How to be a complete poser on a dime!


I'm not a big fan of luxury couture for the average Joe or Jane. I would say that unless you own your home outright, have no credit card debt, and a 7-figure retirement portfolio, you probably have no business setting foot in Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, etc.

Of course, that might make it difficult to keep up for the Joneses. After all, it's certainly worth going in to debt so that people who pass you on the street will be impressed by your handbag. At least, that's what a lot of people apparently think.

Luckily, I have a solution for you would-be posers who are looking to avoid ruining your financial lives in the pursuit of conspicuous consumption: designer shopping bags on eBay.

For $25 (including shipping), you can get 8 bags from one seller: Chanel, Jcrew, 2 from Barneys ( a really cute little mini one), Bath and Body works, Banana Republic, Saks, Michal Negrin, and a MOSCHINO SCARF BOX in gold.

Granted only one of those really qualifies as booshie. For a a little more than $11, you might be able to scoop up a Gucci shopping bag.

Do I actually think people should buy these? No, of course not. Buying shopping bags for stores you don't shop at to impress people you don't even know is about as lame as it gets. But it's less lame -- and less expensive -- than putting designer goods on your credit card and paying 18% interest for a decade.