Just the thought of borrowing a designer purse from a website makes my stomach flip! ush: How do you know who used the bag before you or what they carried in it? I own my purses, I keep them in pristine condition, and I also carry my puppy in my bag! To me, borrowing a purse would be like sitting in a restaurant at a dirty table or eating from another persons plate. Elisabeth Leamy, Consumer Correspondent, ABC News' 'Good Morning America' wrote and published an article in August, 2006, titled A Microbiologist Found Millions of Germs on Purses: The outside and the bottom of purses can be what one expert called "subways for germs." According to Leamy, Microbiologist Chuck Gerba researches where organisms that make us sick lurk and lately he says he has found that germs gather on the outside of a woman's purse, especially on the bottom. Microbiologist Chuck Gerba said, "We found fecal bacteria you normally find on the floor of restroom," he said. "We found bacteria that can cause skin infections on the bottom of purses. What's more amazing is the large numbers we find on the bottom of purses, which indicates that they can be picking up a lot of other germs like cold viruses or viruses that cause diarrhea. "Using a hand-held germ meter, Gerba demonstrated how much bacteria can grow on a woman's purse for ABC News, with results that ranged from scary to downright terrifying. Health experts worry when the meter reads over 200, which means thousands of bacteria are present. He found thousands of germs on one woman's purse. She bought her bag about a month ago and Gerba's measurements showed her purse also carried thousands of germs. ABC News is not naming the women who participated in order to protect their identities. "I'll probably just get a new one," she said. Yet another woman has been carrying a handbag around for years and Gerba said that he found "hundreds of thousands of germs on the surface." Gerba found about half a million bacteria on the bottom of one woman's large bag. Need I say more? I believe the Leamy and Gerba documentary says it all. And, I repeat, Says it all!