Quelle Surprise!: Louis Vuitton for Less Coming to Oct. 29!

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Pictured: The Coveted, Louis Vuitton Red Epi Clutch Bag, featured as part of Portero’s sale

I have spent more hours than I care to admit in the elusive search for discounted Louis Vuitton bags. From browsing hundreds of eBay listings, looking at Craig’s list, and even going to the LV stores,the search for a discounted Vuitton has been as rare as what Carson McCullers might have called blue eggs on Sunday. Why? Because the fakes are everywhere. Louis Vuitton aficionados, you know of what I speak. Fake Louis Vuitton bags are now sold on the street corners of major cities. Here are a few tell tale fake signs:

  • The seams on the fake LV have mismatched logos and prints
  • The Epi or Alma bag lined with canvas instead of suede
  • The rivets and hardware have poorly engraved Louis Vuitton markings on them
  • The fake LV reeks of glue

Whole books have been written on how to spot the numerous LV fakes. In recent years, the fakes have flooded the market. In my experience, the best way to buy Louis Vuitton for less is to buy a pre-owned bag in good condition.

So good news LV lovers! A sale, from a reliable source, is on the way.’s Now or Never sale will feature some LV classics for less. The sale starts Thursday, October 29th, and will run from noon to 5pm EST. Louis Vuitton limited-edition pieces, vintage finds, and monogrammed classics will be up to 70% off on. To receive the discounts, register on

My spies tell me that the sale will include a rare selection of 19 pre-owned Louis Vuitton handbags and accessories. Here are some highlights:

Pictured: The Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Multi-Exotic Skin & Monogram Canvas Oskar Waltz Runway Bag from the sale

Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Multi-Exotic Skin & Monogram Canvas Oskar Waltz Runway Bag. This limited-edition bag was offered only to VIP clients of Louis Vuitton, and will sell for $5,399 during the 5-hour sale. (that’s not exactly a bargain, but ok, this is an LV “sale.” Is this Louis Vuitton or Louis Wanton?)

Louis Vuitton Rare Pristine Vintage Red Epi Leather Giant Clutch (pictured at the top of this post). This very rare piece is in pristine condition and will be priced at $396 during the sale (estimated retail value is $880).

Sounds interesting, huh? 🙂 Some budgetary damage could definitely be done. The Wall Street Journal has called Portero One of the best options on the web for buying authentic merchandise.” The WSJ is a credible source for this buyer. Items are guaranteed authentic or your money back. After all, the fakes are not cheap. In my experience, fake LV is still several hundred dollars. So why get tricked?

Pictured: The elusive Orange Hermès Birkin Bag on Portero, I would love to go trick or treating with this. There’s something about that Birkin Bag……:)

The Portero website features more than LV. They also sell Hermès Birkin Bags. According to the Fox blog, a Birkin sample sale and the search for a bargain Birkin can bring out the absolute worst in people. Fox 411 reports that glamour girl Brooke Shields may have cracked under the pressure of bargain shopping for a Birkin. Can you imagine the horror of being asked if you needed help at a Birkin sample sale? The effrontery. Does she not know about Portero? Brooke, shop privately via your PC and avoid the gossip mongers 🙂


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. Lisa

    October 29, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Excellent! I am a true LV lover but have been trying to control myself these days. Thank you for this info… I am now hopeful that I will be sporting a new LV during the holiday season. You are a lifesaver Recessionista!!!

  2. Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog

    October 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Great post! Some of those fakes are so tricky, especially if you're trying to buy them online. It's nice to know a trustworthy site is offering out deals.

  3. Blondie

    October 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Oh how I wish I could have the top bag! I love LV! Kori xoxo

  4. Replica Jewelry

    November 5, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Oh wow! This red bag is looking very beautiful. Its design is absolutely awesome. I wana purchase this bag. Thanks a lot for sharing such a nice collection.