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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!


The Clemens eBay Report for June 2006

"The higher the temperatures in Europe, the lower the activities at Ebay for barf bags", writes our bagbusiness correspondent Gerd Clemens.

"This is the impression you can get when you review last month's auctions which surpass the barrier of 10 euros. Or was this caused by the football world championship, which took place during this time?

No matter why, the slightly exaggerated situation in April and May has come to normal again; not only in number of auctions but also to the amount of final bids.

Winner for June was an airline from Sri Lanka which is Serendib Express at a final bid of €57.10.

Runner up was a bag from a defunct European Airline namly Spantax from Spain at €34.37.

Air Madagascar with a black logo was the bag of the month with at least 3 auctions and direct sales surpassing 10 Euro. We can find this bag as number 3 at €31.90, at #4 at €31.35 and as #8 at €27.80.

At rank #5 we find a scarcely plastic bag from Brazilian carrier TAM at a price of €30.60.

One of the many varieties of China Southern Airlines came in as #6 at a price of €28.72.

Yeti Airways from Nepal is available in a lot of varieties too, this time in green at a final bid of €28.60.

The regional carrier RICO operates in the Amazonas area in Brazil. Price came up to €25.60. For further information about an airline which is not too known to most of us please refer to But be sure to understand Portuguese if you want to read the information.

Number 10 goes to a collapsed UK carrier Old Court Line Aviation at a price of €23.20, followed by the newest very good-looking edition from Asian Airlines from Korea at a price of €21.38. If one of you is interested in this bag I still have 2 bags for swap.

IAT Indonesian Air Transport is based in Jakarta and runs helicopters and smaller planes, their bags are rare so price came up to €20.75.

Americana was an airline in Peru which existed from 1989-1997. The plastic bag is really unique with a lot of pictures on it. Price came up to €18.50.

Followed by another bag from Peru namely TANS Transportes Aereos Nacionales de la Selva at a price of €18.27.

An older piece from Japanese ANA All Nippon Airlines came in as #15 at a price of €17.35.

CSWA Chinese South West Airlines came in as next at €16.82.

LAP Lineas Aereas Paraguayas from South America was founded in 1962 by Paraguayan air force. Beside the military tasks the civil aviation was pushed. After the investment in new planes destinations even in Europe were served. But political turbulances and a new government destroyed all dreams for further growth. With high debts and no concept for restructuring the company was forced to cease operation in 1994. Price for this old bag was €15.90.

At the same price we find French Air Inter.

GOL Airways can be found at a price of €15.60. The plastic bags from this Brazilian carrier vary in the name of the producer and the position of website.

Place #20 goes to another edition of the Spanish carrier Spantax which ceased operation in 1988.

An older bag from Nepal Airlines came in at a price of €15.52.

KrasAir is the fourth largest carrier in Russia which serves more than 50 destinations. The airline was founded in 1993 and is based in Krasnoyarsk. Price of their bag came up to €15.51.

Very close behind we find an older bag from Chinese Shenzhen Airlines at €15.50.

African Air Tanzania, which just started a partnership with Kenya Airways, came in as #23 at a price of €15.35.

The Brazilian airline PANTANAL Linhas Aereas was #24 at €14.50, together with Indian Jet Airways.

Further rankings beginning with rank #26 are:

  • Indonesian Pelita Air Service at €13.50
  • An older bag from Thai Airways at €12.75
  • An old bag from British Overseas Airways Corporation BOAC, an airline which was merged with BEA in 1974 to form British Airways. Price of the bag was €12.62.
  • LIAT from the Carribean at €12.30.
  • At rank #30 we find Indian Air Sahara at €11.64, followed by Taiwanese U-Land Airlines at €10.75
  • LAER Linea Aereas Entre Rios based in Parana in Argentina at €10.75
  • An old bag from Israelian ElAl at €10.60
  • AERO Airlines from Finland at €10.35
  • PIA Pakistan International Airlines at €10.25
  • HeliCusco from Peru at €10.15
  • And finally at rank #37 Khalifa Airways from Algeria.

These are the results for June 2006. Despite the fact that good offers are made the price level in July is still very low.
A good time for buyers."

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 


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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