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mell
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November 9, 2005 12:32 am  

Hi,

I hope this isn't a totally stupid question, but..............

Has anyone tried using "Space Bags" for storage? I guess there are different brands/names for what I am talking about, but basically they are plastic storage that are airtight. You purchase the bag(s) and then use a vacuum cleaner to draw all the air out of the bag and create the airtight seal.

If the bags work as advertised, it seems like they might be useful for items that one would want to store long-term, such as cold-weather clothing, Christmas decorations, etc., etc.

I wonder if anyone has used these before. I am thinking about purchasing a quantity of them for my upcoming move.


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KellySTJ
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November 9, 2005 2:17 am  

Yes, yes, yes I love them! In fact, I'm currently waiting on an order for more that I recently placed. Make sure you are ordering the ones that work with the vacuum. The Space Bag people make another version with a similar name that you roll to get rid of the air. I've found those to be worthless.


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patstx
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November 9, 2005 9:48 am  

I have tried these bags several times and they have never worked for me. Prior to moving here last Dec I went to a Container Store in Virginia and was told without hesitation that yes, their bags really did work! Wrong. I have given up on using them again. A waste of money for me. Good to hear that someone had good luck with them.


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KellySTJ
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November 9, 2005 1:55 pm  

patstx-

I'm curious. We're you using the actual Space Bags that you vacuum?


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Jim Dandy
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November 9, 2005 2:21 pm  

I also saw an ad on TV recently (stateside) that ZipLoc is making a very large bag for storage. You can't suck the air out, but it would work for some applications.

Jim


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STT Resident
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November 9, 2005 4:20 pm  

I have limited storage space availabe so did buy a couple of the real deal on-line which have worked really well. However - and caveat emptor - I purchased a couple locally which seemed to be the same deal with the vaccuum suckout and within a few months the plastic disintegrated, split and thus it was a dead purchase. Suggest going with the original and not with cheaper copies.

Alternatively, local stores on both STT and STX carry stackable plastic containers at reasonable prices. They fit well in otherwise un-used spaces (under the bed, atop kitchen cabinets etc.} They invariably have locking slide-side devices. Being an elderperson I sometimes have to fuss and muss about opening them but that's just an aggravating elderperson's problem and all you youngsters won't have a problem.

On STT Thomas, check out Cost-U-Less, K-Mart and Price-Smart. K-Mart is K-mart so no real deals available there apart from their nationally-advertised specials. Cost-U-Less has a free sign-up program where you register, get a card, and every purchase you make is entered and then you get a certificate in the mail for a certain amount of money depending on how much you've purchased.

PriceSmart requires you to register before shopping and pay a $10 fee to get a card to enable you to shop because their prices are allegedly lower than their competition. Haven't seen that yet bigtime although I did register and bought from them a stand-up freezer a couple of years ago because even with the $10 card fee, nobody else either had what I wanted in stock or could match the price.

Just my couple of cents worth!


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mell
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November 9, 2005 7:18 pm  

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the detailed feedback and many great ideas and suggestions!

Mell 🙂


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ParrotheadRN
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November 10, 2005 2:09 am  

I bought some cheap bags from walmart when I moved from Cali to Fla and they worked well for packing, however when I attempted to open those reusable bags two out of the four ripped....but for the money it was worth it.


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mell
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December 20, 2005 11:09 pm  

Hi,

For anyone who might be interested in some additional consumer feedback....................

I tried these bags and they did not work for me. At first I thought I was doing something wrong, but after a few tries with the vacuum I did manage to get an airtight seal.

The bags seemed to work great until a few weeks later when I discovered that my carefully sealed bags had inflated again.

Thumbs down. Great idea, but obviously the bugs and/or quality control issues have not been worked out for this product.

I guess I will go with the plastic container idea that STT Resident offered. Thanks 😉


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