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the magical world of airsickness bags

Welcome. This is what my wife calls "a bunch of stupid jokes and pictures of paper bags." She's right about the jokes. She's wrong about the bags: some of them are plastic.

What the critics say: "Utterly unnotable" (Wikipedia editor). "Ridiculous collections #4" (Buzzfeed). Other comments: "As complete wastes of time go, it's a very high quality complete waste of time... An entirely dispensable source of inane comments about a truly trivial subject... A monument to the planet's worst corporate design... An unwelcome reminder of some of the more unpleasant moments in our lives."

Donations (unused, please) of bags not represented in the bag gallery are welcomed -- please mail to this address, and I'll credit you on this site! I am happy to trade any extras that I have. Check out the links to other bag sites, find out how you can use your spare bags, and explore the fascinating world of bag manufacturers

Highlights: The design features page reveals the secrets of professional baggery, and the logos page analyses the enigma of airline corporate identities. Search for your favourite bag, browse the bag gallery by country and airline, and check out the biggest, best and worst bags!



Some more market research on those lovely Virgin Atlantic bags... Updated on 31 March

Single bag prices volatile as offers taper off

A single bag - the highly regarded Furi Furi manga cartoon design on the left, fetched a record price of £2.70 (plus postage) on 22 March. Prices for complete sets seem to be stabilizing around the £1.00 a bag mark, though fewer sets are now coming on the market. (31 March)

Limited Edition truly Limited

According to one recent seller on eBay, Virgin Atlantic are switching back to their boring old-style bags on flights from Los Angeles. A warning to desperate baggists who do not yet have a set, or merely a ploy to boost bag prices? (18 March)

Prices for these delectable items have been volatile over the last week, ranging from a mere £10.50 for a full set of 20 bags (£0.53 per bag) on 13 March, up to £31 for a set (£1.55 per bag) on the next day. But there hasn't been a repeat of the madness of late February and early March, when bagprices zoomed to £43 for a set (£2.15 a bag), then slumped to a miserly £5.50 (£0.28 a bag).

Confidential sources report to The Bagonomist that many recent bagbuyers are new to the market. Insiders speculate that the Virgin Atlantic series has attracted the attention of collectors who normally trade in stewardesses' uniforms and little metal model planes. Or perhaps these are well established baggists who are merely trading under assumed names to hide their true identities.

Top bagseller so far has been eBay trader kd1902, who has so far sold 160 bags (8 complete sets), and has raked in the tidy sum of £162.05 over the last 2 months. Where does this trader get his (her?) apparently unlimited supply from? A friendly member of the cabin crew? Or perhaps this is a Virgin crewmember trying to boost a meagre salary by purloining his/her employer's property?

Since December 2004,'s highly paid eBay bagonomists have tracked the fate of 893 bags: 38 full sets of 20 bags, plus 29 lots of individual bags or partial sets. The average price has been £0.92 per bag. In all, 793 bags have changed hands during this time - though another 100 bags have failed to find a buyer.

That may seem a lot of bags. But look at it another way: that's the seat-pocket contents of less than a brace of Virgin Atlantic's A340 widebodied jets. Or only 0.18% of the 500,000 "Limited Edition" bags that Virgin is thought to have printed.

Top dollar so far has been the £44.00 (£2.20 per bag) shelled out in December 2004 by one (formerly) well-heeled baggist for one of the 200 boxed sets presented to passengers on the inaugural flight from the UK to Australia.

Overall, it's been cheaper to buy partial sets. The average price for individual bags or partial sets has been £0.50 per bag, compared to £0.94 per bag for a full set. However, the additional cost of postage for several partial sets may offset this advantage.

Cheapest price so far has been £5.50 (£0.28 per bag) paid by a baggie from Germany. This collector cannot seem to get enough of these admittedly desirable items. He (she?) has so far purchased no less than seven complete or partial sets of bags.

Such prices are peanuts compared to the $80 paid by a connoisseur recently for a single bag from a Brazilian airline.

Thursday, March 31, 2005 


What do Latvia, Liberia and Lesotho have in common? Yes, they all start with an L. What else? They're all missing from my barfbag collection.

What's the biggest country not represented? Chad. In terms of population? Burkina Faso. Other prominent absentees (coloured red in the map): Georgia and Rwanda. 

Major underrepresented portions of the globe are a swathe of Africa and chunks of Central Asia and Central America.

Donations from these areas especially welcome!

Centres of megabagdiversity are the USA (though many US bags are distressingly plain), China, the UK, Canada, Germany, Brazil and Indonesia. 

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New to the world of bag collecting? Want to get a head start on your collection? Then send me an email, and I'll send you a randomly selected free starter pack from my surplus bag stock. There won't be anything rare, and you may end up with some duplicates, but at least you'll be able to show your friends a few more of these lovely cultural artefacts. Make sure you include your mailing address in your email. Offer good as long as stocks last.

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