"When you just gotta have it, you tend to bite the bullet," says jewelry designer Janina Dizon-Hoshka, who frequently shops through online resellers. Admit it, when you're lusting over a limited edition designer item, the frustration and struggle of acquiring it is real. And sometimes (or most of the time), the piece you want isn't available in your preferred color or size; it's either already sold out or simply not available locally. So what do you do? Scour the internet to find that covetable piece.
The danger of getting duped is definitely there, but Janina assures us that there are ways to make sure that your purchase will be authentic and that your transaction will be worry-free. Here are her three reseller rules to follow:
1. Buy from someone you know and trust.
And we mean personally, or at least enough to the point that you can call that person a friend. You'll be shelling out a lot of money for this item and you need to make sure that the person getting it for you can be trusted (with your life!) "I remember wanting a monogrammed Burberry poncho when it came out. So I asked my trusted friend [who's a personal shopper based in Paris], Verushka Go of Luxe Confidante (@luxeconfidante on Instagram), to get it for me, and within two weeks, I had it." Janina shares. Also, make sure to settle a payment term you're comfortable with.
2. Know your purchase from the inside and out!
Doing extensive research on the piece you're buying is a non-negotiable. Make sure you know what material it's made of, look for close-up photos to see its workmanship, and find photos of it actually being worn. So that when your buyer sends you photos or asks you questions, you're knowledgeable enough to spot a fake.
3. If it's rare, go for it. But if it's available locally in store, visit the boutique instead.
"Resellers tend to price higher because their goods are more of-the-moment, be it the best colors or the latest trends," Janina tells us. True enough, if you're not willing to wait for that collab or limited edition item to be available here (or the fact that it will never be), then a trusted reseller may be your only option. But never forget the equal luxury of visiting a physical store. If you find what you want at the boutique, you can try it, buy it there and then, and even save up some cash 'cause it's still relatively cheaper. Plus, you'd know it's authentic because you bought it from the store yourself.
A version of this article appeared in Preview's April 2017 issue. Read it as part of this month's Workshop here.