I wouldn’t call myself a “discount shopper,” exactly (I love expensive stuff too much for that to be true), but I do really hate to pay full price for things I don’t need. (Or, hell, even things I do.) I’m a single woman in a very expensive city, so that means a lot of my money goes to social activities and living expenses, and in order to keep that lifestyle rolling, I have to be careful elsewhere. That’s true of a lot of fashion lovers in a lot of different situations across the world, and we all have our own ways of managing it.

Personally, I’ve bought a ton of designer bags second-hand, especially when the bags were from brands that rarely or never go on sale. For a lot of shoppers, the luxury sales experience is part of what makes the designer price tag worth it, but that’s never been especially true for me–what I want is the specific thing I’m lusting after. After all, if I want to feel special for buying something at a fancy store, there’s always the beauty department, which puts a much smaller dent in my discretionary budget than a brand new, full price bag. That’s how I make the math work for me.

Of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t buy things brand new–the decision calculus is different for every bag. I’ve had good second-hand experiences, though, and so did Katherine in her first designer resale shopping experience earlier this year. If you’re a pre-owned shopping novice, fret not: we have resources to help you learn the basics and keep your transactions safe, and our PurseForum holds a wealth of knowledge from seasoned shopping vets across all major brands.

So, now we want to hear from you: Are you a full-price shopper? Sale? Pre-owned? A mix? Let us know how you make your bag obsession work.

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