I absolutely love my birkins -- the style is just perfect. I was one of the fortunate people who never had to deal with games. My first purchase from a boutique was an ostrich birkin and I got a barenia shortly after that, without making any other purchases. As much as I love them, though, I would not have spent the money if the store made me feel like a desperate supplicant. It's a lot of money, and it should be a happy experience!
Oh a exotic leather Birkin would be so cool. Im sure yours is gorgeous. I think if I ever did get one it would have to be the classic orange (preferably with YG/RG hardware) because it’s so iconic. Definitely with you on the “it should be a happy experience” bit. I mean, if you enjoy the game by all means go for it, but I wouldn’t. It’s the same reason I wouldn’t go to a jeweler who made me jump through hoops or was super difficult to work with, either.
Their perfume is glorious imo. Especially their Hermessence line. Yummmm.
I’m with you on the games re getting a Birkin. Not for me.
I almost always use the same perfume - I’ve been a No 5 girl for years on end so I’ve never tried Hermes perfumes.
I guess some people hold a different attitude towards Hermes, in that they just go and buy a bunch of things because they like them and would buy them anyway, so the whole Birkin game doesn’t annoy them. It’s definitely a wildly successful business model for Hermes. But as someone who doesn’t loveeeee everything Hermes, I would definitely have to buy a bunch of stuff I didn’t want to “earn” my Birkin, and that’s what puts me off. I have heard though that some stores are easier than others to just buy something off the shelf, so there’s that!