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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 July/August 2006

"As the market during July was very low, I thought to combine these 2 months July and August, as number of auctions would not be enough for a report and nothing spectacular will happen during summer", says our special eBay correspondent Gerd Clemens.

"What a false estimation. Today I can report about some sensational auctions with the highest bids ever made. You can show your wife now how valuable your collection is.

The big bang and number 1 is a bag from the former East Germany and its flag carrier Interflug from 1962. This was really a time when it was very remarkable for Germans to take a plane and even more remarkable for people in the German Democratic Republic. So it was to expect high bids but the final price of €201.00 is astonishing. If you are interested to make a copy of this bag and if you want to know how the sales process was running please have a look on Ebay. The number of the article is 180017035282.

Runner up during these 2 months was a bag from Cameroon Airlines at a price of €100.49.

Brazil is the country where the bag #3 comes from an airline with the name Navegantes at a price of €84.73. Eight different bidders gave their offers. [a small air taxi, operated some light planes in the past, the complete name is Navegantes Taxi Aéreo, and the base is in the airport of Navegantes - State of Santa Catarina, South Brazil. The Brazilian government aeronautical department has suspended its operations - Denir Camargo]

On #4 an old bag from North America from an airline with name North Central Airlines at a price of US$ 103.50 or €81.46. This airline was formed on acquisition with Central Airlines in 1953. In 1979 North Central merged with Southern Airways as Republic Airlines which was finally acquired by NorthWest Airlines in 1986.

Uni Air from Taiwan came on #5. Ok, the bag was something different to the other bags from this airline, but it was enough to start a fierce competition between just two bidders, which brought price up to a level of €70.00.

IZair, this small just recently founded Turkish airline from Izmir was attractive to 6 bidders leading to a final bid of €57.10.

Air Tahiti Nui closed at #7 at a price of €49.07.

The French airline UTA came in as #8 at a price of €46.50.

A vintage German bag from 1958 came in as number 9. Deutsche Lufthansa is the airline and price came up to €41.60. Exactly the same bag was on sale last year, at this time at a price of slightly above €100. You should not tell your wife how fragile the value of your collection can be.

Number 10 an Indonesian bag from the airline Dirgantara at a price of €38.17.

Jeju Air is a fairly new Korean airline founded in January 2005 connecting mainland Korea with the island Jeju. Price came up to €37.50.

An older bag from Thai Airways was #12 at a price of €36.60.

Paramount Airways was launched in Oct. 2005 by Paramount Group a leading Indian textile producer based in Madurai. So it serves the southern part of India. The final offer for this bag was at €35.50.

EXCELLENT a old and very rare bag comes from Japanese Kinkyor Airways at a price of €34.73. [actually Nihon Kinkyori Airways that started in 1974 and was renamed Air Nippon Kabushiki Gaisha in 1987 and then renamed again to the present ANK Air Nippon in 2002 - Bruce Kelly]

Two slightly different bags from Sabena from Belgium came in as number 15 and 16 at the same price of €27.60.

Chinese Shenzhen Airlines is changing their design very often, and each time collectors are fighting for the newest edition. Seven bidders brought price up to €24.69 giving it rank #17 and later rank #25 at a price of €16.99.

And old Canadian bag came in as #18 at a price of €22.83.

Also Air Zimbabwe seems to be a must. Despite the fact that bags with a green logo were on sale very often during the last 8 months, six bidders made their offer and the lucky winner got it at €22.03.

A plastic bag in green and blue from AeroSur from Bolivia was won at €21.18.

Bag #21 was offered as 'The next biggest pile of crap on Ebay'. It was an ordinary bag from British Dan-Air, which most of us have already. Offers were given by names I never saw before, but good for the seller, price was €18.62.

A plastic bag from an airline I could not find any information came in as #22 at a price of €18.41. Who or what is Dhinpoabia Air, can anybody help me?

An old bag from TAE from Switzerland or Belgium? found its final bid at €17.49.

COPA, the acronym for Compania Panamena de Aviacion is the national flag carrier of Panama, which seems to be very successful. In the meantime they became an associate member of Skyteam Alliance. We find their bag at €17.30, which is rank 24 and later at €12.05 which is #37.

Chosonminhang is the name of a North Korean airline which changed their name to Air Koryo in 1993. The price of this old bag was €16.05.

On rank #27 we find TAA Trans Australia Airlines, which was founded in 1946 and became one of 2 major Australian airlines. In 1992 TAA was acquired by Qantas. Price was €16.02.

Dubai Air Wing is a very prestige airline which is used exclusively by the sheiks of Dubai. This bag with a small logo came in at €15.83.

Air Madrid was founded in December 2003 and serves Madrid with destinations in South- and Central America. Price of the plastic bag was €13.52.

On rank #30 we find another bag from Taiwanese Uni Air which has a round flap on top. Price was €13.33.

Chunqiu or Spring Airlines was very often on sale during the last months. But not everybody seems to have a bag from this Chinese low cost carrier. This time it went at a price of €12.94.

Indonesia is an Eldorado for airlines, who can count the number of different airlines in this huge country? Here another one Duta Boga Sarana; their bag was sold at €12.85, which is rank #32. [This is an Indonesian-based ground service caterer who supplies their bags to airlines that do not have their own bags in Jakarta - Bruce Kelly]

After a Chinese bag from Xinhua Airlines at €12.85 we find a further Indonesian airline with name Bali at a price of €12.73.

Turkmenistan Airlines, guess where it comes from, donated a bag at a price of €12.70, which is #35.
Libyan Arab Airlines came in at €12.25.

A newcomer is Hongkong Express at a price of €11.60 followed by another new Chinese airline namely Great China at €11.00. [not a new airline... formed in 1966 and merged with Uni Air in 1998 - Bruce Kelly]

On rank #40 the Swedish airline Linieflyg at €10.75
Rank#41 and #49 we find Northwest Orient Airlines at €10.57 and €10.19.

Korean Airlines KAL was founded in 1962. In 1984 name was changed in Korean Air. The former was bought at €10.52.

From 1961 to 1997 VIASA was the flag carrier of Venezuela. After a difficult co-operation with Iberia, which let to a lot of financial problems VIASA was forced to stop their operation in Jan 1997. Their bag came in as #43 at a price of €10.51.

The Egypt carrier Luxor Air came in at the same price.

U-Land Airlines is a frightening Taiwanese airline. In 2000 U-Land was closed due to its failure to meet minimum requirements because of financial troubles. Maybe this is the reason that bag is larger than others, price was reasonable at €10.31.

Air India in red orange came in at €10.25 and at the same price we find American Air Florida.

With Helikopter Service, again at a price of €10.25, which is #48 it is not easy to determine where it comes from. Scandinavia is my guess whether it is Denmark, Sweden or Norway, I do not know. Maybe somebody can help. [Norway to be exact, and is involved in North Sea oil operations - Bruce Kelly]

I could inform you about 49 bags for July and August, not too much in number, but in value!

In case of any questions please do not hesitate to contact me."

Thanks, as always, to Gerd for this report, and to Bruce and Denir for the clarifications.

Tuesday, September 19, 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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