I was thinking about this on account of the "Handbag Rental" thread. How much performance do you expect out of a bag? Do you use them hard, like I do, or do you baby them along, like Leyla? In my case, I treat a bag largely like I treat a pair of shoes. I'll buy a sturdy, plain, classic, mid-priced leather bag ($30-$70 range) and carry it until it pretty much falls apart. If it is repairable, I will get it repaired, and I'll often cobble it back together myself if I am broke or feeling too lazy to go shopping. I seem to regularly get 2-4 years use out of one of my semi-cheap bags before it punks out on me. I'll touch it up with shoepolish as long as it is practical, but when the entire bag is getting terribly shabby, I stop bothering. I tend to carry a lot with me...pens, mints, small first aid kit, small makeup bag, library book, tape measure, packet of safety-pins, snacks, hair-ties, pocket-knife, etcetera. I often pick up things along the way...put small shopping purchases in my purse or if I see a really interesting small rock or flowering weed. I often inadvertantly turn my purse into a portable dumpster, sticking candy-wrappers and used kleenex in one pocket (theoretically until I can find a trash-can, but in practice until the next time I clean out my purse). So, curious minds want to know...how long do your bags hold up for you and what kinds of use and abuse do you put them through?