bySonu BohraJun 05, 2016 #FbTips 7 Likes
#1 Check out other or previous collections
Most fashion houses host various brands under the umbrella of the main high-end brand. For instance Moschino has “Love Moschino” and “Moschino Cheap and Chic” as its off-shoots. Check out their collections for a better bargain. These are lower-cost versions of the main brand, on which you can spend less to get the same prestige value. True, they’re often trendier items or made without the strict quality standards of the main brand, but lower-cost brands mean you get to own something from your favourite designer without paying the high-end price. Win-win, I suppose.
Alternatively, you can buy previous collections or off-season pieces for a substantial price difference. Or buy coats in April, swimsuits in November and boots in March to get the best buys at the best prices.
#2 Flash sales
Sign up with your favourite brands and websites for a surprise sale, friends and family discount and flash sale alerts. Keep an eye out for your chosen item, ‘Save’ it in your virtual shopping bag and ask for alerts for offers. Most of these sites are notorious for sending daily emails that entice you to visit and spend everyday. Instead of visiting so diligently, I only check out sales when I know the site has offers on a designer that I love. This can reduce some of the temptation to spend on daily sales. Although I can’t promise that.
Designer items are usually classic and timeless. Safe to say the most coveted Hermes Birkin is an investment as good as gold. So picking a bag that is in good condition but pre-loved is definitely a good way to finally own your dream bag. Do your research on your item, whether it’s a Chanel brooch or a Celine purse, it’s easy to get fooled with knockout pieces. Each designer item has a serial number and specific nuances that add credibility to the product.
#4 Check out Ebay, Amazon
There is a legitimate business on sites like Ebay and Amazon where sellers buy designer items from various Flash sales and Sample sales and then sell it for a profit, yet cheaper than the original store price. Of course there are many fakes and replicas out there but since it’s an open forum,refunds and return policies can save you from getting swindled. Having said that, check out the seller’s history, how many luxury items has he/she sold and bought, and buyers’ comments and reviews before you make your purchase. There are New with Tags (NWT) or barely used items available for you to make a sound decision.
#5 Buy when travelling
Especially if you're travelling to Europe since most of luxury brands are from Italy or France. Choose from exclusive collections and enjoy the tax rebate when you exit the country. I bought my very first designer bag from the La Fayette in Paris, which was already better priced than in India and I got a tax refund before at the airport.
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