Sunday, May 24, 2009

What Wonderful Product Pictures…

DSC09797A few days ago, my Beloved Wife went out to the accursed Wal-Mart, and purchased a slip-n-slide type product.  It was a good purchase, and the box is pictured to the side there. 

According to the pictures on the box, it looked like it would be grand fun for both of my kids. I mean, the kids on the picture there are about the same age as my eldest, so of course it stood to reason that it would be an appropriate sized toy for both of my boys.

DSC09794So, a bit later, my Beloved wife, opened it up, spread it out, and prepared for our sons to enjoy the slippery-fun of a water slide toy.  After all, the picture shows elementary aged children playing on the toy, so of course our kids would have fun on it.

Or, at least that’s what we THOUGHT!

This is what we got.

DSC09795Note the HUGE difference in size between the toy my six-year old is standing in, and the toy shown on the box being played with by those 6-8 year olds.

Now, I’m aware that product images are always misleading. One only has to visit any fast food restaurant to realize that particular fact.  But, it’s one thing for a whopper to look like a squashed version of it’s image, it’s another for a product to clearly show a child being able to actually to lay down on a product which is too small for a six-year old.

It happily confirms my belief that Wal-Mart is a horrible, horrible thing. I’ve also added Banzai (the maker of this atrocity) to that list of product lines that I’ll go out of my way to never purchase again.

My sons wanted a water slide they could play on, not one for their G.I. Joe figures.

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