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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 2nd Quarter 2008

A new record for a barfbag - €633.62 for a single bag. A generic one at that - proving that airlines do not have to print logos on their bags for them to be valued by their customers.

Alas for the airline, though - its name is not recorded for posterity. It was not a mere company name that made this bag go for such an astronomical sum. No, the bag was autographed by legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

So a celeb-defaced overpriced bag hit the jackpot on bagmarket watcher Gerd Clemens' eBay listing. Here's his complete list of auctions exceeding EUR 20 for the second quarter of 2008 (with minor additions from last week of first quarter).

Rank, Airline, Country, Price, Notes

  1. Generic, USA, €633.62, With Jimi Hendrix signature

  2. SAE Regional Airlines, Mali, €107.31

  3. Aeropesca, Colombia, €104.00

  4. SAHSA, Honduras, €97.60

  5. UTA, France, €82.93

  6. Lan Chile, Chile, €79.21

  7. AVIATECA, Guatemala, €79.00

  8. LAN, Chile, €66.83

  9. Safi Airways, Afghanistan, €65.77

  10. Russavia Ltd., UK, €65.03

  11. Safi Airways, Afghanistan, €65.00, Direct Sale

  12. LOT old, Poland, €56.85

  13. Jeju Air, Korea, €47.23

  14. Jeju Air, Korea, €46.73, Direct Sale

  15. Jet Star, Australia, €46.65

  16. Jet Star, Australia, €45.90

  17. P.L.L. Lot Air, Poland, €45.70

  18. Safi Airways, Afghanistan, €45.00, Direct Sale

  19. Air Bagan, Burma, €42.73

  20. Jet Star, Australia, €39.40

  21. Island Aviation, Maldives, €39.34

  22. Aero Condor, Peru, €39.25

  23. VIVA Macau, Macau, €39.17

  24. MEA, Lebanon, €38.18

  25. VIVA Macau, China, €36.40

  26. Pluna # 1, Uruguay, €35.50

  27. Pluna # 1, Uruguay, €35.00, Direct Sale

  28. GMG, Bangladesh, €34.50

  29. Kam Air, Afghanistan, €34.19

  30. TAE Trabajos Aereos, Spain, €33.80

  31. Andes Lineas Aereas, Argentina, €33.60

  32. Kam Air, Afghanistan, €33.50, Direct Sale

  33. Seven Air, Tunisia, €33.48

  34. Andes Lineas Aereas, Argentina, €33.10, Direct Sale

  35. Moscow Air, Russia, €33.00

  36. VIVA Macau,China , €32.55

  37. Skynet Asia Airways, Japan, €32.50

  38. Clickair, Spain, €32.47

  39. Linus Airways, Indonesia, €32.30

  40. VIVA Macau, China, €32.10

  41. Moscow Air, Russia, €32.00, Direct Sale

  42. LADE, Argentina, €31.70

  43. Lucky Air, China, €31.34

  44. Air Bagan, Burma, €29.60, Direct Sale

  45. VIVA Macau, China, €29.50, Direct Sale

  46. Freedom Airways, Cyprus, €29.23

  47. GMG, Bangladesh, €29.00

  48. Starflyer, Japan, €29.00

  49. Air Bagan, Burma, €28.70

  50. Air Bagan, Burma, €28.70

  51. United Company, China, €28.50

  52. Air India, India, €28.50

  53. Air India, India, €28.00

  54. Yeti Airways, Nepal, €27.62

  55. Aero Republica, Colombia, €26.60

  56. BEA British European, UK, €26.50

  57. Far Eastern Air Transport, Taiwan, €26.38

  58. Linus Airways, Indonesia, €26.38

  59. Clickair, Spain, €26.30

  60. Aero Republica, Colombia, €26.10, Direct Sale

  61. Airsur, Spain, €26.00

  62. ORC, Japan, €25.50

  63. Pluna # 1, Uruguay, €24.23

  64. Air Sul, Spain, €23.93

  65. BEA, UK, €23.75

  66. Siem Reap, Cambodia, €22.79

  67. Seven Air, Tunisia, €22.53

  68. Dniproavia, Ukraine, €22.50

  69. Avior Airlines, Venezuela, €22.17

  70. Aero Republica, Colombia, €22.00, Direct Sale

  71. Air New Zealand, New Zealand, €21.75

  72. Mandala, Indonesia, €21.60

  73. Pluna # 2, Uruguay, €21.60

  74. Air India, India, €21.50

  75. Siem Reap, Cambodia, €20.81

  76. Air Dolomiti, Italy, €20.60

  77. Far Eastern Air Transport, Taiwan, €20.50, Direct Sale

  78. Zoom Airlines, Canada, €20.50

  79. Presidential Airways, USA, 20.26

  80. Pluna # 1, Uruguay, €20.10, Direct Sale

  81. VIVA Macau, China, €20.00

Monday, November 10, 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. 

Click here for details.

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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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