If you want to buy a genuine designer purse, there are a few tips and tricks you will want to know before making your purchase.

Things You Will Need

You will need a discerning eye to find and buy a genuine designer purse.

Step 1

On the streets of New York City and other big cities throughout the United States, Europe and beyond, there are many street vendors who are selling knockoff designer purses. Some of these may be well made and attractive, but chances are they are not authentic designer purses. If you don't care whether or not the so-called designer purse you buy is actually a designer purse (or just a knockoff thereof), then you may want to purchase one of these designer purses. You will probably need to pay in cash. And you will probably get one for a decent price, because, once again, it is almost certainly a fake version of whatever type of designer purse it is purported to be. So it really depends on what you are looking for. If authenticity is what you are seeking, avoid purchasing a so-called designer purse from a street vendor. If you just like the looks of a particular (likely fake) designer bag and if the price is right, then you may want to buy it.

Step 2

You can buy a designer purse in a high end retailer such as a boutique or a department store. Unless there is a big sale going on, you probably will not get any kind of discount. However, they will probably be able to assure you of the particular designer purse's authenticity. So, you will pay close to full retail price, but you can be assured that it is a genuine designer purse.

Step 3

If you purchase a designer purse online from a reputable retailer, you may be able to get a discount (if it is a website that typically gives discounts), and you can probably (though not always) get proof of the designer purse's authenticity.

As you can see, buying a designer purse is usually a pretty expensive project, unless you are willing to settle for a knockoff or wait for a big sale. Sometimes, you can get lucky, however.

Tips & Warnings

Always remain skeptical when shopping for a designer purse and be sure to look for proof of authenticity.