It's a matter of image, methinks. Sad, but true. I've just discovered walkit.com, the Urban Walking Route Planner site, who've said exactly what I've been thinking:
"Ever used a wheelie shopping bag?Ever used a wheelie suitcase?
Why has it become socially acceptable for blokes (particularly Masters of the Universe businessmen) to use wheelie suitcases, but said blokes (and most women under a certain age) would not be seen dead walking their groceries home in a wheelie shopping bag?Weird, isn't it?We need a campaign to reinvent the shopping trolley wheelie bag thingy (in fact we could start with a new name – any ideas?)."
Yes, yes, and yes. I've spent a lot of time this last year, travelling up and down the rail network with my trusty little rucksack on wheels, and from what I've seen, the wheeled case is the rule now rather than the exception. So, why the euch factor with the humble shopper? Is it an age thing? A British thing? (They're increasingly popular on the continent; we've seen them). A social thing? Like use of public transport here in the UK; I get the impression that in many places outside of the big cities, to use the bus is regarded as only for the elderly or "unfortunate," such a contrast to our time in France where the system was widespread, efficient and relatively cheap. "Why would I want to take my car into the centre?" I remember one chic, designer dressed woman say. (Exactly). Answers on a postcard, please .
So, what's it to be? Plain, striped, checked, retro-flower-power, insulated, 2/4/6 wheel, flap-top, drawstring, foldable, Warhol, Monroe, Paris market, leopardskin print, silver? Will we take the plunge? We'll keep you posted.