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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 December 2006

"For barf bags the year 2006 has come to a very silent end," says veteran Ebay watcher Gerd Clemens.
"Not very many auctions took place, and one got the impression that people were too much bothered by Xmas preparations.

The bag with the highest price in December 2006 came from South America. The name of the Venezuelan carrier is Conviasa at a final bid of €56.10. The history of this carrier is the following. In Jan 1997 flag carrier of Venezuela VIASA ceased operation. But soon the idea came up to create a new flag carrier. In Nov 2004 Conviasa’s inaugural flight was made. Just recently Conviasa partnered with Air Europe for its flight to Madrid.

Runner up are 3 vintage bags from Cathay, 2 of them are really old, one in brown with the old logo of the Swift Group, the other with blue waves and the name in red. All 3 came up to a price of €35.42.

Rank # 3 is a number of bags again of which one, namely Mahalo Air, was the important one which brought price up to €35.01. Mahalo Air was an airline which provided inter-island service within the state of Hawaii. They started operation in 1993, but in Sept 1997 Mahalo Air ceased operation because of financial problems.

At rank 4 we find 3 bags again. This offer comprises Cebu with the blue smiling airplanes, Oasis Hong Kong and a third but irrelevant bag. The winner of this auction paid €29.06, and the runner up still €20, which is rank #12.

An old bag from China South West Airlines, CSWA, came in as number 5 with €27.60.

Against all reason, LAM from Mozambique were bought at a price of €27.50.

At rank # 7 we find a very old German bag. Bavaria Fluggesellschaft is the name of the carrier, one of the former West German short-lived air carriers. Bavaria was formed in 1977 after a merger of Bavaria Fluggesellschaft, which started at the beginning of the 70s and Germanair. The hub of this carrier was Munich. At the end of 1978 the carrier ceased operations and merged with Hapag-Lloyd. The price for this old bag was €26.65.

Tikal Jet is operating in Guatemala. The deep blue bag came in as # 8 at a price of €25.60.

At rank # 9 we find the Philippines carrier Cebu again. The friendly smile of the blue plane was attractive enough to bring price up to €25.20.

A very old bag from the 70s from the UK Court Line was bought at €23.67.

Sonair from Angola is a Subsidiary of Sonangol Group, which is the national petroleum company of Angola. Sonair provides direct transportation of passengers and cargo between Angola and USA. Their barf bag changed hands at €21.05.

Bags from Sudan Airways have a lot of variations. In December the bag was slightly different to the other bags which most of us have already. Because of this price came up to €16.16.

Thai Pacific is an airline most of us do not know. Start up of this Thailand based airline was in August 2003, with plans for a Bangkok–Sydney service starting in Oct 2003. But in July 2004 everything was over. Financial problems forced them to cease operation. So bags are rare and price for the bag was €16.05 for the winner of this auction,but the runners up took their chance and bought bags at prices of about €15. This bag is ranked on 14 to 16.

Star Peru is still around. This month at a price of €14.62 which is rank # 17.

Corair fly with a smiley TUI is a new bag but not a new carrier. Most of us know this airline as Corsair, which was founded in 1981 by a Corsican family. In 1990 Corsair was acquired by a French tour operator and in 2000 TUI took over into their TUI fly group. Because of marketing reasons TUI renamed the name Corsair to Corsfly in 2005. The bag itself was bought at a price of €14.03.

Another group of 3 bags including the rare Garuda bag with red circles was sold at €12.07.

And last but not least at rank # 20 a bag from Cebu again, this time with a green bar with name and logo in white and in addition some information on the flat base which is new compared to the older ones. Price of this bag was €10.40.

This was all for December which I could find. All the best to you with kind regards and mit freundlichen Grüssen."

Sunday, January 14, 2007 


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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