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8 Reasons Spending $1,000 or More on a Bag is Totally Worth It

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Sticker shock from friends and family members has probably happened to anyone with an interest in fashion or high-end handbags. They ask about your new purchase, they sheepishly ask how much it cost and then they shame you in some way for having the gall to be so extravagant, even if they aren’t blunt enough to put it in those words. Not only are we here to assure you that it’s okay, but we’re here to explain exactly why.

Even for those of us who are somewhat desensitized to fashion prices, handbag prices can sometimes seem a little bit silly. We’re nothing if not professional enablers, though, so if you’re doubting a future purchase or need to convince someone who has his or her nose in your business, we have some arguments that might come in handy.

1. Because “you get what you pay for” isn’t just a cliche.

Spending a lot of money isn’t a guarantee that you’ll get something exquisite and well-made, but the best materials cost more, and so do the best artisans and designers. It’s not a hard-and-fast rule, but quality and price are often pretty tightly correlated.

Saint Laurent Alligator Betty Bag, $12,500 via Barneys
Saint Laurent Alligator Betty Bag, $12,500 via Barneys

2. Because everyone has some kind of expensive hobby.

Motorcycles, watches, gadgets, jewelry, golf, wine – everyone has their thing, and for most people, that thing requires a significant portion of discretionary income. Even something as seemingly innocuous as fishing or running can become very expensive if pursued with enough zeal. Maybe handbags, or fashion in general, is just your thing.

Reed Krakoff RDK Python Bag, $5,990 via Neiman Marcus
Reed Krakoff RDK Python Bag, $5,990 via Neiman Marcus

3. Because owning luxury goods improves your mood.

Really, science says so.

Dolce & Gabbana Miss Dolce Embroidered Shoulder Bag, $1,820 via MATCHESFASHION.COM
Dolce & Gabbana Miss Dolce Embroidered Shoulder Bag, $1,820 via MATCHESFASHION.COM

4. Because “fast fashion” has skewed most people’s perceptions of what clothes and accessories are worth in the first place.

Fine materials cost money, as does employing skilled workers and paying them a fair wage. In a world filled with Forever 21s and H&Ms, it’s easy to forget that those sorts of things still have value to some companies, and it warps shoppers’ conceptions of how much it costs to make high-quality products. Don’t let other people’s opinions of how much things should cost make you feel guilty – they likely have no idea what they’re talking about.

Givenchy Antigona Envelope Clutch, $1,083 via MATCHESFASHION.COM
Givenchy Antigona Envelope Clutch, $1,083 via MATCHESFASHION.COM

5. Because there is value in what being well-dressed signals to other people.

Wearing or carrying something that looks expensive (in a good way) telegraphs a lot of things to people: that you have your act together, that you have good taste, that you’re successful, that you care about quality. It’s possible to find pieces that pull off that impression for a bargain, but when leather comes into the mix, it’s much harder.

Valentino Leopard Calf Hair Rockstud Trapeze Bag, $3,995 via Barneys
Valentino Leopard Calf Hair Rockstud Trapeze Bag, $3,995 via Barneys

6. Because bag prices have risen so much in recent years that it can be hard to stay under four digits sometimes.

Even if you considered your taste in handbags somewhat moderate in the recent past, some of those same bags that you were eyeing in the $600 – $700 range in 2010 probably cost $1,000 or more now. Unless you’re willing to take a downgrade in quality, you’re kind of stuck.

Alexander Wang Small Emile Satchel, $1,095 via ShopBop
Alexander Wang Small Emile Satchel, $1,095 via ShopBop

7. Because let’s be real: that’s how much almost all the good stuff costs.

There are contemporary brands that we absolutely adore, of course, but a higher price tag buys you, on average, a better bag.

Fendi Baguette Bag Bugs Shoulder Bag, $2,610 via MATCHESFASHION.COM
Fendi Baguette Bag Bugs Shoulder Bag, $2,610 via MATCHESFASHION.COM

8. Because it’s your money and you want to.

Versace Signature Python Tote, $5,230 via ShopBop
Versace Signature Python Tote, $5,230 via ShopBop

This is the only real reason anyone should need. You work hard, and if your bills are paid, what you do with what’s left over is no one’s business but your own. Those who count other people’s money should spend more time tending to their own.

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Dolce Givenchy
Dolce Givenchy
10 years ago

What a stupid article. I could really care less how much you spent on your bag, if you are dumb enough to spend a ton of money on a bag that probably cost 1/10 of what you spent on it to make, then so be it.

guest
guest
8 years ago
Reply to  Dolce Givenchy

Stop calling people dumb simply for liking something that you don’t, and not caring is not having an opinion. Your snobby condescending opinion shows that you do care even though it’s none of your business.

Bag it up
Bag it up
10 years ago
Reply to  Dolce Givenchy

This kind of feels like you’re on the wrong website, if that’s your opinion.

bag lady
bag lady
10 years ago
Reply to  Dolce Givenchy

not true, it is the retail shop that makes the most markup.

Nívia
Nívia
10 years ago

These are very good reasons!
Great!

Brittany
Brittany
10 years ago

Number 8 all day. I hate having to justify big purchases to other people. I like nice bags and that’s that.

Honest Abe
Honest Abe
2 years ago
Reply to  Brittany

You are correct, you dont need to explain your stupidity, everybody in your life already understands.

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10 years ago
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Thais Araujo
Thais Araujo
10 years ago

The only rule that really matter: 8. Because it’s your money and you want to. 🙂

jetsetheart
jetsetheart
10 years ago

I love every reason in this article and find them all to be true! Wonder if I reposted this if my family and friends would finally “get it”…

Georgina W
Georgina W
10 years ago

It only really needed one reason – #8. I don’t need to explain to anyone my hobby or taste, so it’s my money and I do what I want! 🙂

Honest Abe
Honest Abe
2 years ago
Reply to  Georgina W

You are correct, you dont need to explain your stupidity, everybody in your life already understands.

ellavanw
ellavanw
10 years ago

…because it is better to have a $3,000 bag that you wear practically every day for years than a $500 bag that you use a few times and then takes up space in your closet. I find that the cost-per-use is vastly lower for my more expensive bags.

Also . . . because, unlike a $1,000 suit jacket or a $300 pair of jeans — or even a $600 pair of shoes — a $3,000 bag can be worn constantly for years on end, and no one will give you a funny look.

Marie
Marie
10 years ago

Back in the 80’s I bought a Gucci bag for $250 ( a lot at the time) . I carried that bag for 5 years. How’s that for getting your monies worth! I was sold on good quality bags right then.

Tortoisescam
Tortoisescam
10 years ago

I had never considered #4. Considering inflation, I wonder what one could have expected to pay for a leather handbag in the ’40s or ’50s? One factor that I HAD taken into account is that the higher price tag accounts for an artisan making the bag, not slave labor. But of course that doesn’t apply to every brand.

ellavanw
ellavanw
10 years ago

Oh wait, I just thought of another one . . . because a great bag can upgrade your whole outfit. My clothes range from expensive to not expensive at all – but the Chanel or Hermes bag can take the J. Crew dress to a completely different level. Shoes and coats have the same effect. If you carry a great bag it is quite likely that no one will know your dress was inexpensive – but a cheap or worn-out bag (or shoes) can drag down an expensive suit.

Antoinette Hunter
Antoinette Hunter
9 years ago
Reply to  ellavanw

I think people ask the price because they are amazed at the bravery we have to buy expensive bags. And because they would love to have the money to do the same.

Let’s face it, they look better, last longer, and we love them.

Thanks for the article!

Catherine Jean Rose
Catherine Jean Rose
8 years ago

“And because they would love to have the money to do the same?” LOL. I have already maxed out my 401k this year @ $18,000. Then I maxed out my Roth IRA @ $5500. Invested an additional $30K in healthcare, index, and global (Pacific) funds. I’ve got $25,000 just sitting there in my savings & checking because I’ve been too busy this summer to get ’round to investing it yet. I have no mortgage, car, student loan or credit card debt. A $1000 bag purchase would be inconsequential to me at this point in my life considering my net worth. I think it’s difficult for consumers who purchase these fugly, overpriced bags to understand that there are women like me who have no desire whatsoever to own such a thing. Oh, and #8 “because I can afford it” wrong – wrong – wrong. You can’t afford SH!T until you have a paid off mortgage, fully funded retirement, emergency fund, and no credit card, student loans, or car payments. By the time you have all this, you have no desire for a

Rashmi
Rashmi
10 years ago

Great Article Amanda! All Valid reasons!!

Guest
Guest
10 years ago

I think #8 is the only valid reason here. As Henry Ford II once said (long before Kate Moss was even a gleam in her father’s eye): “never complain, never explain.”

5bags.us
5bags.us
10 years ago

A site only spending $200 on a Bag that is really “Totally Worth It”

shueaddict
shueaddict
10 years ago

I do emply #5 quite a lot in my work life but I have to be very discreet about my work bags … and then in my off-time #8 comes into play big time. All of my friends get shocked regularly – but then, I work very hard and I think I deserve it.

Katrina
Katrina
10 years ago

Yep, #8 is the only reason we all ever need.

Also, I wonder when how and why it has been acceptable to ask people how much their things are? Unless it’s someone I know who is really knowledgeable about luxury handbags or shoes (and I know won’t judge me for the purchase), I try not to answer the question. I purchased a Givenchy Pandora as a favor for a friend, and my best friend who I was traveling with was just so shocked by the price of it and even enumerated what could be bought for that money. Her boyfriend even made a comment that we’re all paid too much in the company we work for. I bought my Balenciaga the same day, and of course refused to answer when they asked me how much my bag was. No way I was going to answer after their reaction to the Pandora. Why has it become ok to ask? I’m pretty positive that was a taboo question during our grandmothers’ heydays.

Saymama
Saymama
10 years ago
Reply to  Katrina

When I do my ‘expensive’ shopping for bags, I tend to do it alone, or with a ‘kindred spirit’ – but even so. I prefer not to be asked or glared at by someone who can’t understand why I made such a purchase. Takes the joy out of it for me!

Shel
Shel
10 years ago
Reply to  Katrina

oh and too, you don’t want people to ask.. shop alone. No need to shop with people who would never purchase the same items.

Shel
Shel
10 years ago
Reply to  Katrina

I completely agree! I have yet for anyone to ever ask me how much my bags are, except my mom. and better yet, I have yet to tell anyone how much they cost. (even her) The purse forum has some great answers to questions like this. My personal fav.. Why are you going to buy me one? hehe

shueaddict
shueaddict
10 years ago
Reply to  Katrina

Ruuuude and judgemental but sadly there’s a lot of that out there. One of my hubby’s friends has made a similar comment on my Valentino and I promptly pointed out that his membership in one golf club alone is 6.5k and that he only ever goes there for the bar in the country club.

Mia
Mia
10 years ago

I like how H&M fashion looks, but the production is a truly horrible story. From the toxins, cheap materials to the unfair wages and working conditions 🙁

Michelle Lim
Michelle Lim
10 years ago

I feel SO much better!!

eyda
eyda
10 years ago

i pay my bills, my car, my daughter’s school fees, provide allowances for my parents so i think i deserve a nice bag once in awhile. it is what motivates me to work even harder. i feel proud to being able to buy it with own hard earned money. of course it’d be really nice if my husband can spoil me with designer bags but in reality, not many of us are that fortunate to have rich, wealthy husbands. i don’t mind as i love the satisfaction of working towards my hobby 🙂

December recovery
December recovery
9 years ago
Reply to  eyda

What do u do for living?

Guest
Guest
9 years ago

i’m an architect 🙂

eyda
eyda
9 years ago

i’m an architect, thanks for asking

layla`
layla`
8 years ago
Reply to  eyda

how did you become an architect?

Lydia
Lydia
10 years ago
Reply to  eyda

Totally agree with you here!

shueaddict
shueaddict
10 years ago
Reply to  eyda

atta’ girl. As far as husbands and designer bags are concerned sometimes what they don’t know won’t hurt them.

Lydia
Lydia
10 years ago
Reply to  shueaddict

My husband has an expensive hobby too and that’s collecting watches so he never says anything about how much money I spend on a bag. Lol he always encourages me and asks me what my next bag will be:)

Chahoofin
Chahoofin
10 years ago

Easy, I love high-end handbags and if cared for they will not depreciate in value. .when you buy a car and drive it off the lot….the value of your purchase depreciates immediately. However, my bags increase in value; so, I think of it this way…. every new bag is an investment! My hubby can’t figure out my logic on this….LOL

juliet
juliet
10 years ago

I agree, buying better quality is a better deal in the long run. If only we were talking about bags costing $1K-3K! The high end brands now seem to start at $3.5K. Price increases (20% a year!) have been so put of proportion with inflation. Prices go up while quality goes down. I am happy to pay a fair price, one that which recognizes the brand, talent of the designer, craftsmanship and materials, but it seems that’s not what we’re paying for these days. It is status. On the other hand, I will say that a fine bag is a better investment than the stock market. The perceived value goes up every season.

Ashleagh Raven
Ashleagh Raven
8 years ago
Reply to  juliet

Crazy considering I have never paid more than $30 for a purse. I have one purse and I use it everyday and have had it for a year. I am not sure what they mean by quality because if it hasn’t ripped, wore out etc it is decent quality.

Guest
Guest
10 years ago

eh….are we REALLY paying makers of designer handbags “fair wages”…?

Rashida
Rashida
10 years ago

Here here!

bag lady
bag lady
10 years ago

did you know that the price of leather is around 100 dollars a square meter for luxury italian tanned skins, and going up everyday as people eat less meat!

MrMotivations
MrMotivations
10 years ago

“The Old Guy at the other end of the leash claims to have paid over $1,000 for me (whatever that means), but I keep reminding him I was TOTALLY worth it! (Thinking of selling my fur after hair cuts….)”

Venessa
Venessa
10 years ago

Love this article. Definitely a share with my hubby.

Iconicfashions
Iconicfashions
10 years ago

Great article and am sending to my hubby too. He’s always asks “how much” and I don’t ever tell him. It’s my hard earned money, not his :))

Kakra
Kakra
10 years ago

I agree with this article. I dont care how much my clothes are as long as they are comfortable, and/or I will wear for a long time. but I will splurge on a nice designer bag that’ll last me forever. So Louis, Balenciaga, Chanel, etc. I’ll splurge. If people ask how much it is depending on who it is, I don’t tell. Why? None of your business! And if I worked hard for it, I am allowed to splurged.

Beautyishername
Beautyishername
10 years ago

I have to totally agree with the Brittany!!!!

Tamara Bennett
Tamara Bennett
10 years ago

I say #2 all the time. Everyone has something they are willing to pay more for, and this one is mine!

Jacqueline
Jacqueline
10 years ago

I just love number 6! I love the moderate style of the bag. ??

Alex1956
Alex1956
10 years ago

If you can afford it, go for it! Life is short, enjoy!

Dj M
Dj M
10 years ago

Oh my God, this is hysterical. I have spent more than my share on
gorgeous bags, but this just made me laugh. I hope my husband doesn’t
see it…he’ll be making bag jokes all week.
Just go buy your bag and don’t try to rationalize it. Oh course they are absurd. But we love them.

Bjorn
Bjorn
10 years ago

Statement #4, “paying fair wages”, is about as condescending as it gets and when Prada, Celine, Coach, Reed K., et al scout countries like China, Vietnam, Romania, Turkey, Cambodia, etc., and build their factories to produce their handbags which sell for over $1000, do you really think that those children that work in those grimy factories 18 hours a day are going to be paid a fair wage? How ridiculous and idiotic is this article? I enjoy good quality as much as the next person but I also have made a concerted effort to boycott the likes of Prada because of their greed and the notion that they have gone to the above countries to make their products. They DO NOT PAY A FAIR WAGE! Your journalistic code of conduct is appalling!

Danica
Danica
10 years ago

All the answers are correct even for the quality and i tend to care more for the things that have worth but in the end of the day it is #8 i don’t have a debt and i work so there is no shame in putting my money to what i want. And i help my family when they need me. And i always take into consideration my sons and husband before i buy. But the others i don’t mind. Its not like i’m asking for their money. Even though they talk behind my back about my spending. They are just jealous. Bad for them.

Tracy
Tracy
10 years ago

I have been collecting bags for some time now. I’m fortunate that my husband is truly the person who fuels my obsession. I’m not one to spend money on myself. I have had only one really uncomfortable encounter. I was absolutely over the moon. After a two year wait, I finally received a call from Hermés telling me that my Berkin had arrived! Two days after bringing my new addition home, I brought “her” to a jewelry home show that my friend was sponsoring. A woman at this event grabbed my Berkin and literally “man handled” my bag. She stretched it open like she was ripping open a candy bar. My eyes bugged out of head! She started to judge me the second she saw it. I almost felt ashamed. Why should I feel bad? But….. I did! Why??? I will NEVER feel bad again!

ElainePG
ElainePG
10 years ago
Reply to  Tracy

That woman was unbelievably rude… I had to reread your post to see if I had somehow missed something, but nope! This TOTAL stranger ripped YOUR handbag out of your hands? And then started LECTURING you about it??? Honey, what she did was SO out of line, I don’t know where to file it… I’m gonna have to put it under “Miscellaneous” until I can catch my breath. You have nothing to feel guilty about. This woman has a problem. You have a Birkin. Case closed

Elena
Elena
10 years ago

The only people who are laughing all the way to the bank are the designers who pay other people to write articles like this one , while the designer bag lovers who work hard , very hard most of the time to be able to afford these bags become slaves who will work until they drop dead. I am not talking about very small group of very wealthy people. People are paying 1k and more not for the quality of the bag but for the feeling of being special, successful, etc.

Elena
Elena
10 years ago

The only people who are laughing all the way to the bank are the designers who pay other people to write articles like this one , while the designer bag lovers who work hard , very hard most of the time to be able to afford these bags become slaves who will work until they drop dead. I am not talking about very small group of very wealthy people. People are paying 1k and more not for the quality of the bag but for the feeling of being special, successful, etc.

Ashleagh Raven
Ashleagh Raven
8 years ago
Reply to  Elena

My daughter has taken me through to look at designer bags lately and it’s shocking to me how ugly most of them are. If I am going to pay a lot for something I would at least want something nice looking.

jay
jay
8 years ago
Reply to  Elena

If I could afford a designer bag i would buy it solely for the aesthetics of the design or because it appealed to me in some way, not to feel special or successful as you assume. Doing well in my career choice is what would make me feel successful and I don’t need a bag to make me feel special, there’s only one of me is the world, that makes me more than special without the help of a bag.

Zairna
Zairna
10 years ago

Amazing!! Love you for posting this, it’s my first time posting but avid reader. I have a deep collection and my sister gives me so much grief for it! To the point I wear nothing new around her. Thank you for this, truly.

Livo
Livo
10 years ago

Of the eight reason I use the first one, I am lucky that my friends has learned that I have an expensive taste, my husband never complain, because “it looks good on you baby” and because its my money, I work for it and I do what I want with it.

MTJC
MTJC
10 years ago

Its oke to pleasure ourself with a pretty bag… We deserve it after all..

Melinda Deyhle
Melinda Deyhle
10 years ago

love this. thanks 🙂

Pathetic
Pathetic
10 years ago

You claim it’s quality, I call bullshit.
My sister has a 25 dollar bag from the 70’s. Used in the hottest day of sommer to the coldest day of winter. That’s temperatures ranging between + and – 30 degrees celsius. Barely any wear and tear.

The reason so-called high quality bags that goes for insane prices is because people are generally more careful with them. But my sisters bag has been dragged through the dirt. Used in harsh conditions, and it’s not been “taken care of” well, but then again, it doesn’t have to. Because it’s quality.

Not to mention. The higher the price, the worse they look. As the price nears the 1000 dollar range the bags generally looks either hideous, or like something made by a kid in arts and crafts. Or sewing class, or any class really which is thought by a drunk enough teacher. But to be fair, those too are hideous.

And just because other expensive hobbies exist, doesn’t make them anymore acceptable. Wasted money is wasted money. Money which could be used to actually help someone. Someone who needs it.

But money > greed > a dying earth, dying race… Disgusting really.

bea
bea
8 years ago
Reply to  Pathetic

“Wasted money is wasted money. Money which could be used to actually help someone. Someone who needs it.”

Money cannot be considered wasted unless the person buys something and then has it sitting in a closet collecting dust. if they are using the bag, the money is not wasted. You might find this hard to believe but people can use their money to help others AND indulge themselves. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. I never understood that argument against purchasing designer items.

Jill
Jill
10 years ago

Those who have mentioned jealousy may have a point. My sister yelled at me in a restaurant after seeing my new Gucci bag my husband bought me after grieving from a miscarriage, only to purchase her own that very same night. =/

Iréne Shûkriya-Dutta Scharief
Iréne Shûkriya-Dutta Scharief
10 years ago

Yes to everything!!!!

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Hasan Akdo?an Favori Çanta
10 years ago

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Maynadekyaw
Maynadekyaw
9 years ago

Marketing strategy! The original prices of making those bages are not that expensive and people added value to those bags. I would rather spend my valuable money for people in need than spending on materials that will one day become bad cuz nothing lasts forever. Stupid reasons

Mary
Mary
9 years ago

At the end of the day it is your money .. You can spend it as you want ..as long As you don’t get into debts , provide well for yourself and secure your future , you have the right to spend as you would love to ..i personally love diamond jewelry..I get happiness when I see it and wear it .. So you buy and 3000$ purse and enjoy using it all the time, then in my opinion you get the value of the money

ALICE
ALICE
9 years ago

I don’t see where the problem is. You don’t want to spend your money on bags? It’s ok for me, spend them on what YOU like and what makes YOU happy. That’s the point for me: it makes me HAPPY and so I do it. My money my business, my happiness my joy

Sandy
Sandy
9 years ago

This my be my favorite article yet, number 8 is my mantra!!

Gia
Gia
9 years ago

Damn right….#8

Hasan
Hasan
9 years ago

woow. also my site http://www.favoricanta.com

Amelie
Amelie
9 years ago

Those bags are not just bags.
Some may say they’re art.
It might not be objectively true when you’re not into luxury bags – I know I am, but we’re all different!
What’s totally true though is that it IS a smart investment that can actually be even lucrative – Hermès and Chanel for instance, are very famous for that. Check out this website for more info on the actual price of second hand luxury bags, you might be surprised: bit.ly/1lxWUBs

Nori Barrett
Nori Barrett
9 years ago

Great list! I absolutely believe 100% in #1. I see so many handbags when looking for new vendors and can tell immediately which bags will last more than two weeks or last years. You absolutely get what you pay for!

Nori Barrett
http://www.lufli.com

Kathy Dowdle
Kathy Dowdle
9 years ago

I doubt that I will ever spend more than $1000 on a bag, but then there was a time when I said I would never spend $300 on a bag! Having said this, I would like to point out that I don’t see men being shamed for their expensive hobbies! The closest thing to shaming men suffer is a little light hearted ribbing! Men indulge in (fast or classic) cars, golf, sports memorabilia, season tickets for sporting events, and the list goes on! And nobody shames them. Is it that people assume that a man’s money is supporting a woman’s luxury bag habit? I would like to point out that while men might participate in afore mentioned light hearted ribbing about a woman’s expensive bags, the real shaming is almost always done by other women! In my view, it’s your money, and your taste in bags, and any shaming is done out of a deep seated envy and resentment some women hold for other women. If you didn’t have that nice bag, those same women would find some other reason to shame you! They are just sad, angry people, and it must suck to be them! Carry your bag with pride, there is nothing you can do about the “haters”.

Annie
Annie
9 years ago

I purchased a celine handbag today and didn’t wince. The high price didn’t bother me and I agree with all points made in your article. I also know that I tend to take care of luxury items better, and they look just as new years later as the day I purchased them. Well stated Amanda.
Annie

Ben Hug
Ben Hug
9 years ago

Spending money is not a hobby. That’s just something rich materialistic people who don’t know real value or money management say. You want a hobby? Then find something that requires you to actually do something. This article was hilariously terrible. You could have bought a 60 inch tv with that money, or a fucking computer. You buy it because society makes you think you need it for some imaginary status feeling, don’t be such a tool.

HumanityIsCancer
HumanityIsCancer
8 years ago
Reply to  Ben Hug

I wholeheartedly agree. Paying fucking $1000 on a fashion accessory of all things makes no sense whatsoever to me. It’s equivalent to someone forking out a thousand dollars for sunglasses. Yeah, they block the sun from getting into your eyes, but that’s all they do. Sure, purses allow you to carry shit around, but that’s all they do.

But you ladies go ahead and keep on helping these business conglomerates fill their pockets with your hard-earned cash. And just so you all know, you chicks are paying more than dudes for the same quality shit. Which will continue until you all pull your heads out of your asses and stop being sheep.

M
M
9 years ago
Reply to  Ben Hug

Some people might think you’re dumb for spending that on a computer or tv. Would you want someone to judge your purchases??? and why are you trolling on a purse site if you feel this way? Seriously.

onetree
onetree
8 years ago
Reply to  M

Some people are just snobs. Do what you want with your money and leave others alone.

Ben Hug
Ben Hug
9 years ago
Reply to  M

I can guarantee you no dumb person would consider a new purse to be more valuable than a powerful computer. People can judge away at my purchases, because they are actually worth what they cost. And speaking the truth is not trolling.

jh
jh
8 years ago
Reply to  Ben Hug

No one is dumb for wanting to buy a purse that they like. Some people like purses and shouldn’t have to put up with comments from rude, condescending people for buying them. Also how do you know what someone’s reason for buying a purse is? You never heard of someone buying something because they like the look of it or simply because they want to? What the hell is a powerful computer? One that can shoot lasers? Get your snobby nose out of the air and stop looking down on people simply because they prefer to spend their money differently than you. They could have bought a TV instead? People only need one TV, what are they supposed to do buy a TV instead every time they feel like buying a new purse and end up with 5 TVs? You’re not trolling, you’re just pompous as hell.

Guest
Guest
4 years ago
Reply to  jh

This is the only place you’ll really see comments on stuff like this anyway. In person they’re just laughing at you internally, so no worries.

Lucy
Lucy
9 years ago

If you like something and truly afford it without disturbing your other life like paying your bills and saving for future? Then why not buy it and have some fun in life . The value is relative from person to person. It may be peanuts to spend 3000$ on a purse for a millionaire, but a lot of money to a person who makes 100k a year . So be realistic and judge the value of the item .if you really love it and afford it or save for it, then buy it . Use it for a long time and get the value of it . High end bags like Chanel and Lv appreciate with time giving their price rises . You can resell them in future and have fun with it when you are using

Lily
Lily
9 years ago

Well it is worth or not is relative to a person.. If u r making a lot of money, love designer handbags . Then why not buy and enjoy it when u love it . As long as u don’t get into debts and comfortable with money there is nothing wrong in buying things u love . You have only one life , when u work hard treat yourself with what u love . That makes it worth . Personally I think it is not worth for me because 1500 or 2000$ is a lot of money for me .. I could pay my grocery bills for 6 months or do a lot with it . So I m happy with a coach bag which I got for 100$ on sale . So be practical assess what the item means to you and buy it .

Fred&Eve
Fred&Eve
9 years ago

Love number 8. That’s all. And just a little bit exciting! http://www.fredandeve.com

Jessica
Jessica
9 years ago

It is a personal choice as to what you want to spend your money on. If you have that kind of money, spending on anything u like does not really matter. But for me 1500$ means a lot , I can do so many useful things like my investing on my sons education or paying for house mortgage than just spending on a handbag . When your income is limited and your not comfortable don’t go for it. I would rather get a coach bag which is also of a good quality for 100$ and be happy with it. I appreciate designer stuff but don’t invest it. If you can afford it and have a passion for it ,but it and enjoy wearing them. I don’t bash anybody who invests in high end designer things because I dont. It’s a personal preference as to what you want out of your money. The end goal is to be happy.

Realist
Realist
9 years ago

People who buy these bags don’t know anything of quality. It’s all about status and show off. U buy ur outside image. I don’t say all but most of u guys just buy the most expensive only BECAUSE it is the most expensive. But that makes u actually very cheap people.
As u said in ur article. It’s same with other show off hobbies. Buying expensive sportcars. A Hammer is totally useless in cities. Same as a 10000 usd handbag.

Don’t find cheap excuses. Just say how it is: u want to show off in society. If u would be alone u would never use a bag like that.

Cheers

hayphone
hayphone
8 years ago
Reply to  Realist

While some people only care about status, it would be wrong to assume EVERYONE buys designer purses for that reason. if i could afford it I would purchase a designer purse, not for status or symbolism but simply because I’m attracted to the design. I would never buy a bag simply because it’s expensive, I’ve seen expensive bags that were ugly as hell and cheap bags that were really pretty. My style is very plain Jane-ish. hair in a braid, no makeup, simple jeans and t-shirt etc., I’ve never liked drawing attention to myself, so if I were to ever be able to afford a designer bag and carry it around it would never be for the purpose of going “look at me”!!!, it would just be because I like the bag. So please don’t judge or assume that you know why someone buys certain things.

Jamie
Jamie
9 years ago

Because I was born clutching a handbag. kidding. Everyone has their ‘thing,’ mine is and will always be a good quality handbag.

Gosia
Gosia
9 years ago

I regret buying a expensive bag. i was saving for like 1 year, finally bought the celine bag for 2500$ and it’s worse quality than H&M!
I have glue stains and I have to worry for stupid bag not to get scratched, zipper is awful and makes the bag dirty… Waste of my hard earned money! Especially since the bag was my dream bag and bought at Celine store in Paris!
Never again!

Realdeal
Realdeal
9 years ago

Seriously? When you buy a bag and spend thousands of dollars for it, you are just an incredibly shallow person who just wants to buy the name to appear trendy. There are just way to many earthquakes, starving or sick children, human and animal atrocities that do not justify ANYONE spending that much on a handbag. Period.

hd
hd
8 years ago
Reply to  Realdeal

If I could afford it I would use my money to feed starving people and buy designer purses. I love designer purses and I am the furthest thing from shallow. I would never buy it just to show of, only because I like it. Actually I hate designer items with the logos plastered all over it making it obvious what designer it is, I could care less whether someone would notice my bag or not. Stop judging people and being a condescending snob.

shopper
shopper
9 years ago

Wonderful post. #8 is all you need. “I work hard. Its my money. What’s it to you?” People are just jealous.

Its better than some stupid tech piece that’s obsolete 5 minutes after you bought it. Bag is environmentally friendly. We buy and keep for years. And if you did throw it away, the leather is biodegradable. Unlike the millions of iPhones that have been chucked into landfills. So there!!!!! HUMPH!

kaunas8
kaunas8
8 years ago

All of the rationalizations that these overpriced product prices are commensurate with an equivalent level of quality or design, is just silly. I does not take more than a thousand dollars to make a quality made purse. The vast majority of the price is simply markup, expensive advertising campaigns and retail space. If people need to buy absurdly overpriced products to make them feel somehow superior or give them confidence to get thru the day, then that is their choice. I would prefer it if folks would realize that wasting their money is not a sign of being a better or more worthy person. The fancy labels must be laughing all the way to the bank at those who prefer to play the game according to their rules.

gt
gt
8 years ago
Reply to  kaunas8

“If people need to buy absurdly overpriced products to make them feel
somehow superior or give them confidence to get thru the day, then that
is their choice.”

Why are you assuming you know the reason why someone purchases an expensive purse? If I could afford it I would buy a beautiful designer purse for the aesthetics of it and because i like luxury items not because I care what others think. Stop being a snob.

kaunas8
kaunas8
8 years ago

These are some of the most forced and false rationalizations that I have seen in a long time. Better to put your money into something that will actually keep its value.

Phénomène Acqueux
Phénomène Acqueux
8 years ago

I bet the “journalist” who wrote this brilliant article to justify high end consumerism has a few free bags in his/her closet. And the statement about fair wages is absolutely ludicrous when one knows where these products are made, and at what price…

laura
laura
8 years ago

I have a doctor friends onchologist and cardiologists who make more than 350 to 500k a year. Their houses are paid and cars too. But one of my onchologist friend carries a handbag from guess . The maximum she paid for a handbag was 50$ . They go on expensive international tours every year and spend on other things. So when it comes to clothes hsndbags and shoes she feels it is waste to spend on brands. She uses good things but she never spends on brands. From the way they dress you can’t say they are so rich. So we cannot judge a book by its cover. You are Carrying Lv does not mean you are rich or not. So I am not obsessed by brands either. I think it is a personal preference on what you spend money .i feel if you like it and comfortably buy it then having one or two luxury bags should not be a problem. But if you are only buying for Status thing it is a pure waste of money. No handbag is worth thousands of dollars. You r only paying for the brand name their advertising more than actual cost of item.

No
No
8 years ago

Forgot to add #9: “You hate poor people.”
An adjustment to #2: “Rich people who laugh at people living on street corners have expensive hobbies.”
#8 adjustment: “You are spoiled and have not lived one second in a family that makes $10,000 a year.”

Hmm
Hmm
8 years ago

This is one of the dumbest articles that I have read in the last month.

Alexandru Catalin Dragan
Alexandru Catalin Dragan
8 years ago

Number 8 is a lie , and fake . What you do with your HUSBAND’S ( edit : or daddy’s ) hard earned money really IS his goddamn business . Maybe , just maybe 20 % ( and I am being very generous ) women are actually spending their own worked-for money . Not money you save from hubby paying all the bills , food , clothes , kids etc , that does not count as yours either .

If you truly are one of those 20 % women who truly worked for their money and are capable of buying 3000 $ purses on a regular , I admire and respect you , and you can truly do whatever you please with your money my good woman .

Fabricio
Fabricio
7 years ago

THIS WHOLE ARTICLE IS WHACK AF HOLY SHIT I BET YALL DONT EVEN KNOW SHIT FASHION AND ALSO YOURE A FKING ASSHOLE IF YOU BUY BAGS MADE OF CROC OR SNAKE SKIN OR ANY OTHER ANIMAL’S FUR U FKING IDIOTS WHY DONT YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY HELPING TO SAVE THOSE ANIMALS INSTEAD

Christopher Johnson
Christopher Johnson
7 years ago

It’s absurd and a complete waste of money considering what the bags cost to make. It’s entirely about status and making the purchaser feel as if they’re important; an insecurity issue if you will.

That said, if you can pay for your kids to go to college and you don’t want to help starving children live, then by all means do your thing.

istecanta
istecanta
7 years ago

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OLO101
OLO101
7 years ago

It’s a rectangular pocket. Seriously. Ridiculous. I get the idea behind designer clothes-that makes sense, but you have to be pretty stupid to waste that much money on a bag.