Rohan Bags Price Index – The Start

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I have mentioned in several posts that I am trying to track the price of a pair of Rohan Bags over the last 30 years. It’s not often that this can be done because products change so often or are superseded, up or down graded. Not the case with Rohan Bags. Soon to be celebrating over 30 years of continuous manufacturing means that we can track the Bags Price Index over all those years. An interesting exercise. Let’s see what we find.

I was talking to Tim Rohan’s Design Director about this, he mentioned the Mars Bar Index. I was intrigued. A little investigation told me that apparently it has been observed on several occasions that the price of a Mars Bar correlates accurately with the change in value of the pound sterling since World War II. Well, we can manage 30 years. Let’s start in 1980. Paul Grantham great post  Rohan Long Preston 1st reported that Paul paid £19.99 for his Bags just before the Rohan Long Preston shop opened. Thanks again Paul.


Around that time, a Mars Bar cost 15p – a mini £2,900 and an average graduate salary was £5,700.

To date, I have not got very far with my Bags Price Index below.
1980 £19.90 OK £20.00
1983 £23.00
1984 £29.00
1986 £29.00

If anybody would like to join in just drop us a comment with the year and the price, I will add it to our index. It will be interesting to see what we end up with.

A little quote

“The Mars Bar is a currency for our time… certainly more reliable than gold, which is prone to speculation.”

Maybe we will be able to say the same thing about Rohan Bags.

Sarah Howcroft

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