the site ships it flat and boxed...! i prefer the site because shipping is free....saves you money on traveling, and you get the same result opening it! unless you were shopping with someone else, there is nothing sadder than buying it in the store and walking out with nobody to take your picture in front of the store holding your new baby!!!! but when you are at home, you can be so excited waiting for it to arrive, and then opening it, holding it in privacy, inspecting it, modeling it, filling it up with stuff, trying on different outfits!!! i loveeeeeeeeeeee buying straight from the site!brand new leather, never touched by anyone but you!love it!