Color of luggage

Dec 22nd, 2007, 08:27 AM
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I think the problem arises for people who don't travel often and aren't that familiar with their luggage. With my first travel in years, I had black luggage and I was confused at first. Then on the trip home, I wasn't seeing what I was pretty sure was my luggage. After several minutes of wondering "did I remember wrong? is that one it?", I found out that while I was rerouted, my luggage wasn't (not lost, just on a different flight).

So, it is easy to get confused with luggage.

If I had black luggage, I would stamp it or paint it, etc. But, if I'm out buying, I'd rather find another color and not have to tag my bag at the getgo.

When I bought new luggage a couple years ago, I went with the tapestry. There are a few tapestry pieces out there, but every brand has its own colors and patterns, so it that much less likely to confuse.

Black is black is black. Red may differ slightly in shade, but will be harder to tell when they're not close together. Same with the other colors.

However, with tapestry, you can have blue, burgundy, green, brown, gold, yellow, orange, rust, and the design can me small, medium or large AND leaves, paisley, floral, etc. So many variations that you're likely never to mistake it.
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Dec 22nd, 2007, 10:51 AM
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Hi toedtoes, my daughter has a set of taperstry luggage also. She purchased it at Costco and it has help up beautifully for years. I have borrowed a piece of her set from time to time..and oh I is so easy to spot tapestry luggage!
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Dec 25th, 2007, 12:27 AM
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At the craft shop, buy white fabric paint. Craft a pattern, a wide stripe, lightning bolts or such. Initials are a great idea...paint them on your bags. Light colored bags show the dirt? Black bags get just as dirty. Get brave, take the bag to the bathtub and scrub it! Most bags will also take fabric waterproofing that can repel dirt. Use your printer. Prepare address notes for inclusion in all bags.
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Dec 25th, 2007, 09:32 AM
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for years i've been dreaming about a Start-up initiative: painting the owner's face as a quick cartoon with a white water-proof marker pen
catch 'em before check-in
$$ will be flowing
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Dec 29th, 2007, 06:49 PM
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It is funny I bought pink luggage because I thought nobody would have it. So today I am waiting for my luggage at the baggage claim and someone else had the same kind I had. Pink. We had to laugh.
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Dec 30th, 2007, 03:04 AM
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I usually don't check luggage but when I do it's a black 26" case. Couple of times "I thought I saw my case" when it just came off the feeder but as soon as it got close I knew it wasn't. Never had a problem recognizing it.

The one time the airline "displaced it" I got it back by morning next day.

I have personalized AA EXP luggage tags on the outside, and I also leave a printout with my name/address/phone number inside the case.

About 750K actual BIS miles and I have not lost a black bag yet.
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Dec 31st, 2007, 11:04 AM
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Only takes once, AAFF.

What difference does it make to you whether people buy luggage colored other than black? Do you perhaps think we think less of you if you have black luggage? Or do you think less of people who buy another color because you think they're idiots for trying to avoid losing bags or wanting to make it easier to claim them?

At the very least, people who use colors other than black make it easier for you to find yours with such impressive, expert ease.
Dec 31st, 2007, 11:09 AM
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It could be that some people think any color other than black for luggage is just too girly, gay, or unprofessional-traveler-ish.
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Dec 31st, 2007, 11:12 AM
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I really don't understand the hostility. I was just reporting my experiences. I thought that was the whole point of this thread....
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Dec 31st, 2007, 11:20 AM
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I didn't see anything wrong with your post either AA. Let's face it, for every person who buys a colored luggage or "tags" one with fabric paint, etc., there are at least 3 people who are using plain black luggage with no problem.

I don't pay attention to little particulars, so I tend to not remember EXACTLY that my black luggage had silver pulls, requiring me to go slower to find the right one. With my tapestry bags, the differences are more obvious, so I don't have to work as hard. For others, there is no problem identifying their luggage.
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Dec 31st, 2007, 12:51 PM
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I just pack my clothes in a blue striped pillowcase and tie off the end. If that is not enough then I use a very old cardboard box and put tape all over;
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Jan 1st, 2008, 06:43 AM
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I know you don't ever seem to know why your posts are sometimes irritating, but one thing is that you always manage to work in how many miles you've traveled, how well-traveled and experienced you are, as if that gives greater force and accuracy to every and any comment you make. Sometimes it does, and by now most know you are The in-house expert on American Airlines; but you aren't the only one who's traveled a lot, yet others seem to be able to post without reminding us each time. It's never just a "here's my comment," it's usually "here's my comment, and I really know what I'm talking about."

In this case (no pun intended), it really doesn't add much weight (no pun again) that you've eluded problems so far -- by any logic, it isn't because you have black bags that you've had no problem, so the inference is either that you've been too smart (experienced, well-traveled) to have trouble or that you are dismissing the idea that non-black bags can help other travelers avoid problems.

Putting the word "black" in bold, seemed to hammer on that point, taking your post further beyond the realm of "here's my experience" into the realm of "you others are either misguided or you must not be doing it right."

Sorry if I seem to have posted repeatedly responding to your tone (don't think I've done it more than 2ce, actually, but maybe there was another time). But I always do have the feeling that when you post as you have here, you always intend it to be the definitive word on the subject, based on your expertise, and that if others offer a "YMMV" alternative experience, they aren't really as correct as you are. If you don't mean to communicate that, you're miscalculating in how you frame your comments.

As for this particular thread, it could have been just a case of some people vote yes, some people vote no on having "unique looking luggage." But it ended up being the Blacks versus Others, perhaps with some of the overtones cfc suggested, but more likely the implication that having non-black luggage just makes you a little paranoid, a little silly, or a little less than a serious traveler. And fwiw it's far more likely that women will use non-black luggage, which probably does add the gender dimension to the discussion, consciously or not.
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Correction for clarity: "And fwiw it's far more likely that women will use non-black luggage ... " should read "And fwiw, it's far more likely that the ones who use non-black luggage will be women..."

Phil 101: not all women will use non-black luggage, but most who do use non-black luggage will be women.
Jan 1st, 2008, 06:57 AM
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Take a chill pill....

Happy New Year!
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Jan 1st, 2008, 07:16 AM
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will chill if you will
Jan 1st, 2008, 08:12 AM
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What is your problem?

A simple question has been asked and all I did was to answer it as to what my experience with non descript black luggage has been. I never had a problem.

I did not say that anybody else is stupid for buying multi colored luggage. All I said was that IMHO (for whatever it's worth) it does not make a difference. A simple answer to a simple poll like question.

You have to realize that there are probably hundreds or maybe thousands of people that find and read these travel boards for the first time. They don't know who I'm or who you are and they don't care. They just want an opinion if this is something they are researching. I'm not trying to impress anybody. I'm just trying to qualify my opinion with some background. I fly a great deal, I check luggage very rarely, yet the times I do it's a very bland black case and I never had a problem.

Simple answer.

If you do not like my posts then don't read them. Simple. Many others may find my posts informative, helpful, useless, arrogant, etc... but who are you to decide that for them?

Your replies on this thread border between disrespectful to everybody else, as if they can't make up their own mind, to personal vandetta against me.


Move on to other threads.

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Jan 1st, 2008, 08:28 AM
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Have. Did. Obviously you have yet to chill, however.
Jan 1st, 2008, 08:12 PM
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Anything that helps you pick out your luggage is a plus. I have royal blue luggage but I bought some neat luggage tags on eBay ($2.49 each) and I put 4 of them on my checked luggage. I can spot it from the other side of the room now.
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Jan 7th, 2008, 10:44 PM
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This question is very relevant to me because this past summer my daughter and I took the ferry from Victoria B.C. to Seattle. Once at the dock, customs took everyone's luggage and put it in a room asking you to get it and then get in the customs' line. It was a sea of at least 300 blue/black bags. My daughter's hot pink bag was easily spotted instantly while it took me over 30 minutes to locate my navy blue bag. Daughter said, "mom you need a new colored bag." Since mine was 8 years old (a bargain bought at Marshalls for $69 and through a lot of trips), I got home and bought a green apple colored set from Swiss Army. Love it and can spot it everytime. I had gotten my son an electric blue Swiss Army set because he was going to China when he was 13 and I thought it would be easy for him to spot which it is. Husband has avocado gree Lark luggage. So now we are the brightly colored suitcase family and I must say it is much easier to spot and no one every grabs are bags mistakenly off of the carousel.
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