I’m all about high-street finds, bargain buys, and sales galore.
So much so that my collection of luxury pieces is rather abysmal. I mean it’s not totally non-existent, but ‘abysmal’ is definitely a fair way to describe it…
I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t have thousands of AED, USD or GBPs to splurge every month on designer finds, which makes an insatiable love of fashion a slightly hard hobby to pursue at times. But today I’m going to let you in on a little secret on how to buy your first luxury handbag, without breaking the bag. Here are my top tips on how to cheat the system…
Choose the Right Style…
There are so many articles out there about which bags will retain or even increase in resale value. Whilst these articles shouldn’t absolutely determine your decision, they can definitely act as a blue print to help you decide; a Chanel Flap or Hermes Birkin are just two examples of bags which consistently sell well, and therefore are a pretty safe choice should you choose to invest in them. When a high-end price tag equates to nearly a month’s rent, making a wrong purchase is definitely not what you want!
Designer discounts are all the rage at the moment; working at The Luxury Closet for the last two years introduced me to a world of e-commerce I never knew existed. There are so many sites out there selling all the latest ‘it’ pieces at 50 to 60% off their original prices – check sites like The Luxury Closet, Vestiare Collective, InSeller and Reebonz.
Just Ask For A Discount!
Ok, I’ll admit, you’ve gotta be pretty ballsy here – at the end of the day, if you don’t ask, you don’t get! Would I recommend walking in to Chanel and asking them to knock a few grand off your Classic Flap? No, absolutely not. But if you’re already buying a bag at a discounted price, from a discount website, chances are they might be willing to haggle a little more.
As a self-confessed human-hater (yes, that’s a thing) these are something I try to avoid; I don’t have the patience levels for sample sales. But, having said that, I know plenty of people who have picked up some absolute bargains, so I guess they’re worth a try if you’re feeling brave!
Now these are something I know only too much about. Black Friday, Dubai Shopping Festival, Boxing Day – there are loads of sales out there for you to take advantage of. If you’ve got your eye on a designer bag, then keep an eye on how regular the website runs flash sales, because it may be the difference between paying a few extra pennies or not.
Alternative Payment Options
This is probably my favourite luxury shopping hack, so listen up: lots of websites that sell luxury goods offer a little godsend of an option to ‘pay in instalments’. When I bought the Gucci bag in this post I paid a mere Dhs900, and didn’t have to worry about the next payment for another 30 days. I now have six months to make monthly payments, meaning I don’t have to worry about parting with a huge chunk of money in one go.
Find Out the Return Policy
I’ve touched on this in a previous blog post, but I do think it’s so important to be fully aware of your options before you splash your clash. If a company offer a no-refund-or-return policy, you might want to re-think your options.
Try and Incorporate As Many Of the Above Points As You Can!
I know this seems like an obvious one, but let me break it down for you: this Gucci bag originally cost over Dhs6,000 ($1,650 / £1,300), however by purchasing it from a pre-loved website, asking for an additional discount, then applying a sale code and opting to pay in instalments, the total cost of the bag is now just Dhs2,000 (£450 / $550).
Do you have any more tips on luxury shopping hacks? Comment below and let me know!