I paid a fortune for an American Touristor set of luggage years ago, and yes it did hold up well. When it finally started dry rotting I just used duffel bags for a while.
Then, I needed some large stuff to get equipment and my personal belongings to Cayman when I went there to work. I bought a cheap set of luggage for $99 from Sears which worked perfectly. I figured that even if it got trashed, it was worth what I paid for it. Even overstuffed with test equipment and hand tools the stuff held up well.
I just don't see the sense in spending a lot for something that is just going to get abused.
Originally posted by The Penguin ...look for strong double stiching and heavy duty zippers - otherwise you may be picking up your tighty whities one by one off the belt carosel...
That happened to me once, about 7 years ago. I was waiting at the carousel to get my bag, and it seemed like it was taking FOREVER. Well, as I'm waiting, I see some loose items on the belt. I'm laughing to myself, thinking about the poor sucker that is going to have to deal with that embarrassment. As I'm looking, I remember thinking "Wow, I have some stuff just like that!" At that point, it was like OH CRAP! I realized that the loose stuff was MINE. So anyway, I'm grabbing all of this stuff and I have nothing to put it in, so basically I'm just making a pile at my feet of all of my personal items. My suitcase finally came around on the belt, and the zipper had popped open which let everything spill out. Amazingly enough, I recovered every single thing out of the suitcase.
I'm just glad that it was at the beginning of the trip, and not the end. At least everything was clean!
I bought one of these locally last night at a good price. Lower than a lot of internet places. Some things I don't like to buy on line. The biggest disasters for me buying on line have been electronics. I just bought a Ipod for someone that when it got here, looked like it had been out of the box a re-packaged. I didn't want to give it to them that way so I went to Circuit City and bought another one. I found out from researching TV's that some of them on line were built for other countries and the warranties do not apply here.