I recently asked about a date code on an item on Ebay this is the response I got: Hi I can't find the date code. All my items are 100% authentic. Please read my feedback. I want to explain something to you about the date code, first I buy a lot of Louis Vuitton an I am very well know by the store manager in the LV Boutique on Rodeo Drive,in Beverly Hill, California, second all the date code means is that in case something goes wrong with the handbag it lets Louis Vuitton know which factory the item was made in and not all of the little accessories have a date code. Something else you might be interested in knowing just for your knowledge there have been many a fake LV's out there that have the date code stamped in them. I will never be happy and am completely against the people that make these fake items not only the Louis Vuitton, but other designers as well, so please understand that when the date code is asked I have to laugh because it does not mean authenticy. Please verity this with any of the Louis Vuitton Boutiques or a manager or you can even call the Louis Vuitton 800 number and they will be happy to verify this with you. I just want you and everybody else to be protected from fakes. Thank you for your interest in the bag. Um - ya. I responded and said "I wanted to know about the date code because sometimes sellers clain there to be a code and it's crazy like M2318726". I have since found out (from this forum - thanks all) that the mini Papillon (which this auction was for) doesn't have a date code. If this seller is so knowledgeable about LV then why didn't she just say that the Papillon doesn't have a date code in it?? My favourite part is: so please understand that when the date code is asked I have to laugh because it does not mean authenticy. Well - since you laugh at me I will sure to buy your bag a-hole! Thanks for letting me vent!