10 Tips to Snag a Deal on Designer Handbags

The fuchsia handbag by Parisian designer Hermès was stitched from crocodile skin and finished with a diamond-studded 18-karat white gold clasp.

It sold for $221,844 at Christie’s Hong Kong salesroom earlier this month, making it the most expensive handbag ever sold at auction, the Wall Street Journal reported.

You can snag from dozens to hundreds of designer handbags with that much money — if you know what to look for and where to find them, that is. Follow these 10 tips to discover your dream designer bag for less.

1. Learn how to spot a fake

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Research prospective purchases online, or visit one of the designer’s boutiques to familiarize yourself with the characteristics that set a designer’s handbags apart from counterfeits.

First, check a designer’s own website. Some, like that of Coach, educate consumers on how to tell real deals from impostors. They also inform shoppers about which third-party retailers are authorized to sell the designer’s goods.

Failing that, hone in on tips from reputable publications such as Forbes, Glamour and Who What Wear, a fashion website founded by former Elle editors.

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