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Oprah and the $38,000 Tom Ford Handbag

Oprah and the $38,000 Tom Ford Handbag

I’ve been following this story for the last few days and sometimes I’m amazed at how people process information. To make a long story short, Oprah goes to Switzerland to attend the great Tina Turner’s wedding. She goes in a lavish boutique and asked to see a handbag (Tom Ford Jennifer Tote). The sales associate refused to show her the bag stating that it cost too much and that she couldn’t afford it. The store later claimed that racism didn’t play a part in the sales assistant’s decision to not show her the bag. Here’s my thought, I don’t care how much something cost, if I tell you to show me a handbag I mean just that!

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Most of you know that I’m a purse fanatic, so I searched for pictures to see exactly what $38,000.00 would get. I’m not really sure why this was in a glass case. It really looks like a regular leather tote. From my own personal experience, I know that sales associates DO based whether or not you can afford something off of your appearance which includes race. About 10 years ago, I went to Neiman Marcus (Downtown Chicago, Michigan Avenue) to buy a $300.00 Kate Spade bag. The sales clerks were not friendly, I was met with stares, and I had a hard time finding someone to help me. When the sales clerk did help me she looked like she was wasting her time. I bought the bag and it still remains one of my favorite bags in my collection but I know I shouldn’t have bought it. I never set foot in Neiman Marcus again.

While reading many of the comments posted about this fiasco. Many people criticized Oprah for wanting a $38,000 bag. Some stated that she got what she deserved for trying to show her money off. Oprah has earned her money and has helped thousands of people, as well as, given away millions of dollars in merchandise. If she wants to buy a $38,000 bag made out crocodile then that’s her given right. Just as much as it is mine to be shown a handbag for $300.00. She doesn’t have to talk about her money and she doesn’t have to flaunt it because we already know she got it. As my elders say, people with money don’t talk about it. On another note, who in the hell doesn’t recognize Oprah. Regardless, of how much money you have, it doesn’t change the color of your skin. Unfortunately, some people fail to realize that there are some very rich African-Americans; some are recognizable, some are not.



Has there ever been a time when you face harsh treatment in a store or boutique? The boutique owner now criticizes Oprah and took no action against the sales associate.

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5 Responses to “Oprah and the $38,000 Tom Ford Handbag”

  1. Marisa says:

    What I wanna know is this? How are you throwing shade and you’re BEHIND the counter???

  2. Ronda says:

    Oh helllll no! Since I was a little girl, if my father wasn’t greeted in a store he wouldn’t spend money in it. I followed that same thinking. No person will make a commission off of my purchase that they did not deserve and no store is going to make money off of me if that’s the kind of cashier they hire. I’m sure if it was done to me, it’s not the first time that cashier has profiled someone. She has the right to buy an expensive purse no matter how much of a waste I think it is (that could’ve paid my student loans, lol), but it’s her right! I just wish she didn’t buy the bag from that store and just bought the bag from another store and returned to that store only to show off that someone else got the commission “Pretty Woman Style”!

    PS Who doesn’t know Oprah Winfrey? Does that cashier have a TV?

    • shauntee says:

      Rhonda, I totally agree with you! And I wished I would’ve followed your father’s advice as well. LOL it definitely could’ve paid my student loans because Sallie Mae wants her money! That’s one of my favorite scenes from Pretty Woman. thanks for your comment!

  3. Ronda says:

    Wait, my bad. I was told she DIDN’T buy the bag. Scratch the last part of my statement, lol

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