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How to Buy Pre-loved Luxury Designer Items

The ultimate guide how to buy pre-owned luxury designer items. Everything you need to consider before making a second hand designer fashion purchase.

GUIDES & TIPS

2021-04-30

This post gives you a guide how to buy pre-owned fashion designer items

Pre-owned luxury designer items are great investments, as they not just keep their value, but they are constantly increasing by time. But how to make a purchase through online platforms?

1. ALWAYS BUY CONSCIOUSLY, DO NOT RUSH INTO A PURCHASE

Approaching shopping from an evolutionary psychological point of view, we can say that shopping behavior depends on which of our basic motivation is currently active. (e.g. avoiding danger, maintaining our social status, forming a relationship, etc.) But in the case of pre-owned luxury items this goes beyond that, as these items are  definitely expensive, even if we buy them much more under their original price.

2. PLAN AHEAD, TRY TO AVOID IMPULSE SPENDING

Our personality has a very big role in shopping. Some research suggests that more open, extroverted, and emotionally unstable individuals buy more, whereas impulsive individuals tend to shop more often. Before jumping into a purchase find out what is the main purpose of buying that bag or whatever you want. Do you want to use it regularly? Do you want it because it is a good investment? If you want to buy a bag that not only retains much of its original value, but increasing over time then you should stick to the big names: Hermés, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Dior.

3. KNOW THE ORIGINAL PRICE OF THE ITEM

4. TRY TO FIND RELIABLE WEBSITES You can read more on this topic here.   

5. COMPARE PRICES 

If you have checked the platforms and have chosen those ones you are willing to buy from, then browse them thoroughly to compare the prices.

6. SET A BUDGET, DeECIDE A PRICE RANGE

7. ASK QUESTIONS, CHECK DETAILS

If you have found that special item you are looking for or longing for, try to ask as many questions from the seller as you can. Check, if the bag has an authenticity card and ask the seller if she has a copy of the bag's receipt. If it is needed ask more photos. Try to clarify the following questions: Are there any scratches on the leather or hardware? In what condition are the corners and edges? Can you see visible signs of wear on it?

8. TRY TO NEGOTIATE

Try to negotiate with seller through the selling platform. The worst thing that can happen to you that you cannot buy it at the price you wanted.

9. MAKE AN AGREEMENT THROUGH THE WEBSITE ONLY

Do not try to make an agreement with the seller outside a selling platform because you won't be protected against any types of problems.

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