Tempting, except the carry on pilot bag I bought at Big Lots for $20 about 20 years ago has been with me through about 30 countries and all over the US and is in the same condition as the day I bought it. Meanwhile I have been through about a dozen checked suitcases, which is the difference between me transporting my things and a baggage handler doing it.
@eeterrific Hard side is nice when it’s wet outside, or when the net full of luggage being loaded onto a cruise ship catches on a crane and tears open dumping your luggage into the sea (yes, that happened to me). But where luggage shows catastrophic wear IME is wheels and handles. My niece bought a new set of luggage for our Europe trip and the cobbled streets of Venice destroyed the wheels. I bought a lovely new National Geographic hard sider for that trip and by the time I got home the handles were completely torn off. It’s a shame as it’s beautiful but you can’t pick the danged thing up and National Geographic disavowed their warranty.