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Is this bag worth $200?

I'm going back and forth. A co-worker is selling her Kooba Ginger bag for $200. She said it's in great shape and she paid $600 for it a few years ago. Anyone have this bag or a Kooba in general? This would be my first and I don't know if they are worth the money or not. 
Feel free to tell me the bag is fug too.
I'm looking for a bag in a cognac color right now and when I mentioned it, she told me about the Kooba. 
 
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Re: Is this bag worth $200?

  • Unless you really like the bag, I wouldn't pay $200 for a used Kooba.  Koobas are awesome though. You can find new ones discounted at bluefly and Nordstroms. 

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  • I think Kooba bags are good quality.  The leather is usually really nice.  However, I don't know if I would pay $200 for a used Kooba that is a few years old. Maybe $100.
  • I personally wouldn't spend $200 on it but I don't really think the bag is that great...I wouldn't say it's fug but it's definitely not my style.  For $200 you could get a nice brand new bag (maybe not Kooba, but there are other great brands out there that make some cute bags).
  • Hmmmm...Depends on how much you LOVE it.  But you gotta love it if you're going to spend $200 on it.  Personally, it looks like a purse my mom had back in the 70's.  But to each her own.  I'm sure it's great quality and will look great with cute little ensembles.  But you gotta love it.
  • I think the idea of getting it used and from a co-worker is what is really making me rethink it. I just don't love it that much. hmmm ,now I have to tell her that I'm not inerested.

    awkward!

    Thanks for helping me decide :D 

  • If you love it and it's comfortable for you (I always check how the bag feels on my arm before I buy it) and it has all the other bells and whistles you need in a bag, AND if you're sure you'd wear it/use it often, $200 might be worthwhile to you. To me, it all comes down to "cost per use" so if you used it ten times, it'd be $20/use.

    I don't know how I'd feel buying a used bag, though. Does it smell? Is she a smoker? Does she have pets? Would there be an issue with the lining? If it's "like new" (but REALLY like new) then maybe... but used? I wouldn't. There are a lot of really cute bags out there, new, for less.

  • That's the thing, I hadn't seen the bag.She said it was in good condition but it could look and smell like a.ss.  She just told me she was selling it and I felt funny saying let me see it first. Which is silly because really, of course I'd want to see it first. 

    I just told her I didn't have the money now and she should try to sell it on ebay or Craigslist and get as much as she can for it.  

  • I wouldn't pay $200 for this bag, used. If we were to factor its not a Kooba and you saw it in a normal store, it wouldn't really impress you as something you had to have for that price.

    If it were me, I'd put the $200 toward a new bag that I don't question and "love to death" -- even if it meant spending $150 more. (Didn't you have a Nordstrom's gift certificate?) Even if it were slightly more expensive in the short term, I'll love it all season long and probably get more use out of it -- its an investment! :)

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