I'm still awaiting delivery of my SS, but like a lot of us I've been eagerly shopping 3rd party bands and a few things are becoming clear to me. First, $150 for a good leather band or even the $450 for a steel link bracelet is not ridiculous; it's in fact quite reasonable. Most really nice leather bands I've shopped for are far more expensive that Apple's. And steel links? Forget about it. Crazy expensive. Secondly, the third party bands all look awful so far. Even the 'steel' link bands that everyone is oohing and aaahing over look like the cheap band from a $15 Seiko. Thanks to you folks buying these bands so the rest of us can see.... But yuck, they all look horrible and cheap. I was definitely one of those 'WTF? I'll wait for just as good 3rd party bands,' but now I think I'll just save some money for a nice Apple band.