First of all, I am really pissed off right now because I've had it with LV's 'quality' charade. If the quality is so immaculate, then why are my new LVs looking like I've had them for ages? I treat my bags/wallets like extra limbs, so why is it that only my LVs are getting damaged and looking more and more sickly with every day/week? Stuff I have from other designers are in near-perfect condition, but there is always something wrong with not one, but each of my LV pieces. For example: 1. The brass always tarnishes. In the case of the locks, if not cleaned in time, will result in blackened leather. 2. Vachetta. Outrageously fragile and sensitive. I am never able to feel comfortable carrying something with vachetta. There are a kazillion ways to ruin it without even trying. It rains, you're dead. You sweat, oh dear. You even have to choose your handcreams carefully because God forbid this whiny brat of a leather does not like it. 3. Scratching. Again, another issue with the brass. My wallet is brand-spanking new as I have had it for less than a month now. Tell me why the brass button snap closure is scratched up to the point where it's not really even shiny anymore. There are no pointy objects in my bag, nor anything else that would explain the extent of the scratches. Here is my $0.02: If LV is going to charge customers an arm and a leg for their products, then they better start giving us the quality they promise and claim to deliver. For the price of their goods, they should AT LEAST be giving us GOLD-PLATED brass or metal, not BRASS. JUICY COUTURE's friggin gold-plated charm bracelets sell at something like $35 for crying out loud. You're telling me that LV can't even give us gold-plated metal/brass when we pay how much? The amount of brass on an average LV bag (like a Speedy) is merely a fraction of the amount of brass needed to make a Juicy Couture charm bracelet. Sounds like LV is trying to pocket as much profit as they could. Sorry if that means cheating us of the semi-good stuff. Essentially we are left with the name, because besides the 'rare' goat-skin and a few other seemingly precious materials, everything else does not cost that much in the first place. Of course there's special labour involved to get that precision, but that should not boost the product's price up by a few hundred bucks. It's a corporation alright, and it's brand identity is what we are paying the most for.