designer handBAG BUYING GUIDE
Last Updated june 26, 2017.


AUTHENTICATION

Needless to say, authenticity is the most important factor of buying second-hand designer handbags and accessories. Nearly all consignment shops promise bag authenticity, however many of you have still been in the unfortunate position of having purchased a non-authentic bag from one of these trusted sellers. Though designer handbags have been around for centuries, the marketplace for pre-owned purses is still only about a decade young! The internet has a wealth of knowledge regarding designer handbags and accessories, but how many people are truly able to dedicate most hours of the day to understand the production trends of each designer brand? That's where Real Authentication comes in! We are here to do all the heavy lifting for you - we extensively analyze and cross check all engravings, textiles, font styles (and so much more) on your designer handbags to ensure your purses will be appropriately assessed. Don't find yourself at a loss; certify all of your preowned designer purchases and sales with a Real Authentication . . . because real is better!


INVESTMENT PIECES

Great discounts can be found by purchasing gently used designer handbags, but saving money doesn't have to be the only perk of buying pre-owned purses. An investment bag is known for its increasing value over time, and some, like the classic Chanel Jumbo flap bag are worth even more than gold! If you have the cash to spare and are looking for a secure investment (while indulging in some delicious closet eye candy!) investment purses are the perfect purchase.

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CONDITION & AGE

When buying a pre-owned designer handbags it is important to consider the overall condition of the bag. Does the bag show wear or discoloration to any of the corners or edges? Does the seller mention any offensive odor or flaws to the bag? Sometimes consignment shops try to describe negative traits of their purses in more appealing ways, so be sure to examine photos carefully and read all descriptions thoroughly before committing to buy.


INTERNATIONAL IMPORT FEES
Purchasing expensive designer handbags internationally via eBay or another platform may cost you an extra hefty fee! Import fees and taxes are only waived if purses being imported are marked as a "gift". Unfortunately, most international sellers will not offer this "gifting" as an option - it is technically not legal for them to do so. To pre-determine your designer handbags customs fee you can visit http://www.dutycalculator.com/


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Let's do the math. In 1990, a Chanel Medium Double Flap bag retailed for $1150. If you were to invest your cash in the purchase of a Chanel flap bag at that time, your investment would profit 386% by the year 2015. If you had invested in gold however, your profits would only show a 181% increase. Both investments are profitable, the Chanel Medium Double Flap bag just happens to be a much smarter investment... and hey, it looks great in your closet too!

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