Looking at the price tag on that designer handbag can be daunting. Sure we all want that glamorous designer bag that says I am chic, I have style, I am worth investing in myself, but without actually having to make that investment, right? I know my stomach tightens up, I get a knot in my throat, and my hands get sweaty when I even think about dropping that kind of coin on a pair of shoes.
The truth is, often times you end up spending that kind of money when you have to keep replacing that $75 bag every 6 months anyway! When you're not buying designer, you're often times wasting your money on products that are made cheap and won't last longer than a few months. I know there have been many times I bought a $30 blouse or skirt only to have it rip, tear, fray, or otherwise deteriorate on me on the very first wear! It can be frustrating going through items so quickly and feeling like you're just throwing your money away!
While some designer goods can still be far out of reach for most of us, there are actually many designer products out there worth investing in. So how do you know which products are worth the investment? Handbags are always one of the top designer products to buy, as they are one of the easiest things to resell, they generally get used more than anything else in the closet, and the classic styles and designs never got out of style. Also, if something on them does happen to wear or break, many designers like Louis Vuitton will fix them for free.
I have a good friend who has had the same Louis Vuitton shoulder bag for 10 years! She's had to have the handle repaired once, (which they replaced for free) and she's worn it every day since she's owned it. Although the bag initially cost her a couple thousand to buy, I'd say she certainly got her money's worth, and she is still wearing it! It is still in great condition and she can turn around and sell it for 50-75% of what she paid for it once she decides to upgrade down the road. You can see here, how investing in key designer pieces can be nearly as good of an investment as buying real estate!
A few key things to keep in mind when investing in Designer:
1. Is it a classic style that will always be in style? Avoid the "of the moment" trendy items like the fringe, neon, and gingham prints that aren't "in" every season. When purchasing designer accessories or fashion, pick classic styles, colors, shapes, and designs that will always be in style. Look for products that have been selling from that designer for years and years.
2. Has the designer been around a long time? Are they here to stay? Do many people know of this brand? An investment in a designer item is only as good as the name. If you buy that $2000 bag from a brand no one has ever heard of, or if that brand ends up going under in a few years, you're going to have a much harder time getting that item fixed for free when it breaks or selling it later down the road when you want something newer and better. Buy from well-known designers that have been around for decades!
3. Can you find that item second hand? You can save up to 50% when buy designer slightly used, but remember that your product won't be under warranty and you won't be able to get free repairs. Also, keep in mind that when buying online, to always make sure you're buying from a reputable dealer, and that the item has it's authentication card so you can be sure you're really buying legit Louboutin's and not some super hard to spot knock off. A lot of fakes can be really well-made and really look the part, so don't always trust yourself to just take a look at it. Make sure it's backed up with a guarantee!
Also, be cautious when buying second-hand shoes or sunglasses online versus trying them on first in the store. Many shoes form to fit feet and sunglasses form to fit heads, and these products may not fit you as well as the person who owned them prior.
4. Even though its designer, you still don't have to pay full price for it, even when it's brand new! While sample sales and flash sales have been a great way in the past to score designer product at a great discount, this kind of "Black Friday" shopping can be a headache many of us would rather not deal with, even for a couple hundred in savings. Luckily Beyond Tag offers a new way to buy deep discounted designer products without all the pandemonium!
How it Works: BeyondTag lets you bid against other shoppers by setting your wish price, without the comparison of prices against other shoppers to buy designer goods at an amazing savings! All products are sold from BeyondTag so you know you're buying from a reputable dealer and items are authentic and real. You can find designers such as Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Versace V Italia, Tom Ford, Fred Perry, Christian Louboutin, Dolce & Gabbana and many, more here!
There is no need to shop around for coupons, simply put in your wish price, and you will know instantly if it was successful or not. BeyondTag only charge's your credit card when your wish price is accepted.
BeyondTag cuts out the middle man so you're able to save up to a whopping 85% on designer goods without having to fork out the big bucks you would shopping in department stores or even in the designer retail stores themselves. Inventory runs out quickly and new products are added multiple times a week, so if you're looking for something specific or even if you just like to browse, it's worth visiting the site 2-3 times a week to check out what's new! BeyondTag treats customers like family and a portion of all proceeds are given away to charity!
While it can seem stressful investing an entire paycheck into buying one single handbag, if you follow these tips above, you can have peace of mind knowing that you're spending your money wisely by investing in a piece that will last for years and years, instead of wasting money on cheap knocks offs that break within months, and you'll know you're finding that gorgeous Dolce and Gabanna at the best possible price too!
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