No one has ever been judged solely on their suitcase. But buying one that leaves a lot to be desired certainly is a decision open for judgment.
The idea that you're not spending $500 on luggage isn't exactly the outcry being put forth, but rather a happy medium should be in your game plan. Luggage often is viewed as practical means of packing for a trip and something that, as long as it has a few zippers, a handle and some storage depth, could be picked up just about anywhere.
You certainly are free to find your next suitcase or carry-on bag at a thrift store or second hand shop. More often than not, you'll come across a niece piece of luggage that not only is a brand name but can be touted as a tremendous find.
What shouldn't be in your repertoire when it comes to travel bags is the bottom barrel of luggage, the kind of carrying case that belongs at a farmer's market, not being hoisted and stored in a plane or the trunk of your car.
For example, you should never use a plastic or nylon bag that is better served for the grocery store. That isn't luggage; it's laziness personified.
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