I've just been reading the thread but I'm still confused, before when I think of chanel, I'll immediately just picture the one with the flap and the chain link strap. Now I read about the 225 226 227, the jumbo, east/west, PST, GST, medallion, re-issue, etc...???? When I went to the Chanel store, they have no clue about this names because I was told they refer to style numbers instead. It doesn't help that our only Chanel boutique here has very little selection and very few on display. this would be my first chanel bag so I wanted something classic and timeless, is the flap the only one considered classic? they showed me a beige caviar tote with gold h/w and a medium lambskin flap with the cc logo. i liked that the tote can hold so much and it's caviar but the flap is really pretty. i am not sure which one to get now. i kinda think that the tote will be nice in black which they can get but only with gold h/w? the size is so practical for everyday use but being it my first chanel, i kinda want the classic style but i'm scared of the lambskin getting scratched i'd be so afraid to use it. they've mentioned that they will be getting some bags in February which include flap with the different lock in caviar, I was told that these are hard to get so she put me on the waitlist. That's not till early next year though so I'm thinking of getting one now before the price increase. which ones are permanent styles? do they ever go on sale? should I go with a flap as my first chanel? should i wait for the other flap in Feb? i'd really appreciate any input.