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Rentable luggage

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Most people use luggage fairly infrequently. Infrequently enough to justify not owning it to begin with. After all, what other purchase takes up more room but is used less frequently by the majority of people?

This gives you the added advantage of selecting your luggage for a particular trip like you might select a moving truck based on how much furniture you have. I suspect most people wouldn't care if the luggage were particularly stylish, as long as it held their belongings reliably. In fact, having a 2-foot, orange "AVIS - 57" or "Joe's Rentals - AR372V4" on the side makes it easy to tell which bag is yours at the carousel.

Pre-filled lost luggage claim forms are free.

phoenix, Sep 15 2003

An alternative solution http://www.staples....geType=1&Sku=426388
Less than $4 per box, surely cheaper than renting. And pack the ones you don't use flat, for the return trip. [DrCurry]

Disposable Luggage http://www.halfbake...isposable_20Luggage
For [AO] [DrCurry, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]

Disposable Luggage http://www.halfbake...isposable_20Luggage
For [AO] [phoenix, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       Spelling is easy, it's the typing that gets me.
phoenix, Sep 15 2003

       So we now need a rental luggage delivery service, or to make extra trips to pick them up.   

       [off topic rant, regarding spelling, explanation accepted (thanks all), rant deleted, summary left behind to avoid swiss cheese effect]
oxen crossing, Sep 15 2003

       Spelling is an issue because there's a right way to do it and a wrong way. If you do it the right way, you indicate to your readers that you have taken the time to make your text readable and understandable, and you have some sense of knowing what you're talking about.   

       If you do it the wrong way, you come across like an idiot who can't even be bothered to take the time to open a friggin' dictionary.
waugsqueke, Sep 15 2003

       Some do and some don't. I use an online dictionary...   

       I'm giving you an unrentable bun, [phoenix].
k_sra, Sep 15 2003

       if I am going to rent luggage, I want posh real leather luggage with hundreds of little legs & made of sapient pearwood.
po, Sep 15 2003

       //Pre-filled lost luggage claim forms//   

       Good, but I would prefer pre-filled luggage to eliminate the hassle of packing.
AO, Sep 15 2003

       (shift, I think you’re missing a “the”.)   

       <Later> ah, yes, now I understand. It was completely unintelligible without the “the”.
AO, Sep 15 2003

       How odd. I thought I'd fixed that.   

       I typically leave my spelling errors in place here at the HB. It shows I'm human. I'll fix this one (again) since it's been the subject of so much discussion.
phoenix, Sep 15 2003

       //It shows I'm human.//   

       Ha, that's a clever disguise! I checked the dictionary and [phoenix] is some kind of bird that frequently catches fire. [human] isn't even close. Only other meaning is some city in the middle of nowhere.
kbecker, Sep 15 2003

       One problem is that you can get a pretty good suitcase for about $70, which is probably what you would pay to rent one for a few days. So in most cases it would be cheaper to buy a suitcase, use it once, and then throw it away.
AO, Sep 16 2003

       Here's a tip witnessed travelling through Kathmandu airport. Rather than go to the expense of buying (or renting) luggage, wrap all your belongings in a sheet and bind it with gaffer tape/rope. Surprisingly sturdy, and adjustable to accommodate smaller or larger amounts of luggage as required.
custardlove, Sep 16 2003

       I used to rent luggage- the transaction went like this: Hey Neighbor- I'm going out of town next week- do you have a suitcase I could borrow? Thanks, I'll pay you back with a beer ro two when I get back.   

       As for the grammer/spelling, I offer the following:   

       occdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer In waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is that frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.   

avgourmet, Sep 16 2003

       I'm with po.
Eugene, Sep 16 2003

       //the olny iprmoetnt tihng is that frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae//   

       Hmm. Now I'm wondering what [avgourmet] really means... and why he misspelled 'iprmoetnt'...!
k_sra, Sep 16 2003

       [pheonix] you are a lovely human (+)
neilp, Sep 18 2003

       honestly, this is a simpe and lovely idea. +, indeed ++ if i could.
jonthegeologist, Sep 18 2003

       I don't think sapient pearwood takes to being rented out all that well.
kaz, Sep 18 2003

       I like the idea, and I also very much like the[avgourmet] scrambled word demonstration, which I read without trouble.   

       It seems to me to be necesary to have all the correct letters in place - you can not just have the first and last letter then substitute x, z and q for the rest. The demo made me think about the nature of dyslexia - I had always thought that they just scrambled words, but perhaps scrambled is the natural way of words, and the extra step to order the letters is what dyslexics lack.
bungston, Sep 18 2003

       The word scrambling thing amazed me too. The idea is perhaps a good one, but I personally prefer to have my own luggage.
silverstormer, Sep 18 2003


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