Normally, I turn to good 'ole Ebay and Craigslist, but I just wasn't in the place to spend the time and effort needed to filter out the spam and such. Since designer handbags are not typically big sellers in garage sales, I decided to try out a online company called Bag, Borrow, or Steal (BBOS).
I started off by doing some background research on the Internet (i.e. Google-ing) and didn't find any bad reports from people concerning the sale of their handbags, only a few minor complaints about rental handbags not being in very good condition. So, I decided to give them a try.
The brown leather coach handbag was instantly declined (which surprised me a little since it was in like-new condition and I had a dust bag/receipt to prove authentication). The other two bags were accepted. BBOS offered me $80 for the Kate Spade diaper bag. Not as high as I would have liked but considering the fact that they had to pay have it shipped to them and they have overhead costs - I figured it was an acceptable amount.
The third handbag, the blue-trimmed Coach outlet bag was also approved for $50. Pretty good considering I only paid $110 for it.
BBOS provides you with a prepaid mailing label for shipping. I popped the two handbags into two separate boxes, scheduled a pickup with my USPS postal carrier and off they went. I didn't have any tracking information since I chose the carrier pickup method (oops), but I could have taken them to the post office and been able to track them.
This is where I hit my first frustration with BBOS. It took them a little over two weeks to communicate that they had received the handbags. In my opinion, that is a pretty long turn around time. About three days later, I received another email stating that the Kate Spade diaper bag had been accepted, but they felt that it was not worth the original $80 quote and they were now offering me $60. At this point I felt that they were hoping I would say "Fine. Whatever." and just accept their low ball offer (I didn't). I also received an email stating that the blue-trimmed Coach bag was not accepted and would be returned to me asap.
In the end, I had my two handbags shipped back to me (free of charge) and lost about a month's worth of time that I could have sold these bags on Craigslist or Ebay. It wasn't worth the trouble. It made me uneasy to ship valuable items to a company that I didn't really know and I felt that they tried to low ball me at every opportunity.
Was it an awful experience? No. Would I do it again? No.
I sold all three handbags on Craigslist within a week for well over the quoted amount from BBOS. Now I have some extra cash for home decorating projects!