i used to think that having any bags to put my stuff in will do. so long as the bag looks nice, feels comfortable to plod around with and most importantly its cheap, i would'nt mind getting it.
until i got my first 'branded' bag that is, courtesy of the husband. what you pay is really what you get.
the excellent workmanship, the details and the genuine smell of leather just makes it so worth getting it. yes, i may feel apprehensive for fear of scratching the bag, spilling water on it or damaging the leather, but after sometime when you know your bag is capable of going through all these, thats when you know the bag is worth the amount of money you paid for it.
now i look at these 'branded' bags with a different eye. but i still love my cheap bags, ha!