I broke my 2008 bag-ban already and ordered an Oak Bayswater from NAP-USA (DH gave the okay to order Dec 31 but I chickened out due to guilt, so I guess I can say it's technically a delayed 2007 purchase!). I was so excited after realizing how happy my Roxanne made me that I just had to see if Oak Bays would do the same.... Anyway, of course I trust NAP for authenticity but I was surprised the tag said it was from S/S 06, so it's already almost 2 years old! It appears Mulberry.com is always refreshing/producing new inventory, but this NAP-USA bag must be some of the last Oak Bays they have in stock. It think it's been through one return-cycle if I understand NAP's stickering correctly, but it doesn't look scratched or worn... I understand the Oak gets a patina over time so I have no idea if this bag has already darkened sitting in its bag in their warehouse that long or if it's still fresh looking (looks almost identical to the NAP pics in shading - I'll try to post some pics). Does anyone with a new Bayswater have tags that say 07 or newer? Or are they all still from 2006? Has anyone noticed a difference in quality over the years? I was also surprised that the dustcover is more of a combed cotton instead of flannel. My other Mulberrys from 2005 stock all had soft flannel covers. Are cotton/non-flannel dusters the new norm? I don't know whether to try getting a fresher Bayswater direct from a Mulberry boutique in the States - I figure any bags in dept stores might be 2 years old too and show wear from display? Of course I'll incur more shipping charges if I start messing around looking for a virgin Bayswater... I'm scared to death of eBay for Bayswaters otherwise I'd try to save $$, so since I have to pay full price ush: I'm thinking I should get an absolutely brand-spanking new chuck o' leather with all the bells, whistles and proper dusters. Yes? Sorry if this is an annoying if-it-bugs-you-then-why-bug-us-for-advice? post. :shame: For those who are anal-y inclined, what would you do??