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    messenger bag

    hey, i originally posted this in regional discussions, but nobody every seems to read those much ^^;

    issue: i need a messenger bag, a large one. I've emailed 2 people about custom bags, one out of town (c0urt) and the other (lynn) who makes transit bags hasn't responded in 2 or 3 days.

    does anybody know where i can get a custom bag around here (in atlanta)?
    i kinda needed one today, it's going to make my ride really awkward with the backpack i have.

    I'd rather not look at the big companies, i heard timbuk2's are uncomfortable, and some others are 150 clams, which i simply don't have.

    any suggestions? substitutes? people you know?

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    You need a custom bag in a day? They usually take a little bit to get made...

    I have a Chrome Bag. The don't do custom (at least I don't think so0. Their website says that Outback Bikes at 1125 Euclid Ave NE is a dealer. I like my bag a lot.

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    pac designs
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    yea, i know they take a little bit of time to make, but i tried to get the ball rolling a week ago : ( i looked at Chrome, but the bag that works is too expensive (second from largest) checking out pac designs now

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    ugg, pack designs is CRAZY expensive.

    why are messenger bags so overpriced? you may think they aren't and they're good bags, but 180 bucks for a bag is a BIT much O.o i could get bags on the bike for that much and not have to worry about it. i simply don't have that kind of cash

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    I used to think they were overpriced too, before I got one (Bailey Works Super Pro). It was worth the $150 I paid for it. I use it every day, it's comfortable while on the bike and off, tons of pockets, water/sweat proof.

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    i found one on craigslist, timbuk2 extra large 3000 cu inches for 45 bucks, they say it's new with tags, it's not the nicest bag they make, but for a poor college student it should do : )

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    Pricing -- if you figure a 100% markup (more or less necessary to fund the retailing section of the operation), that means the bag costs $75 to make.

    Figure $30-40 in materials. They use good stuff and a lot of it.

    Then figure $30-40 in labor costs. That's 1.5 hours of a skilled US worker's time or a day or so of an Indonesian worker's time. Which is a reasonable amount of time, when you think about all the stitching, double-stitching, etc. etc.

    Basically, you're getting something which is 5x as nice as an x-mart backpack, so it costs about 5x as much.

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    that's true, but even jansport and oakley bags aren't that expensive. but breaking it down does make it seem much less harsh.

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    Check out an original DiMartini messenger bag.
    I have the largest model, have used it for quite a while-
    will hold a suitcase of beer. They are basic functional not
    overly expensive bags.

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    Every now and then you can snag a Timbuk2 bag on here for like $40.

    http://www.steepandcheap.com/

    But it's pretty random and they go quickly.

    You'll find cheaper prices with mass-produced bags. 'Custom' is a synonym for 'expensive'.

    A buddy of mine just started a bike company and needed to make prototype bags, so I was able to get one of those at cost. $25 for a medium sized custom bag made of finished painter's canvas. If only I had time to paint the sucker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimmitt View Post
    Pricing -- if you figure a 100% markup (more or less necessary to fund the retailing section of the operation), that means the bag costs $75 to make.

    Figure $30-40 in materials. They use good stuff and a lot of it.

    Then figure $30-40 in labor costs. That's 1.5 hours of a skilled US worker's time or a day or so of an Indonesian worker's time. Which is a reasonable amount of time, when you think about all the stitching, double-stitching, etc. etc.

    Basically, you're getting something which is 5x as nice as an x-mart backpack, so it costs about 5x as much.
    100% markup is typical, but not from the factory. Typically, the factory manufactures the bag and sells it to the distributor for around 10% of the final retail cost. The distributor sells it to the retailer for 40-60% of the final retail cost. The retailer then marks it up to the final retail price. The materials - ballistic nylon, for example - are dirt cheap.

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