Preparing your Hermès or Chanel bag for sale is an essential step in receiving the best price possible. The first thing to do is to categorize your bag’s condition according to the following guide:
Fair – Bag has visible imperfections which include scratches, discoloration, and/or tearing. This usually occurs in bags that have been heavily used for a period of months or years.
Good – Bag has some visible wear, but remains in good condition. Older bags which have signs of ageing including very minor discoloration, wear and/or scratches are categorized as good.
Very Good – Bag has some visible wear, but remains in very good condition. Older bags which have very slight signs of ageing including very minor discoloration, wear and/or scratches are categorized as very good.
Excellent – Bag is in near perfect condition with slight signs of wear. Bags which have barely visible imperfections are classified as being in excellent condition.
Pristine – Bag is in perfect condition with no detectable wear or defects. It looks the same as it did the day it was made.
Being honest with yourself when placing the bag in one of these categories can help you get an idea of the price the bag is likely to fetch. For instance, a bag which is in very good condition can fetch 80-90% of the original price, whereas a bag in pristine condition can fetch 120%+ of the original price. There are also options for upgrading the condition of your bag from, for instance good to excellent, by sending the bag for a “spa treatment” at the Hermès store minor/major repairs done to the damage by the manufacturer.
Once you are happy that the bag is in the best possible condition, do some research. Know the intricate details of the bag – What leather is it made from? What size is it? What metal is the hardware made from? Are the lock, keys, box, dust bag etc. original and in the same condition as the bag? If the bag was a gift, ensure it is authentic by having it professionally authenticated before you attempt to sell.
The final step when preparing the bag for sale is to take a series of high quality pictures of the bag. It is essential to include the flaws, design, and color of the bag in the pictures. Try to use a plain and uncluttered backdrop, leaving nothing to the imagination of the viewer.
Having all this information helps you to provide a clear and descriptive listing for the bag when selling it. It helps professionals identify the condition of the bag and provide an accurate quote if you are consigning or swapping the bag. Preparation is key to a successful and profitable sale.