I have read a number of subforums and it seems as if there are always threads raising complaints and seeking advice about minute (if visible at all) imperfections in newly purchased bags. The responding posters typically support the OP, advising her to return the offending bag and get a perfect one. There are also a number of threads about people being afraid to carry their bags, for fear that something might happen to mar their perfection. And then there are the threads about how carefully some people care for their bags, e.g., keeping plastic protectors on hardware, wiping them down after each use, carefully stuffing them and putting them back in their original boxes to store for the next use. All in order to maintain their perfection. My question is this. Why buy and own a collection of bags that you are afraid to use? Unless your goal is to have a bag museum, why not just use your bags for their intended purpose? Does happiness with owning a bag reside solely in knowing it's in your closet, packed away in its dust bag and box, only brought out for carefully staged photos? The expense of the bag is often offered up as the reason it must be perfect -- but if you can't afford to use the bag, knowing it will likely have signs of your use and enjoyment over time, can you really afford to own the bag? I don't understand how this pursuit of perfection brings real happiness in every day life. (This can just as easily be applied to other items, like jewelry -- will it get scratched if I wear it? Er, probably. But it's made to be worn.) Ok, back to your regular scheduled programming.