Yesterday I wrote about the hypothetical odds of scoring a coveted Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. Now having unboxed my brand new Mansur Gavriel bag, I'm super excited to share some strategies and tips with you on how to buy your own Mansur Gavriel bucket bag at the next launch!
Note: The strategies shared in this column are primarily focused on desktop methods. If you managed to score a bag on mobile (your tablet or cell phone), you are a wizard and you should definitely share your magical ways in the comments below!!!
So... what are some strategies you can use?
There are many obstacles that can slow you down during the process of shopping Mansur Gavriel online sales. The good thing is we can try and do everything possible to minimize running into those issues. The best and most important thing you can do for yourself to prepare for these sales is to focus on the factors you can control.
Things you can control:
- Your connection speed
- The number of programs you have open
- Knowing exactly what you want to buy before the launch date
- Showing up a little early for the web launch
Things you can't control:
- MG's website servers
- MG's inventory
- The number of visitors on MG's site also trying to buy the same thing as you
It's very important to check your internet speeds. Have lousy connection? Find a location with great signal or try connecting your wireless computer to the ethernet. You can check connection levels at speed test sites such as PingTest.Net and Ookla Speedtest. What you're looking for is the "ping," which is how fast and responsive your connection is. The lower the ping, the faster your connection. My ping from my home to Atlanta is about 32ms while my ping to New York is about 56ms. Both are good and very acceptable!
Make sure you're not running any large programs. Close out any irrelevant applications, such as Photoshop, to ensure they aren't lagging your computer and ultimately slowing you down. Any slight delays can and will hold you back!
It's also very important that you know exactly the style you want to buy. There's absolutely no time to browse products when the site is launched. If you're perusing and waffling between colors and materials, you are risking yourself at missing out!
Now, I can't speak for everyone, but the exact strategy I used on the May 14th sale is VERY hacky. I set an alarm for 10:55 EST the day of to remind myself to pre-load two browser windows. You don't really need to be there earlier than that unless you really want to be. I keep one browser window open for refreshing and checking when the site has launched and one window with the google search link to the exact bag I want to buy.
The window with the google link to the bag is imperative because the moment I see the site launch on the main page, I can bypass additional scrolling and clicking by going through the google link. The product page link allows me to access the webpage of the exact style (Mini Bucket Bag in Black /Black) so I'm able to immediately add the style to my cart and checkout. Alternatively, you can also bookmark the product page prior to the launch and focus only on refreshing the main site. These methods ultimately cut down on any time wasted on scrolling, additional page interactions, and extra clicks.
The most crucial part of this is to checkout right after you add your item to cart. MG says they don't reserve when it's added to your cart. With so many requests being sent to their servers, it is possible the more people click "Checkout" for a product at the same time than there are items. Don't waste time thinking you have time to go back and second guess yourself. Checkout, pay, and feel good that you beat out thousands of other people.
Now sadly, following these steps DOES NOT GUARANTEE that you'll bag a Mansur Gavriel of your own. Obviously, if large amounts of people use same or similar tactics, know that it all comes down to two things: A) how fast you are and B) how many people you're competing against.
More tips on how to shop Mansur Gavriel
Yaalia.com - Mansur Gavriel- Most coveted bag or just a marketing ploy?
Ch1k.com - How to Bag Youself a Mansur Gavriel
A Life Canvas - Mansur Gavriel (Part 1): A Guide to Buying Before Selilng Out.
Let's discuss! Did you miss out on this last sale? How are you planning on prepping for the next sale? If you managed to get your hands on one of these highly coveted bags, share or link out your tactics and strategies below in the comments!