Anthony over at A Higher Bar blogged this Business 2.0 story on the 101 Dumbest Moments in Business. His blog focused on some of the dumber HR moves, but being a parent and veteran snarkster, Semitough went straight to the toys. Just like in elementary school.
Here are his picks:
To compete with the spectacularly successful Bratz doll phenomenon, Hasbro unveils plans to launch the Pussycat Dolls, aimed at girls as young as 8 years old and modeled after the risqué, burlesque-inspired pop group of the same name.
(Yes, the “Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me” Pussycat Dolls.)
After protests by parent groups, Hasbro nixes the line.
For parents who thought the Hasbro line was too tame, SpinMaster (probably a subsidiary of Mainway maker of the ever popular Bag O’ Glass and of SNL Consumer Probe fame) came up with this little gem for the biker kid crowd:
Toymaker Spin Master releases the I-Tattoo, a $15 kit for kids ages 6 and up that features a “realistic, vibrating tattoo pen” and instructs youngsters to “get ready to ‘get inked.’
“Unleash the sex kitten inside … soon you’ll be flaunting it to the world and earning a fortune in Peekaboo Dance Dollars.”
– From a product listing by $75 billion British retailer Tesco, plugging the $100 Peekaboo Pole Dancing Kit – which includes an 8.5-foot chrome pole, a “sexy dance garter,” and play money for stuffing into said garter – in the Toys & Games section of its website.
After complaints from parent groups, Tesco decides to keep selling the item as a “fitness accessory” but agrees to remove the listing from the toy section.
As an aside, Semitough’s favorite redneck retailer, Walmart, led nominations with six coming in at numbers 1, 15, 34, 54, 74, & 86. Way to go Walmart. Showin’ the world how to do bidness!