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  • ex machina
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    That was excellent! Thanks for making the video! :)

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  • MtnMan
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    That one worked.

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  • KarlJ
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    Originally posted by MtnMan View Post
    ^ Video does not work. Hmmmm...
    Try the Windows Media Version

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  • MtnMan
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    ^ Video does not work. Hmmmm...

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  • BPritchard
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    Originally posted by MtnMan View Post
    Has anybody ever posted a Maverick-style demo video of Tom Bihn's breifcase/messenger-style bags? I'd love to see demos of the Ego, Super Ego, Empire Builder, Zephyr, and Checkpoint Flyer to see how these bags work and what can be carried in each of them.
    EGO video review.

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  • MtnMan
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    Has anybody ever posted a Maverick-style demo video of Tom Bihn's breifcase/messenger-style bags? I'd love to see demos of the Ego, Super Ego, Empire Builder, Zephyr, and Checkpoint Flyer to see how these bags work and what can be carried in each of them.
    Last edited by MtnMan; 09-01-2009, 07:39 PM. Reason: typo correction

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  • Meryddian
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    Originally posted by Skylark View Post
    How about this - TB flies Meriddian to their shop so she can take pictures of all the bags and then they get posted in a new section of the forum. (Hard to put as many shots as we'd like on the ordering pages - that's why I suggest a new forum section.) With her skill and customer/user point of view and excitement I think we'd get some great inside-the-bag shots?
    Well woo-hoo, wouldn't have to twist my arm much on that! ;-) And thanks for the compliment!

    And I agree with you, pretzelb - since so many brands develop "cult followings" these days, you'd think more brands would realize and optimize the power of the internet and use it - not simply in providing a good quality site where you can peruse the products thoroughly, but helping brand users interact. Advertising and word-of-mouth are certainly far different creatures than they used to be. :)

    There are some brands out there (Apple springs to mind) that readily recognize this end-user power. And I thought it was pretty cool when I discovered the Tom Bihn forums and saw what an enthusiastic bunch of folks were here!

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  • Skylark
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    I sure agree about wanting to see more inside views of what the bags can hold and whether they have pockets and/or D-rings, etc. TB bags are all so interesting that again and again on the forum I see first time TB shoppers struggling over which bag to choose. Inside-the-bag pictures might make it easier for them and for me.

    How about this - TB flies Meriddian to their shop so she can take pictures of all the bags and then they get posted in a new section of the forum. (Hard to put as many shots as we'd like on the ordering pages - that's why I suggest a new forum section.) With her skill and customer/user point of view and excitement I think we'd get some great inside-the-bag shots?

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  • pretzelb
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    Originally posted by Meryddian View Post
    I have to admit that's my biggest peeve when perusing the bag websites as well. I looked at a *lot* of different brands and a whole bunch of bag reviews before choosing this bag, and one of the reasons I picked it was that the website showed enough details that I felt I knew what I was getting.

    Since people generally have really specific items in mind when choosing a bag - whether it's a laptop, a composition notebook, a camera, an iPod, etc - it can only be beneficial for manufacturers to show as many pictures as possible. I know part of it is a bandwidth issue, but whether I'm standing in a store or browsing online, I want to be able to look INTO the bag and judge whether it's going to fit my stuff or not! And even if it's a single-pocket-bag, it's good to see that, too.
    I couldn't agree more. One of the reasons I keep coming back to the Tom Bihn site is because (of the sites I'm shopping at) they are near the top if not the overall best at showing pictures of all the features of the bags. But as good as they are, I'm sorry to say they're still not doing nearly enough by my standards as some items appear to have no inside shots at all.

    It baffles me as to why that's the case. Would you put the bags behind a glass case for a brick and mortar store to not allow customers to handle them and try them out? That would be absurd. So why not have plenty of photos? I just can't believe that bandwidth is a problem, especially when we're talking about the difference between sale and no sale.

    The only thing I can figure is that companies think if they offer a money back guarantee that people will just buy and try. I don't know about the rest of the world but returns are near the bottom of my list of fun things to do and mail order returns are even worse. Unless I'm highly confident I'm going to like the product I'm not going order it so it is in the seller's best interest to give me as much information as possible.

    It's kind of sad when the customer and 3rd party reviews are where you actually get to SEE the pictures of the product you need. I do need to tip my hat to Tom Bihn for adding the forum for customer reviews and putting the section in Flickr for photos - it certainly helps fill the gap. Others would be wise to do the same if they can't handle taking the pictures on their own.

    Wow, look at me ranting away. I guess it's obviously a pet peeve of mine too!! Yikes.

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  • Meryddian
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    Originally posted by pretzelb View Post
    I'm finding too many online bag or luggage shots fail to show the insides of the bags with enough details for a consumer to get a feel for the item - assuming they even try to take pictures of the insides!!
    I have to admit that's my biggest peeve when perusing the bag websites as well. I looked at a *lot* of different brands and a whole bunch of bag reviews before choosing this bag, and one of the reasons I picked it was that the website showed enough details that I felt I knew what I was getting.

    Since people generally have really specific items in mind when choosing a bag - whether it's a laptop, a composition notebook, a camera, an iPod, etc - it can only be beneficial for manufacturers to show as many pictures as possible. I know part of it is a bandwidth issue, but whether I'm standing in a store or browsing online, I want to be able to look INTO the bag and judge whether it's going to fit my stuff or not! And even if it's a single-pocket-bag, it's good to see that, too.

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  • Meryddian
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    Thanks for the compliments. :D

    My camera is a Canon PowerShot S3 IS, which I've had about 9 months and I *love* for the details it captures.

    Now if I just had a little photo bag that fit neatly inside my Ego. ;)

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  • Zephyrnoid
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    Great review and really excellent pictures! I can put my feet up now, knowing you can shoot so well !

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  • pretzelb
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    I agree that the shots are very good. They are clear and show good composition. I'm finding too many online bag or luggage shots fail to show the insides of the bags with enough details for a consumer to get a feel for the item - assuming they even try to take pictures of the insides!! You did that extremely well with various techniques.

    Can I ask what camera you use for both the review and when you carry the bag (in case they are different)?

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  • Joy
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    Just wanted to add that that's a great review ... makes me want an Ego!!

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  • Meryddian
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    Thank you, how kind of you to say! Of course, it helps to have a great subject to shoot, too. :)

    As for the question if I'm a professional, technically, no. By day I am a mild-mannered administrative assistant... on nights and weekends I morph into aspiring PhotoGrrl/WriterChick!

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