I’m not a big fan of Louis Vuitton handbags, so you might be surprised that I recently dropped a few grand on one about a week ago. The reason?
It was a birthday gift for my mom my sister and I decided to get her.
With the Coronavirus in full bloom and living quite a distance away from the nearest LV store in Malaysia, I decided buying online was my best bet.
Options, options, options…
When it comes to buying an LV bag online, we Malaysians have a few choices: buy them from marketplaces like Shopee and Lazada, from pre-loved suppliers like Reebonz or private sellers, or from Louis Vuitton’s official online store.
Since I wanted to get a new bag and be 100% sure I’m getting an authentic bag, I decided to go with the Louis Vuitton official store.
Buying from the Louis Vuitton Official Site: My Experience
Buying from the Louis Vuitton site, for the most part, is pretty straightforward. You create an account, pick the bag you want and then pay for it.
This is the bag my mom picked out:
(While it shows RM6,300 now, I bought the bag for RM200 less about a week ago…)
I paid with BigPay and get an order confirmation e-mail shortly after.
Up to this part, everything is pretty normal. However, unlike normal e-commerce sites, when you buy from a site like Louis Vuitton, your order goes into order validation first.
When I checked my BigPay account, the payment status was “Pending” rather than “Settled”.
I waited about 1 day to get past this stage and move along to the “Order in preparation” stage:
Once it got to this stage, I received another email saying that my order has been shipped about a day later:
Heads up – you won’t get a tracking number
As someone who shops online fairly often, I was surprised to see that I could not see any tracking number attached to my order. Even after several days of having my order shipped, there was no tracking number update.
I wasn’t too worried but got a little impatient. My sister checked around and told me that this is apparently common practise for safety reasons.
So I waited patiently.
About 3 days later, I get this message indicating my order is on the way!
Received my Louis Vuitton Bag in a Big, Brown Box
My order arrived at my doorstep at 2 pm-ish:
As you can see, it’s a big, brown box with plastic wrapping. There’s no Louis Vuitton branding on the box. Unless you opened the box, it will be pretty tough to guess that there is an LV bag inside.
When I opened the box, I’m greeted with the bright orange box and a paper bag that you’d get when you buy an LV bag in the store:
From the consignment stickers on the box, this bag seems to have arrived from Singapore.
The bag itself – I’m pretty satisfied
The bag itself is, expectedly, in very good condition. It comes with a nice ribbon – just perfect for a gift.
This experience just made me feel like I had walked in an LV store, picked a bag and got it delivered. There are no dents or anything like that. It’s just perfect!
Conclusion: Worth it!
My overall experience of buying from Louis Vuitton online store has been pretty positive. The whole process took about 5 days from order to arrival. While not getting a tracking number is pretty annoying at first, I understand it’s all part of security.
The bag itself arrived in great condition with everything intact. I especially love the idea that I don’t have to question the authenticity of the bag since it is from the official store.
If you’re looking to buy an LV bag for yourself, or as a gift and can’t (or don’t want to) get to an LV store, buying online is a great alternative.
The caveat here is that you’ll probably have a much smaller selection online than in-store. If you’re looking for more classic styles, however, this shouldn’t be a big problem.
Bonus: The Cool Thing about Buying Louis Vuitton Online in Singapore
If you are from Singapore or stay there from time to time, the Louis Vuitton shopping experience there is kinda cool. Just thought I’d mention that.