I always (with exceptions, I will explain) buy from the SoHo boutique in NYC for Louis Vuitton. Problem is, they ALWAYS remove the plastic. I mean, it isn't a big deal, but I just feel like sometimes I don't want to use a bag right away and I just like how it feels spanking new when something still has plastic still on it! I buy from eLuxury occassionally when they have free shipping because you can avoid the tax and basically pay retail with no tax. eLuxury always leaves the plastic on the handles and hardware (the plastic is actually blue). The stores in Hong Kong and Paris seems to leave the plastic on as well, what do they do at your boutique? Do you even care whether the plastic is on there or not? Thanks for all the responses in advance!