I was approached by an individual to purchase a Birkin that was given as a "gift." I decided to take a looksie but wanted to meet the seller at the Hermes store so we could get it authenticated. When I contacted my SA, she told me they absolutely DO NOT authenticate bags at the store b/c there are so many good fakes floating around. She said that there are actually instances when they accept bags for repair only to find out from their repairmen that they are not authentic. I have seen so many postings from Hermes Internet Buying Guides that it's a good idea to get them authenticated at the stores...now I don't even have the option of doing that! I guess my only option for getting a bag at this point is to go to Hermes and get on the wish list...any thoughts?!!