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    Default Designer Social: The Socially Acceptable Way to Buy and Sell Amazing Handbags!

    I canít believe how thrilled I am to find the Designer Social marketplace! We have all been using eBay for so long now, with a lowering levels of satisfaction. Yet, itís benefits still outweighed itís problems. Enter Designer Social.

    As per their website, Designer Social is a community of designers, editors and fashion industry insiders who have come together to create a retail trade-space unlike any other. No only do they act as an online showroom featuring some great new designers as well as classic brands, it is a place to buy and sell chic, gently used handbags and accessories.

    This site is unique in so many ways. First of all, when you go online, you will notice that it has a very clean and upscale, boutique feel about it. Very different from eBay! If you are looking for brands from Jimmy Choo, Katherine Kwei, Missoni to Yves Saint Laurent. In accessories, you will find everything from Hermes, Kenneth Jay Lane, Vintage to Nancy Gonzales Crocodile Bound notebook! You will be pleased by the well edited selection!

    Along with selling new selections and samples from designers, it offers a rather unique way of selling your handbags and accessories. Potential items are submitted to them via a submissions form and photos that you take of your bag. They either approve or deny the submission. If approved, itís up for sale at a set price on their site! Thereís no bidding and no haggling. I recently submitted a handbag that I loved but never carried that sold within a week of publishing. And it was at a very good price!

    Next, you send the handbag to Designer Social where they act as the intermediary and authenticate your handbag and confirm that itís everything you said it was. Upon approval, it is sent to the buyer. Yes, it takes a little bit longer to deliver, but I absolutely LOVE that there is a third party confirming the authenticity and quality of your item. There is no way a buyer can say it was damaged or not authentic!

    Finally, the buyer has the opportunity to return the bag within a week if they change their mind. Yes, I know itís not a 100% firm commitment, but Iím okay with that since they must have a legitimate reason to return. And donít forget, the Designer Social is there to make sure everything goes smoothly.

    The transaction fee is 25% of the purchase price which isnít too bad when you compare the amount of eBay and Paypal fees one must pay on those sales. In the end, I felt like the price was much better than I could have received on eBay. Designer Social (ites) are educated handbag aficionados and appreciate the level of professionalism and quality offerings maintained by DS!

    Once your transaction is complete, they send you a check! Safe and secure! I am loving this new option! Check it out at www.designersocial.com
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    Default Re: Designer Social: The Socially Acceptable Way to Buy and Sell Amazing Handbags!

    Wow, what an amazing site! Just went browsing around and found sooo many things I want! No surprise there. lol

    Love:
    Chanel Cavaier Traveler - link

    Adorable doctor tote with hard handle and gold tone hardware with double c's on both zipper handles.

    Chic caviar exterior, and gorgeous black suede interior with side zip pocket. Wow is this bag gorgeous.. perfect condition!!
    L: 8" x W: 3.5" x H: 6"
    Handle drop: 2"
    Est. retail value: $1,795
    Our price: $650

    The perfect bag for everyday. Will hold everything you can think of, including a small laptop. Black epi-textured leather and smooth leather shoulder straps.

    Louis Vuitton Epi Tote - link

    Minimal wear except for bottom corners and some small white scuffs on exterior. Grey alcantara interior lining is near perfect. Zipper top closure, two side pockets and cell phone pouch.

    Made in France. Date Code: VI 1002
    L: 15" x W: 4" x H: 12"
    Handle drop: 9"
    Condition: Good Click here for details
    Est. retail value: $1,350
    Our price: $650



    I can't wait to see when they get more stuff instock. After browsing around for a couple minutes I realized that 3/4 the items were sold out. Not sure why they don't move those items to a separate section of their site.

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    Default Re: Designer Social: The Socially Acceptable Way to Buy and Sell Amazing Handbags!

    Love this website, saw lots of things I would love to have too Jennifer

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    Default Re: Designer Social: The Socially Acceptable Way to Buy and Sell Amazing Handbags!

    Love that Chanel tote!

    Also, I just received my email that my check is in the mail for the item I sold. No stress at all! Love it! it will be the first place I think of when I want to sell one of my better bags!
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    Default Re: Designer Social: The Socially Acceptable Way to Buy and Sell Amazing Handbags!

    Pretty neat site. I agree with Jen though, most of the items are sold....they need to remove those asap.

    Also, it is a great site for sellers. I am not so sure the prices are great for a buyer
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    Default Re: Designer Social: The Socially Acceptable Way to Buy and Sell Amazing Handbags!

    Guess I'll have to check it out :)
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    Default Re: Designer Social: The Socially Acceptable Way to Buy and Sell Amazing Handbags!

    This is an amazing site, I'm really, really interested in what they have.
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    Default Re: Designer Social: The Socially Acceptable Way to Buy and Sell Amazing Handbags!

    Looks pretty nice, but isn't 25% rather high? If you find a reputable buyer/seller you could do a lot better. Not all the time of course, because you don't know what is going on behind the scenes but losing a quarter of the selling prices seems steep...

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    Default Re: Designer Social: The Socially Acceptable Way to Buy and Sell Amazing Handbags!

    I'm so glad you asked this question about fees. Selling on ebay isn't cheap and it comes with alot of liabiilty. Basically, whatever the buyer says about you - whether true or not- you have to refund, accept returns and take bad feedback no matter what. So that's huge.

    Here's a rundown on fees.

    INSERTION FEE .25 cents - $2.00
    UPGRADE FEES include charges for additional photos, bold listings, multiple categories, etc.
    10 cents - $2 per item
    BUY IT NOW FEES: 12% up to $50 + 9% ($50 - $1000) + 2% (>$1000)
    AUCTION FEES: 9%

    In addition to ebay's fees, there's Paypal which is required:
    purchases <$3,000.00 = 2.9% + 30 cents

    Example: $1,000 Bag sold via live auction will cost the seller : Insertion fee $2.00 (lots of photos) +$90 +$29.30 = $121.30 = 12% Fees are not taken at the time of the sell (except paypal) so the seller receives a bill at a later date for the fees. Sometimes it's quite surprising!

    As you can see, these fees add up to significant numbers. If you go to an ebay seller to sell your item, they charge fees as well. I understand (but haven't done this) that's it's around 10% Your item may not sell right away and you may have to pay to list it mulitple times. (I have NEVER received a credit for my first listing if my item sold the second time).


    Add to that the liability of proving your item is authentic if the buyer decides to claim that, makes designer social seem a bit more attractive.

    Avelle offers a service to buy back used handbags which can be fine. You are not going to get a premium price however and they don't take everything.

    In the end, Designer Social is simply another option of which we should all be aware in the handbag world. Both for buying and for selling. I was extremely pleased with my sale on the site and it was worth it. The brand was exceptionally nice but not necessarily a hot seller on ebay. It wasn't appropriate for Avelle either. So you have to look at what you are selling and match it with the appropriate channels.

    Of course there is Bonanazle and Craig's list out there too, but that's a whole other discussion!
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    Default Re: Designer Social: The Socially Acceptable Way to Buy and Sell Amazing Handbags!

    Quote Originally Posted by kmarney1 View Post
    I'm so glad you asked this question about fees. Selling on ebay isn't cheap and it comes with alot of liabiilty. Basically, whatever the buyer says about you - whether true or not- you have to refund, accept returns and take bad feedback no matter what. So that's huge.

    Here's a rundown on fees.

    INSERTION FEE .25 cents - $2.00
    UPGRADE FEES include charges for additional photos, bold listings, multiple categories, etc.
    10 cents - $2 per item
    BUY IT NOW FEES: 12% up to $50 + 9% ($50 - $1000) + 2% (>$1000)
    AUCTION FEES: 9%

    In addition to ebay's fees, there's Paypal which is required:
    purchases <$3,000.00 = 2.9% + 30 cents

    Example: $1,000 Bag sold via live auction will cost the seller : Insertion fee $2.00 (lots of photos) +$90 +$29.30 = $121.30 = 12% Fees are not taken at the time of the sell (except paypal) so the seller receives a bill at a later date for the fees. Sometimes it's quite surprising!

    As you can see, these fees add up to significant numbers. If you go to an ebay seller to sell your item, they charge fees as well. I understand (but haven't done this) that's it's around 10% Your item may not sell right away and you may have to pay to list it mulitple times. (I have NEVER received a credit for my first listing if my item sold the second time).


    Add to that the liability of proving your item is authentic if the buyer decides to claim that, makes designer social seem a bit more attractive.

    Avelle offers a service to buy back used handbags which can be fine. You are not going to get a premium price however and they don't take everything.

    In the end, Designer Social is simply another option of which we should all be aware in the handbag world. Both for buying and for selling. I was extremely pleased with my sale on the site and it was worth it. The brand was exceptionally nice but not necessarily a hot seller on ebay. It wasn't appropriate for Avelle either. So you have to look at what you are selling and match it with the appropriate channels.

    Of course there is Bonanazle and Craig's list out there too, but that's a whole other discussion!
    Wow, sis you have done your homework! I never really put it together that way... ebay seems like a convenient option but I guess it was really more so in the past. Then again, I heard that they had a number of lawsuits that have made things really a pain when it comes to listing there. Truth be known, I did the basic listings but gave up after a while, was just too difficult and expensive. I'll take a look at this site

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    Default Re: Designer Social: The Socially Acceptable Way to Buy and Sell Amazing Handbags!

    Oh, I still do some ebay because for somethings it's the best option, it's just not as simple or inexpensive as it used to be. It's good to stay informed. I'm hopeful that something new will come along . There is alsways something new and innovative!
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