New Study Proves Buying a Birkin Is the Best Investment

In a new study that compares three different investments, the Birkin came out on top.

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY REGINE LAMOTHE A photo taken on June 11, 2015 shows Hermes Birkin bags at the Maroquinerie de la Tardoire, a Hermes workshop specialized in products made with calfskin, in Montbron, southwestern France. AFP PHOTO / MEHDI FEDOUACH (Photo credit should read MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)
Hermes Birkin bags at the Maroquinerie de la Tardoire, a workshop specialized in products made with calfskin (Photo: MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

If you’ve been contemplating adding a Birkin to your collection, a new study guarantees that it’s worth your while. According to Bag Hunter, who compared three different investments, the S&P 500, gold and Birkin bags, the Birkin came out on top.

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The study looked at the last 35 years and collected historical data, beginning when Birkin bags were first produced. For Birkin fans who love the exclusivity of the purse, its increasing popularity should come as no surprise.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 29: Angeles, bag detail, wears Tiffany sunglasses, BCBG jacket, Etxart&Panno dress, Casa Dei shoes, Birkin Hermes handbag and a Rolex Golden Rose during the 63rd Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona on April 29, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)
A black Birkin, the ultimate investment piece (Photo: Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)

Bag Hunter’s study found that Birkin bags have increased in value year after year, with an average annual increase of 14.2 percent. Unlike the S&P 500 and gold markets, the Birkin has never fluctuated downward. Instead, it steadily and consistently increased, meaning that the Birkin waitlist isn’t going to get shorter anytime soon. The bags were at their most popular in 2001, when they increased in value by 25 percent. 1986 was the best year to buy one, when the value only went up by 2.1 percent.

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Comparison of Investment Opportunities: S&P 500, Gold, and Hermes Birkin Handbags (Photo: Bag Hunter).

If you weren’t able to procure your own diamond Birkin and didn’t buy on in ’86, there’s still time to search. And, if anyone wonders why you’re buying one, simply show them this study. After all, with barely any negative fluctuations, it’s a safe bet (as long as you go with a solid color that matches most of your wardrobe). Because the value continues to rise, selling a vintage Birkin is the ultimate profitable return…if you can part with yours.

New Study Proves Buying a Birkin Is the Best Investment