I just realized I made comments regarding price vs. quality, but didn't answer your other questions: Would the fact that the Nova Check pattern is being discontinued affect your wanting to purchase the bag? Yes, definitely for me. But, I am guilty of paying full price for many things for fear of waiting for a sale only to find that the thing I really wanted is gone, never to be available again. Do you think it's a bit too much pattern? No, but the bag I used to own looked very similar to this one, so of course I'm going to like it. As I said in a previous post, you do have to be careful about mixing it with other patterned clothing, unless you have a flair for that sort of thing, which I most certainly do not. The nova check pattern is a beautiful standout against a solid colored outfit. Hope this helps you with your decision!