IS THE Chanel handbag really Hong Kong's most powerful aphrodisiac? Do local women really rank money above love? We decided to find out by placing this advertisement in the personal columns of HK Magazine: 'Free Chanel handbag for the woman who, in less than 20 words, best describes what she will do to earn it.' The ad ran on St Valentine's Day and for three weeks afterwards. It cost around $350 and, considering the results, proved to be a bargain. Our faith in the values and humour of Hong Kong's material girls is restored. First the phone messages: 'Hello. Mr Lagerfeld? Best thing I could do to earn your handbag is beat you round the head with it. Sexist scumbag.' 'To earn your free Chanel handbag I could agree not to shoot you.' 'Oooh. There are lots of things I can think of ... You could book us into a hotel suite with your gold credit card ... put a 'Do not disturb' sign on the door ... I could maybe tie you to the bed and then leave you there until you go broke ...' 'My heart bleeds for you, advertiser. A man who has a Chanel handbag to give away and still has to use the personal ads - jeez, he must be a very ugly man.' Then there were the letters, of which there were five. In the three that enclosed photographs, Chanel jewellery featured prominently. 'Dear Advertiser: I'd save up enough money from the little salary I earn and buy one myself rather than getting one free from someone like you.' 'Nothing is free. Please fill in the enclosed cheque for whatever amount you think it is worth.' Enclosed was a cheque from the Bank Of Forrest Gump.