July 8th, 2009

bear cap

What NOT to get me for my birthday


I’ve featured some pretty craptastic products under the LJ tag “overconsumption,” but this has to be the craptastiest.

It’s a “Money Clip CZ Diamonds of Gay Certified Bear Bar Code”, or in English, it’s the colors of the bear pride flag reconceived as a Universal Price Code, put on a money clip adorned with “24pcs shiny Cubic Zirconia CZ stones.” It’s on sale at Amazon for only $24. Its advertised features include:
● Will hold money tightly

Someone’s found suppliers that do single-order printing on demand on a variety of products, so he (or she?) has designed 14,451 of them and put them up for sale on Amazon. Many of these use trademarked images and logos, but the products are so hideously ugly and cheap looking no one’s even bothered to complain to Amazon and had those items removed.

The manufacturers are apparently all in China given the many, many feedback complaints about how long the items took to arrive. Out of Amazon’s tens of millions of browsing customers, they’ve managed to sell a few items, and it’s amusing to read the feedback (reminiscent of The Unbearable Sadness of Toaster Product Reviews observed at LJ long ago):
- “shirt fell apart”
- “the watch was ON when it was delivered. And it does not work properly.. it constantly stops and starts.”
- “What a joke! Clock is a piece of cardboard covered by cheap plastic.”
- “It did not help to see the $2.00 value of the watch on the customs declarations.”
- “Great decorative item for people who will use occasionally and not constantly checking time.”

While I may not want this money clip, if you know any certified bears, there are over a hundred other products with this design on them, too!:


Gay Certified Bear Bar Code 1 Inch Button Earrings


Gay Certified Bear Bar Code 3-In-1 Golf Divot


Gay Certified Bear Bar Code Car Window Sign


Gay Certified Bear Bar Code Floral Tote Bag


Gay Certified Bear Bar Code Framed Tile


Gay Certified Bear Bar Code Jigsaw Puzzle Heart


Gay Certified Bear Bar Code Nintendo DS Lite Black Carrying Case


Gay Certified Bear Bar Code Porcelain Plate


Gay Certified Bear Bar Code Star Ornament


Gay Certified Bear Bar Code Cosmetic Bag


Gay Certified Bear Bar Code White Thong