Top Tips for Buying Pre-Owned Luxury Goods Online

For many of us, there’s nothing nicer than treating ourselves to a nice new designer watch or handbag. But keeping up with the latest trends can be expensive. And that’s why these days I like to shop online for pre-owned luxury goods, as I can often find the things I want at just a fraction of their original price!

Over the last few years, I’ve picked up some gorgeous clothes and handbags, stunning second-hand watches, and much, much more. And as I’ve always been over the moon with my purchases, I thought I’d share my top tips on buying pre-owned luxury goods online with you guys today. I hope you’ll find them useful.

Top Tips for Buying Pre-Owned Luxury Goods Online

01. Know the Original Price of the Item You’re After
The best place to start with any pre-owned luxury goods purchase is to do a little research into what the items would have been like when they were brand new. I always check things like the price of the item when it was new, what colours it came in, and whether or not it had any special stamps or marks on it to prove its authenticity. I also like to find out whether or not an item was difficult to get hold of at its original retail price. This is because buying pre-owned luxury goods can often set you up for a good deal, but if the item you want was very hard to get at the original retail price, you can expect to find a significant markup today.

02. Check Return and Authentication Policies
You’ll find that a lot of resale companies don’t have returns policies that are as generous as those of regular retailers. So I think it’s important to familiarise yourself with the rules of the site(s) you’re planning on buying from before making a purchase. Some sites only offer store credit for returns on pre-owned luxury goods unless an item turns out to be significantly different than described on the website, such as an under-the-radar fake. And for marketplace sites where pretty much anyone can sell their unwanted goods, return policies can vary from seller to seller.

03. Have Reasonable Expectations
Luxury shoppers expect a lot from the goods they buy. And so they should! I mean, what’s the point of buying high-end items if they’re going to be no better than the things you can buy in Primark for a tenner?! When shopping for second-hand goods, it’s important to remember that if you find the item you want at half its original retail price, it will probably show some signs of everyday wear and tear. For example, a designer handbag might have a scuffed bottom or a hardware scratch or two. If this sort of thing bothers you, then pre-owned shopping just might not be for you.

04. Look Out for Financing Offers
Many of the websites I’ve used for buying pre-owned luxury goods in the past have offered some sort of payment plan, with APR’s ranging from 0% right through to around 30%. These services can either make your purchase much more or much less affordable; so it’s important to make sure you read the small print before making a final decision. I’ve been wanting to buy Nathan a pre-owned Audemars Piguet from the kids for Fathers Day, but they are so expensive it’s unreal! I noticed that Xupes, one of my favourite resellers of pre-owned luxury goods, currently have a 0% finance deal on one of these types of watches, so I think I might bite the bullet and buy him one.

05. Trust Your Instincts
And finally, the most important thing to remember when buying pre-owned luxury goods online is to trust your instincts! If something seems off about an item or website, then it’s probably best to err on the side of caution and just avoid buying from there altogether. A quick Google search of the site you’re looking at will soon flag up any problems, as people tend to be quite vocal when they’ve received bad service or fake goods these days!

And there you have it, my top 5 tips for buying pre-owned luxury goods online. I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed putting them together. I’m thinking of doing a post on my top 10 places to shop for second-hand goods soon, so make sure you keep an eye out for that too.

Do you ever buy pre-owned luxury goods online?
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72 Comments

  1. 25/04/2017 / 4:37 pm

    These are awesome tips I really need to stop shopping online though aha

  2. 25/04/2017 / 5:09 pm

    What an informative post! Thanks so much for sharing. “Trust your instincts” is my biggest takeaway here. I struggle so much with this.

  3. 25/04/2017 / 5:54 pm

    I think buying pre-owned when it comes to certain luxury items is such a smart idea and for many things it may be the only way the item you desire is within your reach. Your advice on doing this is really great and following it will help make sure you don’t run into issues when buying like this online.
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  4. 25/04/2017 / 7:08 pm

    These are all great tips! I’m a sucker for a good deal so the thought of buying anything full price makes me cringe.
    Never thought to buy a pre-owned purse before. ..

  5. Ali Rost
    25/04/2017 / 7:22 pm

    I’m sure for these kinds of things it really makes a lot of sense to buy pre-owned! Super great tips .. especially about trusting your instincts. That little voice never lets you down!

  6. 25/04/2017 / 7:44 pm

    Such great tips here, I do love a good deal and buying pre owned items for something you really want but not been able to afford or justify buying, is a great way to get the item you want x

  7. 25/04/2017 / 9:10 pm

    These are great ideas; especially since on-line shopping seems the way of the world nowadays. You never if what folks are selling are actual and factual because you cannot physically see it in person. But, good points to consider.

  8. 25/04/2017 / 9:16 pm

    Great tips this will only fuel my handbag habit!

  9. 25/04/2017 / 9:45 pm

    These are all great tips! I never buy things online unless I can see something about the seller (reviews, feedback etc.)

  10. 25/04/2017 / 11:50 pm

    I haven’t brought pre-owned luxury items online before but I can see how it could save a ton of money. A friend bought a Dyson through Groupon, it was a refurbished model and she really loves it
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  11. 26/04/2017 / 12:14 am

    Really great tips. I will have to pass these tips on to my daughter. She love having the best clothes, but is not always interested in paying some of the prices.
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  12. 26/04/2017 / 1:00 am

    Great tips! You can really get some great second hand finds, but it is so important to be informed and realistic. Thanks for sharing these great tips! I think I might need to treat myself to a designer bag for Mother’s day lol

  13. Elizabeth O.
    26/04/2017 / 1:29 am

    When it comes to these things, I rarely shop online. If it’s possible to meet up with the person I go for it.

  14. 26/04/2017 / 1:35 am

    I love being able to shop for good quality items but I still don’t trust online sellers that much even if it’s second hand. These are good tips though, very helpful.
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  15. 26/04/2017 / 1:42 am

    These are good tips. This is going to sound weird but I am just now getting on the band-wagon of buying online. I always liked going to the store, but now with two kids that is NOT fun. haha. Will use this when I buy second-hand, nice items. Thanks!!
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  16. 26/04/2017 / 3:32 am

    These are really great tips! I feel like it is important to know how much things are, that way you know if it is actually a good deal or not.

    • 14/05/2017 / 11:12 pm

      Thank you 🙂 And I think if you’re buying some pre-owned designer goods you should do some thorough research on it first. My other half once bought me a fake Chloe bag because he didn’t know enough to know it wasn’t real. I pretended I thought it was real for a couple of months, then the whole thing fell apart and I had to tell him the truth. He was horrified!
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  17. kelly reci
    26/04/2017 / 5:03 am

    i dont usually shop online, unless i can go to meet up the seller!

  18. 26/04/2017 / 9:03 am

    This is a great post and helpful tips. I like to have a luxury item or two but often can’t afford new and I do look for pre owned so this is really helpful. Thanks x

  19. Neha Saini
    26/04/2017 / 9:42 am

    Yes, I agree treating yourselves to a nice new designer watch or handbag makes you feel amazing. But its hard to get the latest trends as they are expensive. Thanks for your article, will keep this in mind for the next time.

  20. 26/04/2017 / 11:20 am

    Great tips, I quite often buy pre-owned luxury goods online as you can sometimes get some real bargains x
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  21. 26/04/2017 / 12:58 pm

    Great article and having reasonable expectations is a key one, as you can never be 100% and you must also realise that the item will have some kind of wear and tear 🙂 x

    • 06/05/2017 / 2:53 am

      They sure do. I look after all my bags but they all have some signs of wear and tear. I think I’d be more worried about buying pre-owned handbag that was immaculate. I think I’d be convinced it was a brand new fake!
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  22. 26/04/2017 / 2:19 pm

    These are great tips! As a person who buys pretty much everything online I will keep these in mind next time I’m shopping for the latest trends.

  23. Julie Syl
    26/04/2017 / 2:26 pm

    We’ve kept an eye on the online resale market as it has expanded, and now there are so many options that things can get confusing for first-time resale shoppers very quickly. This post really helpful!

  24. 26/04/2017 / 3:28 pm

    These are great tips! I have what they call “champagne taste on a beer bottle budget” and love to find great second hand deals.
    🙂
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  25. angela milnes
    26/04/2017 / 3:37 pm

    Such a good post and tips for me, Sometimes I’m afraid to buy online glad you share this tips.

  26. danasia fantastic
    26/04/2017 / 3:50 pm

    I’ve been shopping at thrift stores for years but I’m just now getting into buying pre-owned items online!

  27. 26/04/2017 / 6:00 pm

    I have always been worried about buying luxury items online for fear of getting ripped off or a fake sent to me. Thank you for advising me just what I need to do in future xx

  28. Our Family World
    26/04/2017 / 11:32 pm

    Sometimes, purchasing a pre-owned, or pre-loved (as others call it) item looks so enticing, especially the price. However, I would probably have to see the item in person first before I consider buying. There are so many fraudulent online sellers right now and I have to be careful in my transactions so as not to lose my hard earned money.

  29. 27/04/2017 / 4:56 am

    I have not tried buying pre-owned luxury goods online. I don’t think it would be a good route to take for me. I am very particular with luxury items I purchase and if I have my eye on something, then I save up for it and get it brand new. Thank you for the tips though. I know a lot of people would benefit from your good advice.

  30. robin rue
    27/04/2017 / 12:59 pm

    Thanks for these tips. I have been getting into online shopping a lot more lately.

  31. 27/04/2017 / 1:22 pm

    Buying pre owned luxe items is a risk but if you’re careful you can really get some good bargains! xxx

  32. Tina Gleisner
    27/04/2017 / 1:27 pm

    Fascinating as I never realized this had gone online vs resale stores that I’m familiar with, although rarely use. And financing for these purchases sounds crazy as I’d say if you don’t have the money, you don’t need to buy something (except for houses & cars)

  33. 27/04/2017 / 6:39 pm

    Genius post. Thanks for all the tips. I have a lot of friends that will benefit from this info! Thanks!

  34. 27/04/2017 / 8:09 pm

    Some brilliant tips here, especially as it can be hard to find trustable sellers.

  35. 28/04/2017 / 7:10 am

    These are some very good tips! I am a deal lover and have recently started looking at pre-owned luxury goods sites. These are good tips to keep an eye out for. 🙂

  36. MaryAnne
    28/04/2017 / 3:50 pm

    Being honest, I am not a fan of shopping online! thanks for the info! lol

  37. 28/04/2017 / 4:56 pm

    Indeed checking out the specific items and its specifications is needed before buying one. Also research about the store where you are planning to buy. Some sort of background check about their recent transactions and customer reviews.

  38. 29/04/2017 / 12:43 am

    Authenticity and a good return policy are key for me! I love all these tips!

  39. 07/05/2017 / 6:47 am

    Nice tips! Not all pre-owned luxury goods are in mint condition. There are so many bogus sellers and resellers of luxury goods on Ebay. It’s good to know how to determine the bad ones and read the comments of some buyers.

  40. 07/05/2017 / 12:38 pm

    Great tips thanks for sharing. What websites would you reccomend?

  41. Tiara Wilson
    07/05/2017 / 3:14 pm

    I could not agree with you more. Buying online is scary sometimes, but making sure you’re doing the ‘research’ on these products, brands and especially the retailer is SO important!

  42. 07/05/2017 / 8:15 pm

    I had no idea you could buy second hand luxury goods online! What an awesome thing to know! Thank you!!

  43. Tami
    08/05/2017 / 4:32 am

    I think listening to your gut is such a wise move in almost any decision making. I have never bought pre-owned luxury items online. I might now that I have some guidelines to go by.

  44. 08/05/2017 / 4:41 am

    Great tips to consider. Sometimes it is hit or miss. We have been successful with some items which is nice. I got a great hand bag a few years ago that I still LOVE! I always get online to look.
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  45. 08/05/2017 / 4:30 pm

    These are important things to think about. You can save a lot of money buying pre-owned, but if you aren’t careful, it can bite you in the butt! Always, always research your purchase!
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  46. 08/05/2017 / 5:10 pm

    Wonderful tips for buy pre-owned luxury items. We have done well with a little shop in our city. I have been able to get great deals on high end hand bags for my daughter. It is very important to know the new price of the item you are buying. It is very easy to pay too much if you are not educated.

  47. Leigh Anne Borders
    09/05/2017 / 3:14 am

    I have never heard of the idea of buying preowned luxury goods other than cars. I think this is a great way to allow others to get items that they have dreamt of getting at somewhat of a reasonable price. I can think of quite a few things I would love to have.

  48. 09/05/2017 / 6:46 am

    I have no problem purchasing a designer good that has been ‘pre-loved.’ My biggest fear with this process is avoiding scammers, and not buying something fraudulent. I have purchased luxury goods online before…and only ran into one dud (so far)…fake Dolce Gabbana sunglasses. Lesson learned…I should have listened to my gut.
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  49. 09/05/2017 / 4:48 pm

    I love the last tip – trust your gut. It’s amazing how intuitive we can be about things without actually having proof that something’s up. If I’m spending a great deal of money on something then I need to be sure it’s a good investment!

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