I am looking for new luggage – it’s not that my spinners are worn out, but I’m looking for something new. I definitely want a spinner preferably with a built-in TSA lock. I’m not a big fan of formal wear and neither do I need a lot of space, so I don’t need the garment bag or the expandable zipper. Given that there are a lot of sales right now with the vente-privee Samsonite sale that Deals We Like talked about as well as the RueLaLa Tumi sale that Very Good Points talked about, I think now might be a good time to go shopping for one.
But what I can’t figure out is what kind of luggage to get! In the very short while that I’ve started purchasing luggage for myself, all I’ve used are cheap samsonites from Costco. There is always a set of a 21″ and 27″ spinners for just under $150, here They hold up fairly well, and they are probably the cheapest Samsonite luggage I’ve seen – even cheaper than the Vente-Privee sale! At under $140 (I had a coupon), that means a 21″ spinner is only ~$60 and a 27″ spinner is only ~$80.
I feel like this time I might want to something nice, and I can’t decide between is getting something nice like a Briggs and Riley or a Rimowa or just keeping with what I buy. I don’t really care about having the “latest edition” of a bag as long as it looks okay, but then generally the newer editions always look better. 🙂
I would think a Rimowa is definitely a splurge bag so unless there is a big discount, I don’t think it’s worth getting. But they are amazingly gorgeous!
But unless there’s a huge sale, I don’t know whether it’s worth forking over 500 dollars for a single spinner. And that’s for their base model!
The other brand that interests me is Briggs and Riley because they have a lifetime warranty. Their Simple as That warranty sounds quite nice – and there’s no fine print with it. Of course, it’s at a price-point that’s far beyond what “normal” people get. I’ve heard anecdotally that the guarantee is honoured generally fairly, so that’s pretty good. I’d like to think that paying 400 for this bag means I don’t ever have to get another carry on for the rest of my life… or at least for 10-ish years. But I know whether that’s realistic. Their guarantee doesn’t cover cosmetic blemishes or defects so while I’ll have a working bag, it doesn’t mean I’ll be using it publicly when it gets dirty.
Should I buy five cheap suitcases over 15 years, or just get the Briggs and Riley (or the Rimowa)? Or are there any other alternatives?