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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 4th quarter 2007

"Not too much is to report from the 4th quarter of 2007", says our correspondent Gerd Clemens.

"Bags offered were of not too much interest which led to very low prices.

Most spectacular auction was a collection of about 140 different bags. Seven bidders fought for it and after 17 bids price came up to 101 GBP which is about €135.

Much to my surprise an Italian airline Alpieagles came in as winner for this quarter at a price of €65.20. Alpieagles was founded in 1979 as aerobatic team. In 1996 they started transport activities and passenger services. Their main hub was at Venice. Financial problems let to a loss of the licence and from 1.1.2008 on their operations came to an end.

Santa Barbara Airlines from Venezuela was often mentioned in this report during the last quarters. Unfortunately their name appeared in news now because of an accident of one of their planes. This time a bag was sold at €41.60.

Avior Airlines was on sale in the 3rd Quarter too and described there. Price now was €39.23.

Caledonian/BUA is named the Scottish International Airline. For a short period of time both names Caledonian and BUA were used then just the name Caledonian remained. A rare bag from this time came up to a price of €36.

At the ranks 5 and 6 Allegro from Mexico was on sale again. Prices are keeping very high at €35.50 and €35.

Travira Air from Indonesia is another bag who is on sale for the last few months, and again price was €33.15.

Air Cairo is an Egyptian airline. Air Cairo was founded by a consortium of Egyptian travel agents and started operation in 1997. In 2003 Egypt Air acquired 40% of the shares and operation was transferred to a new company with name Cairo Aviation. Finally Air Cairo was repositioned as a new low cost Egyptian subsidiary, which operates domestic and international charter services. Price of the bag was €32.50.

TAF Linhas Aereas is a Brazilian airline which started operation in 1971. Their former name was Taxi Aereoa Fortaleza = TAF. Their base is the town Fortaleza. Price was €32.00.

At rank #10 we find a maritime sea sickness bag from SMZ which stands for the Dutch Stoomvart Maatschappij Zeeland N.V. Price was €27.10.

A small collection of 3 bags was offered of which one bag, namely a rare Air Pacific bag was of most interest. This brought price up to €26.97.

From the same seller another collection of 3 bags was offered including a bag from the Lebanese carrier MEA with a different printing. Price came up to €25.62.

Passaredo is another regional airline in Brazil. It is based in Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paolo State. They started operations in 1995. After a suspension of operations in April 2002 it restarted operation in 2004. Its fleet includes 3 Embraer planes. Bags were sold at prices of €25.55 and €25.05 which are ranks # 14 and15.

On rank # 16 we find and old British Caledonian bag at a price of €24.50. British Caledonian came into being in Nov. 1970 when the Scottish charter carrier Caledonian Airways took over British United Airways BUA and became the largest independent British airline. End of 1987 after financial difficulties British Airways gained control of its erstwhile competitor.

Next rank is a bag from Syrianair at a price of €23.20.

Go Air is an Indian low cost carrier which is based in Mumbai and established in 2004. Their bag was sold at a price of €23.85.

Pluna is an airline from Uruguay. A bag with 3 colours was sold at €23.75.

On rank # 20 we find the black plastic bag from the Kenyan low cost carrier fly 540. Also this bag was on sale very often during the last half of the year. Despite this price was exceeding 20 Euro again, this time at €22.50.

Another row of 3 bags was on sale including a bag from the US airline Arrow Air, which was sold at €22.25.

Last but not least from a disappointing quarter and at rank # 22 we find the new brown bag from Japan Airlines at a price of €21.50.

This was all I detected in the 4th Quarter 2007.

With my best regards - Gerd Clemens"

Sunday, March 09, 2008 


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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