Q (from Nelah): If you don't mind me asking, did you get it from a reseller? Perhaps you can recommend a trustworthy one. I am so afraid to buy high end bags from ebay to find out I paid for a knock off.
A: Yes, my purse was a pre-owned one. I actually prefer pre-owned over new designer handbags. The money I saved can be put towards something else. I won’t reveal the seller’s name publicly just because I don't want to be held responsible for any purchase from this seller. If you’re interested, please DM me =)
Q (from JenLovesBal): Did you purchase preowned as well? I believe its the best thing to do right now since the current retail prices are insane!!
A: As the price will just keep going up, it makes more sense to go with pre-owned. I don't mind a few scratches at all. Scratches add character to the bag and I won't be afraid to use it. I am not the type of girl who keeps everything in dust bags. If I paid a fortune for it, I’ll make sure I get a ton of use out of it.
Q (from CinnyAngel): What is her size and exact model, just for reference, and for us to compare her to the ones mentioned in your previous post?
A: She is a size small. The measurements are as follows: width = 9 inches, height = 5.5 inches, depth = 2 inches. It was just a tad smaller than the M/L classic flap but wasn’t anything considerable. The exact same purse in brand-new condition retails for $3700. The M/L flap retails for $3900.00. As you can see from the photos, the small was a good size for me.
Q (from Sophia): You mentioned that you found many classic flaps with gold hardware. If you don't mind me asking, which store did you find them at? I'm looking for one with gold hardware, but it's so hard to find one in my area (SoCal).
A: If you’re looking for a preowned classic flap with gold hardware, I've found quite a few listings on Malleries, Bonanza and Yoogi's Closet. There is also a store called FashionPhile located in Beverly Hills and San Francisco. Hope that helps!
A few tips to consider:
• I started looking on Malleries and Bonanza first. They are organizing lots of individual stores. After a long term relation, they becomes trusted. Since those sites give their buyers an extra piece of mind, the price, in my opinion, seems higher than eBay’s prices.
• Another place to look for pre-owned designer handbags is, of course, eBay. Please be extra careful if this is where you’re going. The first thing you need to do is to check their positive feedback scores. If it is less than 97%, you should be extra cautious. The second thing to look for is a detailed posting. Sellers who have authentic bags want you to know they are authentic. They usually will post pictures of close-up details like date codes and heat stamps. Last but not least, please be sure to ask a lot of questions. You'll have peace of mind and feel great about spending your hard earned cash if you have all your questions answered.
• Once you found the one item that you absolutely love, I strongly advise you to have it authenticated on tPF prior to purchasing. You better be safe than sorry. The Purse Forum is a really great resource for finding information on designer items.
• Use a variety of free resources such as authenticate this Chanel thread, reputable sellers, date and authenticity codes to get educated.
• Once you’re absolutely sure about purchasing the item, don’t be afraid to negotiate. The worst thing that can happen is for them to say no, right? I saved a couple hundred dollars by simply asking the seller to lower the price (and free shipping).
• If you need more authenticity check, go to CarolDiva.com. There is a small fee for her service but it'll give you that extra confidence booster.
That’s all I can think of at this moment. I hope this post will be helpful to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email.
Have a great weekend!