So, I was at the local Wal-Mart to do my college shopping for Root Beer, and I found something interesting while walking down the isles...
It was this giant, blow up water slide, with the Six Flags logo plastered right on the side. I looked at it a bit, and found it very interesting. It looked fun, but with my freshman 15 and the fact I'm, uh, getting a littlye "manly" on the chest, I don't think I'll be getting it for the yard in Philly. ;)
Am I the only one here who is scared $#!+less of these things showing up in the *-Mart stores? I mean, given that rental and carnival operators can't seem to manage these things without trouble, do we really want everybody and his brother setting them up in the back yard?
In another forum I expressed my shock and surprise that these things can be sold retail in a country that has banned lawn darts.
Saw another interesting one at a Bed Bath and Beyond in Erie this weekend ... basically it was a 5' diameter inflatable gerbil wheel for the pool. Somehow it was Six Flags branded, but I'm not really sure why. Looked extremely complex to use and probably painful.
It seems to me that SF just wants to create more problems for themselves. Look at ride accident websites and see how many "professional" companies like carnies and such had with inflateables. Take that and add the general public, who can be extremely stupid when it comes to certain things, and you have a whole mess of problems.
I don't even know if the boxes have warnings on them, like to not use in high wind ect. If they don't then SF is just setting themselves up for even more failure.
Oh yeah and I just saw two new products out at Wal-mart the other day. A racer slide, a pool, and some other things...
Just saw a commercial on Nickelodeon for the "Bonzai Falls" waterslide.
What I found most interesting was that after they showed the kids playing on it, they went to the boxed product shot with a voiceover and prominently displayed on the box (and thus my TV screen) was the SF logo.
Just another good way of getting into your house without directly advertising the parks.
Did you even read the comments? The first one on the page is a complaint about how often the toy springs leaks! Click on the "read all reviews" link... about 1 in 5 are complaints about holes. Do you think people would buy a specific car model or computer if every one in five had a serious malfunction? I didn't think so.
PhantomTails said: Did you even read the comments? The first one on the page is a complaint about how often the toy springs leaks! Click on the "read all reviews" link... about 1 in 5 are complaints about holes. Do you think people would buy a specific car model or computer if every one in five had a serious malfunction? I didn't think so.
Yes....i read both the negative and positive. There were more positive comments. You have to take manufacturing errors into account, which was probably the problem with that person's particular slide, considering not many other people made that same complaint. Oh...and I noticed there was a comment that had given it five stars, but had a list of negative comments and called it "a piece of junk." I tend to not take comments like that very seriously.
I forgot to mention that there is a new and improved version now. A lot of the reviews are on the new and improved version. I wonder if many of the negative comments were based on the older version. *** Edited 4/26/2006 2:19:25 PM UTC by Steel158***
The slide was redesigned with a much heavier material. One person said it was the same stuff used for professional bounce houses. In any case, it seems like the latest version is getting great review and does not have the seam splitting problem the original did.