So, I have this habit of finding returned or otherwise perfectly good items that no one else wants and giving them good homes. My TV was a return, shoved to the back of the shelf at Best Buy. My desktop is a refurbished iMac. My youngest cat was abandoned on the railroad tracks locked in a bird cage as a kitten. *rubs beneath her chin*
This happened to apply to Tom Bihn as well. On the verge of ordering one of the new Imago colors in time for my upcoming trip to Liverpool, I happened to check Ebay and discovered someone wanting to sell their old ID in black/olive, a horizontal Brain Cell (sized to fit a 15" MacBook Pro, which means it'll hold my MacBook just fine) in black, and four organizer pouches (a mini, a small, and two medium.) I placed a bid and, as of last night, the ID has been safely purchased and will be on its way to a new home where it will most likely be given a gift of an Absolute Shoulder Strap (I'm not sure if it has one or not), and used with lots of love. It's funny because I started out with wanting to get a medium café bag, then upgraded to an Imago in my mind for my trip to Liverpool (I wanted a single bag I could switch between day bag while we're out and then also carry the laptop as needed so there's less to carry on the plane), then the ID when I saw the auction and did a flurry of research. I really shouldn't read the forums, they influence me!
Anyhow, I browsed through the forums and noticed a couple of Ebay auctions, but not folks mentioned they ever gave someone else's Tom Bihn purchases a second chance at a good home. Has anyone else ever bought an older Bihn bag off of Ebay? If so, how was the experience?
(And for the record, this definitely won't stop new purchases since I may supplement the ID with a small café bag and I definitely want more pouches. Oh, and an Aeronaut. And the future field notebook. I think I'm getting addicted. In any case, I want to see how the ID handles on my 5'4 frame first as an every day bag.)