OK.....after weeks of obsessing I am almost ready to buy my first LV.... Anyhow, it looks like I may be making my purchase via elux, as opposed to a retail store. The only place nearby I can make the purchase is my local Saks, and I don't really like that store at all. So, here's my question: For those of you who have bought online, whether through elux or eBay...do you think you lose some of the experience of buying a LV when you buy online, as opposed to going to a LV boutique and purchasing it in person? Also, is it a mistake not to view the bags in person first, and "try them on"? I look at this as a truly special purchase....and want to enjoy it. Do you get that same "rush" when that package comes in the mail as you would buying it in the LV store? Also, is it packaged and boxed the exact same way as it would be if you bought it in a boutique? Anyone ever experience any damage to deliveries via mail? I guess I am just trying to determine whether it is better to indulge my "craving" right now and order online, or wait until my next shopping trip to NYC or Chicago and make my purchase then! Thanks for the opinions..you are all a fabulous bunch and I look forward to participating more in the discussions in the future!