I just posted a thread a few hours ago about whether to replace vachetta or buy a new bag instead. Now let me start with something that has made me extremely contemplative on the amount of $$$ I spent on LVs with vachetta that had gotten worn out and dirty and sold for less than half of the retail price. if I replace the vachetta only, that would cost a lot, maybe almost equal to the amount of a new one. If I bought a brand new one, thats another huge expense!!! I estimated that in the past 10 years of buying and selling LVs with vachetta, I could have bought myself a solid gold cartier, rolex, or huge diamonds or could have used that money to renovate my apartment! I have dark colored bags (a few from different designers) that Ive had for more than 15years and they still look great and still use them once in a while. Ive started to invest on LV damier which I know would last a lifetime (hopefully). The vachetta ones lasted me 5 years max! Thats because I make sure I use them and not keep em for fear of wearing the vachetta out. I find it hard to spend $$$ on a bag and just keep em in the closet. One more thing about LVs with vachetta is I have to be extra careful not to get it soiled with the tiniest marks. I want to be able to enjoy a bag and not get too OC with it. From now on Ive made a commitment to buy LV bags that would remain classics and still look good all throughout my lifetime. No offense meant to LV with vachetta owners because I am one of them too Anyone feel this way too?