(ETX Daily Up) – Are second-hand platforms changing retail? We are far from it, but the sales records posted by some second-hand experts are confusing. As proof, a Birkin Faubourg d’Hermès bag was sold for 158,000 euros on Vestiaire Collective, which is more than the usual price of a model from the luxury house.
Why invest in cryptocurrency, when you can rush to the Parisian flagship of Hermès, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, and treat yourself to a Birkin bag? Better yet, you can avoid the waiting lists and find one at the fast-growing second-hand workshops online. A real investment, stronger than gold according to some experts, the bags of the French house Hermès are always in demand, but they have reached record prices for several months, although on the secondary market.
The site Vestiaire Collective was the site of the sale, last May, of a Birkin Faubourg model at a price of 158,000 euros, breaking the previous record set six months earlier by a bag . .. Birkin from Hermès. The latter found a buyer for 112,000 euros. Something to turn heads. Favorite bag of celebrities, and now reality TV stars, who flaunt them everywhere on social networks, the Birkin sees its price increase every year, showing not only the sign of wealth but a real investment for women. .
A safe bet (and investment)
The much-loved piece of leather, which will celebrate its 40th birthday in 2024, is rising to exorbitant prices today, not only in the sales offices where it can reach six figures. Vestiaire Collective explains that the average price of a Hermès bag will increase by 15% in 2022 compared to the previous year; it does not prevent consumers from putting their hands in their pockets. According to the second-hand platform, search for Birkin bags increased by an average of 20% compared to last year, and sales peaked in January 2022 with a 40% increase compared to the second-hand platform. last year.
“Timeless handbags or regular handbags are a safe bet because they don’t go out of style or lose their value. This is not the first time I have sold Vestiaire Collective has a very accessible Hermès, a testimony to the trust of customers and the quality of the guaranteed service offered by the platform”, explained Sophie Hersan, director and founder of the platform .
Scarcity is one of the reasons why the second hand is the most suitable for those who dream of a unique look – or almost, as the verification services guarantee that it will not end in fraud. If in stores, a typical Birkin is sold for less than 10,000 euros, prices rise to tens of thousands of euros for specific models on good second-hand platforms such as Collector Square and Vestiaire Collective, showing interesting crescent for photo bag. , in the last few years from something unique and expensive to a real investment.