7 Tricks to Score a Designer Bag for Less

From Chloé’s Drew satchel, Fendi’s Micro Peekaboo bag, or Chanel's classic 2.55 to Gucci's Dionysus, J.W.Anderson's Pierce bag, or the recent return of the Dior saddlebag, there’s no shortage of designer bags to put on your wish list. But for many of us, spending the equivalent of a month’s rent on a bag is a serious investment (if it’s even an option).

Of course those who've shopped around know that the most-coveted bags rarely go on sale. Yet still, there are ways to save a bit of cash and take home a designer handbag for less.

Scroll down to get one step closer to your dream bag with our money-saving tips.

Sites that are based in Europe such as Farfetch, Luisaviaroma, and MatchesFashion, sometimes have lower prices for the same purse, because if the bag is made in the same country, there are lower import and duties taxes, which contributes to an overall lower cost.

You can save major money—more than to 70&—if you’re willing to invest in a pre-owned bag. We like The Real Real for guaranteed authentic purses that are in great condition.

Bags in seasonal colors tend to go on sale much more often than classic colors, especially black. If the bag is real leather, you can have a handbag repair service dye the bag black for around $50 or less.

Many retailers offer a welcome discount coupon if you sign up for their newsletter or download their app. For example, Forward by Elyse Walker gives you a 15% discount when you download their app on your phone, which adds up to quite a bit when you’re splurging on a new Chloé or Saint Laurent bag.

Stores like Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Shopbop have “Friends and Family” sales several times a year, when there are blanket discounts on almost any item they carry. This is a great time to save around 20∞ on a designer bag.

We only recommend this if you’re financially responsible and informed about the pros and cons of opening a credit card, but there are sizeable discount incentives for opening a line of credit with a retailer.

Sign up for email notifications of new arrivals for sites like Barneys Warehouse and The Outnet, which sell designer sale merchandise exclusively. The good items go quickly, so staying on top of the site’s latest additions is key to snagging a bag.