I just bought my first Chanel bag a couple months ago and purposely avoided the flap bags because they're too recognizable. I wanted one that was more under the radar. Anything quilted was out. Also, "inspired" versions are EVERYWHERE, so not going with the herd was important. And price. Price had to be around $500.
After a day and a half of searching several online consignment sites, I found an etoupe caviar tassel hobo on Malleries for $699. It's 10 years old but in like-new condition. Yeah, a little over budget but I thought it was a FANTASTIC deal for a Chanel caviar bag.