Friday, October 27, 2006

Doggy Bags

The ranges of products available in China are showcased at the Canton Fair and it is unbelievable. You have to see it for yourself to believe that they make EVERYTHING here. I have seen every item available for sale directly from the manufacturer from toothpicks to machines making diapers. There was one whole section dedicated to just pet products. This here is a small plastic carrying case for doggy doo-doo bags in the shape of a bone. It is a pretty innovative product for the Western markets. They even have dog walking leashes with a similar case mechanism in the handles. I had never seen anything like this before.

The refill bags come in small rolls that can be reloaded into the cases. While the Chinese are on the cutting edge of manufacturing their marketing skills seem to lack etiquette. There are numerous catchy names one could come up with for the doggy bags that kind of divert from the actual function of the product which is to basically pick up dog crap. Not here. The Chinese are a bit more ‘in your face’ about it.

When I saw this product I cracked up and immediately after that a pretty Chinese girl ran up to me saying that they were soon changing the name. I guess I am not the only one who found it a bit odd. The name of this product states clearly what its function is yet we all know it could probably not sell in the US or Europe. What is it about the word SHIT that gets peoples knickers in a twist?

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