Originally Posted by HORNS
Dude, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who gives two shits about the provenance of luggage made primarily from ballistic nylon. And to find them discounted only adds to their quality to price advantage.
True enough. But you asked why Victorinox were so much cheaper, and the main reason is that they are made where the labor is cheaper. I think they are great value for money (especially when they are $25 at a Marshall's--how can you beat that?) and carry a couple to work regularly. The US-made stuff costs more mostly because of more-expensive labor but also because there is better-quality in the materials and construction.
Buyers of better luggage aren't stupid, they aren't going to buy something made of ballistic that costs substantially more than the Asian-imported lines unless there is something that justifies the big price difference (something more than a Tumi name cast onto a zipper pull, anyway).
Ballistic cloth used to be available only from Andiamo and Tumi and cheaper lines were made with cheaper cloth--Cordura nylon packcloth and similar lower-cost fabrics. Now ballistic is everywhere and much cheaper when sourced from Asia. the Asian manufacturers also force the US and European manufacturers to raise the bar on as they have added better quality wheels and other improvements previously only available on high-priced luggage.