The 7 Most Important Things to Know When Re-Selling Your Designer Bags Online

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We’re (thankfully, luckily, etc.) nearing the end of August, and that means summer is just beyond the horizon. With it will come a lot of reminders about summer cleaning and much urging to Konmari your life, living quarters and wardrobe, and let us be the first to say it: throw some stuff out or give it to charity, you’ll feel better. Don’t throw your bags out, though–there are too many online resale options for that.

Because the vast majority of people are far more comfortable being customers than sellers, we’ve put together a little beginner’s guide to making back some of the cash you spent on your bags in the first place. Who knows–with an afternoon of closet-cleaning and photo taking, you might have enough in the coffers for a new spring bag of your own.

1. Check eBay’s Completed Auctions for Help With Pricing

The best way to determine what a used bag should sell for is to see what other used bags like it have sold for, owner to buyer, in the recent past. By my estimation, the best way to do that is an advanced eBay search; the site does enough volume that there will likely be at least a couple bags similar to yours in its archive of completed sales.

To do that, click the word “Advanced” next to the general search button on eBay’s homepage, and then check the box next to “completed listings” in the second selection area.

The 7 Most Important Things to Know When Re-Selling Your Designer Bags Online

2. What You Paid for a Bag Doesn’t Necessarily Have Any Bearing on Its Resale Price

Once you find out what a fair resale price for your bag is, believe it–the quickest way to frustrate yourself and potential buyers is to have unrealistic expectations on what your bag is worth. If the style feels dated, the bag is worn or the brand doesn’t inspire strong resale interest, what you paid for it when it was fresh and new isn’t going to inspire secondhand buyers to fork over more money. Try to put aside your nostalgia for the piece and look at it with a shopper’s perspective.

If a bag’s recent resales are all priced far under what you’d be willing to accept for your bag, it might be best to send it back to your closet and wait for the particular style and brand to come back around. Think of it like pricing a house: even though there may be someone out there willing to pay above the bag’s market value, having the bag sit on the market at an inappropriate price will just make all other prospective buyers think you don’t know what you’re doing or are an unreasonable person to do business with.

The 7 Most Important Things to Know When Re-Selling Your Designer Bags Online

3. Know Your Resale Venue Options

Luckily for closet-cleaners everywhere, there are more options to make some cash on your bags than ever before. eBay is the largest and most well-known option, and there’s something to be said for fishing in a well-stocked pond, so to speak. Your listing will find the most prospective buyers there, but because the site isn’t fashion-only, there are some other options to consider if you think your bag will do better in front of a more focused group.

For example, if you’re looking to unload a very expensive piece from Hermès, Chanel or Louis Vuitton, the cultivated client lists of an auction house like Heritage or Christie’s will help you hone in on the very specific group of global buyers who are willing to pay top dollar and won’t expect a major discount just because the bag is pre-owned. On the other hand, if you have a bag from a brand with a cult following that might do better with a young, fashion-y crowd, a resale site like Vestiaire Collective or an app like Poshly might be your best bet.

The 7 Most Important Things to Know When Re-Selling Your Designer Bags Online

4. Consider the Fees Associated with Resale

When thinking about setting prices and your expectations of the process, remember to factor in the fees that the sale service will take from the final sale price of your bag. They can vary from a few percentage points on the bag’s price to half your total sale, so read up beforehand so you can maximize your eventual return (or, at the very least, avoid an unpleasant surprise).

The 7 Most Important Things to Know When Re-Selling Your Designer Bags Online

5. Photograph your Bag Carefully

I’m always shocked when I see a listing for an expensive bag that includes only small or blurry photos and few detail shots. Or, worse yet, only stock images that are easily recognizable as swiped from an online retailer. I’d never buy a bag represented that way, and neither would tons of resale shoppers. In order to attract the most interest, provide lots of large, well-focused, well-lit photos. Cell phone pictures are fine as long as you have one with a good, clear camera and photograph carefully. For the best results, position the bag near a source of natural light, or even outside–you’ll see some veteran sellers who take all their photos in their back yards.

The 7 Most Important Things to Know When Re-Selling Your Designer Bags Online

6. Know What Matters for the Brand You’re Selling

Every big brand has authenticity signifiers that experienced shoppers look for when buying on the resale market. Those are often a bag’s details–the interior tags, stitching, handle attachments, markings on the zipper pulls and hot stamping are all frequently scrutinized in order to assure a bag’s authenticity, and you’ll likely get a better price for a bag that’s depicted in big, clear, detailed photos. After all, it makes sense that buyers are willing to pay more for a bag they’re more confident is the real deal.

If you’re not sure which details might be the most important for the bag you’d like to sell, you can get an idea by looking through the authentication sections of any of the brand-specific subforums on the PurseForum, or in this Authenticate This section of tPF, for brands that don’t have their own dedicated areas.

The 7 Most Important Things to Know When Re-Selling Your Designer Bags Online

7. Consider the Pros and Cons of Auctions vs. Flat Price Resale

Both selling formats have their perks. With a flat-price sale (such as an eBay Buy It Now listing or a sale on a secondhand site or app), you’re more likely to get the price you have in mind, but it might take a long time before that buyer comes along at that price point. With an auction, as long as your starting price is competitive, your bag is virtually guaranteed to sell, but there’s a chance you won’t get top dollar or the right buyer won’t come along in the auction time frame.

The 7 Most Important Things to Know When Re-Selling Your Designer Bags Online

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Christian Louboutin Multicolor Stud Bags: Haute or Not – Handbag du Jour

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Haute or Not: Christian Louboutin Multicolor Stud Bags - Christian Louboutin Sweet Charity Multicolor Stud Flap Bag, Multicolor Studded Bowler Bag and Panettone Chevron Studded Leather Zip-Around Wallet
Listen – I’m a sucker for pretty much anything studded. But in my opinion, metal or monochrome studding looks a bit more sleek than multicolor. And if you’re going to do colors, just keep it simple! Christian Louboutin‘s Sweet Charity Multicolor Stud Flap Bag, Multicolor Studded Bowler Bag and Panettone Chevron Studded Leather Zip-Around Wallet each feature an explosion of rainbow-colored studs that looks more like offerings at a candy store than luxury details.

Christian Louboutin Sweet Charity Multicolor Stud Flap Bag

The Sweet Charity Bag has a smattering of colorful pointy studs ALL OVER THE BAG with a black leather bow on the flap with even more studs – this time in gunmetal. Can you say “Too much”?

Christian Louboutin Multicolor Studded Bowler Bag

The Multicolor Studded Bowler Bag and Panettone Chevron Studded Leather Zip-Around Wallet feature a earthier array of colored, pointy studs in lines of varying thickness and geometric patterns (chevrons). The colors and designs look the part of the Fall season but again, the studding in six different colors might just be a little too much.

Christian Louboutin Panettone Chevron Studded Leather Zip-Around Wallet

What do you think of Christian Louboutin’s multicolored studded bags? Are they haute or not?

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The 15 Most Expensive Bags of Fall 2016 – Handbag du Jour

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Most expensive bags Fall 2014
Got a cool $10-$50K to spare? For the price of a brand new car or down payment on a house, you can instead own one of these expensive Fall bags! Most of them are pricey due to the materials – crocodile and alligator skins always command top dollar. And also there’s the supreme craftsmanship. And of course, the brand name matters too. So when you combine those factors, you get the following luxury handbags at recession-proof prices.

Check out these 15 Most Expensive Bags of Fall 2016 and see if there’s a bag or two that you like:
Hermes Double Sens Croco Chiffon GM
Hermes Double Sens Croco Chiffon GM

Givenchy Antigona Crocodile Medium Satchel Bag, Black

The Row Alligator Backpack

The Row Alligator Backpack

Bottega Veneta Edoardo Soft Crocodile Fume Roma Bag

Fendi 2Jours Alligator Shopping Tote Bag, Navy

Fendi 2Jours Alligator Shopping Tote Bag, Navy

Tom Ford Charlotte Alligator Tote Bag, Rose
Tom Ford Charlotte Alligator Tote Bag, Rose

Zagliani Gatsby Tote

Zagliani Gatsby Tote

Tom Ford Natalia Alligator Doctor Bag, Black

Tom Ford Natalia Alligator Doctor Bag

Moreau Croc Brégançon Zip Tote, Exclusively at Barneys
Moreau Croc Brégançon Zip Tote

Fendi Peekaboo Alligator Mini Satchel Bag, Navy
Fendi Peekaboo Alligator Mini Satchel Bag

Delvaux Tempête GM Autruche
Delvaux Tempête GM Autruche

Cambiaghi Crocodile Thaila Flap Work Bag
Cambiaghi Crocodile Thaila Flap Work Bag

Chanel Plexiglas jewelry box minaudiere embellished with a strassed CC signature
Chanel Plexiglas jewelry box minaudiere embellished with a strassed CC signature

Chanel Lambskin Boy flap bag embellished with embroideries
Chanel Lambskin Boy flap bag embellished with embroideries

Valentino Va Va Voom Camo Butterfly Shoulder Bag, Multi
Valentino Va Va Voom Camo Butterfly Shoulder Bag, Multi

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Stars in White Skin Always Love Green Crystal Clutch

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Marchesa is a rising British brand founded in 2004. The brand name comes from a last centre Italia aristocratic lady, Marchesa, who like walking with a leopard and wearing a snake as necklace. We can easily realize the alternative luxury style from the woman’s unique interests. Marchesa products are loved by many stars despite it is a new brand. All kinds of red carpets activities contribute the brand to be famous soon.

Marchesa Crystal and Stone Clutch

The star in the picture is Michelle Trachtenberg whose dress also comes from Notte by Marchesa.

Models Introduction

Snow white skin is perfect in any case. Royal blue dress and green crystal clutch are picky for skin. But Michelle Trachtenberg holds them easily. It is a complicate thing that blue and green colors appear at the same time. It is easy to be low-end if you can’t hold them well. The clutch is not out of Marchesa’s common design and it is similar to other Marchesa clutch.

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Miss Dior Explorateur Wallet

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An accessory from the Miss Dior Line, decidedly feminine! If you’ve bought your dream bag, you need to match it with the perfect wallet. Only then is your collection complete.

The Miss Dior Explorateur Wallet has inherited all the element from the iconic Miss Dior Shoulder Bag. Adorned with ‘Cannage Stitching’, the silver-tone clasp expresses it’s elegance and practicality. The DIOR signature has been lightly engraved on the clasp, companied with two little studs.

The small design perfectly combines with essentials features like holding notes, cards or change – crafted with one zipped pocket, five flat pockets, one billfold pocket and ten credit card slots, all packed in a single spot. Sometimes things can be more than just beautiful.

Explore yourself in ‘hot pink’, made with butterly soft lambskin, it’s as luxurious as a wallet can get. Measuring 14 x 10 cm, priced at 600 GBP and 630 euro’s at Dior boutique.

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How an It bag becomes It

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With every It bag that is crowned, a fashion zeitgeist is defined; but, to understand the mass appeal of these It bags would mean having to strip down the details. After all, there’s an arsenal of first-class designer handbags that are symmetrically stylish in the scene, so how does an It bag break through the clutter and skyrocket to fame? Scroll down and you will find out.

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