Originally Posted by Jumbie
IMO, the only luggage worth spending money (and attention to detail on) is your carry-on stuff. Other than durability (and weight with current luggage restrictions and fees), anything that's going into cargo gets beat up way too much to "waste" money on.
I have a navy Red Oxx Air Boss for my carry-on and I just bought an eBags house brand rolling duffel that I have yet to use but researched a couple months ago as being very sturdy and relatively light.
It depends how much you travel. I have had one Tumi suitcase for 7 years. I paid about $600 for it. My wife has gone through at least 3 Samsonite suitcases in the same time period (at least $200 per suitcase). She is now on her fourth suitcase, while mine has held up. My suitcase has been on at least 30-40 international trips in that timeframe, including quite a few third world countries where much damage is done. It is still in great condition. I'm sold for life.
Speaking of Briggs and Riley, I would agree that they are also solid bags and are good value. Probably the most bang for your buck. I find that they are slightly heavier and not as well made as Tumi, but they hold up very well. I have a carry on that I've had for about 9 years. It has also been checked in on at least 50-75 trips and it's just starting to lose some screws etc.
I know Tumi is available on Ebay for good prices, plus Tumi has outlets scattered throughout the country where good and sometimes great deals can be found.