Dear Forum Members, I have been an Hermes handbag devotee for many, many years...and I felt compelled to thank each of you for the extremely valuable information consistently provided in this forum. There was a time when one could purchase an Hermes masterpiece directly from one of their many boutiques...yes, perhaps with a bit of a wait...but not years of anguish....or inappropriate behavior from (some) sales associates. Here, you provide an opportunity for many to own the quality handbag that (in my opinion) is unique to Hermes. Although I visit often, I've posted only once before...in an attempt to learn the Hermes designation of my briefcase which I've carried daily for the past 5+ years. Prior to visiting this forum, I didn't know (or even care to know) that it was called a "whitebus". Some collect works of art, I prefer to collect Hermes handbags...and consider them my treasures. Perhaps some day I'll muster the "nerve" to participate in a thread or two. Again, my thanks. Best regards.