from which you may choose are the Italian designers like Prada, Fendi, Gucci and Armani. American designers include the ever popular Coach and Juicy Couture.
Or you may prefer the fabric design of Burberry’s of London. This is what shopping is all about and why we women love to do it! So get out there and have fun! You now have the basic knowledge you will need to make a smart purchase.
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This article is contributed by Darla Gray. Darla Gray is a writer, speaker and entrepreneur. She started her first business at the age of 12 and has a deep desire to help others by sharing her knowledge and experiences.