10 Tips to Snag a Deal on Designer Handbags

Designer handbags can cost a small fortune. Use these tips to save big on your next bag.

10 Tips to Snag a Deal on Designer Handbags Photo (cc) by nan palmero

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

Photo by Flickr user ukhomeofficePhoto by Flickr user ukhomeoffice

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.

Trending Stories

New! Solutions to Common Financial Struggles for People 50 and Older

New! Solutions to Common Financial Struggles for People 50 and Older

We've partnered with the largest nonprofit consumer counseling agency in the country to offer solutions to the most common financial struggles facing seniors including Medicare assistance, debt and budget counseling, Social Security maximization, help with paying bills, reverse mortgage counseling and foreclosure prevention.

77 Uses for Baking Soda — and How It Could Save Your Life

9 Ways to Get Cheap or Free Vet Care for Your Pet

8 Spectacularly Scenic Road Trips for Enjoying Fall Foliage


1,675 Active Deals

More Deals