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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!


The Clemens eBay Report for October 2005

"With a short delay here are the highest bids at Ebay for October 2005 (as far as I could monitor them)", says bagwatcher Gerd Clemens.

  • Let me start not with an auction for one bag but for 5 bags from the 80s, as they got the highest bid at US$ 91.20 (about €77). The airlines involved were Balkan Bulgarian, Antillean Airlines, American Airlines and 2 from JES Air.
  • Not very spectacular in price but the second time very high in ranking and in October # 1 a bag from Aero Galapagos at €46.50.
  • Not far away at rank #2 was Air Liberte from Tunisia at €41.60.
  • Third place goes to a bag from Egypt, namely Cairo Aviation at €37.39. This bag is still around and if somebody is lucky he will get the bag at a price far below €10 within a short time.
  • The same is happening with the bag which has rank #4: Deccan Air from India, which came up to £20 (about €29). In November some of us bought it at about €10 but one of us was lucky to get it at £0.99 (€1.50), because the others missed it for some reason. Well done!
  • British was #5 at a price of £19.53 = €29.
  • Omni Air International is also a bag which was offered very often during the last few months and it is still on sale. In September you had to bid $45.44 to win the auction. Now in October it is not as high but still very costly at $30.00 = €25.43. In November you can get it in a direct sale at $19.95. If this decline in price follows a mathematical formula I will wait for February 2006, then I will get it for €5!
  • Rank #7 went to a bag with an unknown airline. BUEN VIAJE is written on it, but nevertheless price was €21.60.
  • A bag from World Airways came up at #8 for $20.50 (about €17.38).
  • Not from a real airline but a bag more for promotional purposes was Darkness Airlines at a price of GBP 10 (about €15).
  • The next two ranks #10 and #11 went to India for a red bag from Air India. 11 bids were given and at the end $16.01 = €14 were necessary to get this bag. In a direct sale the second bidder got the chance to gain this bag at $15.51 = €13.15.
  • Surprisingly a bag from Netherlands Transavia at a price of $15.50 = €13.14 came in at #12, followed by a good old friend Livingston Energy from Italy? at a price of €13 at rank #13.
  • Also Fly Niki is a very new bag which went over the counter at a relatively high price of $12.62 = €10.70. Also here we can expect a sharp decline in price within a short time.
  • And now we come to 2 bags where the seller has made a fortune for quite a long time: Viking Airlines from Sweden and Dubrovnik Airlines from Croatia. This month 2 Vikings at €10.51 and 3 Dubrovniks, two for €10.51 and one for €10.25. I do not want to add up all the auctions which took place with these 2 bags which are offered by the same seller, but I would guess that earnings are far higher than travel expenses to get the bags.
  • In terms of prices one bag is among these Viking and Dubrovnik bags namely an older bag from KLM at a price of €10.50.
  • The list of bags with a higher price than €10 is closed by 2 bags sold at a price of exactly €10 namely BH Air from Bulgaria and a fake from Germanwings which never saw an aeroplane but a lot of beer and wine. A bag which was a supplement to a newspaper in Stuttgart making promotion for Germanwing and a funfair in Stuttgart called Stuttgarter Wasen. But as it looks like an air sickness bag we seem to collect it, because 12 bids, the highest number this month, were made. In the meantime I suppose every collector has a specimen. If not I have some spares at a price far below €10 if necessary.

This was all what I could find during October. I can tell you in November we are on course for a high level of activity.

Gerd Clemens

Friday, December 09, 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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