Louis Vuitton handbags and leather goods carry a premium price tag due to the ongoing popularity of the French fashion house and the quality of the products produced. It is basically impossible to snag a deep discount on new Louis Vuitton merchandise. The fashion house aggressively protects its image and the exclusivity of its merchandise by not offering sales and promotional periods and limiting the ability of authorized sellers of its products, such as department stores, to discount product. This makes the resell market and upscale consignment stores your best option for grabbing an iconic bag or travel accessory for less than retail. While you are buying used, the high-quality craftsmanship of Louis Vuitton makes it possible to buy second-hand and still have a bag that looks new. However, that's not the only way to get your hands on more affordable Louis Vuitton products.
If new is the only way to go for you, department store reward programs and store credit card holding will be your best bet to earn a return on a Louis Vuitton purchases. For example, you can buy a Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 25 for $1,490 at Neiman Marcus. InCircle Reward members at Neiman Marcus earn two points per dollar purchased on their store card. Accumulating 10,000 in points equals a $100 reward voucher you can use on any merchandise. New cardholders earn 5,000 points on a same-day in-store purchase. When you buy a $1,490 bag after opening a new card, you would have 7,980 points, the equivalent of $79.80 in rewards.
Alternatively, you could shop at Neiman Marcus, Macy's or Nordstrom year-round and accumulate points and reward vouchers to then cash in toward a $1,390 Neverfull MM purchase. Nordstrom's Nordy Club lets anyone earn 1 point per dollar spent and redemption starts at a $5 Nordstrom note - basically a gift card - for 500 points. Nordstrom cardholders earn 3 points per dollar and receive access to exclusive double points days. Macy's Star Rewards credit card lets regular shoppers at the Platinum Level earn 5% cashback rewards on purchases, meaning a Louis Vuitton Petite Malle for $5,550 would generate $277.50 in cashback. On top of that you earn 5 times point rewards. On a $5,550 bag, that is 27,750 points. One thousand points is a $10 Macy's voucher, meaning you also receive $270 worth of Macy's vouchers and $7.50 towards an additional $10 voucher with the purchase. When viewed as savings, that would lower the price of the Petite Mall by $555.
Shopping at Louis Vuitton directly will not provide any discounts, but you can earn perks. When you are a high-earning customer who plans on buying on repeat, establish a relationship with staff at a specific store. This can help you grab exclusive gifts like coffee table books, complimentary candies or the ability to host a birthday party at the store. These types of relationship perks are not limited to celebrity clients. Anyone who spends enough to qualify as a very important customer at a specific store can start receiving perks, but it isn't a guaranteed benefit.
An additional option is to buy verified authentic used bags through resellers like The Real Real or Bag, Borrow or Steal. Bag, Borrow or STeal also allows you to rent bags for a set fee until you find just the Louis V. you want. At The Real Real, the travel-ready Louis Vuitton Keepall Duffel 45 is over half-off at $725 compared to a $1,500 retail price. Renting a Louis Vuitton On-the-Go Tote costs $300 per month from Bag, Borrow or Steal. A pre-loved Bloomsbury PM Shoulder Bag is also available for purchase at the site for $1,195 compared to a manufacturer suggested price of $1,270.