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    Question Help! What makes a bag worth $$$$$?

    Ok, so I've always known that LV bags are a big deal. What I don't understand is why. I'm sure they're extremely well made, great materials--etc. But what makes an LV bag worth it's pricetag while a Coach that's over $600 is not worth it?

    I'm not trying to be sarcastic, I really want to know what it is you look for; what makes the high end bags worth it. And how to tell the difference.


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    Default Re: Help! What makes a bag worth $$$$$?

    The reason I wouldn't spend say $600+ on a Coach bag is because to me, I feel that Coach ruined their image by making their leather goods in China and All of the outlets they have, i feel that it cheapened the brand as well... Louis Vuitton has no outlets and their products are made by expert craftsmans, not cheap labor paying sweatshop workers! Also, LV's prices constantly go up, hence, their products and brands value!

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    Default Re: Help! What makes a bag worth $$$$$?

    also, it extremely sucks when u purchase a handbag at full price later to learn that its an outlet item for a much reduced price than what you had officially paid for it.

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    Default Re: Help! What makes a bag worth $$$$$?

    ITA with Viva! Coach keeps raising their prices... and for what? They have to be producing their bags for way cheaper now that they have moved production to China. Louis Vuitton still makes their stuff in factories and the workers do all the work by hand. They take great care in constructing the bags and they are very durable because of it. Their factories are in the US, France, and Spain where craftsman are actually paid what they are worth. Coach exploits the cheap labor in China... which isn't good for their image at all.

    Now I'm not saying that I don't like Coach. I still like them and if they come out with a bag that I absolutely love, then I will buy it. But I'm not willing to invest as much money in one than I would in an LV. Hehe... the last Coach bag I bought (actually quite recently) was only about $110. That's the only reason I bought it because the price I paid was after a 40% discount.

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    Default Re: Help! What makes a bag worth $$$$$?

    Quote Originally Posted by boysRsmelly View Post

    Now I'm not saying that I don't like Coach. I still like them and if they come out with a bag that I absolutely love, then I will buy it. But I'm not willing to invest as much money in one than I would in an LV.

    I totally agree with BRS too! If Coach makes a bag that I totally LOVE i'm gonna buy it... unless its an overpriced one...

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    Default Re: Help! What makes a bag worth $$$$$?

    I also don't like brand name stuff that's just overpriced crap. Kathy Van Zeeland is all the rage right now where I live with the younger girls. The bags are around $100... not terribly expensive when you consider all other the bags out there that cost WAY more. But they are overpriced for what they are. They literally fall apart and I have a lot of people complaining about them at the store I work at. Okay, if you're going to produce crappy, throw-away bags then don't make them cost $100. :rolleyes:

    FYI: Fossil, Guess, and Nine West have a tendency to fall apart too. Get lots of complaints! LOL!
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    Default Re: Help! What makes a bag worth $$$$$?

    Like a diamond.. I feel handbags require a strict valuation criteria based on
    1) Uniqueness: Is the bag a cookie cutter design a la Coach or Rebecca Minkoff or does it have character and a truly original silhouette like Zac Posen, Prada, Miu Miu, or Michelle Vale. I personally like the smaller, new designers, because they offer exclusivity and total uniqueness (at least for awhile)

    2) Made in: If its made in Italy or the USA... it's usually more expensive but vastly superior in quality

    3) Materials: The leather Coach uses is dramatically different from leathers on a Gucci or Balenciaga. Also, higher end bag producers tend to use exotics more frequently

    4) Construction: The stitching, logo plates, and hardware all need to be considered

    5) Selection: The more styles and color options.. the better! This allows you to express yourself with your bag while decreasing the chances of your friends and foes pumping into you with the same bag.

    At the end of the day... the bag choice is up to you! I always encourage my friends to stretch themselves a little.. because an extra $400 usually means a huge difference in quality and style.

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    Default Re: Help! What makes a bag worth $$$$$?

    If you haven't actually seen a louis vuitton or other high end brand... Then you won't understand... Not to sound snooty or anything... I too wondered what the big deal was, but once I saw how well made the LVs were, I vowed to myself never to pay full price for a Coach unless I totally adore it.

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    Default Re: Help! What makes a bag worth $$$$$?

    ^^^ Yep, once you have an LV you never want to look back!

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    Default Re: Help! What makes a bag worth $$$$$?

    I have to be totally honest though... My collection has mostly coach bc I am poor and can't buy lv more than a couple times per year

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    Default Re: Help! What makes a bag worth $$$$$?

    ^^^ LOL! Nothing wrong with that. I don't have any money either. Plus I'm just down to 1 LV now. I love my MBMJ bag though... the strap is just awesome. But the Coach bags I own, I like as well. I just don't want to pay full price for them.

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    Default Re: Help! What makes a bag worth $$$$$?

    Thanks for weighing in, everybody. I was really curious as to how things were valued differently, and your answers all make sense.

    I'll definitely go into the LV boutique when I'm in Seattle. I've looked on eluxury, and since I'm really wanting a shoulder bag more than a handbag, I think the MC Montorgueil PM would be the choice I'd make for a first LV bag. However, that's $300 more than I've got, and with the way prices on everything are going up, unless I start selling all my clutter on ebay, I don't see a way of saving that much money through the end of the year. And if I do start selling the junk, the money really needs to go to school loans.

    I'm thinking about a MbMJ Turnlock Lady L or Quinn. Not sure--not many colors left.

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    Default Re: Help! What makes a bag worth $$$$$?

    The montorgeuil PM is a great investment... And louis vuitton stands behind their product and will repair straps and everything. You will have the bag forever whereas if you buy something else the company may not stick behind it.

    What I like about the LV products and shopping there is that the associates themselves are proud of the product. Its really refreshing to see that commitment to quality in an economy/ society that strives on cheap mass production by uneducated third world workers...

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    Default Re: Help! What makes a bag worth $$$$$?

    Quote Originally Posted by boysRsmelly View Post
    ^^^ LOL! Nothing wrong with that. I don't have any money either. Plus I'm just down to 1 LV now. I love my MBMJ bag though... the strap is just awesome. But the Coach bags I own, I like as well. I just don't want to pay full price for them.
    Where did all your LV go if u r down to one???

    I won't pay full price for coach either unless I totally love the bag...

    I posted pics of my stash in the show off your collection part of the forum

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    ^^^ Sold.

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