Reading some of these threads has me wondering -what drives your purchase of a high-end handbag, is it truly the love of the bag itself or the status of carrying it? I ask because, as I've been studying eBay auctions, and reading the used purse thread, I'm starting to wonder what status is left in an item (any item, not just a handbag) that is so readily available second-hand, deeply discounted from the original retail price. It seems like eBay has become the great equalizer; status can be bought by anyone now, on sale. What truly defines "status" in something nowadays? This thread isn't about knocking the purchase of status items second-hand, BTW, as I am certainly not about to give that pursuit up myself.