I was interested in this bag on eBay I asked the seller for a picture of the date code, heatstamp on the outside and zipper pull and picture of the bottom. Here's the link to the bag: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310008521409&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123 And here's what they said to that: "Every piece of of the bag is stamped "Louis Vuitton Paris made in France" with a registration mark. The bag its self is stamped on one of the leather buckles. Also marked are the luggage tag,pad lock and shoulder strap. There are no internal tags. I think that is some LV urban legend. Possibly the steamer trunks are marked that way but not the smaller pcs. I had a friend that was the factory rep for Dooney & Bourke and he heard all kinds of stories about how to tell real from fake Dooney's that were not true. If you would like a photo of the mark on the buckle I need your email address this site doesn't allow for attachments. As for a selling price please make an offer. Thanks! DN" "The zipper pull is marked with the "LV" monogram. There is a large leather design element clearly visible in the existing photos stamped "LOUIS VUITTON" The only LV made... in tag is stitched inside and shown in the existing pictures. The people at the LV store here in Dallas saw it and had no problems with it. I think there is a lot of "Urban Legend" about how to identify authentic LV. For extra photos I need your email address. This site doesn't allow for attachments. Thanks for your interest! DN" And the latest one will blow your mind!!!!! I told him to check out TpF and even sent him pictures of where to find the date code! And he tells me the site is maintained by counterfieters. And this is what he said to me: ""I can't get either of these sites to open with Google or Yahoo. Who maintains the site? It's perfectly a company that counterfeits LV could have put the information out there . I know there are such sites for Rolex. Call the Louis Vuitton store near you and ask or call the one here in Dallas where I took this bag 972/934-3637. I understand your concern. Thanks David N" Then he sent me one picture of the zipper pull and I asked for the bottom along with teh others and he said: "I don't find any "date code" I was told by the LV store at the Galleria in Dallas there is no such thing. LV does not include any markings to authenticate their bags. A sales receipt is all they accept for returns etc. Any one making a counterfeit bag most certainly include a little easily produced stamped tab after doing all the hardware luggage tags etc. Many of the internet sites offering information on how to identify fake are maintained by the people making them. I am going to Neiman Marcus' LV department today to see if they have different information for the LV store at Galleria. Thanks David N" So I responded like this: " Ok whatever you say. It's not true. Louis Vuitton bags have datecodes.... My Speedy 30 has one, my Beverly MM has one. Which I bought from eluxury.com THE ONLY authentic LV seller/store on the internet. Please don't think you know everything about Louis Vuitton because you obviously don't. If your saying www.thepurseforum.com is maintained by counterfiet makers your are totally out of line. Have you even been to the site? There are thousands of LVcollectors on that site who know every INCH of any LV bag and can spot a fake from a mile away. And they have deemed your bag as suspiscous because your unwillingness to send me the correct pictures. And they think it's nuts that you don't believe there are date codes. You really need to brush up on your LV education. Anyways, I'm convinced your bag is fake and reporting it. You have no clue what you are talking about and are too nieve to understand anythnig about Louis Vuitton. Just because you sell a couple doesn't mean you know anything. Goodbye. Thanks for nothing. I doubt you even have the bag in your presence and I am sure it's a fake now... I have told you over and over how to find the date code- BECAUSE THERE IS ONE! And you are still very defensive about it and are trying to tell ME that there are no date codes on LV bags. And I DOUBT the Dallas LV store told you LV bags don't come with date codes. They are full of ****. The date code is one of the MAIN things that people use to authenticate a bag! If it doesn't have a datecode then it's usually fake. That and the heatstamp are the two most important things." WTF is wrong with this person and how nieve do you have to be? Plese someone inform him better than me what a date code is and that it exists!