By Mark Frauenfelder at 1:20 pm Tue, Jul 26, 2011
Remember when Banzai hired tiny kids as models to advertise its "Wild Waves Water Park?" They've done it again. (Via Sociological Images)
Wow! Where do they find such *tiny* children?!
The most confusing thing about this deception to me is how little is at stake.
Would it really cost so much money for the manufacturer to add enough plastic to make the fake image a reality?
It’s not as if there are expensive customized batteries or complex building materials as a hidden cost. We can make the air for giant whalepools ourselves using our own lungs, assuming that we love them less than our children.
It would probably double the cost in packaging and shipping alone. You’re talking about 3-5 times the volume of plastic, probably some extra durable seams to hold the added stress, and I imagine the package already packed what was there tightly which means bigger boxes and larger packaging equipment.
It’s kinda heartbreaking to imagine kids being mislead by this packaging. I’m glad I don’t take my kids shopping for things like this. If they only ever see the final product, they won’t be so disappointed.
That doesn’t even look like the same pool. The flowers are different. I think they are normal kids in an entirely different sized pool…ugh.
Yeah, also the shape of the pool is different.. more round on the packaging, but “C” shaped in reality.
It’s a chair with a footbath. That pool can hold a child or some water, but not both at the same time.
I’m more interested in the chick in the pink suit levitating in yogi seated position over the water
@twitter-14527038:disqus & @Blunderbutt Yes because it makes complete sense to manufacture a SINGLE larger model for marketing purposes instead of paying someone a fraction of the cost to shoop in some kids. And if you go into one of the stores selling these, you’ll likely see the same kids in the same pose on different boxes.
Does anyone understand economies of scale?
I understand it, I just wish I lived in a world where spending an extra buck or two on the raw materials of a $80 product was worth doing, for either the moral or financial benefits that good will brings.
Yes, I understand economies of scale…..almost all salesman samples were tiny working models of the full sized models. I can’t think of one salesman sample that was over-sized.
Banzai does this all the time. Check out their product line on Amazon or some such. See if you can find the exact same photos of the exact same kids shooped onto different products!
Wow! It is true. I just searched the brand name in Amazon and within the first glance I spotted the same image of a girl in three different products (in one they flipped her to face the other direction) without even trying.
Just for fun, I looked again, and I bet you mean the girl in the blue suit with her hands up in the air! I had to check out the reviews of their “Aqua Blast Dual Racing Slide,” which looks in the picture as if it’s about 15 yards long, is stated to be 16 feet long on the package, and which is apparently 14 feet long (counting the landing pond) according to the reviews. Speaking of reviews, I noticed one that was a five-star review from someone who wrote, “This slide seems like the perfect outdoor summer product for our two boys (very close in age). I can’t wait for them to try it out. I think I’ll let the boys invite their friends over for a tournament of sorts. What a great concept.”
Such arrant sock-puppetry had to be investigated. Check out the rest of her “reviews” here:http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/AZSS9F1NU6SJ6/ref=cm_cr_pr_auth_rev?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview
They haven’t bought (and/or received) the damn thing yet, what a scam!
This slide “seems” like the perfect outdoor summer product for our two boys (very close in age). “I can’t wait for them to try it out. I think I’ll let the boys invite their friends over for a tournament of sorts. What a great concept.”
Don’t consumers realize that some of these reviewers are PAID? I believe that the reviews are an integral part in advertising. They used to be an integral part, now it’s simply false advertising when someone is hired to write a review.
There needs to be a website that lists all corporations that hire paid product reviewers. It’s review spam as far as I’m concerned. Also, comment and review farms need to be exposed; it really is subversive advertising. It’s lieing.
So, now we know where those Indonesian “hobbit” people ended up.
At least they seem happy.
They are ALL like that. Go to the toy store and go look at the packaging for all the pools and kids play kitchens/houses/etc. Every last one of them is terribly photoshopped with tiny people to make it appear twice as big as it really is.
Someone needs to hurry up and photoshop this to a ridiculous, extreme scale.
It already is.
I demand more.
I have boycotted these bastards for years because of this. I tell anyone I see putting their products into their shopping carts about their sleazy ways.
Doesn’t the US have a Trades Descriptions Act equivalent, or regulations concerning misleading advertising?
Trolled by PhotoShop yet again.
they would have your ass handed to you on a plate by trading standards if they tried that trick in the UK
Shouldn’t someone come after them with a “truth in advertising” suit?
This discussion is extremely one-sided.
For the sake of fairness, I’m going to hammer a pencil into my frontal lobes and twist it around until I sound like a Tea Party congressman.
Forcing companies to realistically and honestly depict and describe their products will result in lost jobs and a bloated government which will crush your freedoms and turn us all into slaves of fascist bureaucrats. Or maybe communist bureaucrats. Whichever is worse. Anyway, it would be way worse than the disappointment your kids feel at getting a piece of crap toy.
Don’t forget the important fact that reducing the amount of people getting ripped off is basically an attack on the poor. I mean anything that results in fewer poor people is an attack on the poor. We want more people to be poor! Lots more!
It’s in the Bible, man! “The poor will always be with us.” Making things better is just asking Jesus to kick us in the balls and let tornadoes ravish our trailer parks.
FILL IN THE BLANKS!
Forcing _________ to realistically and honestly (depict and describe) _______________will result in lost jobs and a bloated government which will crush your freedoms and turn us all into slaves of fascist bureaucrats.
Forcing Fox News to realistically and honestly depict and describe current events will result in lost jobs and a bloated government which will crush your freedoms and turn us all into slaves of fascist bureaucrats.
Forcing credit card companies to realistically and honestly pursue credit card fraud will result in lost jobs and a bloated government which will crush your freedoms and turn us all into slaves of fascist bureaucrats.
Forcing the U.S. government to realistically and honestly pursue Medicare fraud will result in lost jobs and a bloated government which will crush your freedoms and turn us all into slaves of fascist bureaucrats. Love it!
I think that those kids must be bonsai children….
This must be the Lord of The Flies Water Fun Set…
If you look at the one (positive) review for that product, you’ll see that “Sarah” has reviewed no less than twenty of Banzai’s products, no other products, and given all of them glowing reviews. Gosh, I admire her for taking all that time to accurately review these fine products. Her backyard must be a fantasy funland of aquatic attractions. Which is remarkable since “she” almost certainly lives in a fifth floor apartment in Beijing.
You’re so negative. It’s fully possible that she has every one of those products assembled in her linen closet right now.
Thanks to you ousting her in this post “she” has probably been moved to a secret gulag.
I’m not fussed.
You damned gnomes! Get outta my pool and back to the garden!
Banzai is ridiculous, it should definitely qualify as some kind of false advertising. However, I really hate to blame the victim, but wouldn’t an adult be able to estimate whether that much plastic could fit into the package they’re selling? If the children in the photo-shopped image were average human sized for their apparent ages, I would think it would take a lot of plastic and require a fairly large package, even sucked down as small and flat as it could go. The actual size (I’m guessing 5′ x 3′ x 1.5′ high at the top of the whale, compared with maybe 9′ x 5′ x 3′) would fit into a much smaller package.
I’m tired of all these slanderous accusations against Banzai by people who happen to have gargantuan children. That “little girl” on the right is actually 8 foot 3.
McDonald’s has been doing this for years with hands. Small hands make burgers look much bigger than they really are.
Funny this should come up. I received a mailer from Sports Authority advertising that one of their advertisements would be arriving in my mail next week. ???????
If there’s not a point of reference on the box, then I read the dimensions. I read the dimensions all the time. Most of these products can be returned, but no parent would dare take it away from their kids: classic!
Still, that’s some mighty huge grass in the photo on the left…almost like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids kind of grass.
I hate to put it upon the retailer but someone has to push back on this. If people would, in mass, start buying them and returning them due to the misrepresentation the retailers would ultimately force Banzai to redesign or be more forthcoming with the actual size.
Wow. The disappointment.
So what the majority of you are saying is that these tiny actor children should remain unemployed just in case they give you the wrong impression about the products they are shilling? They need to eat too! Tiny little meals cost money…
Conversely, I can’t remember what manufacturer it came from (pretty sure it wasn’t Banzai), but I once ordered an inflatable whale sprinkler pool from a catalog thinking it would be a tiny little baby pool, and it turned out to be huge. I had to get my brother to inflate it with his compressor because I simply didn’t have the lung capacity to blow it up.
This reminds me of a toy water polo set my mom bought. It had dimensions listed on the box that were probably twice the actual size.
two words: sea monkeys
I remember when we had laws FOR truth in advertising and AGAINST things like usury. My wife bought one of these for our kids last year. It was crap.
While it sucks that they’re resorting to such trickery, I can’t feel too bad for folks that buy them because at the 25 dollar price point that they are on Amazon, it falls under the old “If it sounds to too good to be true, it probably is.” and ” You can’t scam an honest man.” adages. If it sounds like you’re being offered a great big pool with a slide for 25 bucks, yeah, you better check it out a little harder.
Perhaps we need to find Mr. Banzai and have a little chat.
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