Christmas is nearly here, and in case someone still needs gift ideas for ANY girl in their life, I can guarantee you this item will earn you MAJOR points for LIFE. You've probably seen this bag on the arm or shoulder of every it girl (or boy) on social media, and aside from it's popularity, it is a classic bag from a high end name that will last in your wardrobe for a lifetime. Introducing the newest addition to my lust list: the boy Chanel flap bag.
I *heart eyes emoji* this bag because it is incredibly classic and goes with a number of items and occasions while still maintaining individuality with the stitching and details on the hardware. However, as you can imagine coming from le Chanel, you can not own this bag without dropping the fundage equivalent to a hefty mortage. Well, not really, but a brand new medium sized boy bag is going to set you back over $5000 (check out an in season example HERE).
Unless I win one of those billion dollar lotteries, NO WAY I'm ever dropping that kind of money on a bag (unless it's a Birkin, which is a bag that deserves it's own post) so I have been exploring a lot of seconhand options via eBay and online thrift stores. Depending on the quality and size of the bag, you can expect to pay anywhere from $2000-$4000 on a used Chanel boy bag.
However, buying something so expensive secondhand, especially through eBay, can be risky when you don't know what to look for. Following are a few great tips I have come across when shopping for a seconhand Chanel bag!
1. Look Closer at the Double C Logo
Make sure to inspect the logo on the front of the bag, as the right C should overlap on the top and the backward C should overlap on the bottom. Also ensure the double C is centered and not more to one direction.
2. Check the Serial Number
If the bag you are looking at does not showcase a serial number, it is 100% fake. As well, the serial number should only be 9 digits long, Any more than that and it is a no go!
3. Hold the Chain
If you have the chance to actually hold the bag, pay close attention to the chain. Because Chanel only uses the best materials, the hardware should be real metal. If it feels light, say no thank you.
4. Feel the Leather
Because Chanel uses caviar leather, the texture shoud be rough and feel like quality leather. If the material is shiny and smooth, it is probably not legit.
5. Peek Inside
The lining should be tight and smooth across the inside of the bag. Chanel does not create a bag with a baggy or unfinished lining.
6. Look at the Overall Structure
Since Chanel really uses the highest end materials, the bag should hold up and keep its shape incredibly well. If the bag sags or looks limp, keep looking.
And if you are purchasing through eBay, make sure to follow my additional tips on how to not get duped on eBay, click here!
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