I bought the black Speck Smartcase from the Apple store 3 weeks ago for $50. Yesterday, I took it off and noticed the top case aluminum has literally chipped off. It's the kind of chip you would find banging a macbook against a hard wall... except I didn't do that. I too, was willing to give Speck a chance despite the bad reviews, and didn't believe the "scratch" problems others were having. To be fair, I never noticed any scratches when taking the case off. Just a big chip off the aluminum is all.