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How to buy a Hermes Birkin bag and not break the bank?

Most of the time, to buy a luxury bag at a lower cost, the second-hand market is the best solution. With the Hermes Birkin bag, it's a little different.

The Birkin, a bag in the image of a mythical woman

His mischievous air, his big almond-shaped eyes and his graceful head carriage wreaked havoc during the 1970s. Sophisticated yet deliciously wild, artist Jane Birkin was the woman men dreamed of marrying and that women secretly envied...

Portrait of Jane Birkin.
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Many designers have fallen under the spell of this young lady all fire, all flame. Even today, the echoes of her tumultuous passion with Serge Gainsbourg still raise the temperature in the thatched cottages.

But as she moves from a movie set to a concert stage, it is through a chance encounter in the cockpit of an airplane that the name "Birkin" will forever be linked to the world of luxury leather goods.

In 1984, the first Hermès Birkin handbag was created under the impetus of Jean Louis Dumas, the French businessman at the head of the House of Hermès at the time. The rest of the story is well known.

With such a muse, it is easy to understand why this bag was immediately very popular. Even today, it still sells very well and you can find it new from about 7000€. So how to find it at a better price?

How to buy a Birkin Hermès bag at the best price?

For once, it's easy: you have to order it from Hermès!

Indeed, the Birkin is a custom-made bag. Being very popular, there is a long waiting list to get one. For this reason, many unused Birkins in perfect condition are resold second hand, more expensive than new, because they are then available immediately.

In the end, if you're not in a hurry, it's best to buy your Birkin bag directly from Hermès. On the other hand, if you're in a hurry, you should turn to the second hand and accept to pay 15%, 20% or even 25% more for it...

How do I buy a used Birkin bag?

1) The luxury flea markets

Whether they are the result of personal initiatives or organized by agencies, luxury flea markets are an excellent way to find a Birkin bag quickly. However, sometimes it can be difficult to find some that are really interesting and sometimes you will have to pay an entrance fee.

Nevertheless, if you have a lot of time and little money, scouring through the empty purses should help you find the Birkin Hermes bag of your dreams.

Please note, however... Items sold at a garage sale are often described based on what the seller says. In other words, there are no intermediary agents protecting the buyer or playing the role of the police.

It is only between you and the seller. If you have an eye for forgeries (even quality ones), you will be as comfortable as a fish in water. On the other hand, for a novice, the situation is more delicate, because the traps are numerous...

Hermes Birkin 30cm in black Togo leather. Excellent condition
Birkin 30cm in black Togo leather (Click on the image to access its file)

2) Second-hand stores

At the very moment you are looking to acquire a Birkin Hermes bag, another woman wants to offer a second home to hers. On the depot-sale sites, buyers and sellers meet and can satisfy their desires.

IconPrincess IconPrincess goes one step further... On IconPrincess, all items are filtered and analyzed before being offered for sale. If there is any doubt about its authenticity, the item is not validated and is not offered for sale. Dubitative? On the site, read about our fight against counterfeiting..

And if you are not satisfied with your purchase, you have the possibility to reship the article and be reimbursed within 48 hours. What other warranty do you need?

3) Is it possible to find a cheap Hermes Birkin bag on classifieds websites?

It is possible to find a Birkin bag on websites, but it will never be cheaper than if you buy it new from hermes, as we explained above.

The problem is then to know if the bag is really authentic. If it is sold with a proof of authenticity, then it should be fine. But it is still necessary to know how to sort out the real from the fake.

This is also the great strength of a site like IconPrincess: we act as a liaison between sellers and buyers to ensure that counterfeiters and other scammers stay out of the picture.

Here are some quick tips to avoid counterfeits in case you choose another solution than IconPrincess

How to recognize an authentic Hermes Birkin bag?

Before you can go headfirst, you need to be able to recognize a real Hermes Birkin bag. Popularized by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, the Birkin has become so popular that it is customary to wait several years before owning one.

Unfortunately, the Birkin Hermès bag was a victim of its own success. Today, counterfeits of this iconic accessory are legion.

To distinguish a real Hermes Birkin bag from an imitation, pay attention to a few details.

Close-up photo of an Hermès Birkin shoulder bag in black leather showing the quality of the finishing touches.

First, the contours of your Hermes Birkin bag should be straight, not curved or rounded. Also, no matter what the situation, never buy a Hermes Birkin bag without its original invoice.

Another point that can help you is the color of the marking used to engrave the bag. Since its creation in 1837, the House of Hermès has only ever used three types of markings: natural, gold or silver. If your bag doesn't fit into one of these boxes, it is definitely a fake.

Nevertheless, it must be admitted that counterfeiters become better over time... Even if you are vigilant, you are not safe from danger. So stay vigilant and if in doubt, ask for authentication!