Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I got new socks

(I got them at The-walmarts, of course.)

I know to most of you this is not really... newsworthy. But lets take a look at them shall we?

Did you get a good look at the bag? Look closely... there at the top. Here... I'll point it out for you:

Now, what on earth is the point of this? What marketing genius came up with this idea? I know what you're thinking: "It's so they are fresh from the grower." But I'd like to point out that none of the bags on the rack were what I'd call air tight (or water tight). So again I ask: who opens a big ass bag of socks, removes one pair, and reseals the bag so the other 9 pairs are snugly tucked in? And why?


bigjohn756 said...

I, too, purchased a bag of sox a month or so ago. I got them home before I noticed that they were resealable. I said to myself...WTF? Then, I took out a pair and resealed the bag to keep the remainder fresh. I noticed that, when I removed the next pair, they were just as fresh as when I bought them. So, as you can readily see, the resealable bag really works.

Spork In the Eye said...

Well, then. That explains it totally. I am so glad you were able to clarify that for me.

Lasso said...

OK, to understand this you got to understand how a government thinks... And since this is impossible, I'll give up trying to understand why and go straight to some basic facts:
In some counties the government decided that it was a bad thing with plastic bags (so far I can see where they are going with this...) and that if all bags was resealable people would reuse them for a lifetime and no new would ever have to be made... So, in Germany for example the environmental tax on non resealable bags is something around 600%... I won't even go in to the amount of energy and plastic that goes in to making the little "reseal plastic strip thingy".
So what I think you got here, is some fine export quality socks! Make sure to use the bag for potatoes, toiletries, old unknown coins and meat in the freezer in the future (and it doesn't have to be in that particular order, the German government will be proud of you anyway! :o)

Og Make Blog said...

Don't forget. It is a handy shoplifting feature to eliminate the overhead associated with 'shrinkage.' Remove one pair, then reseal to keep the remaining nine nice and fresh for the unsuspecting customer that actually pays for ten. Really.... who counts them at the store.
Did you?

Spork In the Eye said...

Interesting theory Lasse... Are we playing with proxy servers to try to fill the sporkmap?

And yes... I counted them Og.

Lasso said...

No playing with proxy servers here... If I bounce around on your map it's actually coz my life is that pathetic (you see, compared to being all alone in a hotel room in some boring city, reading your blog actually counts as fun... :o). And if you ever seen me from the proxy in Sweden, it must have been one of the rare times when I decided to be ambitious and actually connect to download some mails... :o) (And yes, when in China a VPN to a proxy in Sweden is pretty handy if you want to get to any web-page that has ever said a single bad word about them...)

Og Make Blog said...

Wow. It looks like you have beeen banned in China, Spork! Congratulations.

Spork In the Eye said...

I am sure the Chinese will get through that great firewall of China. They know they need sporks more than anyone.... all there alone with only chopsticks.

In fact, my last Chinese hit was 29 Mar... though it was probably some Swedish traveling encyclopedia salesman trying to add a dot to the visitor map.

Jason Lancaster said...

It's for the developing markets sir (hence the description in Spanish). I'm staying in Costa Rica for the winter, and I can tell you that people here recycle everything. The resealable bag is a selling feature - you can carry the socks home, but they when you get their you can use your brand new heavy-duty sock bag for storage. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I've seen it with my own eyes. You've got to admire that level or resourcefulness and respect that level of poverty.

Spork In the Eye said...

I still ain't buying the "this makes the bag reusable" argument. There was a display of socks big enough to fill a truck -- and not one of them seemed to be airtight/watertight. I think the Wal-Mart (or the-walmarts) bag the socks were in was of better quality than the sock bag itself.

Oh, and I couldn't even open the damn thing without buggering it up.

Methinks there is one too many engineers in the design department.