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Founded by Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel in 1909 and led by Karl Lagerfeld since the 1980s, Chanel is famous for its quilted handbags, costume jewellery and classic womenswear. Today, the CC logo is synonymous with timeless style.
There aren’t many fashion brands who won’t let you buy their bags online at this point—even Hermès has answered the siren song of online retail—but Chanel remains one of the lone holdouts. Although the French handbag powerhouse has taken to releasing increasingly long and elaborate handbag lookbooks each season, you still have to march yourself into one of the company’s relatively scarce boutiques in order to obtain a brand new bag. If “brand new” isn’t the important part of that sentence for you, though, we may be able to help.
Over the past few years, the market for online sales of pre-owned designer merchandise (and especially things that don’t have to be sized according to the purchaser’s body, like bags) has exploded, and with it has comes new ways to get your hands on bags otherwise only available at brick-and-mortar stores. Depending on whether you’re most interested in price, selection or the ease of the overall experience, there’s probably at least one website or service that can get you exactly what you want. Check out our breakdown of the biggest Chanel bag selections online, below.
If you’re new to the pre-owned buying experience overall, we’ve also got a comprehensive guide to make sure you have a smooth experience and know all the ins and outs, as well as a first-person retelling of our former editor Katherine’s first experience buying a pre-owned bag online. Read up and go forth with confidence toward your new Chanel bag! 1 / 8
Shop Chanel Bags via eBay
eBay is the internet’s single largest source of pre-owned designer bags, period, and it’s currently home to thousands of listings for Chanel bags. If price is your biggest concern, eBay is likely your best bet to find the lowest prices since the auction service takes a much smaller cut of the overall sale price than consignment or other resale websites do, which, along with the decentralized listing process, can help keep things reasonable.
The downside of eBay designer bag shopping is the bags are not checked by a third party for authenticity before they’re listed, so it’s even more important to be an informed consumer than it is on other types of resale sites. There are a ton of real bags on eBay, though, and as long as you educate yourself, you can scoop one up for a great price. If you’re wary of a listing that seems too good to be true or you have your eye on something and want some extra assurance, you can post an authentication request in our Chanel subforum at the PurseForum.
Chanel Chevron Boy Bag, Buy It Now for $3,990 via eBay
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Shop Chanel Bags via Shopbop
Shopbop deals almost exclusively in brand new, contemporary clothing, bags and shoes, but through vintage powerhouse What Goes Around Comes Around, it also lists a selection of previously owned bags from a handful of super-popular brands, and Chanel is chief among them. The upside of Shopbop is WGACA authenticates its stock and tends to carefully edit its selection to focus on bags that will translate well to current wardrobes, so you get the cream of the crop. Also, you can return your bag if you don’t like it, just like anything else on the site. The disadvantage is that you pay a premium for that assurance and convenience, so the most dedicated deal hunters may prefer other avenues.
Chanel Vintage Camera Bag, $3,950 via Shopbop 3 / 8
Shop Chanel Bags via farfetch.com
In case you’re not familiar with farfetch.com, the premise is pretty cool: the website aggregates the online inventories of and coordinates shipping and returns for the world’s best independent boutiques, which means their website has a fantastically broad selection of mostly new merchandise. Lately, though, farfetch.com has been beefing up its stock from vintage-focused retailers, and that now includes Chanel bags from boutiques in the US, Europe and Asia, including some rare bags and runway pieces in addition to the crowd-pleasing flaps and totes. Each boutique sets its own prices, though, which means how much you’ll have to pay can vary widely depending on the boutique and where it is relative to your shipping address.
Chanel Classic Flap Bag, $5,372 via farfetch.com 4 / 8
Bluefly is well-known for trafficking in overstock designer goods, which most retailers of its kind buy wholesale from brokers or other middlemen. In the past several years, it has expanded its stock to include pre-owned pieces from sought-after designers whose goods generally aren’t available new via wholesalers, which brings us to its current stock of second-hand Chanel bags. Most of the bags are not the newest or most sought-after designs from the brand, but they’re quite well-priced for a regular retailer that offers a money-back return policy. If you like a vintage look and are looking for a deal, Bluefly is a good bet.
Chanel Medallion Tote, $1,977 via Bluefly 5 / 8
Shop Chanel Bags via Vestiaire Collective
Vestiaire Collective is one of the biggest of a relatively recent crop of designer-oriented resale sites that are essentially looking to provide lots of people the opportunity to buy and sell designer goods in a mostly decentralized way, but with a more high-end feel and a more explicit promise of authenticity than eBay. Like eBay, the stock is only restricted by what’s in anyone’s closet at any given time, so there are gems and rarities to be found, and the wide availability of the brand’s classic bags is good for price shoppers.
Unfortunately, the photo quality can vary a lot, which is disappointing for a premium service. The site includes tens of thousands of Chanel bag listings, though, which makes it an excellent spot to search for the runway rarity that’s been in the back of your mind for 10 years. VC also allows shoppers to make an offer instead of only allowing a purchase to be made on a non-negotiable price, so you may luck out if the bag you’re eyeing has been hanging around a while.
Chanel Chevron Flap Bag, $3,499 via Vestiaire Collective 6 / 8
Shop Chanel Bags via The RealReal
The RealReal is one of the largest designer consignment retailers on the internet, and although its selection is a little smaller than Vestiaire’s, the 4,000+ Chanel bag listings are nothing to sneeze at. Also, prices are set by sellers, so there are deals to be had for the patient and careful, in addition to the broad selection.
Chanel Velvet Boy Bag, $2,950 via The RealReal
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Shop Chanel Bags via Portero
Portero is one of the internet’s longest-standing purveyors of pre-owned luxury goods, and it works a little differently than more recently launched pre-owned fashion sites because most of the listings are from vetted and approved vendors, most of which trade in luxury goods as a personal business. That means the selection is more carefully curated (and usually much better photographed) than more decentralized resale sites, many of which rely on listings constructed by individuals cleaning out their personal collections, which vary a lot more in quality and presentation. Portero also offers consignment to individuals, but since those listings are managed by the company, the experience feels more high-end across the board. That doesn’t mean the prices are inflated, though—they’re competitive with other popular, well-known resellers on eBay and elsewhere.
Chanel Classic Flap Bag, $3,995 via Portero 8 / 8
Shop Chanel Bags via Heritage Auctions
Designer bags have become a hot commodity for big auction houses that are more traditionally focused on art, antiques or fine jewelry, and Dallas-based Heritage Auctions was the first house to dedicate significant resources to sourcing bags. While the rarities sold for sky-high prices are the things that make headlines, but both HA’s seasonal auctions and its tightly curated online shop offer bags that are less rare for competitive resale prices. At the other end of the spectrum, if you’re looking for the rarest and most exotic, Heritage can do that, too.
Forget the stock market! Invest in Chanel” is an idiom I live by. Chanel bags retain their value incredibly well, since the brand notoriously raise the prices of their bags every 6-12 months, while largely keeping their designs the same. Unlike the stock market, you are guaranteed to get your money back if you sell your Chanel bag in the future. A bag that I purchased in 2015 is now worth over $600 dollars more than I paid and I have enjoyed it for 4 years. The initial price tag, however, can understandably feel daunting and knowing what to buy can be even more intimidating. You want to be sure you’re making a decision that you’ll be happy with long term, so below is a guide to help you navigate your first Chanel purchase.
To keep it simple, you are going to want to consider the following things before investing in a Chanel bag. Read on for more details on each.
- Chain length
- Color and hardware
- New vs. Consignment
CHANEL BAG STYLES
There are a few core Chanel styles. If you are looking for a bag that will be a long term, safe investment then you should go with a classic flap bag, but certainly there are other options you can explore whether that be a seasonal bag, Boy Bag, Wallet on Chain, or a Gabrielle bag.
These bags come in a variety of sizes from extra mini, mini square, small, medium, jumbo and maxi. The medium is the most popular size. Newer bags have a “double flap” which means there is a small flap inside the bag. Some prefer the single flap as it is a bit lighter, but others argue that the double flap helps keep the shape of the bag. I don’t think there is a right or wrong version to purchase.
This bag was released in 2005 by Karl Lagerfeld to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Coco Chanel’s first bag. The original debuted in February 1955; hence the name 2.55. The 2.55 features the original “mademoiselle lock”; the CC cross latch was actually not released until the 80s. Fun fact: the 2.55 has a hidden inner pocket, where Coco Chanel allegedly kept her love letters from her lover! The 2.55 is much more popular in Europe than it is in America, but I think it is a timeless bag that is discreet and chic.
Seasonal bags are fun and unique. These are bags that are released with each season, but most do not return the next season. The downside is resale is less reliable. The upside is you can have a bag that is much more rare and you’ll likely be the only one at the party with the bag a few years from now.
Chanel Boy Bag
When this bag originally came out I loved it. It is a more modern, street style take on the classic flap bag. Over time, it has lost its appeal for me. If you love it, don’t listen to me as there is still certainly a strong demand for the Boy bag.
Another newer introduction to the line. I am not crazy about this style. It could eventually become a classic, but it is impossible to look in the future to know.
Chanel Wallet On Chain
This is technically considered a “small leather good” (sometimes referred to as a SLG) but often used as a handbag. The demand is high as they are less expensive than the classic flaps.
Picking the type of leather that is the best fit for you and your lifestyle is important. Below are the common leathers you will come across: caviar and lambskin being the two most popular.
- Pebbled appearance (hence the caviar name)
- More durable than lambskin, as it can handle more wear and tear
- Does not scratch as easily as lambskin leather
- Less sensitive to water (though don’t take your caviar bag on a water slide)
- The most popular leather
- Very soft to touch
- Slight gloss appearance
- Fragile. Keep away from things that will dent or stain the leather
- Sensitive to water and may stain
- Pro tip: store the bag with the chains inside the bag to avoid scratches
- Over time, the puffiness of the quilted lambskin can flatten
- Basically, the diva of the family
- This leather is used for the Reissue 2.55
- Unpolished, so it will not be as shiny as a caviar
- Similar durability to caviar
- Purposefully meant to look vintage, as the 2.55 was brought back in 2005 by Karl Lagerfeld to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Coco Chanel’s original bag
- Lighter patent leather will show dents and stains more easily
- Stains on patent are difficult to remove
- Dark fabrics can color transfer, so be careful with your brand new dark jeans
- Not as popular of a leather when it comes to resale
- mainly used on Chanel diamond quilted flap bags, Boy Bags, wallets, and small leather goods
- Keep in mind that the metallic finish can rub off
- Handle with care as stains, water marks etc. are difficult to reverse
- New boy bags use calfskin
Chain lengths vary depending on the size and style of the Chanel bag. If it is important to have a bag that can be cross body, I recommend going into the store to figure out what bag works for your body. Some Chanel bags do not work as cross bodies for curvier ladies, so keep that in mind!
HARDWARE & COLOR
Color: Black is the most popular color for Chanel bags. If you are realistically only ever going to have one and or want to be able to easily resell the bag in the future, I recommend going with black. It’s foolproof. However, there are lots of beautiful colors to choose from. Be careful with lighter colors with color transfer!
Hardware: The typical hardware colors are silver and gold. The 2.55 has a typically has an all metal chain (no leather interwoven) with a brushed appearance. They also release a “so black” version of their bag occasionally where everything is jet black.
NEW OR CONSIGNMENT?
I am in full support of purchasing new or used Chanel bags; I have done both. Chanel bags go up in value about every 6-12 months, so no matter what you do the bag you buy today will be worth more down the road. That being said, buying second hand can make a Chanel bag much more attainable and depending on the bag you can save thousands of dollars. The only two sites I purchase from are Fashionphile and The RealReal. I am not endorsed by these sites, but these are the two sites I trust. Are there reputable sources outside of these to purchase? I am sure, but I stick to what I know as there are lots of fakes out there and I appreciate that both brands stand behind their authenticity.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Which would you recommend as a first and only Chanel? Which do you get the most use out of?
Black Caviar Medium Flap with silver or gold Hardware. It may be the “safe” option, but it is a classic bag that you can always resell should you need extra money or change your mind down the road.
Style that holds its value?
I would recommend the Chanel 2.55 or the Chanel Classic Flap in any of the sizes.
Caviar vs. Lamb?
Lambskin and caviar are the two common leathers. Lambskin is gorgeous, but it is more delicate. Depending on your temperament, you may get upset if you scratch your lambskin Chanel bag. If you will realistically only ever have one single Chanel bag and or you tend to be clumsy, caviar is a safer bet.
How do you know you’re getting a good price?
It depends on the bag, as some brand new bags resell for more than retail, if they’re so popular they are impossible to locate in store. I would say anywhere from 20-30% or more off is a fairly good deal. Again, prices vary depending on the bag, color, leather etc. but that is a good range to start. In general, the price of Chanel will only continue to go up. If you can afford to buy the bag now then I would recommend buying it; it will only continue to go up in value and you’ll be kicking yourself later when it’s several hundred, if not thousands, more. On that note- never buy a Chanel bag if you cannot afford it. Wait until you can. Chanel makes beautiful bags, but going in debt for a bag, no matter what it looks like, is never worth it!
That is a subjective. For me, my favorite bag I own is the mini square. It is roomy enough for your phone, keys, chapstick or lipgloss, and card wallet It is great for day, but also doesn’t look like a big, silly bag for evening. My first Chanel bag was my wallet on chain. I have to say it is really small. If you can save a little bit more, I would size up a little bit, especially if you’re looking to wear the bag other than as an evening bag.
Single or Double Flap- which do you like best?
I don’t have a preference.
What style shows least wear?
In general, I find a crossbody bag wears best as it spends less time on the floor. If you’re going to invest in a nice bag, don’t treat it like a $10 bag from Target. Don’t overstuff the bag. Don’t take it to a crowded, frat bar where you’ll have beer spilled on it. Don’t cram it in your closet under 10 different bags. Store your bag out of direct sunlight and treat it with care and you’ll have it for decades.
What size is perfect for a crossbody to carry phone and wallet? Not too big or small?
I like the mini square, mini classic flap, or the small classic flap.
How can you restore a lambskin quilted bag that is a little loved and needs refreshing?
I have a guide with many cobbler recommendations here.
Do some hold up better over time?
How you treat the bag will be a factor, but overall caviar is the most durable leather.
How can you be sure it’s authentic?
Authenticity is a difficult game, as fakes get more and more sophisticated. There is always an inherent risk when you buy second hand, but I recommend using a trusted source, whether that is online or a consignment store you trust. I would not buy from an individual unless you really trust that person to be honest and trustworthy. In general, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. I also recommend taking a look at the quality of the bag. Chanel quilted bags should line up evenly and the quality of the materials should be very high.
A T&T follower who works for Chanel also added, “my number one recommendation would be to pay attention to the basics. I can’t even tell you how many times people come in with a bag and at first glance it might look good, but the indications are usually the size of the clasp, or the length of the leather on the strap (for a boy bag). These are things Chanel tends to keep the same size all the time, so it is an immediate red flag.”
Are larger sizes heavier?
Yes, they have more leather.
Should we buy the trendy Chanel bags or just the flap bag?
If you will only ever have one bag, I would go traditional. If you are a really eccentric, funky person and that sounds insanely boring, then go with a fun fabric or color. Just know your chances of getting sick of it may be higher and it will be harder to resell as most people go traditional. If you have several Chanel bags, then sure, go crazy and get some funky colors and styles. Just keep in mind that the trendy, seasonal bags may eventually go out of style.
Which style has the highest resale value?
Classic flaps or 2.55
Would you buy without a box?
Having a “full set” (box, dust bag) is ideal for resale but not essential. I have purchased three Chanel bags without them and figure others will do the same from me if I ever want to resell.
Would you buy without a serial number?
Would you buy without an authentication card?
I have, but I purchased the bag from a trusted source.
How do you inspect for signs of wear?
Look at the corners of the bag. Are the straps very worn out? Is there tarnishing on the metal? If it’s a wallet, see if the slots are stretched out. Does it smell like it comes from a home with animals, smoke, mold etc.?
Top 3 must own Chanel bags– one crazy, one black one evening?
That is a very hard question! I will give you my boring point of view. My personal three picks would be the Mini Square, Reissue, and a funky exotic color.
The proper way to carry a Gabrielle?
However you want to!
What Chanel bag is too trendy that you wouldn’t buy?
Boy bags. I almost bought my wallet on chain in the boy bag version in 2015 and am so thankful I did not. At the time, I liked that it was a bit more edgy, but over the last few years I have seen one too many Real Housewives of Orange Country cast members with the bag. It has kind of killed them for me. Eventually I think they’ll be phased out.
I saw a Camel Chanel bag on Ebay with a pen mark- any hope of cleaning it off?
Hmmm. Unless you’re getting a truly screaming deal and it is not that noticeable, I would pass. You could take a picture to a cobbler before you buy and get a professional opinion, but it seems like too much money to spend for a damaged bag. Better to continue to save up and get a bag that is perfect.
Easy and inexpensive repairs possible to make a non-perfect bag perfect? What is a red flag in terms of damage?
I do not profess to be a bag repair expert. For all bags, I would check with a cobbler you trust or speak with a sales associate at Chanel to see if they can repair before buying any damaged bag.
What actually fits in the wallet on chain (WOC)?
NOT MUCH! Card wallet, small set of keys, lip gloss. I know the WOC is meant to be used as a wallet and has slots for cards but I never used it that way. So I suppose if you used it sans card wallet you’d get a bit more room. It’s ideal for evening.
What styles are usually a better deal?
Older styles that are no longer sold in store tend to be more affordable. You’ll pay less too if the bag is not leather typically.
Do you shop on The Real Real? Not great pics and no returns on bags!
I do. My mini square is from The Real Real. I had a good experience buying from them. I also had an issue where the strap broke unexpectedly about 9 months later and they offered to either refund me entirely or pay for the repair. Chanel thankfully fixed the bag for free but I was impressed by their customer service. If you’re nervous about the final sale I would recommend either doing your research ahead of time so you’re absolutely certain or shopping in one of their New York or LA stores so you can find a bag in person.
Have you had any Chanel regrets?
That’s an oxymoron! The beauty of Chanel is you can always resell. If you want to sell immediately after purchasing, you may not break even, but if you can wait even 6 months to a year (the longer the better) you will be able to recoup your costs.