On the 7th, I ordered two bg cities from NM in SF. I guess I shouldn't have ordered them from so far away ( I am in Chicago) but I didn't want to spend a bunch on shipping so I said to send them whatever the cheapest way was. Well, that must have been via Australia because I just got them today. When I tried to ask about the leather, I got the 'All B-bags are the same' line so I had him send two so I could compare. I immediately disqualified the first one because right on the front it had a huge patch of faded looking leather. Not acceptable AT ALL. So the second one had really nice leather but there was some scratches on the back. I know I will have to see scratches eventually but when I first buy the bag, I don't like them. If I had to, I would keep this bag because the leather IS nice. But, I called Lisa Hamlin in Troy NM and talked to her assistant and she is sending me two more bags to look over. I just keep thinking if I was buying from BNY or Aloha Rag (who is great), I wouldn't be able to look at four bags to decide. I LOVE NM.