Who will buy the old NWA-branded swag?

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As you know by now, Delta and NWA are merging. Since Delta got out first with the news and seems to hold all the power, NWA travelers are quickly learning who is wearing the pants in this relationship.

I flew NWA on a 7 a.m. flight to Chicago this morning. I was looking around at all the NWA-branded swag — plastic cups, paper napkins, silverwear, wine glasses, flight instruction card, flight attendant vests — that may soon be headed for the dumpster.

And that thought led me to start thinking where all this crap will end up if NWA-branded anything suddenly becomes antiquated.

Perhaps eBay? Check out the Northwest stuff you can buy this very minute:

Is it only a matter of time before a 30 count tube of plastic NWA cups makes it way to eBay?

And that begs another question — who is buying this crap?

9 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (ericam) on April 15th, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

    Why the fuck would you buy an old safety card?

    I can see the Barbie because Barbies are collectibles, but nothing about Northwest Airlines makes it collectible.

    Although I’m continually amazed by the things people try to sell on eBay. Which they do because people will buy damn near anything. I’m sure someone will buy all that shit, but there isn’t necessarily a lot of profit to be made on it.


  2. waderockett on April 15th, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

    Fans of late 80s rap group Niggaz With Attitude?


  3. Erica M (ericam) on April 15th, 2008 @ 3:03 pm

    Maybe the rap group can pick up the domain name. That would be sweet.


  4. Hannah Valentine (minn_hannah) on April 15th, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

    Oh come on, you KNOW you want that NWA spoon…

    I suppose they could donate some of the stuff–like the cups, etc to soup kitchens or something like that.


  5. phutton on April 16th, 2008 @ 7:33 am

    Actually, a bunch of former Northwest employees started an independent Northwest museum a few years ago out by the airport (it’s in the basement of a bank and completely obscure). It’s filled with an insane amount of ridiculous (and wildly interesting) NWA stuff dating back to the airlines inception. Everyone who volunteers there is 70+ and completely loyal to the brand…I feel bad for those dudes.


  6. Wes (blackhorsewz) on April 16th, 2008 @ 8:40 am

    Just wait until the last few flights before the change over, the staff will be giving it all away.

    Northwest is the oldest legacy airline if I remember correctly – kind of sad to see that go the way of the dinosaur.


  7. greg on April 16th, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

    I want to know who steals a flight safety card. What a cruel joke for the person flying in that seat after you who may need it!


  8. Wes (blackhorsewz) on April 16th, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

    I think the cruel joke would be trying to read that card while the plane is going down! ;)


  9. sornie on April 16th, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

    I’d totally buy the NWA shot glasses, it would make a great addition to my not-yet-started collection of shot glasses from defunct airlines who raped the coffers of the states they called home.



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