Okay...this is a vent. I was down in San Francisco yesterday and stopped in the LV boutique to PURCHASE a replacement lock for my Cerises Speedy yesterday. I get home and open the box and the lock is already tarnished. I tried using a jewelry cleaning cloth but the discoloration won't come off and I don't have any cleaner specifically made for brass. The thing that really upsets me is that I called the 866 LV number and spoke to the store manager in S.F. and I'm basically SOL unless I make a the 2 hour trip to the store again for exchange. I mean it's a $30 item and it would cost me at least $6 to ship back and then they wanted me to pay $10 to have a new one shipped to me! This is rediculous to me. I assumed when I purchased the new lock that it would be in new condition...which to me means no tarnish. Guess I should have checked it myself.