I was in the coach outlet last week and was looking at a messenger/diaper bag style that I thought I might purchase for my niece for her new baby. I noticed that along the front piece of leather that goes down the front flap of the bag that the mini c's were not the in the same placement/layout on each side of this leather strip. I always thought that this was a sign that the bag could be a fake, if the c's did not align properly. Anyway, I questioned the SA and she said that this was normal on many signature bags. Only if the pattern was going uphill or downhill would it be considered a problem. I did not like her answer, and I did not like the looks of the bag with the misaligned c's. I thought on the forum, knowknockoffs, they said that we should look for unaligned c's as a tip-off as not being authentic. Checked on eBay and all bags of this style (77004) do not align the c's the same on each side of the leather strip either. I would have thought all of these sellers were selling fakes if this issue had not come up! I wish I had taken a pic of the bag with my cell phone but the SA's just hang so close to you it is sometimes sooo annoying. If anyone has any info on this alignment issue please advise. Thanks!