Despite the fact that most of us are at least a little bit desensitized to the exorbitant prices of designer bags, making the decision to actually pull the trigger and splurge is a mental exercise that always serves as a reminder they do, in fact, cost a sometimes-incredible amount of money. Spending that much on anything, even if you have plenty of money to spend, is an emotional process that most of us know all too well, with its high highs of delivery confirmation and the low lows of assessing the damage via online banking. Below, we break down the step-by-step process of buying a designer bag, from love at first sight to the triumphant Instagram at the end of it all.

1. When you first see a bag you love

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2. When you see the price

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3. When you start negotiating with yourself

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4. When you shop around, hoping to find a sale or free shipping or SOMETHING

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5. When you decide that free shipping is, in fact, a great deal

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6. When you convince yourself to sleep on it and decide in the morning

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7. When you go back to visit the bag’s page

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8. When you check your bank account

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9. When you ask your friends if they think you should buy it

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10. When you talk yourself into it

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11. When you frantically type in your shipping info before you can talk yourself back out of it

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12. When you see the order confirmation email

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13. When you continuously refresh the tracking info

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14. When you realize you cannot afford to go out for at least a month

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15. When the tracking info finally says “out for delivery”

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16. When you unbox your new bag

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17. When you revel in the afterglow of your purchase

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18. When you Instagram your new baby

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