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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Yesterday I had lunch with my friend V, and we were discussing how everyone we know is jumping on the "I can be an entrepreneur!" bandwagon. It seems like a smart thing to do, especially in this economy: Find something you like to do, set up your little cottage industry in your home, see where it takes you. I fully support these efforts. But sometimes enough is enough. In the ever-expanding commercial terrain known as the baby-industrial-complex, you have to wonder whether there are any limits to the products that will be pushed on us. For instance, many moms I know recognized their limit when mommy blogs and magazines alike started pimping these "delivery gowns"--nightgowns for us to purchase and use only once, during labor and delivery. I didn't and don't want to buy the delivery gown but I wasn't as angry about it as some other people--to each her own, I thought. However, I think I have now found my limit. Introducing: Morning Chicness Bags.

Yes. That's right. "Morning Chicness Bags." These "super cute" bags are designed--you guessed it--for you to vomit into. They are essentially pastel colored paper bags with a bit of pretty. Their tagline? "Morning sickness vomit bags for the chic expectant mother." I do not think I have ever seen the words "vomit" and "chic" in the same sentence before--for good reason. I am almost at a loss for words. (Isn't this picture hilarious??)

I feel a little guilty hating this product so much. After all, it's no skin off my back that the product's inventor has made it and is putting it out into the world. And maybe she is laughing/vomiting all the way to the bank, who knows (though: please, please tell me, who would buy this??). In fact, this wretched (ha) product proves as inspiration for us all: If designer vomit bags can find their way into the marketplace, so can that idea you have been mulling over for years. Get to it. Seriously. Need more inspiration? This guy got an entire "cookbook" published--about semen-based recipes...!

Hand me one of those vomit bags.
9 comments:
JKS said...

This has got to be a joke? Just went over to the website and it looks like one of those Saturday Night Live commercial spoofs!

Tani said...

Well as absurd as I think this is you have to give credit to the chick: She had an idea and she executed it. True, her idea was buying lunch bags and painting them but hey she is putting herself out there. Can't answer your question since I cannot think of one person in the entire world who would ever buy these. But I bet the semen cookbook sells really well, I can imagine a whole space for it at gag shops. Maybe we all need to start coming up with gag gift ideas.

Anonymous said...

This is the single stupidest idea I have ever heard. And I work at a venture capital firm, I have heard ridiculous ideas. I can't believe she got somebody to manufacture this.

Anonymous said...

baby industrial complex is right! I am a new mom and I still can't believe how much stuff is being marketed to me. Wipe warmers?? Are you kidding me??the bags are insanity.

Taruna said...

Jesus H. Christ, this is for real? I have got to come up with a product to market to mothers, apparently anything goes! No, seriously, this is just one example of an industry gone haywire, I agree. And it completely preys on anxious moms to be who peruse every website and article about motherhood hoping to get their bearings. I will not be ordering a delivery gown or a designer vomit (or diaper for that matter) bag anytime soon.

Gina said...

This makes me sad. And just a little bit nauseous. Haha.

LK said...

I want to buy these for someone just to see their reaction!

parutron said...

those are perfect......for skymall!

Anonymous said...

I'm not pregnant but this ridiculousness makes me want to vomit - in the morning, afternoon and night.

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