5 Tips for How to Shop Discounted Designer Bags for Less

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Every bag lover is often tempted to stuff their closets with loads and loads of designer bags. The problem is, not everyone can afford designer price tags.

Chrissy Teigen visits "Extra" at Universal Studios HollywoodChrissy Teigen visits “Extra” at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 20, 2015, in Universal City, California

The most high-end brands, including Givenchy, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and The Row, boast drool-worthy handbags, but they are also the most expensive, with some priced at $10,000 or even more.

Chrissy Teigen carrying an expensive Givenchy leather handbagChrissy Teigen carrying an expensive Givenchy leather handbag

If you have been wanting to do a major splurge by finally purchasing that dream bag of yours, read on below to learn about some simple tricks to score a designer bag at a discounted price.

1. Consider preowned bags

If you really want to get the biggest savings — consider buying a preowned designer bag instead of a brand-new one. However, make sure that you are buying from a trusted retailer that sells genuine designer purses.

Consignment stores like The RealReal offer a great selection of preloved bags that are in great condition. You can get discounts up to 70% or more when buying used handbags.

2. Choose an unpopular color

Typically, the most popular colors are sold at a higher price range. If you do not really mind owning a bag with an unusual colorway or finish, then go for these options.

While they may seem like an unpopular choice at first, they will definitely stand out and will, therefore, make your outfits more interesting.

3. Go for older collections

When designer bags are first released, they are usually more expensive. Popular bags will usually have a waiting list that can take months for you to get a hold of. If the “freshness” of the bag is not very important to you, look for pieces from older collections.

Models carrying Balenciaga bags from its Fall/Winter 2015 collectionModels carrying Balenciaga bags from its Fall/Winter 2015 collection

These older bags from past seasons are offered at much cheaper prices. Shopping sites also put them up on sale.

4. Know where to shop

There are countless shopping sites online that sell designer purses, but not all of them offer discounts and promos.

The most experienced online shoppers know the best websites that have the biggest sales and discounts. A few examples of these shopping sites include Nordstrom Rack, Amazon, Saks Off 5th, and Farfetch.

5. Subscribe to newsletters and email alerts

Websites often provide email alerts for their readers and followers. Aside from letting you know about the latest happenings or events on the site, these newsletters also tell you where the sales are.

When you are subscribed to newsletters, you will always be updated about the site’s biggest sales.

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