Tips for Selling Designer Handbags: The Ultimate Guide

At Bagsy, we hope to eliminate the need for you to sell a designer handbag often or ever again!  We have all felt guilty about spending a lot on a designer bag years ago but not using it anymore.  It sits gathering dust at the back of your wardrobe and at that point, you should really sell it.

Selling a used designer handbag is a great way of freeing up some cash for your next purchase (or rental!).  How much you will get depends largely on the condition and style.  However, to get the best price for your particular bag and attract the most interest, there are a number of things you can do.

Facts facts facts!

I can't tell you how many listings I have seen for designer bags I want to purchase for my own personal use which do not contain adequate information for me to press the button.  If it is not crystal clear from the pictures, state all of the following:

Exact colour and material; dimensions; style name and official size (e.g. Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM) colour of hardware; description of the lining; and any inner and outer compartments on the bag.  

Let your buyer know what the bag comes with.  If possible, show a picture of the receipt and provide all the cards and tags (including any authenticity cards) that came with the bag and the original dust bag and box.  Telling your buyer that you have any of these items is a plus and will go some way in reassuring them that your item is authentic.  As soon as you buy a designer bag, file away the receipt in a safe place with other important papers in case you ever want to sell.

Full disclosure of faults

This is a big factor for any buyer looking at purchasing your bag.  Even if you feel it might make selling your bag slightly harder, it is worth disclosing ALL faults.  The buyer will then know the exact condition of the bag and they are likely to ask anyway if you're not upfront.  If they purchase the bag and find out it was not how it was described, trust me, the grief is not worth it.  This will mean taking a close look at your bag and listing any discernible scratches or scuffs on the leather or hardware, wear on the corners and any marks on or damage to the interior lining, 

High Definition Photos

Daylight is truly magical when it comes to photos - it will show your bag (and most objects) in the clearest and most flattering light.  Artificial lighting will cast shadows and glare on the bag and the pictures will not look as professional or classy.  Make sure your camera (whether it is a phone or not) is set to a high resolution to allow the buyer to zoom in (most selling platforms have this functionality).  There is nothing worse as a buyer than trying to examine the leather on a grainy picture of a bag.  It's impossible and most buyers will walk away without you knowing.  Do not use filters, do not photoshop and make sure the bag's colour looks true to life.  The buyer needs to see the bag in its truest form.

Shoot the bag on a white background if possible, unless the bag is white, then you might want to use a slightly darker backdrop to create contrast.  White backgrounds are more attractive to buyers and they may look at your listing over someone else's.  It is also easiest to see the bag without any distracting or dark backgrounds - it will pop!

Photograph Every Angle

Provide photos of the front, back, side and bottom of the bag.  Also take some close ups of the hardware, especially where there is a buckle or clasp.

Don't forget to photograph the inside (with the flash on if necessary) and the corners as they are areas which sellers neglect to show but which tend to wear the most.

Also photograph the serial number tag if the bag has one.  This is usually located on the lining on the inside of the bag and demonstrates authenticity.  If you tell buyers in the description what year the bag was purchased in, sometimes savvy buyers are able to check whether the serial number matches the sequence for that year.

If there are any faults you have mentioned in the description, photograph these too.  The buyer will want to see these for themselves.

Fixed price or auction

This is really a personal choice and relates to eBay only.  If your bag is old or well-worn and you think it might be difficult to sell, sell it in auction.  However, don't believe the 99p hype!  eBay will encourage you to set a very low start price to get a sale but to avoid regret and heartache, give some thought as to the lowest price you are willing to accept.  Start the auction at this price and see whether the bag sells.  If not, you can relist and try again at a lower price.  

If you are confident your bag will sell or you have an exact price in mind, sell it at a fixed price.

Most other platforms or consignment stores will only offer you the fixed price option, though Vestiaire Collective does have a "Make an Offer" button which allows buyers to give you a lower offer to see if you sell.

Selling Platforms, Payment and Hidden Costs

Consider which selling platforms to use.  The key thing to check is the amount of commission the platform takes.  Also, don't forget to build postage and packaging into the price.  Packaging and boxes can be surprisingly expensive.  

Choose a safe payment service like Paypal but be aware that they also take a commission for processing the payment.

Answering Buyer Questions

Answer questions promptly and don't be rude!  If a question has already been answered, politely point this out to the prospective buyer.  Any public comments that seem rude or impatient may drive other buyers away.

Finally, package the bag carefully when you send it to the buyer.  Make sure it is well cushioned and preferably stuffed so it doesn't get creased or move around in transit.  The buyer will appreciate the care you have taken and it is just common courtesy.

Good luck and happy selling!

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