Buying Other People’s Lost Luggage

So what happens to all that unclaimed luggage that sits around ownerless?

If the airlines cannot find the rightful owner, they sell it by the truckload to a company called Unclaimed Baggage. Workers then pop open the suitcases, rifle through the contents, and then put the items up for sale.

Their website claims that more than a million items come through their doors annually, 60 percent of which is clothing. The remaining items, as you might imagine, are pretty much anything else one might pack in a suitcase.

Buyers can purchase the items online or in person at the company’s store in Scottsboro, Alabama.

A quick look through their site revealed a handful of digital cameras ranging from $50 to $200 and well as iPods for $25 — most of which are probably loaded with someone else’s songs (which could be a great bonus).

Unclaimed Baggage also dedicates an entire page to some of the more unique items they’ve come across, such as a full suit of 19th century armor, a live rattle snake, and “Egyptian artifacts dating back to 1500 B.C.”

Man, it sure must be fun working there!