Thrifty and Chic - how to save and snag a great quality handbag
5 Tips for Buying Handbags Online

5 Tips for Buying Handbags Online

Can't get enough of the latest fashion handbags? Love the convenience of online shopping but worried about potential scams and wasting money on a cheap designer rip-off? Let us help with some practical tips.

It is important to consider the sheer number of shoddy merchandise sold online and how to tell the difference between the genuine article and a blatant fake. And even when you've found the designer bag you've lusted for, it is useful to know where and how to get the best price possible so you can save and walk away looking fabulous!

5 Tips for Buying Handbags Online

These top five tips for shopping for beautiful handbags online will help save you time and money and avoid sad disappointments:

Shopping Tip 1. Look for an authenticity guarantee

When shopping online for designer goods, make sure the seller is offering an authenticity certificate guarantee OR your money back. This shows that they are willing to back their product and that they value their goods and their customers.

A seller that is hesitant to grant an authenticity certificate or does not offer a money return policy if that certificate is not provided is could well be selling cheaply-made replicas that are a waste of your time and money.

Shopping Tip 2. Shop around

With online shopping more popular than ever, it’s become ever easier to get the best value for your goods with comparison sites and tools. Don’t be afraid to shop around and compare prices and keep an eye out for sales and discounts.

Be sure to include shipping price in your calculations as a number of sellers and retailers will offer discounts on shipping if you purchase a particular number of items, spend a certain amount of money or even present free shipping to specific places.

You can also use price comparison websites to locate the products on your wishlist and do all the hard work for you.

With that said…

Shopping Tip 3. Beware “too good to be true” sale offers

If you see an expensive designer item on sale for a ridiculously low amount, take care – designer handbags cost a lot of time and effort to make and sellers simply cannot afford to have authentic products available for less than the manufacturing cost.

While an item may promise terrific savings, you could be sacrificing good hard-earned cash for a shoddy product that falsely promises the image and quality embodied by your chosen brand.

If something looks too good to be true, it probably is – don’t risk it. The seller is could be peddling fake or replica handbags rather than the real deal.

Shopping Tip 4. Research the seller

Get in the habit of reading customer reviews and seller feedback. This will often let you know about the seller’s credibility and the quality of the handbags they are selling. A handbag that is designed by a French or Italian company is not likely to be sold by a company in China or Taiwan.

Make sure to check whether the seller has a legitimate address as well, rather than a simple P.O. Box address only. Thorough research on the seller may also alert you to any issues such as inadequate packaging, slow delivery or payment problems during the sale.

It is often safest to purchase designer items from the creators themselves as some designer labels such as Louis Vuitton and Coach do not sell their wares anywhere online outside of their own websites.

Shopping Tip 5. Save on shipping or contact retailers for great prices

Check the website’s “Contact” page – where is this store located? Often if you purchase a product directly from the seller, you can bypass shipping and packaging costs and save big on your purchase.

If you are looking for cheap designer bags online, then there are retailers who offer handbags at great prices. You can ask retail store owners whether they have an option for online sale or if they could recommend some websites that offer cheap designer handbags.

Being a Smart Online Shopper

The key to smart online shopping is to be vigilant and keep an eye out for obvious scams. Be aware of the seller's credibility and take the time to explore different options to get the best value for your purchase.

Online shopping doesn't need to be a headache and while replica handbags are prevalent, it is easy to avoid them and score a great designer find and thoroughly enjoy the quality.




Meet Irina Andreev

Meet Irina Andreev

Irina is a student of Communications and International Studies from the University of Technology in Sydney.

She is fluent in three languages and has a passion for writing, travel, history, science fiction and video games. After she finishes her degree, Irina aspires to continue traveling the world and work in media and publishing.

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