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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 first quarter 2007

"Our hobby to collect barf bags wins more and more recognition", says special correspondent Gerd Clemens in his most recent market report.

"One indication which makes this obvious is the increasing number of participants at Ebay which bid for the offered barf bags. This is really a good sign on the other hand higher demand leads to rising prices.

During the last 18 months I tried to supervise the Ebay auctions with final bids exceeding a value of 10 Euro. As mentioned above due to higher prices number of this type of auctions became too much to follow them all. As I was
asked to continue with my reports I would like to do this at a higher limit of minimum 20 Euro.

Following I would like to inform you about Ebay auctions with a final bid of more than 20 Euros for the months January to March 2007.

Winner was a bag from the African airline Rwandair at a price of €75.84. This airline was established in 2003. Unlike other African airlines Rwandair is in compliance with international regulations and a registered IATA member.

Runner up was a bag from the defunct Spanish airline TEA which stands for Trabajos Aereos y Enlaces, which operated from 1967 to 1981. Price for this bag was €67.57. About 6 weeks later same bag was on auction again and
came up to €26.59.

A very old bag from Cubana from Cuba came in at # 3 at €56.55.

Allegro is a Mexican airline which is in operation since 1992. They run a variety of routes, usually charter between USA and Mexico. Each time when such a bag is offered it goes over 50 Euro, also this time, when final bid was made at €55.10.

Bouraq is a defunct Indonesian airline. In 1970 it was formed as a private airline corporation and wholly owned by the Sumendap family, which was also owner of Bali Air. After prolonged financial problems Bouraq and Bali Air
ceased operation mid of 2005. The offered bag was old so price came up to €54.03.

The Chinese bag from CAAC with a Boeing 737 design came in as number 6 at a price of €49.70.

DO Air is one of Japan’s first low cost carriers which was established in 1996 and started operations in Dec. 1998. This bag was offered together with a safety card, came up to a price of €44.82 and went to a collector of bags whereas the safety card collectors had given up at prices below 10 Euro. This is a good example that generally speaking, prices for barf bags are higher than for safety cards.

MEA Middle East Airlines is not offered at high prices, but a bag with a size of 32x15 cm was an exception and sold at a price of €43.95.

A set of 3 bags from Brazil contained a bag from TAF Taxi Aero Fortaleza with a new design. The bag from this airline which was established in 1971 and operates regional passengers and cargo services came up to a price of €38.64.

The French airline UTA came in at # 10 at a price of €38.08.

An old Northwest Orient Airlines was sold at a price of €34.39.

Yeti Airlines from Nepal was offered in 2 different varieties as the puking lady on the bags were wearing clothes in different colours. They came in on the ranks 12, 35 and 37 at prices of €33.83; €21.72 and €21.18.

The south Indian airline Paramount Airways was still around as # 13 at a price of €32.94.

The Peruvian airline Ecuatoriana is available in different variations. This time a bag came in as # 14 at a price of €32.78.

The state airline of Guatemala is Aviateca, which is now a subsidiary of Grupo TACA of El Salvador. Their barf bag was sold at €31.67.

Air Transat is a Canadian airline has a plastic bag which was not known to most of us. This rare bag was on sale at €38.50.

The Angolan airline Sonagol serves the petrol industry in this country. A plastic bag came in as number 17 at a price of €30.48.

Webjet Linhas Aereas is a low-cost airline based in Rio de Janeiro which started operation in June 2005. Their bag was offered together with 3 other Brazilian plastic bags. All 4 bags were sold at a price of €29.55.

From Kabul International Airport operates an airline which was founded in August 2003. The name is Kam Air, which was sold at a price of €29.26.

Number 20 is a generic bag with the information “Für Abfälle”. Nevertheless bag came up to a price of €26.60, followed by the TEA bag, which was described as # 2.

In May 2004 Air India established a low cost carrier as a subsidiary in Mumbai which started operations in April 2005. There red bag with the name Air India Express found its final bid at €26.17.

SCIBE-Zaire is a quite unknown bag in Europe which was sold at €26.00.

Walkers Cay Airline comes from Bahamas and price for their bag was €25.89.

Royal Nepal Airlines has removed the Royal from its name. Consequently they have issued a new bag with the revised logo as Nepal Airlines. Price was €25.90.

On the ranks 26-42 we find 2 different bags from Tanzanian airline Precision Air at prices of €24.60 and €24.45.

An old bag from Taiwanese China Airlines at €24.44.

A nice yellow bag from Air Jamaica showing route map in red which was founded in 1969 and since 2004 is totally owned by government. Price was €23.50.

Fuerza Aeronaval is part of the Argentinean navy. Their airplanes are equipped with a plastic bag with a black logo. Price for such a bag was €22.94, which is # 30.

Pluna, the Uruguayan airline, has a lot of different bags in paper and plastic. A plastic bag with blue printing was sold at €22.85.

Conviasa from Venezuela as plastic bag was at a price of €22.72.

Blue Wings is a German Airline based in Düsseldorf which was found in 2002. Their bag came in at €22.72 and €22.22.

TAPSA Aviacion is a small Argentinean airline which has a new logo. The new bag was sold at €21.66, followed by another airline from Argentina, Aerovip, at a price of €20.70.

At a price of €20.50 we find Aero Condor from Peru, a bag which was on sale many times during the last few months.

On rank 40 we find the Japanese airline AMX which started in March 2000 operating regional services from Amakusa Islands at a price of €20.49.

Last bag in this list is AeroGal from Ecuador, a bag which was on sale very often, but this time due to a small variety in the logo at a price of €20.05.

I hope you enjoyed this report about the activities at Ebay for the first quarter of 2007.

Keep care and all the best from Germany - Gerd Clemens"

Saturday, May 12, 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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