When I was growing up in the south there were lots of flea markets. They always had booths with hundreds of FAKE handbags. It disgusted me. I recall so well my first leather Coach bag I purchased at a Department store. I loved that bag and was so proud of it ...until my co-worker waltzed in one day with her FAKE bag (the same style as mine). She was so proud and bragging about it. She thought it was real. It was a bad fake. I stopped carrying mine that day! Not sure why looking back. I should have been an ass and told her, but her husband bought it for her. Yes, reading this, I was childish! Anyway, I always refused buying a LV for all these years bc we were inundated with fakes! Why have a real in this cesspool of fakes? So, now years later and living in New England, today I purchased a pre-loved bag on line. I have never purchased a used handbag, but trusted that the site “authenticates” I did this to see how I feel about having one now so many years later. Where I live if you come across a LV, it is always a Neverfull. I chose the Ellipse MM. It is cute and I hope it isn’t gross! LOL!!!!!!! I can see how it gets addicting! I have so many Coach and Dooney (I prefer all leather), but something different will be fun! I really want a new Speedy 30 Bandouliere! How did it start for you? Were fakes purchased on your journey?