You know, I've never seen anyone with one, and it never occurred to me that it could be a sample bag. I bought it last year brand new on the Bonz. I know this patterned leather came out the summer before in 2010, but I don't know if only a few of these MACs were made? In the old RM videos, she shows this leather in a Beloved, but I've never seen anyone wear/post pics of that one either. I have the Black & Blue Croc Rocker that came out in 2010 during that time too, but that rocker I bought on Bonz last fall. It doesn't say sample on the tag, it says "made in china". it's such a beautiful, structured and durable bag. The more I've been wearing her, the softer the croc is beginning to feel. I love her. She just might be a small sample bag.