I've been using the same cable for two years now. There was a little tear at the top which I patched up with electrical tape earlier this year, but it just kept getting worse and worse and started flaking off all over my desk as I continued using it. Whatever green coating they're using on the wrap around the wires pretty much melted into the outer (it stained it green). It doesn't get on my hands or anything, but it's sticky and I'm sure if I took a fingernail to it it'd come off. Anyone else have something similar happen to theirs? There's such a big deal about using official cables because they're safer, but they have problems of their own. It still works perfectly fine, but I just finally had it with using something that looked and felt as bad as that to charge my phone, heh.