Here are pics of my MK bag purchased in Jan 2007. I used it for about 4 months. I am not happy at all with how easily it scratched and how the zipper pull came apart. I used a leather cleaner on it once. It still didn't help scratches. I just love the look of these bags. His new Astor bags look softer to me but they were sold out at Macys. (here is link to one I like: http://cgi.ebay.com/NWT-Michael-Kors-Astor-Pouchette-BLACK-Leather-138_W0QQitemZ160200603566QQihZ006QQcategoryZ63852QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) My question is: Has anyone else experienced this? Has anyone else had a chance to compare the newer bags with the older? Do I chance another MK bag? PS There is a kitty in the first pic .... she was all interested in getting her picture taken. However the scratches are diff not from kitties.