Before buying a bag, I usually read the description on Elux and vuitton.com like 1000 times and look at the animations and pics available on the sites over and over again. If I'm really obsessed with the bag (which...I usually am) I will go around TPF, eBay, whatever, and look for other people's pics and save them to my computer so I can look at them later. I'll do whatever research I can: read feedback, look at visual aids, search for possible problems with the bag, etc. I will also look at the size/dimensions of the bag and try to imagine how it'll look like on me and what I can fit inside. If I'm buying on eBay I'll save all the pics in the listing and look at them over and over again. I will also compare the one I bought to the others available on eBay and see if I got a good deal. If I'm buying from the boutique I will call/bug my SA to make sure that the bag is available for pick up the day I want it. I will also talk about it with my boyfriend alllll the time ("Oh I can't wait for my bag to arrive! No parcels for me today, it should be here within a few days because the seller used _________ shipping and it says here it should take _____ business days" or "Well I called today and they didn't have it available so I think I'll call again in a couple of days. Hopefully by then they'll have stock available...") Actually...I'm like that for ANYTHING. Before buying my Nokia 7390 I'd spend hours reading reviews on it. So, what do you ladies do?