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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bowls

This is the label from a package of bowls we just bought at Target.

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They seem to be fine bowls. Nice picture of a kid there on the right.

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There are many things written on the back of this label, among them:

  • "Fun design lets your child eat from a fish bowl."
  • "Great for mom to feed baby or child to use at mealtime."

I'll ignore the obvious problem of Munchkin amputating their market and offering a tacit insult to dads in general, involved dads a little less generally, and at-home dads in particular. Well, I'll ignore it starting now. No, now. Now? (#munchkindads)

I ignore it because I need to move on to that circle in the upper right corner of the label, just next to the "Munchkin" logo.

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Yeah. That says "Munchkin's pet division."

So...I understand that the bowls haven't actually been used by pets before I bought them. And that just because they are designed with pets in mind has nothing to do with whether or not they are just as good at containing kid food as kitty food. And that Munchkin is definitely not suggesting that parents should or ought to treat their kids like animals (#munchkindads).

But come on. At least lie to me and tell me the bowls were made in the Happy Rainbow Children's Dinnerware Kingdom by magic elves or something. At least tell me that someone didn't see sales of dog dishes falling off and think "You know who would buy the hell out of these things? Parents."

Oy.

Here kiddie kiddie.

Or puppy puppy.

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"Grrrr, guys. Grr and woof woof."

26 comments:

ChurchPunkMom said...

first!

thanks muchkin... like i don't have enough problems with my toddler eating the cat food... now you want them to share a bowl? nice. real nice.

Heather said...

Nice.

Kimberly said...

Awwwww! Puppies and Kitties and Babies, OH MY!

Really though, your little munchkin is the wins the cute contest. So sweet :)

Aunt Becky said...

She is SO cute. And the packaging is really weird.

Goldfish said...

I frequently compare my children to puppies, but I'm being *sarcastic*. Kinda.

abdpbt said...

Or, maybe they're trying to also market to the crazy cat ladies who want to buy baby food for their kitties? (just trying to look for a bright side here)

verification code is "frilly." I take offense.

Ally in Wonderland said...

omgosh, she's so big and sooooooooo cute!!!!!! love the photo.

RebTurtle said...

I'm a little concerned and confused by the picture on the box of what looks like a 5 year-old with a perm and lipstick.

Does that mean this bowl was designed for mature fish?

And really? Why would any company try to shoot themselves in the foot by insulting your intelligence with suggestive ideas for a Bowl?

*mental singing* "It's log! I's log! It's big, it's heavy, it's wood! It's log! It's log! It's better than bad, it's good!..."

MadWoman said...

Excellent!!

James Austin said...

Real quality marketing right there. I will have to go out and get a set of those. Let the cats and kido all eat at once.

I have been looking for a few extra time savers. Thanks Munchkin!

Redneck Mommy said...

Dude? You buy dishes specifically for you kids?

I just toss the food onto the floor and let the kids fight it out with the dogs.

Saves time and money. Win, win.

Swirl Girl said...

What they are really trying to tell moms (et tu) is that these bowls are good enough to feed your precious Fido out of, you know - because some people are more fanatic about what their pets eat than their children.

ps- Erin is precious even without her backpack.

for a different kind of girl said...

I am sucking the life out of the environment by buying paper plates. Four hundred plates for $2.50. Sorry world.

Seriously Mama said...

My kids try to eat out of the dogs dishes all the time. No worries! ;-)

VDog said...

I always took that sticker to mean, 'hey look! we do pet products too! let me advertise for it on your kiddo prods!'

But I think I like your version better.

Sarcomical said...

well, all i know is CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!

p.s. reading the packaging on baby/kid products often reveals things that make zero sense.

Stimey said...

What about the pets that have to share with the kids? #munchkindogs

Shonda Little said...

I think those people who treats their dogs like kids are odd. My friend's mom is throwing a birthday party for her dog and has actually hired entertainment.

DC Urban Dad said...

Never thrown a party for my dog. Ever. Poor thing gets the shaft now that the little one is here. I am surprised she has packed her things and left.

Vered - MomGrind said...

This is strange.

Re ignoring dad, it's an insult to dads AND to moms.

ScientistMother said...

Hey BD, I haven't commented for awhile, been busy with sciency stuff. I had to drop by and let you know that we, um, beat you tonight. Go Canucks Go!!

Tootsie Farklepants said...

My brother once ate out of the dog dish when he was a toddler, so ...ya know.

Rachel said...

I'm sure it makes cat ladies feel special to have a reason to walk down the baby isle.

ZenMom said...

I'm just sayin'

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50096905

Rhea said...

That's an interesting marketing strategy. Just slap on a "for kids or pets" label and throw it on the shelves. lol

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Eh, my boys pretend their dogs most of the time, anyway. Heh!