@Comfyshoes - I understand why a high end handbag company would resort to a waiting list, but to me it seems silly. But then again, I would not pay $5,000 for some of these handbags that do have waiting lists.
I wanted to add after my many years of working in department stores I have noticed that certain brands carried in the department store are not allowed to be discounted.
They have to have a premium price over other brands which are part of the exclusive distributor partnership agreement.
This is also to give the image of a premium product that is better than the competition. A Swedish memory foam mattress company falls into this category. While the retailer cannot discount the price of this particular mattress they can offer other incentives like free delivery and haul away.