When you go out with your handbag, no matter where you are, never leave it unattended. Many people are trusting with their bags, but the truth is, your bag is never really safe. While you don't want to have one of your own purses stolen, when you are borrowing a friend's purse, you need to be extra careful about keeping it safe. When you go out to a bar, you should keep your purse with you at all times. Because it can be a pain to dance and socialize with a big purse, you may want to consider using a wristlet or something small and easier to carry around with you. Even if you are at a close friend's party, you should keep your purse with you at all times. There could be people you don't know or trust at the party and you don't want to take any chances. When you have a beautiful designer purse, people will take more interest in it; not only wanting the money and valuables you have inside, but the handbag in general.
While sharing handbags can be a wonderful idea, you should be careful which of your bags you share and whom you share them with. Though your friend is probably dying to borrow your new Gucci bag, it may not be the best idea to let them use it unless you completely trust your friend and are prepared to face the idea that your handbag could be damaged. Some people have a hard time saying no when their friends want to borrow something, but you need to stand up for what you really want. If you have doubts about letting a friend borrow one of your expensive handbags, don't do it! This is especially true for friends who don't have any of their own handbags to let you borrow. Why will your friend have to buy her own expensive handbags if she can go on borrowing yours whenever she wants? Remember, sharing should be a two way street.
When a friend lets you borrow a handbag, you need to be extra careful with it. Only put in the bag what you need to be carrying around to avoid clutter. There are certain items you should avoid putting in your friends purse such as gum, candy, or pens. This is because there is a large potential for messes to be made with these items; gums can get stuck to bag, candies can melt, and pens can explode. If you do have an accident with your friend's handbag, you should tell them about it immediately. Even if you think you can get the stain or mess out, in the cleaning process you could actually end up doing more harm to the bad. Your friend may have a certain technique she uses or a favorite professional cleaner who she would rather bring her handbag to. If you have permanently damaged your friend's handbag, you must offer them the money to replace it. Even if your friend's handbag isn't made by a high end designer, it could still be their favorite purse and you need to treat it as carefully as possible. Also, be considerate when you're sharing and don't constantly be asking to borrow your friend's purse. Once in a while is all right, but your friend will begin to get annoyed if you always have one of their purses and don't offer to share your own.
In a manner similar to secret Santa, a great idea to bring friends together and to celebrate the holidays is to have a purse making party. Before the party, everyone should draw a name from a hat. Each person them must design a purse for the person whose name they draw. Go to any of the stores that allow you to design your own purses and let the purse making begin. The most exciting part of the party is knowing that everyone is making a purse for someone at the party, but not knowing who. A purse making party works best for groups of friends who know each other extremely well. It's perfect for friends who want to spend the same amount on their holiday presents and also want to spend some close time together.
Although you may be tempted, you should try your best not to abuse retailers' return policies. Abusing return policies may cause the prices of handbags to rise in the future and may also cause retailers to make their return policies stricter. Some people will buy handbags at discount stores and try to return them at department stores or other retailers. Some even purchase fake designer handbags and attempt to pass them off as real handbags while making returns. Remember, the sales associates at designer handbag retailers are generally very knowledgeable about the product and will be able to determine a fake when they see one. When purchasing handbags on Ebay, some buyers decide they don't like the bag, damage it, and then claim the bag arrived damaged. Doing so causes seller/buyer trust on Ebay to lessen and makes it more difficult for everyone to conduct honest sales. Always follow the store or individual's return policy in order to get the most success out of your return.
Just as you would check a seller's return policy on Ebay before purchasing a handbag, you should always check a store's return policy before making a purchase. All stores vary on their return policies so you should never assume anything and should instead, read the policy each time you shop a new store. Some stores offer returns within thirty days, some give more time, and some don't offer returns at all; opting to only give in-store exchanges or credits. If a store only offers exchanges rather than refunds, you need to decide if there is something else you would be happy purchasing in the store. When shopping for handbags online you should also make sure of the return policy. Keep in mind that many stores will make you pay shipping costs when making returns. If there is a chance you may need to return the purse, check to see if the online store has any physical locations close to you where you can make the purchase rather than buying it online.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|