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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!


Sithbag prices gain sanity

prices since 5 June 2005

prices since 22 December 2004

Graphs show the highest prices reached each day.

Virgin Atlantic's four-bag Revenge of the Sith series has been selling like hotcakes on eBay.

Prices started off at over £5.00 per bag, but have since fallen back to a more reasonable £2.00 each.

That's still high compared to the levels attained by Virgin Atlantic's previous offering, the Design for Chunks series. Prices for this 20-bag series peaked at around £3.00, and now go for a mere £0.50 apiece.

Since their launch at the beginning of June, some 189 Sithbags have so far been offered for sale on eBay, from a total print run of 100,000. That still pales in comparison to the 1740 Chunksbags that have been auctioned via the eBay site since December 2004.

Market watchers say that several sellers who offered Chunksbags have also been auctioning Sithbags. One seller who goes by the alias kd1902 has sold more than 20 batches of the Sith items.

Sellers have also adopted new techniques to shift bags. Perhaps wary of the anemic prices achieved in Chunks auctions, some sellers have been offering bags only via eBay's Buy It Now option, which forces buyers to accept a fixed price.

Players such as kd1902 have also taken to listing multiple sets of bags at the same price. One recent listing of 40 bags sold out to 10 different buyers well before the eBay offer was scheduled to expire.

Veteran baggists are dismayed at the legions of new buyers who are bidding for the Sithbags. They suspect that these wares are attracting fans of the Star Wars movie series as well as serious baggists.

"It looks like Virgin Atlantic is ruffling the feathers of the cosy baggist community - just like they've done with the airline industry," says one insider.

How long will current trends last? One eBay seller who picked up Sithbags on a flight to Los Angeles reports that there were none on the return flight. The flight crew said they were limited to "one week only".

Wednesday, June 22, 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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