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Money Tip: How to Buy Designer Jeans For Less

The October issue of Glamour arrived in my mailbox and filled me with glee, and I appreciate its effort in publishing an article called "25 Ways to Live Rich on Less Money." Most of the tips were just reminders of things we can do to save, like searching online for coupons before buying something for its retail price, but there was one tip that stood out to me as being more than a simple memory aide. I've used this trick myself a few times and it has worked like a charm every time.

I go to department stores and try on all the designer jeans to see what size I am. Then I find those same jeans on eBay and buy them for less. I save hundreds of dollars.

Sure, it doesn't exactly give you the instant gratification that leads to that shopping high, but it does give you the thrill of getting something for less. Have you used this tactic for saving, or would you use it going forward?


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LoveSarah LoveSarah 9 years
I just bought a pair of Seven jeans for $9.99. No joke! They were in the clearance rack at the mall. They were waaay to long on me, so I actually spent more to have them hemmed then I did on the jeans themselves, but it was so worth it!
Jyramiah Jyramiah 9 years
Ah yes. I do that. And most things are much cheaper on Ebay. Huzzah!
thelorax thelorax 9 years
Not exactly, but I have a similar tactic I guess: when my girlfriends want to go shopping, I'll go along and enjoy socially "window shopping" and help them decide on their purchases and get ideas from what I see, but refrain from purchasing anything full price. Then I'll go discount shopping, either someplace I know is having a HUGE sale, or Ross/Marshall's/Nordstrom Rack/even Forever 21 which has "the look for less" oftentimes...orrr I'll go Jenny Humphrey and bust out the sewing machine myself ;)
syako syako 9 years
:shrug: :P
syako syako 9 years
j2, I use ebay for other things, but never for jeans. It's just too easy to get a fake even if you are vigilant and follow the "rules" :shurg:
baybug baybug 9 years
I didn't know they made fake designer jeans. You can always just go to outlets and buy them there.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Wow, I had no idea that people were that skeeved out about ebay! I've used it for 8 years now and bought almost 500 different things and never once had anything be shitty, fake, or a rip off. Weird!
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
I got a nice pair of brand new Levi's Strauss jeans a few months ago, for maybe less then 1/3 of the original price.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
nordstrom rack and filene's basement are the absolute best for designer jeans. i've gotten a pair of 7s at nordstrom rack for $60, and they're genuine, in perfect shape. love it.
facin8me facin8me 9 years
So much on what is on eBay is fake. Even if the seller doesn't use stock photos, they still might not send you what was advertised. I go to Loehmann's and Nordstrom Rack for deals on jeans.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
sy that's a cool site - thanks for sharing! I've had a few friends who had bad experiences with eBay. Some of the goods were stolen and others were fake. Yikes!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Nordstrom Rack is right, cubadog! Also, if you are a small size and petite (not over 5'5'), you can get many designer brands in the girl's department. I always buy my Seven for all Mankind and Hudsons in the the girls department. A size 0 women's is equivalent to a 12 in girls. They are about $100 cheaper and I don't have to get them hemmed, cuz they are shorter!
cmd0610 cmd0610 9 years
T.J.Maxx (good for 7 jeans), Loehman's, Off 5th - the Saks outlet store (best for every designer jean imaginable), don't buy Lacoste on Ebay- most of it is fake.
pwest99 pwest99 9 years
I have several pairs of Joe's jeans, 7 For All Mankind and Citizen's of Humanity that I've gotten at TJ Maxx, Marshall's or Nordstrom Rack. And I paid well under $100 for all of them. Consignment stores are also excellent spots for inexpensive designer jeans.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
I'm always weary of ebay. However, I do sell and sometimes buy on there. When I first started I got a Tiffany box. I read the post wrong. Nice... Make sure you read the whole post on Ebay. Sunday I got a pair of True Religion Jeans for $69 at TJ Maxx. However, I do have to have them hemmed. Oh well. They were normally around $200 so I guess that's a deal. I did balk, but I can't wait to wear them!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
A good way to avoid buying fake jeans etc is to: 1. avoid people who are mass sellers of one particular item (like who have a 1000+ feedback or an ebay "store") 2. avoid sellers that are overseas, 3. avoid sellers that use stock photos, i.e. they arent the picture of the exact same item that you are buying. Its really simple actually. Just buy from individual people who are selling one of a few items and who took the picture themselves, for example Suzie-Q in Ohio who bought a $200 pair of jeans and is either now sick of them or now has to pay off her credit card bill. Its actually very easy to tell between the real and the fake sellers online. You just have to be smart. :)
geebers geebers 9 years
There are SO many ways to get designer anything besides off of Ebay. I have issues with ebay - use it at your own risk. I think the best route is to try department stores and certain reputable websites have jeans constantly going on sale.
syako syako 9 years
(this is not a good money tip, btw. If you really want a good deal on designer jeans, go to savvycircle dot com and go bookmark the pair of jeans you want at about 10 different online sites - like Barneys, Shopbop etc - then wait and wait and at the end of the season you can get them for as little as $50. And coming from Barneys, you know they're real)
syako syako 9 years
DON'T BUY FROM EBAY! So many designer jeans on there are FAKE! WARNING!!
ImmaDiva ImmaDiva 9 years
I ALWAYS buy them on ebay! Just make sure you're buying from a powerseller with good feedback! I've got 5 pairs of TRUE RELIGION fleece pants for $50 and under each, brand new with tags! You can get great deals. Alot of sellers sell things for less because they're from a sample sale or overstock or irregular (but you cant even tell why so who cares) and it's awesome!
dcfashionista dcfashionista 9 years
I dont purchase from Ebay because a few of my friends did get burned on buying fake designer items. I just wait for sales and use coupons to maximize savings.
looseseal looseseal 9 years
I got some Nanette Lepore goodies this way. I guess it's okay if you're looking for stuff that's harder to fake and that people aren't as likely to bother to fake. Also, if there's a real picture instead of just a catalog picture or something like that, that makes the item likelier to be real, too.
Advah Advah 9 years
Got myself a great Superdry windbreaker a few weeks ago using that method! :P
gemsera gemsera 9 years
I use a money saving website, which allows me to earn money for clicking on links, entering surveys, and gives me cashback for trying out new websites. I have earnt £25 in a month and if I were to take out home insurance (for instance) they have a bunch of companies offering up to £100 to take out your insurance with them. I find it a great way to make a little extra on the side to afford nice things :)
chatoyante chatoyante 9 years
It takes time to really find the good stuff, but TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross are good for designer treasure hunts. I regularly see Joe's, Sevens, several others at these places, but sometimes the sizes are the hard part! Also Loehmann's is great, if there's one near you. I found some great Raven jeans in the Back Room for $20 a couple of years ago. I wish I could find another pair now that they're wearing out! :P
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