I did my research for the Chloe handbag sale at Rue La La, but I doubt I'll be buying anything. I looked through bags available on other websites (shopstyle has an incredible selection), and found a few that I like. Bluefly has this one "Paddington Plexi" in white sheepskin for $1,800 (full retail price $2,250). I determined that while I think it is an absolutely gorgeous bag, it's not going to add $1,800 worth of improvement to my life, and I don't hold out much hope that Rue La La will put it out there for much less than Bluefly.

By the way, I've ordered from Bluefly before, and I recommend them. I got several pairs of designer bikinis in advance of a trip to Hollywood (I wanted to look chic at the hotel pool. . .), and they arrived quickly, at a good price.

Here's another Chloe bag, this one, "Heloise" shoulder bag, available on net-a-porter.com for $858. I hadn't been to this website before, but I like it. It presents products well. I generally agree with the idea that this one is worth half what the first bag is. However, it's personal utility for me is only about 1/3 of the white bag, since I already have a few brown shoulder bags with which I'm reasonably content.

Now, I don't even know if these particular styles will be available on Rue La La, but on the extremely off-chance that they are, AND are marked down more than I expect them to be, it is worth a few minutes of my time Friday morning to check it out.

Rue La La actually did have

Rue La La actually did have the white Paddington tote bag for sale in their boutique. At $1,579 It was sold out before I even logged in (sale started at 11:00am, but I didn't log in until early afternoon). That was still significantly higher than I would have paid, so I didn't care that it sold out. It's not that I don't think the bag is objectively "worth" $1,579-- I think that's a great price for a great product.

While I define a product's "worth" as the true market price (which is rarely the listed retail price), I think a product's "value" is always subjective, and different for everyone. And since a white handbag isn't even on my top ten list of things I want or need, I'm not willing to pay a premium for it.

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