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Backpack Makers Rethink a Student Staple

Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by TomWelch, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. TomWelch

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    FYI: Go to NYTimes to read above mentioned article
     
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  2. JHGM

    JHGM Dinosaur Supervisor

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    Interesting...

    I like the "digital burrito"...

    Have seen similar, but the one in the article actually looked like a tortilla!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Yep, Heaven help you if you try and take that into a theater!
     
  4. GatorMedic

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    Interesting article. It seems to me backpacks have been changing with the times, contrary to some of the statements in the article. Although I would categorize it more evolutionary than revolutionary. My ~2006ish North Face backpack model's focus was a big compartment for textbooks, and a laptop sleeve that was kind of an afterthought. My brand new North Face backpack has all the electronics as the main feature--well thought out separate laptop compartment that is fleece lined and suspended a couple inches from the bottom of the bag, fleece lined tablet pocket in the front compartment, another fleeced line compartment with quick access for phone or sunglasses, and yet another fleece lined pocket in the very front that fits a Kindle perfectly. It also has cord keepers designed to hold chargers. Those are all features my prior backpack didn't even incorporate less than a decade ago.

    EDIT: Messed up the years in my original post.
     
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    They could have asked me that a decade ago, the first time I forgot to buy text books for a semester in college and didn't notice.

    THIS IS WHY PEOPLE AREN'T BUYING NEW STUFF

    NOTHING IS NEW
     
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  6. TomWelch

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    Actually, a lot of universities and law schools are nolonger
    using printed text books, a trend in education
     
  7. GatorMedic

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    The article states "Americans bought more backpacks than ever last year--174 million of them". So actually people are buying them and buying them more than ever. The article proceeds to continue on with it's opinion that nothing has changed in the backpack scene (which is obviously not true) and freaking out over sales numbers they predict but don't actually know if it will be reality. As education moves away from textbooks and more towards electronics, you can clearly see a shift to backpacks changing to accommodate those things as well. Dedicated laptop compartments is a feature in a high percentage of backpacks now, as well as tablet sleeves, etc. These features weren't seen in the previous generation's backpacks despite the claim the author makes that nothing has changed from our parents' backpacks.
     
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    That's a source of revenue gone, education makes a fortune out of selling books to students...
     
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  9. SAKplumber
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    SAKplumber EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I never used a backpack during my school edjucation years. I've always been a non-organizational duffle or messenger...up until EDCF...now I have bought three. Kept two :D

    (Not counting a Backpacking pack I bought, my kid adopted, and another that was a prize. So I technically own 4)
     
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  10. GatorMedic

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    Get out of the bag sub forum while you still can! The bag disease only gets worse. Trust me I know...


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    SAKplumber EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Woops. Sorry, I was stuffing the H.A.W.G. full, transitioning from the Envoy, and trying to decide what organizers I need next ;) I hadn't read your warning in time
     
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  12. Quinby

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    The publishers are making most of the money with textbooks.

    And, if students aren't laying out money for textbooks, either they're more likely to want to go to your uni or ... you can charge them more.
     
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    Not true. Publishers and cost-conscious faculty are going towards it, but you'd be hard pressed to get through some degrees aiming entirely at e-books. It isn't most, yet, and it won't be all.

    [edit....this isn't in response to the post about who profits....the presses certain do get the lions share of the revenue]

    Semper Paratus, Semper Vigilans.
     
  14. TomWelch

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    IMHO, text book's don't change enough to justify
    yearly updates/prices