I don't buy or sell bags (though I must admit I did succumb once - for
the must-have 20-strong Virgin Atlantic Design for Chunks Limited
Edition bags). All my other bags some from three sources:
|I steal them myself.|
|Other people steal them for me.|
|Other people steal them, then barter them for bags that I've stolen.|
See my Swaps page for a list of surplus stolen
goods currently in stock.
But many baggists do buy and sell bags. EBay is the place to go
if you want to indulge in this tawdry (and expensive) game. This page is
devoted to watching the bags-for-cash trade.
"Just before 2005 ends I would like you to inform about the bids for
barf bags during November", says veteran bagwatcher
Gerd Clemens. Here is his report:
It was really a very moderate month. I just could find 21 auctions
where bids surpassed 10, and the highest offer at
36.89 was also not spectacular.
|Number one during November was a bag from Egypt,
Kairo Airlines, at this price.
Surprisingly, this was a direct sale, so no other offers where made.|
|Runner up was an Iranian bag from
Aria Air at a price of US$
34.53, which is equal to 29.40.|
, an airline from the USA, appeared twice this
month at rank #3 at 28.03 and
at rank #12 again at a price of 15.65.|
|At #4 was a bag from Thailand offered by an airline
with no good reputation Phuket Airlines
at a final bid of 26.60.|
|It continues exotic as
Airblue, the Pakistani airline,
came in at #5 at 26.58. Seven
different bidders tried to secure the bag; 12 bids were necessary to get
- what a nice name for a barf bag - only available on EVA Airline's
flights from Taiwan to Fukuoka in Japan, was the bag of the month.
Auction prices rose to US$ 26.10=
22.23; then this bag was offered to the runners-up, who took the
opportunity of paying 21.17 and
16.94. In the meantime this bag
is offered as a direct sale at US$ 9.99.|
|A strange-looking sickness bag from
SAL Leipzig came in at #6 at a
price of 21.50.|
|As usual a bag from China is in the top 10, at #9.
The bag from China United Airlines cuA
was worth £14.50 equal to 21.15.|
|Another bag from Egypt,
Scorpio Airways, was #10 at a
price of 18.40.|
|At rank #13 a bag from
Privilege style at
15.50. Does anybody know where
this airline comes from?|
|Again a bag from China, namely
China South West Airline CSWA
came in as #14 at a price of 15.32.|
|On the following places 3 bags from Europe namely
Aegean Flying Dolphins, the new
one from Air Dolomiti and
Linjeflyg at prices between
|A plastic bag from
Air Maldives at a price of
11.61 came in at #18.|
|At rank #19 there is a bag from an airline I do not
know where is from - Grandair -
at a price of 10.80.|
|An old British
Airways sickness bag from the 50s came in as #20 at a price of
|And last but not least,
Hapag Lloyd Express hlx is going
on with their yellow bags with funny and good slogans. This time:
άbergeben ist seeliger als nehmen.
The slogan plays with the German saying: "One who gives is more blessed
than the one who just takes", and it is a pun using the fact that
άbergeben in German has a
double meaning: to give or hand over, and to vomit. I am not prepared to
give further explanations other than that last bid was at
For bidders on eBay it was almost a boring month. But I can assure you
December becomes far more better.
All the best to all of you and a prosperous New Year for 2006.
Here's German bagwatcher Gerd Clemens's account of October
trading on eBay:
With a short delay here are the highest bids at eBay for October 2005 (as far as I could monitor them).
Let me start not with an auction for one bag but for 5 bags from the 80s, as they got the highest bid at US$ 91.20 (about 77). The airlines involved were Balkan Bulgarian, Antillean Airlines, American Airlines and 2 from JES Air.|
Not very spectacular in price but the second time very high in ranking and in October # 1 a bag from Aero Galapagos at 46.50.|
Not far away at rank #2 was Air Liberte from Tunisia at 41.60.|
Third place goes to a bag from Egypt, namely Cairo Aviation at 37.39. This bag is still around and if somebody is lucky he will get the bag at a price far below 10 within a short time.|
The same is happening with the bag which has rank #4: Deccan Air from India, which came up to £20 (about 29). In November some of us bought it at about 10 but one of us was lucky to get it at £0.99 (1.50), because the others missed it for some reason. Well done!|
British Jet.com was #5 at a price of £19.53 = 29.|
Omni Air International is also a bag which was offered very often during the last few months and it is still on sale. In September you had to bid $45.44 to win the auction. Now in October it is not as high but still very costly at $30.00 = 25.43. In November you can get it in a direct sale at $19.95. If this decline in price follows a mathematical formula I will wait for February 2006, then I will get it for 5!|
Rank #7 went to a bag with an unknown airline. BUEN VIAJE is written on it, but nevertheless price was 21.60.|
A bag from World Airways came up at #8 for $20.50 (about 17.38).|
Not from a real airline but a bag more for promotional purposes was Darkness Airlines at a price of GBP 10 (about 15).|
The next two ranks #10 and #11 went to India for a red bag from Air India. 11 bids were given and at the end $16.01 = 14 were necessary to get this bag. In a direct sale the second bidder got the chance to gain this bag at $15.51 = 13.15.|
Surprisingly a bag from Netherlands Transavia at a price of $15.50 = 13.14 came in at #12, followed by a good old friend Livingston Energy from Italy? at a price of 13 at rank #13.|
Also Fly Niki is a very new bag which went over the counter at a relatively high price of $12.62 = 10.70. Also here we can expect a sharp decline in price within a short time.|
And now we come to 2 bags where the seller has made a fortune for quite a long time: Viking Airlines from Sweden and Dubrovnik Airlines from Croatia. This month 2 Vikings at 10.51 and 3 Dubrovniks, two for 10.51 and one for 10.25. I do not want to add up all the auctions which took place with these 2 bags which are offered by the same seller, but I would guess that earnings are far higher than travel expenses to get the bags.|
In terms of prices one bag is among these Viking and Dubrovnik bags namely an older bag from KLM at a price of 10.50.|
The list of bags with a higher price than 10 is closed by 2 bags sold at a price of exactly 10 namely BH Air from Bulgaria and a fake from Germanwings which never saw an aeroplane but a lot of beer and wine. A bag which was a supplement to a newspaper in Stuttgart making promotion for Germanwing and a funfair in Stuttgart called Stuttgarter Wasen. But as it looks like an air sickness bag we seem to collect it, because 12 bids, the highest number this month, were made. In the meantime I suppose every collector has a specimen. If not I have some spares at a price far below 10 if necessary.|
This was all what I could find during October. I can tell you in November we are on course for a high level of activity.
Here's German bagwatcher Gerd Clemens's account of September
trading on eBay:
As I mentioned it at the end of my last
report, September was another good month for auctions of barf bags at
More than 20 auctions took place at which
the final bid was higher than 10 Euros.
It really started with a bang: ROYAL SWAZI was the highest bid in September. 20 bids of 8 different bidders brought
the price up to Euro 86,10. This is quite a
remarkable value for a small bag.
Runner up was SONAIR from Angola, the seller
made a question mark to the country, anyhow price was Euro 62,10.
Bag of the month was OMNI AIR with 3 bids
this month and some more will follow during October. The highest price for this bag reached US$
45,44 = Euro 37,80, next auction came up to US$ 32,31 = Euro 26,73
and the last one in September was a direct
sale for US$ 16,50 = Euro 13,73.
But back to the ranking
NIGERIA AIRWAYS came up to 4th with Euro
37,10, about 40% less than in August, but still a good price.
Also CITY EXPRESS was on auction again. This
month with Euro 35,51 again about 40% lower in price than in August.
CASPIAN AIRLINES from Iran did quite well.
Just at the beginning of September price was Euro 32,91, later it was
sold directly at
Euro 21,83 and finally in another round of
direct sales at a price of Euro 7,50. About 8 other collectors took
advantage of this special offer.
Position 7 went to AERO GALAPAGOS at a price
of Euro 31,60.
SUN COUNTRY AIRLINE was on the next
position. Two auctions took place, one at US$ 32,89 the other one at US$
26,00 which is
Euro 27,37 and Euro 21,51 respectively.
Rank 9 was LOTUS AIR at Euro 20,49.
Also DUBROVNIK AIRLINES is still around, this month at prices of Euro
18 and Euro 17,50 but no more at Euro 35 what it used to be the months before.
On position 11 a bag from Bolivia namely LAB
at a price of US$ 20,49 = Euro 16,95.
Again a bag from the Philippines and their Airline was top, this month at Euro 16,10.
And on the next positions we find:
|UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYS at Euro 15,50
|SABENA at Euro 13,03
|TAAG from Angola at Euro 12,50
|2 times FLY NIKI at Euro 10,44 and Euro
|AEROGAVIOTA from Cuba at 10 Euro
and finally the promotion bag from
Germanwνngs at Euro 10. |
That all what I could find for September a
quite busy month for barf bag collectors.
It seems that October will be not as turbulent.
But we will see.
Kind regards Gerd Clemens
Special correspondent Gerd Clemens reports:
Despite holiday season a lot of activities for barf bags took place
during August. I noticed 19 auctions with final prices higher than 10
Euro. For these auctions in total more than 25 bidders made their bids
"helping to bring prices up".
Auction of the month was for a barf bag from NIGERIA AIRWAYS
with a final price of β¬ 61,50.
Runner up was a CITY EXPRESS air sickness bag, probably from
Canada. The auction was closed at a highest bid of US$ 73 = Euro 59.
It was not just a rare barf bag but, as the seller described it, a
"very rare" barf bag which came on rank 3 namely a bag from DUBROVNIK
AIRLINE in Croatia with a final bid of Euro 35,60.
At # 4 a bag of which the supplier could not tell whether if it
comes from China or from Japan. Despite this last offer was made at Euro
On 5th place a bag from Italy? namely from LIVINGSTON ENERGIE FLIGHT
at a price of Euro 29,03.
Thanks to a lot of variations barf bags from the Philippines seems to
be much in demand.
A price of Euro 23,33 "For Motion Discomfort" in blue from ISLAND
TRANSVOYAGER INC. is a proof of this.
Very close behind an Egyptian barf bag of P.A.S. which stands
for Petroleum Air Service at a price of GBP 16 equal to Euro 23,04.
Like the Philippines another country in South East Asia namely
Indonesia is always of interest for our group of barf bag collectors. Not
too much because of variations but due to a lot of different airlines
connecting the huge number of islands there. For a FREE BIRD AIRLINES
bag a fierce competition took place. 18 bids were made and 9 different
bidders made their offer. Finally price came up to Euro 22,50.
For me bag of the month was from another Indonesian airline WINGS
AIR. In a very smart course of actions the seller of this red bag is
offering them since beginning of August in at least 5 auctions. In course
of August 3 auctions were finalized at prices of Euro 21,30; Euro 20,91 and
Euro 11,50. This bag is still offered, but prices in September do not
exceed 10 Euros anymore. Sometimes we should not be too greedy.
In August the further ranking was dominated by European barf bags.
|Air Pullmantur from Spain at Euro 16,55|
|An old Sabena bag at Euro 14,75|
|Another Spanish bag from Buquebus at Euro 13,60|
|Just one from South America, Brazil to be more precisely namely
Southern Winds at Euro 13,27|
|Isle of Man airline?, but the supplier was not really sure,
whether this bag was from an airplane or a ship at Euro 13,20|
|Conti-Flug, a no more existing German airline at Euro 11,60|
and finally 2 airlines from SE Asia again
|A.Soriano Aviation Inc. from the Philippines at Euro 11,25 and|
|Indonesian Celebes Airlines at Euro 10,80.|
I hope that I did not miss too much auctions of this calibre.
September auctions started with a bang. Hence September seems to become
another good month for the sellers of barf bags.
I will keep you informed.