Originally Posted by AlanC
If one shows some patience, one can find very fine briefcases on ebay at excellent prices, both new and "pre-patinated". It's one of the undervalued markets on ebay, in general. Of course, big names like Swaine go for big bucks. I've never looked at the Zero Halliburton market on ebay, so I couldn't say. Still, if you're on a budget you can get a lot of bang for your buck.
This is very much the truth. I've seen a couple of really great deals on briefcases, just none of the styes I had my heart set on (a very good version of one of the brands mentioned in this thread recently went for something like $30). My wallet and portfolio both came NIB off ebay for 1/3 retail or less. Not bad considering I don't have access to things like an Asprey sale.