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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!


Virgin Atlantic prices stablize

Prices of Virgin Atlantic Limited Edition bags on eBay seem to have stabilized at around £0.45 per bag.

Bidding madness in mid-April saw individual bags sold for over £3.00 each. Prices have since fallen to levels more affordable to the average penniless collector.'s team of market observers have tracked the eBay fate of 1626 Virgin bags since December 2004. The 1429 bags that have been sold fetched an average of £0.76 each. That total includes 62 full sets of 20 bags, and 169 individual bags.

Virgin Atlantic has stopped distributing the Limited Edition bags on its fleet, so eBay is one of the few places collectors can still pick up these desirable items.

Top buyer has been German collector "19lange81", who has acquired at least 7 full sets for a total outlay of £82.68. Even that's not enough, it seems: 19lange81 still bids on almost every new set of bags that is offered for sale.

Top seller is British-based "kd1902", who has sold 19 full sets of 20 bags. This seller has so far netted £306.49 in profit (minus eBay's fees, but not including income from mailing costs).

Although eBay sales seem to be declining, baggists still without a Limited Edition should not despair. Virgin Atlantic is reported to have printed 500,000 bags in all, and less than 0.33% (one-third of one percent) have so far come onto the market.

Sunday, May 15, 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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For new baggists only


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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