One of the purposes of a discussion board should be to inform. No one wants to unknowingly spend their hard earned money on a counterfeit luxury product. If you buy a bag advertised to be Hermes anywhere other than from an Hermes store, be careful and know your product or where it came from originally. When you see a bag on eBay that "was a gift" this should be a red flag that it is a counterfeit. People selling expensive bags know exactly where they got them originally. When you buy any reptile bag, you should keep all receipts and CITES papers, in case you ever want to take the bag out of the country. You will need the paperwork to get it back through customs.