Hi ladies - I'm a newbie and I have a handbag obsession (there, I said it)- my last purchase was a Chloe Edith in whiskey. I have wanted a Birkin for years and recently when I stopped into my local Hermes boutique (Manhasset, New York) and asked about buying a Birkin, I was told (rather coldly) that the waiting list was closed and none are coming in. Yikes!! Are people using other sources besides Hermes stores? Thanks for your help.