For some reason, it seems like the entirety of the fashion Internet has been talking about how to buy a Birkin lately. Lauren Sherman wrote about the bag’s enduring appeal for Bloomberg, Megs mentioned how she got hers in an interview with Racked and this one Harper’s Bazaar story on the process keeps tumbling down my Facebook newsfeed. If I’ve learned anything in my time at PurseBlog, though, it’s that there’s no One True Way to get a Birkin.

Tales of wait lists and long-term relationship-building with Hermès boutique employees abound, but Megs got her black Birkin by going into a store where she had no prior purchase history and asking nicely. Authentic Birkins are bought and sold every day on eBay, buyers are more than willing to scoop them up at traditional auctions like Heritage or Christie’s and sites like Moda Operandi regularly host short-term sales of expertly sourced Birkins. In some ways, getting a Birkin now is easier than ever, as long as you’re not a stickler about buying it directly from the brand. (And, in many cases, as long as you’re not picky about paying a markup for the immediate gratification.)

There are, of course, many people who become trusted Hermès clients and eventually get offered the bag of their dreams; our PurseForum is filled with stories about magical calls from Hermès boutiques, many out of the blue. The purchase of almost any bag has a story, and when the particular bag starts at $10,000 and only goes up from there, the stories are often well worth a listen. Today, we’d like to hear yours. Did you stick with the traditional route, get lucky or seek out alternative avenues?

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Dylan Propst
Dylan Propst
7 years ago

I’ve have had 3 experiences buying Birkins. Be warned, this story is loooooong.

The first time, I hadn’t built up as much of a relationship with H as I have now. I went in, bought a scarf and a bracelet, and at the checkout, I decided to ask if it was possible to see a Birkin (oh how naive I was). They told me that they didn’t have any in stock and I would have to be put on the waiting list. So, I put my name on there and informed them that I wanted a 40 cm in black Togo with palladium hardware. And then I waited. And waited. And waited. Every once in a while, I would stop in and maybe buy something small, like a perfume or an agenda refill, just so I could check in and see if they had any in stock. I think it took around 18 months (and though sands of dollars later) before they finally said “we have a Birkin in the back.” They informed me that it was black chèvre with gold hardware, and it was the 35. I asked to look at it, and I decided to get it. I’m not one who matches the hardware of their bags to their jewelry, so I decided to just get that one. And I liked it a lot. I used it regularly until it was floppy and distressed.

And then I sold it. I’m not a person who thinks the Birkin is gorgeous. I know it’s well-made and I know it’s an iconic piece of fashion history. That’s why I bought it. I now think that Birkins are slightly tacky and a little OTT. It’s like shoving your money in somebody’s face.

So about a year after that, I got the Birkin bug again. I decided that I HAD to have the gold 40cm with gold hardware. I bought it from the store – with much less fanfare this time, since I had built up a wonderful relationship with my SA – and it was a great size. But, again, I sold it. I’m very understated in my style. Valextra, Bottega Veneta, Tod’s, etc. The Birkin was just too much. At that point, it seemed the Kardashians had discovered Birkins and started carrying them nonstop. I would continually get stopped and asked “oh my god. That’s the kim kardashian bag! Who makes it?” I had had enough. The over saturation of Chanel flaps never got to me. I own two classics and a reissue and I love them. I use them regularly. I just couldn’t take the Birkin anymore. So out the door it went.

Finally, earlier this year, I decided to try once more with the original bag I wanted: 40cm, black, Togo, palladium. This time, I bought it online and had it authenticated. I loved the bag, but I sold it again due to becoming bored with it. It didn’t fascinate me like my Chanel Classic Flap or my Bottega bags. The over saturation just ruined it for me.

Am I saying the Birkin is a bad bag? Of course not. Am I saying that it’s far more popular now than it was years ago? Yes, and you need to decide whether you’re okay with that. To me, the Birkin is a more expensive version of the Speedy. A tacky symbol of new money. I’m not into it.

Sally
Sally
5 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

In my opinion now, Hermes are just breeding counterfeiting, the market is inundated with Birkin bags being resold, all at way above the shop price, most with little description but expecting a buyer to pay a premium when they are not 100% sure of what they will get for their money. Then you get the genuine person who can afford one, will appreciate one but cannot buy, it’s outrageous. I would prefer to pay double the price for a Chanel bag from Chanel because I can buy it straight away and they are loyal to their customers. I’m sick of all this Hermes rubbish, I wouldn’t buy one now, I feel like burning all my Hermes shite because of this snootiness and selling largely to the wrong clientele who just wish to resell at a profit. I have a fleet of cars, Ferrari, Aston martins, a Bugatti veron, Mercedes AMG x 3 but I can’t buy a Birkin – absolute nonsense! I have 7 mansions throughout the world but can’t buy a Birkin – I’m rich but not famous, I don’t like their crap awful smelling perfumes, their gaudy scarves etc etc so why would I buy them to build up a relationship with an uneducated Sales Assistant who earns less than I spend on my dogs per year (one of them) – it’s all insulting- they can keep and good luck to Hermes – on a more expensive scale it’s like Burberry a few years ago and who wants their stuff nowadays!

Fawcett Proust
Fawcett Proust
5 years ago
Reply to  Sally

That’s a nice fantasy you concocted there.

Suri
Suri
1 year ago
Reply to  Fawcett Proust

LOL!

psny15
psny15
6 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

Great post, couldn’t agree more!

Amazona
Amazona
6 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

Maybe men are more successful at scoring a Birkin because the SA’s know they won’t take any BS like us women do?
“Buy scarves, shoes, perfumes, jewelry, and don’t for get to suck up to me, then MAYBE we’ll sell you a bag” is a
“Oh okay, I’m a good girl and do as I’m told” VS “I don’t want to buy all that other crap, I just want to buy my beloved a present. Not gonna sell me a bag? Fine, keep your bags and I’ll make sure my wife never shops here again”.
They play us for fools.

Leah Bourne
Leah Bourne
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

Hi! Working on a story for the NY Post about the Birkin and wondering if there is any chance you would talk to me? My email is Leah@leahbourne.com.

Dylan Propst
Dylan Propst
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

I was one of the people published on Racked! How fun!

Sofia
Sofia
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

The fact that the Birkin is a tacky symbol of new money and is associated with D-list reality stars are reasons why I have no desire to purchase one. Plus they’re not as elusive as they used to be. One pre-owned website I visit (who is a trusted reseller) has 8 birkins available, so if one wants to avoid the song and dance of going to Hermes store, they can easily purchase one online. That makes them a little less special IMO.

Alex575
Alex575
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

I like reading your story, Dylan. I only heard of the Birkin because of Sex & The City, LOL, but when I looked at them they style wasn’t for me (no matter how much or how little the cost).

Trensetter718
Trensetter718
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

I bought a few pieces from different stores , every time I went to out my name on the list for Birkin . They said u not in the computer . I don’t know why it so hard , put my name on the list . And I purchase a like 5 bracelet , belt

Dylan Propst
Dylan Propst
7 years ago
Reply to  Trensetter718

I always bought from the same store. Maybe you used a different card? I’m not sure.

Trensetter718
Trensetter718
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

Yes , some time I used cash

Dylan Propst
Dylan Propst
7 years ago
Reply to  Trensetter718

That’s probably why. Don’t quote me on that, but I’m pretty sure they only keep track of credit cards.

Sweet baby
Sweet baby
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

No my store has it listed by name. I’ve seen people pay with cash, check and cc

Trensetter718
Trensetter718
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

Thanks

DD
DD
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

“To me, the Birkin is a more expensive version of the Speedy. A tacky symbol of new money. ” I totally agree with you. When I first got my first struck with luck some time ago the first thing I did was getting a birkin. I felt like I need to tell the world that I’ve arrived. I refused to settle for anything mediocre at the time. Everything has to be over the top . Only the latest and rarest. To be honest I’ve never heard about birkin before, i never actually cared about brands until i can afford it. I remembered one day I googled everything expensive. That’s when i came across the leather money. I just had to get it. I couldn’t think of anything else at that point. From my reading online I learned that it’s “hard to get” . With the waiting list and everything. It only made me want it more . So off I go in my best designer dress and limited edition this and that to a local H store and naively ask for a birkin. I look like a runaway baboon . Not like Anna Dullo Russo crazy but more like the Kardashian on steroids. “I’m sorry but we don’t have a birkin at the back and we stop taking orders for a birkin” . I even tried to bribe the SA with a chunk of money and it didn’t work. I guess they don’t find me “worthy” of a birkin. As much as I want a birkin I wasn’t going to settle for a reseller or online plus I was afraid if it’s was a fake. The last thing I need is a fake bag . One day, a friend I know from a party introduced me to a collector. She’s the Queen bee in the local social circuit, at least in the new money category. Old money wouldn’t want to get caught dead near a new money in my place. So after I finally got to her good side she agreed to sell me one of her birkin. She was also sceptical whether or not I was worthy of the bag. It was an etoupe 40 . I carried it around almost everywhere I go. It wasn’t long until I bought my second and third and so on. I stopped caring where it’s from. To me a birkin is a birkin. I was making heads turned everywhere i go and that was exactly what I wanted. To announce the world that I’ve arrived. Fabulously nonetheless. Just like Dylan said ” it’s like shoving money to people’s face”. As much I hate to admit it I’m one of the tacky new money baboon that ruin class .

Vicky
Vicky
6 years ago
Reply to  DD

Your writing entertain me. 🙂 old money, new money, who care? I don’t think Hermes care. They just want your money. 😉 And if your goal is to flaunt it, it’s a win-win. And it’s a plus if the style fits you.
You don’t ruin class. The snooty attitude does. 😉

Oops
Oops
7 years ago
Reply to  DD

You sound ridiculous. You keep saying how you don’t want something flashy but then you kept buying the same brand of handbag that’s known for its “in your face nature.” Sounds like to me you just have an uncontrollable urge to spend money. There’s nothing wrong with that…but I don’t know if I would share that with people. You sound flaky and scatter brained.

Dylan Propst
Dylan Propst
7 years ago
Reply to  Oops

I have enough of a disposable income to buy bags if I want them and not have to worry about the repercussions. If the fact that I’ve made a name for myself and earned the money I have makes me “flaky and scatter brained”, then so be it. I don’t need confirmation from some random person online. Thanks for your opinion though 🙂

Rambo
Rambo
7 years ago
Reply to  DD

#annoying.

Dylan Propst
Dylan Propst
7 years ago
Reply to  DD

No shame in new money! Everyone likes what they likes. Birkins just aren’t me:)

Lai
Lai
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

Omg I really recognize myself!! I bought the Birkin too and after a month or two I was like ‘nahhh.. Don’t want it anymore..’ I just didn’t feel comfortable with it!

Dylan Propst
Dylan Propst
7 years ago
Reply to  Lai

It just wasn’t a standout bag that I found myself reaching for like I do with other bags.

PJGambler
PJGambler
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

Loved your post-especially two comments which I paraphrase:- a. That the bag isn’t particulary pretty, which I agree, and b. That it’s just a high priced Speedy!!
Until I learned that they were sought after purses, I’d never give them a second look. I categorize them as ” heavy, old lady bags!” plus I can’t get Kris Jenner’s face out of mind when I see a black one.

Nívia
Nívia
7 years ago
Reply to  PJGambler

Yes, I agree, it’s heavy too much, and turns out to be very unpleasant to carry after a certain time…empty, but figure out it full of some of your staff…
Not to imagine to carry it on a trip…

Dylan Propst
Dylan Propst
7 years ago
Reply to  PJGambler

I have no problem spending money on bags. I love Bottega Veneta and I have a Chanel collection. But those bags are pretty understated in my opinion. It doesn’t scream “LOOK THIS PIECE OF LEATHER WAS $15,000 LOOK AT ME LOOOOK AT MEEEE!”

Dylan Propst
Dylan Propst
7 years ago
Reply to  PJGambler

Hahaha! Especially the super rare white Himalayan Crocodile one with the brown sides. It looks like dirty snow to me but Kris looooves it.
If the bags weren’t so expensive, the allure wouldn’t be there.

Amazona
Amazona
6 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

That Himalayan Croc reminds me of when our dog had poop stuck on his butt and he dragged it across our white livingroom carpet! :’D

Smithy
Smithy
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

Ha! The Kim Kardashian bag reference would’ve done it for me. Anything associated with that klan is an instant turnoff for me. They are the epitome of excess and tactlessness. Good story.

emily
emily
5 years ago
Reply to  Smithy

They just own bag for Gods sake, there are a million bad and tacky people that own the same it’s not like they’re making it and making money off it. I don’t like them or their ways either but just because they owned a certain bag brand (because lets face it they probably own a bag from most well known designers) isn’t going to stop me from owning a bag. I’m sorry to say but that sounds kind of childish tbh.

Joyll
6 years ago
Reply to  Smithy

That’s actually while even though I still have both of mine, I almost NEVER carry them. The farthest I could get away from being associated with them in anyway, I’m all for it!!!

Jerri R
Jerri R
6 years ago
Reply to  Smithy

They did the same with YSL Sac de Jour for me. They were doing it with Antigona not too long ago.

Lori
Lori
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

Great story.

laura
laura
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

Very interesting story.

eee
eee
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

good story…….

Sweet baby
Sweet baby
7 years ago

I bought my dream bag thru hard work & perseverance. I remember seeing one of their bags in a magazine and immediately made a bee line to the store. I was turned away by some snooty SA.

Undeterred, I tried revisiting the store a short time later. Bought myself a bag on vday and befriended a nice SA. I informed him of my dream bag style, specs I didn’t really care about.

And a short time later, he delivered. At first I hesitated as H operates in a much higher price point than other brands. He wasnt happy I needed a few hours to think it over as he fought to get the bag for me. But I ended up taking it home.

He unfortunately left the boutique soon after and I found myself w/o a SA again. I kept revisiting the boutique whenever I had time. Was given the run around by several of their staff. And luckily one day this lady agreed to be my SA.

Thru her I made several small purchases here and there. You have to play the game to win so to speak. I wanted a specific color and leather combo that was ridiculously rare. When I think back, I still can’t believe it happened.

Then one day I got the call. I called up my Cc company to make sure the charge would go thru..I got my dream bag. I’m eternally grateful to my SA for making the dreams of a middle class girl who didn’t come from money come true.

And I never sold any of my bags. In fact I never sold anything I got from H.

Smithy
Smithy
7 years ago
Reply to  Sweet baby

You actually have to have someone “agree” to be your sales associate? Huh?

Sparkletastic
Sparkletastic
7 years ago
Reply to  Smithy

Exactly!

Seriously. This is crazy. Give me a break! I am not going to woo an SA into “letting” me buy something. I can easily buy a diamond ring / necklace / hat pin for far more than the cost of a Hermes bag and get stellar customer service. Heck, we’ve all bought jewelry, cars and houses worth more and didn’t have to beg someone to sell them to us.

The bags aren’t that special. If they weren’t 5 figures in price, no one would talk about them.

Just stop the madness.

Sweet baby
Sweet baby
7 years ago
Reply to  Sparkletastic

Everyone is entitled to their own personal opinion

Charlie
Charlie
7 years ago
Reply to  Sparkletastic

This trend so need to be stopped! Those sales were already snobby enough and now you have to beg them to sell you something? They wouldn’t even have a job if customers don’t buy their bags! Crazy

Sweet baby
Sweet baby
7 years ago
Reply to  Smithy

Yes. Just because they are cordial, smile, take your specs and might even give your card does not mean they will actually follow up and find the bag for you

dela
dela
7 years ago

From a family member. I know not the most original scenario.

Olivia J.
Olivia J.
7 years ago
Reply to  dela

Would be awesome to inherit a Birkin though. I don’t think I could deal with going through the store experience.

dela
dela
7 years ago
Reply to  Olivia J.

Yeah, I leave the bidding to my sisters and mom who are much more skilled and interested in acquiring bags. But, I am willing to put in the effort for a great RTW piece.

Olivia J.
Olivia J.
7 years ago
Reply to  dela

I eBay a lot and have gotten a lot of my favorite bags on the site. I think I’ll hold out and wait for that one special bid. Lol

Lidia
Lidia
7 years ago

I’ve simply bought one mine in the FSH store, asking for it to an old japonaise saler woman who was very gentle by the way, during a lasure trip in Europe, the other I ‘ve commanded , and wait for it a year longer , in Lisbon, during another trip. My sister did it too to get one for herself . We’ve actually went back to Lisbon to take them both. It was very funny…

Lidia
Lidia
7 years ago
Reply to  Lidia

So funny, that we’d made it twice. This time, commanding a BEAUTIFUL kelly, in garance red, size 35.. A genuine pleasure …

Aliza Zibkoff
Aliza Zibkoff
7 years ago

Chloroform.

Amanda Mull
7 years ago
Reply to  Aliza Zibkoff

Ok, you win, this made me LOL in the office.

Rosemary
Rosemary
7 years ago

Long story short my mother had an SA and when she passed she handed the bag and the SA down to me.

Sparkletastic
Sparkletastic
7 years ago
Reply to  Rosemary

Passed down an SA. Please tell me you’re kidding.

Sweet baby
Sweet baby
7 years ago
Reply to  Sparkletastic

Doesn’t sound like it

Rich K.
Rich K.
7 years ago

I bought three for my mom using the American Express Platinum Concierge. I called and told them what I wanted and they put me on hold, called a few stores and within an hour each time I was in the store picking up the bag. I’ve been an AmEx holder and concierge user for a while so that helped. Either way, it’s a game to play to get the bags.

Yoshi1296
Yoshi1296
7 years ago

I really do not understand why it is so hard to get a Birkin. It just seems like a turnoff to me. I guess my mom was one of the lucky ones since she got her first Birkin the first time she asked. AND SHE WAS WEARING OLD NAVY FLIP FLOPS AND TIGHTS ON THAT DAY. She bought 2 scarves, and a Kelly wallet. After paying for those she asked for a Birkin and my mom walked home with a BIG orange bag in her hands. It is a pretty bag, but I honestly don’t like it that much. It just seems like a pretentious bag to me. Very pretty, but pretentious. I’d take a Diorissimo or Lady Dior over a Birkin any day. I LOVE Dior bags.

Sweet baby
Sweet baby
7 years ago
Reply to  Yoshi1296

She bought other merchandise prior to asking for the B. That’s key

Sparkletastic
Sparkletastic
7 years ago
Reply to  Sweet baby

But, why would anyone have to have a sequence for buying something. I’ll be diggity danged before a I assume a “posture” to buy anything.

Sweet baby
Sweet baby
7 years ago
Reply to  Sparkletastic

I don’t make up the rules

Sparkletastic
Sparkletastic
7 years ago
Reply to  Sweet baby

Yes, I know it’s Hermes corporate dictates or culture that makes these “rules”. Not any individual.

I’m saying that the rules are ridiculous. I’m not going to beg, pledge, wheedle, coo or court someone into accepting my money for a good or service. We’ve all bought items far more expensive than the “regular” Hermes Birkin bags whether it be a trifle like jewelry or a functional purchase like a car. And, when we do, we expect cordial, pleasant customer SERVICE in those transactions. To think a sales associate (who works for a relatively low salary and may not be able to afford the very bag with which they are playing mind game chess) would give attitude to / play coy with a paying customer is insane.

That all being said, I will take the comments of those who have run this gauntlet at their word. With this being the culture of Hermes, it had become an even more undesirable bag and little more than a joke about those willing to be victims of the game. There are other bags to love and – if one must have – other markers of success, style and wealth. But, this pathway is madness.

Jerri R
Jerri R
7 years ago
Reply to  Sparkletastic

Love your comment thank you!

LS
LS
7 years ago
Reply to  Sparkletastic

With all the respect that I have, i looks like you’ve never tried to have a real relationship with an SA. If you had you would know first of all that all employees from Hermes get a 40% discount on everything including Birkins and Kellys. Also they might not earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a month but I think you should know that their salaries are pretty descent when compared to the amount of work they provide.

Finance_Fan
Finance_Fan
6 years ago
Reply to  LS

“when compared to the amount of work they provide.” That’s HER point. Their work SUCKS.

Average White Boy
Average White Boy
7 years ago
Reply to  Sparkletastic

“I’m not going to beg, pledge, wheedle, coo or court someone into accepting my money for a good or service.” You talk like pussy is free. I certainly hope you’re not giving yours away?!

Jen0925
Jen0925
7 years ago
Reply to  Sparkletastic

Maybe, just maybe she really liked the 2 scarves and wallet. I could be wrong.

Yoshi1296
Yoshi1296
7 years ago
Reply to  Sweet baby

I agree but it still happened on the same day. A lot of people buy a bunch of stuff and still wait for the longest time.

Sweet baby
Sweet baby
7 years ago
Reply to  Yoshi1296

There are threads advising to buy other stuff to increase ones chances of scoring a b, k or cdc. When the goal is obtained is anyone’s guess – ranging from the day of to weeks or months later.

Finance_Fan
Finance_Fan
6 years ago
Reply to  Sweet baby

“When the goal is obtained is anyone’s guess” Honestly, you’d think women in 2015 would have better things to do than to try to “score” a handbag. The whole thing is pathetic.

Sweet baby
Sweet baby
6 years ago
Reply to  Finance_Fan

It’s a matter of perspective. What may be deemed “pathetic” to you might not be to some and vice versa. For example, look how much is being dropped for shoes.

The Bag Love
7 years ago

I don’t have a “how I got my Birkin” story to share because I would never buy a Birkin. But I read Dylan’s story and I have to say this: The fact that I have to have a strategy, to befriend an Hermes SA (who is more likely NEVER going to be able to buy anything from the Hermes store he/she works in) and prove my self worthy to them, in order to be allowed to spend 15.000$ in their store, not only overwhelms me but find it utterly irrational and abhorrent!!! It’s so absurd… beyond words!

Sam
Sam
7 years ago
Reply to  The Bag Love

I’m out at having to “buy some scarves”.
I may never own a Birkin. ????

Amanda Mull
7 years ago
Reply to  The Bag Love

I wouldn’t underestimate how much a hardworking SA in one of those boutiques can make, personally. Retail is commonly thought of as low-wage and blue-collar, but at that price level, it’s a good living.

Pamela
Pamela
7 years ago
Reply to  Amanda Mull

I think people just get annoyed when SA judge buyers. Some of the richest people I know do not even own “luxe brands”. They own yachts and dont give a shit about materials. they will walk into a store and not “look” the part but then you see their black card.. and then salespeople start to suck up to them. so for a SA To judge you when you buy something and assume you can/cant afford something is annoying. I stopped shopping at Saks and Bergdorfs. Now I walk to Bloomies and buy my nice things in my lululemon pants and dont give a crap!

jen0925
jen0925
7 years ago
Reply to  Pamela

I think it’s because they have experience in that field and often get people that come in just to look and they won’t buy. If you get 100 of those people per day, you gain experience at knowing who will or will no make a purchase.

Sparkletastic
Sparkletastic
7 years ago
Reply to  jen0925

Uh…no. I’ve had plenty of SA’s ignore me when I walk into a store because I’m not going to get dressed up to shop and / or I don’t fit their profile. They are there to provide service. Being rude, ignoring a ciustomer, etc. is unacceptable in every case.

The Bag Love
7 years ago
Reply to  Amanda Mull

I merely wanted to point out the absurdity of the whole thing and I may sounded a little nasty as far as the SAs are concerned, I admit. But as much as a good living an SA can make working for a luxury brand, they definitely are not as wealthy as the men and women who are their customers. Especially Hermes’.
In the country I live, an SA in Louis Vuitton, Chanel or Prada makes considerably more than the average retail personel, but it is still a lot less than what the average well educated corporate employee makes (which is still considered not a lot, but ok)! And I know this for a fact due to the nature of my job (I work for my country’s IRS).

Nan
Nan
7 years ago
Reply to  The Bag Love

I remember being a little girl who felt intimidated by sales associates and my mother telling me the same thing – the very fact they work there means they can’t afford to shop there. I’ve never been intimidated since, nor would I put myself in that position. There are so many beautiful things I could spend my $15,000 on.

jen0925
jen0925
7 years ago
Reply to  Nan

Being intimidated by a sales person screams insecurity. Try being more assertive and you won’t feel intimidated by anyone.

Sparkletastic
Sparkletastic
7 years ago
Reply to  jen0925

She said she felt intimidated as a child.

Lori
Lori
7 years ago
Reply to  jen0925

I don’t think that “being intimidated by a sales person screams insecurity”. I think the whole process of shopping at Hermes can be overwhelming when you don’t have a lot of experience with it. I agree that you need to be assertive and they hop-to for you, but even after all these years and lots of bags from the shops on Rodeo in BH, those sales people can still send a chill down my spine at times.

Sweet baby
Sweet baby
7 years ago
Reply to  The Bag Love

My SA has been able to afford a bag or two. I actually know several who have.

The Bag Love
7 years ago
Reply to  Sweet baby

Almost everybody can afford a designer bag or two. But a Birkin?

Sweet baby
Sweet baby
7 years ago
Reply to  The Bag Love

I didn’t say they bought one recently. Hermes increases their prices about 8-10% annually. So you do the math.

The Bag Love
7 years ago
Reply to  Sweet baby

They probably have special discounts too.. I know that LV SAs do. But still, a Birkin???!

Dylan Propst
Dylan Propst
7 years ago
Reply to  The Bag Love

Hermes doesn’t give anybody discounts. No exceptions. You can save to buy a Birkin. It might take a while, but it’s doable. You seem to be saying “oh, that’s so below me. I would never befriend a retail worker.” This is PurseBlog. Is $15,000 for a piece of leather with hardware and stitching ridiculous? Of course it is. But it’s money that I (the keyword here is I) worked for and earned. I don’t judge the way you spend your money, so I’d appreciate if you could show me the same courtesy. The point of this article is to discuss how you got a Birkin. You knew that coming into it.

The Bag Love
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

Dylan I did not mean to judge anyone. I myself have spent thousands of euros on handbags (and I have been brutally judged by friends and family for it). I also did not mean that it is below me to befriend a retail worker. It probably came out wrong (English is not my native language).I just wanted to point out that it is absurd to do so in order to spend a lot of your well earned money. And this absurdity (at least for me) goes way beyond the point of spending 15K$ for a piece of leather. I would gladly spend twice as that because I’m a crazy handbag lover. But when I go to make my purchase I want it to be stress free!!!
At Chanel they have never given me a hard time! Even years ago when I went in for the fisrt time and bought my first handbag. They have always been kind and helpful and, yes, throughout the years we have built a nice relationship. But this has nothing to do with which items will be available to me whenever I want to buy something. If they have it they will give it to me. If not they will try to find it but that’s that. I believe they do that for everyone because it’s their job and not because customers have proven worthy of their services. That’s all I wanted to say. (Sorry if I sounded offensive in anyway).

Dylan Propst
Dylan Propst
7 years ago
Reply to  The Bag Love

I’ve never found Hermès stressful. That’s just how it works. Is it kind of insane? Obviously. But I personally love the Hermès brand as a whole – not just the Birkin – so the purchases I had made were things I would’ve purchased anyway.

Coco baby
Coco baby
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan Propst

I agree with Dylan. Nothing is impossible in this world if you put your head into it & save your money. I have never thought of actually buying one till I did. I had saved every penny of my money because I wanted Birkin so bad and now I’m going for a different color.

Sweet baby
Sweet baby
7 years ago
Reply to  The Bag Love

They don’t get discounts on B or k

Y Ajayi
Y Ajayi
7 years ago

Patience it seems, is key (majority of the time). I don’t have the patience so I do not see a Birkin in my future and I am not sad about it.

Sweet baby
Sweet baby
7 years ago
Reply to  Y Ajayi

Patience and luck. For those who have deep pockets and don’t want to wait, there is always the reseller option

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