http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/16/business/16bags.html?em&ex=1198040400&en=9e999eb90bd837e4&ei=5070 I thought this was very interesting and I guess it is true for me. I have noticed bags from various stores getting better and better and able to withstand more. When I am out shopping, I may grab one of the larger bags I have recently gotten from a store if it has long handles to go over my shoulder to throw my scarf and gloves and perhaps even my coat in if it becomes unbearably warm when Im in a store. I hate having to lug my coat around on my arm or even keep it on when I am trying to do some shopping. Having a large durable shopping bag that can go over my shoulder definitely helps.