Beer for Bags

With no shells, goats, or virgins to trade, the barter system is tough on Manhattanites. But accessory purveyor Crumpler Bags is bringing bartering back in grand style, with the Beers for Bags sale, kicking off Saturday at both their NYC locations.

It might sound too dumb to be true, but these former Aussie bike messengers really are handing over high-end bags for specified brands and quantities of beer: messenger, laptop, and camera bags, cell phone and PDF pouches, even a bean bag -- perfect for crashing out on after lugging suds all over town.

The exchange rates:

The Winkler: 4 cans BoddingtonsThe Bundle: 40oz OE + 12-pack PBRThe Aggott: 12-pack Brooklyn LagerThe McBains: 12 cans GuinnessThe Moderate Embarrassment: 1 case Sapporo + 1 bottle Soy SauceThe Barney Rustle: 1 case Coopers + 2 Fosters Oil CansThe Complete Seed: 1 case Leffe + 1 bottle ChimayThe Holy Bean Bag Chair: 1 case Pacifico + 1 bag LimesThe Entire Crumpler's Catalogue: 3 O'Doul's + Your Mom

Crumpler says this frothy financing will translate into customer savings (e.g., about $30 on the McBains), but exactly how much depends on where you purchase your trade bait

Ultimately, though, your bag will cost nothing: the company's inviting participants back for a party on the 11th, where they'll serve up the amassed brews for free -- making Crumpler the worst barterers since the Manhattoe tribe gave away this island for $24 in nonalcoholic beads.