Hi all, some of you may remember me from the Authenticate thread, where I kindly asked you Bbag experts to weigh in on whether you thought a bag that I purchased on eBay was real or fake. I was torn, because I purchased the bag already, and was confused on whether the bag was real or not. Well, it came quickly in the mail, and I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief as soon as I felt the leather. It's real and it's so purty!! I've never seen 04 leather in person before, but the leather was oh-so-soft, but had a weird "shine" thing going on. (I only have one other Bbag, an 06 Camel First, which didn't have the same "shine" thing going on). Of course, me being a clean freak, came home and did the whole "Wax on, wax off" thing with Apple conditioner (3x!! Yes, my arm was burning!! I felt like I exercised my upper arms). Here are pictures of before vs. after, which I also refer to as "shiny thing going on vs. purty leather". Obviously, I prefer the purty leather!! No retouching done on the photos either!! The before pic was taken last night as soon as I came home, and the after picture was taken today afternoon. BEFORE - weird shine on the leather AFTER - No more weird shine on leather - Yay!