...well, at least this technique worked for me here in Palm Beach. 1) Visit the store regularly and become friendly with the most friendly sales rep. They are usually very professional and some are a bit formal. Get to know them all until you find the "one" that works best with you and will spend more and more time with you on the little things...like looking at 10 scarves, wallets, etc...but do buy something so they know you are not just wasting their time. 2) Ask, ask , ask...Never stop asking about Hermes birkins. Ask about returns, rejected birkins, new ones, etc. Just keep asking... I got mine in a matter of months - NOT YEARS 3) The sales lady here in Palm Beach said and I quote, "We always get birkins here." Some Hermes boutiques never get any birkins from what I've been told. So, call the Palm Beach Hermes boutique if you want to get one sooner than later...considering the plan works for you, which I hope it does, as it has worked for me. Mine was a white clemence with palladium. Ouch! So beautiful. Only five months of waiting. What seemed to work for me was when the saleslady took down my info and birkin wish list just on paper. She kept track of the inventory of birkins that came in during the Christmas season, and also who she was helping to find a birkin. I think what also helped was that it was a slow Christmas in 2005 here in Palm Beach. The "seasoners" as they are called never returned due to the hurricanes that pulled through. So, I am inclined to believe there must have been a few unclaimed birkins, and that is how I got lucky Okay. Ciao. Grazie.