Renting a handbag? Maybe not such a good idea bed bug-wise.

by nobugsonme on June 25, 2008 · 1 comment

in bed bugs

This company has what seems like a great concept: as a character quips in the new Sex and the City movie, “it’s Netflix for handbags!!!”

What a good idea! Designer handbags are hugely expensive (jewelry and sunglasses are also available). Why not get a new handbag every week, for a fraction of the cost of buying one!?!

It seems like a great concept, that is, if you never had bed bugs.

I am not suggesting that bed bugs seek out handbags in particular. And perhaps if you were “renting” a Prada bag, you’d treat it with some care.

However, soft items, like purses, that go from one home (to workplace to taxi to restaurant to subway to movie theater) to the next are in at least some danger of picking up bed bugs at some point. And the little hitchhikers can be so hard to spot, they could spread without detection.

Now, I admit, I don’t find Netflix too scary: slip the disk out of the envelope and inspect them both.  Enjoy.

But handbags have lots of pockets, places to stash things.  Sneaky Simes could hole up in one and travel to new digs, lickety-split.

Now, it’s hardly as dangerous as renting a bedroom set, sofa, or other furniture.

But is renting a handbag, in the new age of bed bugs, really a good idea?

1 Belle72 June 26, 2008 at 12:28 am

I’m never been interested in the the rent-a-bag deal. 1) I’m not fashionable enough to think about a designer bag. And 2) it’s sad but people do NOT take care of things so I’d never want a much used one.

And now – with the BB explosion, definitely not. It give me the shakes just thinking about it.

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