I just got out of a meeting here at work, and a guy was going on about luxury goods and how overpriced they are, blah blah blah. He proceeded to tell us about an acquaintance of his that works in one of the designer boutiques here in Sydney (not Hermes). He was going on about the mark-ups (yeah yeah yeah), and then said something quite curious that I don't know if I believe. He said that this luxury goods SA told him that they will in fact come down off the marked price if asked, and <get this> they even make a special flag in their database next to people who have haggled -- and these hagglers are deemed "preferred customers". I practically laughed in his face because I've never heard of such a thing. I think this guy is prone to making up stories to impress people. Can it be true? Have I been paying full price and being marked for life as a dud customer? LOL. It all seems ridiculous. Anyway, it started me thinking...do people ever ask for discounts in Hermes boutiques? Is it frowned upon? I thought it would be, but hey, who knows? Personally I would never have the guts. Maybe it is more common practice in other countries. I would be mortified if I had a black mark against my name in some database for paying full price! LOL! Any inputs?