So I'll admit it...I'm a sucker for a sweet bag whether it be Gucci, Louis Vuitton or Prada! But while I love the designer satchels, I'm also a baller on a budget...and sometimes I find that E-Bay is my best and most affordable option.
Unfortunately, I've been burned by E-bay before. Years ago, I logged on, looking to find an authentic Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag...
...to add to my wardrobe. I thought I was lucky when I scored what was described as an 'authentic' Louis off E-bay for a steal. The pictures seemed fine online, but when I received the bag...
...and took a quick look at the details....
...it was obvious that the bag was totally fake! I was incensed, and tried to go back to the seller. When I logged back on, I found that the person had deleted their profile! Can we say pissed!?!
Well, I was relieved when Robin Givhan reported a few weeks ago about a site called www.portero.com.
It calls itself, "the only online auction marketplace truly devoted to the luxury brand legacy." It strictly auctions off authentic bags, jewelry, and shoes, and has a 30 day return policy. Their prices might be higher, but at least you can be sure of what you're buying.
I looked and found several decent bags starting off at reasonable offering prices (considering these bags can cost thousands of dollars retail):
This Marc Jacobs Collection Venetia Light Pink Satchel Bag retails for $700...
...but you can bid on it starting at $151.
This Louis Vuitton Bedford Fuchsia Vernis Monogram Purse Handbag retails for $1180...
...but you can place your bids starting at $255.
And this $455 Gucci GG Monogram Club Ready Pochette Handbag....
...starts bidding at a very affordable $100.
Portero.com also has gently used shoes, wallets, and jewelry! Prices are a bit steep, but you can rest assured that you won't waste your money on fake items!
PS Read Robin Givhan's full article on Portero here
PSS Not all my e-bay purchases have been duds. Now when buying on ebay, I follow these 2 rules:
1. For designer bags, always go for vintage. You can't find the newfangled bags at a discount unless you hit up Saks or a sample sale.
2. Don't buy from China! I hate to say it, but I've been to China, and I know they've got some great fakes...so if you're buying from someone over there, chances are increased that they're trying to pass off a fake as real!
My two cents...
PSS Don't forget the Barney's Sale my NY and LA ladies...
I'll be there!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007