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(The Consumerist)   This inflatable pool has been shopped. I can tell from having seen some pools in my time and the fact that my kids aren't 6 inches tall   (consumerist.com ) divider line
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2008-08-03 12:31:05 PM  
I say "SUCKERS". Of course it's not the same thing as on the box. Just like all those McDonald's meals you eat don't look at thing like they do in the commercials.

No sympathy. That's what you get for buy into junk culture.
 
2008-08-03 02:25:35 PM  
Short people have all the good toys.
 
2008-08-03 02:28:41 PM  
The dog tried to play, too.

Bwaah ha hah hah ha ha!

Should have kept those claws trimmed.
 
2008-08-03 02:39:00 PM  
There's a lesson I learned the hard way.

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Also, Sea Monkeys do not sit around socializing and laughing at each other's jokes with crowns on their head.
 
2008-08-03 02:49:30 PM  

brap: Also, Sea Monkeys do not sit around socializing and laughing at each other's jokes with crowns on their head.


Mine did.

/Or maybe that was the shrooms.
 
2008-08-03 02:50:42 PM  
brap:

Also, Sea Monkeys do not sit around socializing and laughing at each other's jokes with crowns on their head.

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That's because you forgot to add the sea men
 
2008-08-03 02:51:22 PM  
And furthermore, there was no Leprechaun in my box of Lucky Charms!
 
2008-08-03 02:52:44 PM  
OK, that's a ripoff. Does the box mention the actual dimensions? This might be actual, actionable, fraudulent advertising.
 
2008-08-03 02:53:53 PM  
Poor little snowflakes.
 
2008-08-03 02:54:03 PM  
If was a little kid and begged my mom for weeks to get this pool and then found out when I got it home it was this POS. the level of pissed off I would have spun in too would have been very large
 
2008-08-03 02:54:39 PM  

brap: There's a lesson I learned the hard way.

Also, Sea Monkeys do not sit around socializing and laughing at each other's jokes with crowns on their head.


No, they don't. Mine were bitter enemies that waged ruthless campaigns of terror and violence against each other. Genocide flushing them down the toilet was the final only solution.
 
2008-08-03 02:56:00 PM  
submitter: This inflateable inflatable pool has been shopped.

FTFY.
 
2008-08-03 02:56:02 PM  
Caveat emptor (let the buyer beware). More true today than in the past 40 years because everything we can buy is cheap crap coming out of China.
 
2008-08-03 02:56:35 PM  
What's the big surprise?

They've been doing this in America since there were pictures on boxes.

That's why if you're buying anything from toys to cereal to clothing, look for the actual dimensions or weight that should be listed somewhere on the packaging.

If the technical specs aren't listed at all, that's a no-buy. The picture is never what you get.
 
2008-08-03 02:56:49 PM  
But those X-ray specs... Ha!
 
2008-08-03 02:57:30 PM  
The guy at the Hummer dealership said a new H2 would make my dick bigger.

Liar.
 
2008-08-03 02:57:49 PM  
Toys-R-Ripping-us-off again?
As an exercise in raising my kids in reality (Not TV-ality), I took my son to that shiat-box store and bought one of the Mouse-trap games he so coveted. We took the game parts out of the box, and after some frustrating time spent assembling the piece-o-crap(tm) - it was time to "play". Did it work - no. Was it fun - no. Did it in ANY way resemble the image on the box? Not remotely.
He went back to Legos and, at an early age, learned that advertising is not your friend.
 
2008-08-03 02:58:13 PM  
I feel that way when I buy condoms... only in reverse.
 
2008-08-03 02:58:17 PM  
I'm 6 inches tall so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2008-08-03 02:58:48 PM  
Normally I'd say "read the fine print" but I went to the amazon webpage for this, and the fine print isn't listed nor is it legible from the pictures. The dimensions are listed, but without the disclaimer can you actually advertise it with a picture that deliberately shows the dimensions as much larger than they actually are?
 
2008-08-03 02:59:13 PM  

brap: There's a lesson I learned the hard way.

d.


Looks pretty cool to me!

www.crunchgear.com
 
2008-08-03 03:01:57 PM  
From the box:

This all - in - one deluxe pool is jam - packed with amazing water activities! 74 in. L x 54 in. W x 13.5 in. H Splash Pool (188cm x 137cm x 34cm), 48 in. L x 21 in. W x 21 in. H slide (122cm x 53cm x 53cm). Basketball hoop and backboard with 6 in. inflatable (15cm). Ring toss game with 7 in. inflatable ring (17.8cm). Inflatable tunnel with a showering waterfall. Assembled Dimensions: 60'H x 54'W x 74'D.

These people are whining over something that retails for $30 to $40, versus the larger ones by same company for $350+.
 
2008-08-03 03:02:19 PM  

Tennozan: Toys-R-Ripping-us-off again?
As an exercise in raising my kids in reality (Not TV-ality), I took my son to that shiat-box store and bought one of the Mouse-trap games he so coveted. We took the game parts out of the box, and after some frustrating time spent assembling the piece-o-crap(tm) - it was time to "play". Did it work - no. Was it fun - no. Did it in ANY way resemble the image on the box? Not remotely.
He went back to Legos and, at an early age, learned that advertising is not your friend.


Mouse Trap? You mean that kick ass game with all the traps? But was a complete biatch to setup because of its awesomeness? Maybe you didnt read the directions?
 
2008-08-03 03:03:02 PM  
Zoolander is not amused.
 
2008-08-03 03:03:20 PM  
Regardless of the size, it's a cheap piece of crap that will end up in the landfill in less than a year. Here's a clue: Stop buying cheap, plastic crap.
 
2008-08-03 03:03:34 PM  
Those darn PF fliers didn't make me run any faster or jump any higher. Frauds!
 
2008-08-03 03:03:57 PM  

Rethorn: Normally I'd say "read the fine print" but I went to the amazon webpage for this, and the fine print isn't listed nor is it legible from the pictures. The dimensions are listed, but without the disclaimer can you actually advertise it with a picture that deliberately shows the dimensions as much larger than they actually are?


Actually wtf. The dimensions are, "74¿L x 54¿W x 13.5¿H splash pool with 48¿L x 21¿W x 21¿H slide"

They don't list the unit of measurement. If it were inches, it would be equal to what the first picture showed, but it seems more like its CM. Either that, or the little girl in the picture is 6-8 feet tall. No way the pool is 17 inches high and it only comes up to her knees.
 
2008-08-03 03:03:59 PM  

halmot: The guy at the Hummer dealership said a new H2 would make my dick bigger.

Liar.


And yet, driving a H2 makes one a bigger dick.
 
2008-08-03 03:04:27 PM  

studebaker hoch: What's the big surprise?

They've been doing this in America since there were pictures on boxes.

That's why if you're buying anything from toys to cereal to clothing, look for the actual dimensions or weight that should be listed somewhere on the packaging.

If the technical specs aren't listed at all, that's a no-buy. The picture is never what you get.


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'But the kids just love it!'
 
2008-08-03 03:05:22 PM  

Rethorn: No way the pool is 17 inches high and it only comes up to her knees.


Er, 13.5 not 17. About 2 feet up to her knees does not a toddler make.
 
2008-08-03 03:05:26 PM  

walnuts55: If was a little kid and begged my mom for weeks to get this pool and then found out when I got it home it was this POS. the level of pissed off I would have spun in too would have been very large


media.npr.org

"Be sure to drink your Ovaltine. Ovaltine? A crummy commercial? Son of a biatch!"
 
2008-08-03 03:05:49 PM  
whats the price on this product? $90 you get what you pay for.
 
2008-08-03 03:06:07 PM  
That's because you forgot to add the sea men

Red Rocket??
 
2008-08-03 03:06:10 PM  

santadog: I say "SUCKERS". Of course it's not the same thing as on the box. Just like all those McDonald's meals you eat don't look at thing like they do in the commercials.

No sympathy. That's what you get for buy into junk culture.


I bet you're a whole lot of fun at parties.

"Junk culture?" For a backyard inflatable pool thing to make little kids happy?

"Suckers?" Because people expect something REASONABLY similar to what appears on the box?

I hope next time you buy something like, say, new car tires where the actual physical item you see on display isn't what's being installed, they put old, balding tires on. Then, when you go apeshiat upon seeing the garbage tires on your vehicle, the dealer says "SUCKER! No sympathy. You didn't read the fine print under the display that clearly stated "may not represent actual installed product."
 
2008-08-03 03:06:14 PM  
Never buy anything "sight unseen". That's known as a pig-in-a-poke, and has been used to scam people since the dawn of man.

/Note to buyers: A picture of a pig on the poke doesn't still change what it is.
 
2008-08-03 03:06:15 PM  

zippolight2002: Mouse Trap? You mean that kick ass game with all the traps? But was a complete biatch to setup because of its awesomeness? Maybe you didnt read the directions?


Mousetrap was the shiat. Half the fun of the game was that it rarely worked.

"Ha! I have you now! Activate the mousetrap!"

*click**click**click**stop*

"Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!"
 
2008-08-03 03:07:07 PM  

Tennozan: I took my son to that shiat-box store and bought one of the Mouse-trap games he so coveted. We took the game parts out of the box, and after some frustrating time spent assembling the piece-o-crap(tm) - it was time to "play". Did it work - no. Was it fun - no. Did it in ANY way resemble the image on the box? Not remotely.


Mouse Trap kicks ass, and I never had any problems getting it to work as a kid. I had a chance to play the modern version of it not too long ago, and the plastic was a little cheaper than when I was a kid, but it was still functional.
 
2008-08-03 03:09:22 PM  
the swimming pool in my backyard is half-size ... i can feel their pain.
 
2008-08-03 03:09:34 PM  
And I love the disclaimer: "product may not be as appears on image." Oh, I see. You can put any kind of picture on the box you want as long as you warn people in tiny print that it's total bulls**t.

I guess they took their cue from Spanky's and Dr. John's. They've been marketing their own inflatable products the same way for decades, and they're getting away with it!

How hard would it have been to make the pool a little bigger and maybe charge a little more? They can't be that expensive to produce. A-holes.
 
2008-08-03 03:09:56 PM  
My day job is to shop product pics, so I am getting a kick out of this.

/nb.dont hate the player hate the game
 
2008-08-03 03:10:04 PM  
alltaken:

Those darn PF fliers didn't make me run any faster or jump any higher. Frauds!

Thats because they are doing it wrong. If you want to run faster, you have to go old school and get sprayed with burning napalm.
 
2008-08-03 03:10:17 PM  

santadog: I say "SUCKERS". Of course it's not the same thing as on the box. Just like all those McDonald's meals you eat don't look at thing like they do in the commercials.

No sympathy. That's what you get for buy into junk culture.


Normally I would agree, if it was one of those 'too good to be true' products. But at $90 I would expect to get exactly what this picture is showing me.

http://www.amazon.com/Banzai-1457-Wild-Waves-Water/dp/B0000VSGU0/ref=p​d_bbs_sr_ 1 ?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1217790389&sr=8-1
 
2008-08-03 03:11:02 PM  
I remember way back in the early sixties, they advertised a remote control tiger on TV. The commercial showed what looked like a very life-like tiger that appeared to be about 3 foot long from nose to tail. My Mom sent away for it as a gift for either Christmas or my birthday. She was more disapointed than I was when the "tiger" arrived. It was actually only about 6 inches long and when you pushed the walk button on the wired remote the tiger would just move it's legs and fall over.
 
2008-08-03 03:11:41 PM  
There is a simple solution, cut off the kids legs. Then more kids will fit into the pool, and it willl seem deeper.
 
2008-08-03 03:12:21 PM  
Disgruntled Goat

I hope next time you buy something like, say, new car tires where the actual physical item you see on display isn't what's being installed, they put old, balding tires on. Then, when you go apeshiat upon seeing the garbage tires on your vehicle, the dealer says "SUCKER! No sympathy. You didn't read the fine print under the display that clearly stated "may not represent actual installed product."

When you buy tires, you ask for a certain size and model, which are always printed right on the tire. It's on the seller that you get exactly that tire. But it's on YOU to ask for what you want. If you don't like that model or size, you need to determine this on your own, in advance.

/and watch the manufacture date...
 
2008-08-03 03:12:39 PM  
In pretty much every state the prominent picture will be enough to sue for a deceptive trade practice. Caveat emptor has been dead and gone for decades.
 
2008-08-03 03:13:56 PM  
There's a lesson I learned the hard way.

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It turned out to be a poster printed on thin plastic with two glow-in-the-dark dot-sized stickers.
 
2008-08-03 03:14:37 PM  
TheGreyPiper Looks pretty cool to me!

Indeed, until you pull a Das Boot and accidentaly self-destruct with a spilled Goofy Grape depth charge and watch your dreams turn to purple mush.
 
2008-08-03 03:15:49 PM  

ShawnDoc: Tennozan: I took my son to that shiat-box store and bought one of the Mouse-trap games he so coveted. We took the game parts out of the box, and after some frustrating time spent assembling the piece-o-crap(tm) - it was time to "play". Did it work - no. Was it fun - no. Did it in ANY way resemble the image on the box? Not remotely.

Mouse Trap kicks ass, and I never had any problems getting it to work as a kid. I had a chance to play the modern version of it not too long ago, and the plastic was a little cheaper than when I was a kid, but it was still functional.


I haven't seen new one's, as I'm still childless at 28, but I never had problems with it as a kid. It always worked. If they don't now, I'm sure it's because of cheaper parts.


Anyways, yeah, this is ridiculous. Sure, the burger doesn't look like the picture but you're still getting a burger. The picture shows a pool large enough for a couple of kids, complete with slide, not the inflatable bucket with angled bump that it is. There are limits to what should be allowed when spicing up an image for box art.
 
2008-08-03 03:16:48 PM  
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