On a fact finding mision, I pulled out my vintage kelly this morning and went into Hermes. While browsing and chatting with a SA I casual asked about authentications and resellers and exotic skins. While the SA was very nice and seemed very knowledgable, I got the feeling I was getting, the company line, rather than the full scoop. She told me that in the US, no store other than NY is allowed to do them, and you must have an appointment. Is that true? She also told me that exotics are the hardest to do, just based on the fact that the are just that, exotics and each piece is different, based obviously on the natural skin and craftsperson. She said there are no hard and fast rules. While there are certain things to look for, it is still very difficult to do. She said she personally had seen fakes, she would have thought were real and visa-a versa. The only way to be sure is to buy from Hermes. She said, that is why Hermes strongly discourages anyone from purchasing on the secondary market. She also told me croc was in very short supply this year, they are not allowed to take any orders for it, and no orders were allowed at the February podium either. Bags still pop up once in awhile, but mainly in Europe. Has anyone else heard any of this? She also was very frank on her opinion of resellers, and online authentifications but won't post, as it would be quite inflamatory. I am glad I went, I really learned a lot.