i bought mine in around august 2007, then keep using it as daily bag for almost 3-4 months, by end year i noticed there is blackish discoloured around the corner, i kinda like it at the end actually ..
I think it would be useful if someone could post pictures of what they meant by colour fading or their metallic bags turning black, the colour peeling off etc etc.
I have three metallic bags and after reading all the comments on this thread (and the other one), I checked out my bags but I didn't find anything odd about them. I have used all of my metallcis so they're not like brand new. I have to say when I wear my metallics, I actually hand carry it by its chaim and lift the bag slightly away from my body as I don't want it to rub against my clothes. The colours still look good, I think. But who knows? Maybe my bags have already lost their metallic feels and I didn't know that....
^ You can actually search on eBay. I've seen used metallic bags (for example the recent one I saw was the used silver metallic luxe bowler by personalshoppers) which are in pretty used and worn condition. The metallic fades off. I think it is pretty much inevitable due to wear and tear.
I almost bought a red metallic but SA was hard to deal with so decided to cancel my order. Thank goodness or else its a waist of money if after few wears, it would just fade. Thanks for letting us know.
all metallic-treated leather is prone to the color rubbing off, regardless of it is chanel or not... unfortunately there is nothing much that can be done except to be super-careful not to let edges rub up against anything.