Originally Posted by Reevolving
Srivats, since you researched this, what would be the main differences (besides aesthetic style) you would expect to see when comparing the $100 Ebay bags above against the $400-$500 bags at Saddleback and MW Traveler? Also, if you only had $100 and were forced to pick one of the above 3, which would it be?
The main differences would be:
1. Leather quality
2. Design and construction
These are the reasons why the bags are expensive.
I am not really sure what I would pick for $100. Stylewise, I don't really like the 3 bags you posted but that is personal opinion. I don't know anything about the leather quality, but they don't really look like good leather. If I *had* to pick one, I'd probably go with the first one.
I have had a lot of crappy bags in the past and after a while realized that instead of buying (and eventually selling) bags I don't like, I should save up and invest in something that will last me for a while. I was a cash strapped student myself once and I completely understand if you are on a budget ... the only thing I suggest is keeping an eye open on B&S and finding something used (which is in good condition, ofcourse).