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9 Best Places to Buy Designer Bags for Less

December 5, 2016 / no comments, on Uncategorized

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Photo: Jenny Norris

For better or worse, a gorgeous designer bag has a great deal of power. It can make a pair of faded jeans look like a million bucks, it can signify that you’re a consumer of the finer things in life, and it can make you overwhelmingly, inexplicably happy. The caveat? They’re expensive, and only getting more so. That’s why intel on where to buy designer bags for less is some pretty powerful knowledge.

MORE: How to Spot a Fake Designer Bag

Sure, you can head to typical department stores and troll the sale racks or wait for a style you like to get marked down, but this method doesn’t always work. For starters, there’s a lot of waiting involved, and certain designer labels have made it so their merchandise will never, ever go on sale (ahem, Chanel). This makes it increasingly alluring to look for deals elsewhere, which—despite what you might think—abound online.

MORE: Check Out This Amazing Collection of Vintage Chanel

One thing to keep in mind: When buying luxury goods on the web, it’s key to know exactly what you’re getting and who you’re getting it from since, well, it’s the internet. However, there are plenty of reputable places that’ll sell you the real thing.

Read on for the 10 best places to buy designer bags for less!

This Alexander Wang Prisma Skeletal bag was $1,195 at retail, and is $478 on the Outnet.

1. The Outnet
Launched by Net-a-Porter in 2009, this online designer outlet has been an excellent source of scoring must-have designer bags for less—sometimes over 50% off—from labels like Alexander Wang, Valentino, Diane von Furstenberg, Maison Martin Margiela, Anya Hindmarch, and more.

Newsflash: You can score Proenza Schouler at TJ Maxx.

2. TJ Maxx
Not-so-savvy shoppers always feign shock when they hear that TJ Maxx stocks designer brands, but we’ve seen Prada, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu and Chloe in stores, but not every location carries these labels. The website, however, has a revolving selection of jaw-dropping brands, such as Céline, Valentino (there’s a big selection of Rockstud styles, Gucci, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, and more. Stock is limited and they sell extremely fast—we spotted the above cherry red Proenza Schouler PS 1 medium satchel—$1,700 at retail—for a little over $1,000 on a Friday afternoon, and it was gone a few hours later.

This pink Saint Laurent bag is $749 at Bluefly, down from $1,000.

3. Overstock.com
Head to Overstock for a revolving stock of designer bags for less—most are discounted between 20% and 30%—by brands like Prada, Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Céline, Burberry, and Fendi. Free shipping, too!

On Bluefly, this leather Prada tote is $1,995 down from $2,500

4. Bluefly
One of the first online designer-for-less websites, Bluefly can still be counted on its small but steady selection of high-end bags at a considerable discount. Right now, the site features styles by Prada, Dior, Rebecca Minkoff, Furla, Gucci, Longchamp, and—shockingly—one Chanel model, a designer brand you’re not typically able to get for less.

Buy this lightly-used Vuitton satchel for $799, or in three payments of $296 each.

5. Luxe DH
This sleek site offers a variety of very gently-used high-end bags for less from all the big players (Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, Dior, Goyard, Balenciaga,Gucci and more). What’s really good (or bad depending on your financial views) about this site is the fact that buyers can choose to pay upfront, or pay in monthly increments. For example, you’d have the option to buy the above Vuitton Keepall 50 bag for a $799, or in three payments of $296 each.

A Marc Jacobs colorblocked leather tote is $769 on Gilt, down from $1,295.

6. Gilt, Hautelook, Rue La La, other flash sale sites
Flash sale sites are an excellent—if competitive—source to score a staggering variety of designer bags for less from brands like Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, Kate Spade, Tumi, Prada, and more. Members sign up and get a daily email about will be sold that day, and most sales start daily at 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. and only run for a limited amount of time.

This Givenchy Antigona bag is $2,000 at Fashionphile, as opposed to $2,435 at retail.

7. Fashionphile
This site—one of the leading  source in the secondary market for luxury bags—buys and sells a enormous selection of pre-owned vintage, rare, and limited-edition styles from brands like Chanel, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Céline, Proenza Schouler, Hermes, and others. Even better: It tells shoppers exactly how much they’d buy the bag back for, should you decide to sell it down the line.

Bidding on eBay starts at $1,426 for this rare pre-owned pink Chanel bag, which would be well over $2,000 at retail.

8. eBay
eBay is a fantastic resource to score both current and vintage designer bags for less. And while millions of people rely on the site to get their hands on authentic Chanel, Gucci, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Céline, Hermes, and other high-end bags, it’s key to take steps to avoid buying fakes disguised as the real thing. Here are steps you can take to ensure you’re getting a real designer bag.

This vintage Gucci crossbody bag is $149.99 on Etsy.

9. Etsy
Head to Etsy if you’re specifically looking for pre-owned vintage designer bags—new stuff isn’t permitted—from designers like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, MCM, Prada, Coach, YSL, Chanel, and others. Prices vary by seller, but searching pays off—the above authentic vintage Gucci crossbody is $149 on Etsy.

This Coach legacy clutch retails for $398, and sells for $297.77 at Belk.

10. Belk
While you won’t find ultra high-end labels on this site—the online presence of the affordable Southern department store—you will find a variety of designer bags for less from mid-range recognizable brands like Coach, Calvin Klein, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Cynthia RowleyBrahmin, and Tommy Hilfiger.