Archive by Month January, 2011

  • Salesman Sees Red on Trip to Khao San Road

    Post by The Bounceologist on January 28th, 2011

    The Bionic Salesman
    A Journey around Thailand

    The Redshirts came out in force on Sunday. I noticed it first at Ratchathewi, where every third vehicle was a wriggling octopus of scarlet revellers from all the generations.

    Children, parents, grandparents all crammed into pick-up trucks so full that their legs dangled off the back. Grannies held up their flags as they stood against the truck cabins. Children sat bewildered or played with their toys. Cars were just as full, with Redshirts sitting in the opened boots, with their legs dangling.

    I was on my way to Khao San Road, and it was immediately obvious that shouldn’t take a taxi. I walked the full distance from Ratchathewi to Khao San Road, with the traffic beside moving in stops and starts, so that every few minutes I would hear the same blast of music and the same cheers catching me up from behind. (Read more…)

  • Siam’s Squawking Man from Xi’an

    Post by The Bounceologist on January 25th, 2011

    Xi'an Man in Siam

    Xi'an Man in Siam

    The Bionic Salesman
    A Journey around Thailand

    “Two cliches make us laugh but a hundred cliches moves us because we sense dimly that the cliches are talking among themselves, celebrating a reunion.” Umberto Eco

    It must be homesickness that makes me use this quote again. Readers of my other attempts at blogging will recognise it.

    You need to remember that I live in China, where they have no fear of cliches, embrace them, cherish them, even.

    This is nowhere truer than with the conversations you have with people you’ve just met. These conversations are like reading from a script. The pattern never varies but people never tire of it. It is at once both cliched and profoundly comforting. In China, you’ll never be lost for words.

    I mention this because I found myself having this same conversation with an old beggar on the pavement at Siam in central Bangkok. (Read more…)

  • Waboba Street

    Post by Chris on January 19th, 2011

     

    BASIC INFO
    Its time to take Waboba to a whole new element. Let Waboba Street’s patented shape and inverted bounce reclaim the concrete and give you a new understanding of the word ball. If you love outdoor activities, freerunning, exercise and the city Waboba Street is yours to master.

    A cool and vibrantly designed new ball for street play. The patented design of the ball using dubs, allows the user to vary the direction of the ball by depending on their throwing method. Learn to predict the predictably unpredictable bounce of the street as you add more surfaces and more bounces in between you and your friends.

    HISTORY
    A ball that bounce on ground is nothing new – but after inventing a ball that bounce on water we felt like going back to the roots and try to bring the Waboba Game to the streets and reinvent the ball, at the same time. After countless balls and tests and designs we found something with a hint of Waboba in it. From there we worked night and day to further perfect it to bring forth a ball with unique properties, great feel and solid design. Today we are proud to announce the first release of the Waboba Street – a ball with attitude.

    SALES STRATEGIES
    Waboba Street will be sold towards toy and selected sports vendors. Its properties makes it fun for people from 8years of age and up.

    Have a look at this PDF for more info on our new items!

  • Waboba Surf

    Post by Chris on January 19th, 2011

    BASIC INFO
    The Waboba Surf is the newest addition to our line of water bouncing balls. The SURF ball is made specifically for all around family fun! It is a bit softer than Extreme and will provide hours of fun for the entire family. Designed for the pool retailers, indpendent gift and toy shops who value family oriented products.

    Surf works as well in the pool as it does in the ocean – not as extreme as the extreme nor as reliable as the pro, but still a lot of fun even for the sportier family members. If you want to share the Waboba Fun wherever with whomever surf is your best bet – and once you get good enough, go for the Waboba Extreme and the Waboba Pro!

    HISTORY
    The Idea for the Waboba Surf has been soaking in our minds for quite sometime. We love the challenges of the Extreme and the Pro but realize that not everyone can handle the force, speed and bounce of these balls. We also know that kids love the blast ball that is softer and easier to skim of the surface and wont bounce off into your neighbors pool should you put some force behind it, but we also realized that its not so fun for the older and its too unpredictable for a wavy beach.

    So, for sometime we have been looking for a ball with the attitude and feel of extreme but with the softness and friendliness of the blast that works for both ocean and pool play.

    And now we are proud to announce Surf – the ball that does just that.

    SALES STRATEGIES
    The Waboba SURF’s attributes makes it suitable for families with kids in the ages 10-15 with pool or nearby ocean. Target retail-store is Toy and Pool shops.

    Have a look at this PDF for more info on our new items!

  • 3D Displays

    Post by Chris on January 19th, 2011

    Last spring we brought in the PDQ, Gravity Feed and Motion Sensor Video Display. This year we’re taking it even further with our 3D POS displays! These state of the art packaging solutions could sell about anything – but we don’t – as you know we fill these trays up with high quality, innovative extreme-sports items that provides value way over the costs. Basically great packaging for great products.

    LCD VIDEO DISPLAY
    Our most popular display unit – packed with LCD Screen loaded with movies of the products of your choice. ONE SIZE FITS ALL: Load with Pro, Extreme or Blast balls. The video display unit is a must have for the retailers who want to move items quickly! NOW ALSO HAS 3D ARTWORK AVAILABLE!

    GENERIC LENTICULAR DISPLAY
    The Waboba retail merchandising team strikes again with another home run display tray to take sales up another notch! Our new 3D shelf trays pack a great visual punch at retail. The depth and movement of the scene is almost as good as our videos. They are cost effective and built to last a full season – you and your customers merely needs to add more product as they sell down. This is the new cutting edge of cost effective retail merchandising.

    ONE TIER DISPLAYBOX 3D LENTICULAR COVER!
    Do you and your customers love the one tier standard display but still dont want to miss out on the 3D fun? Dont worry we have 3D artwork prepared for just that occasion! ASK US ABOUT IT!

    Have a look at this PDF for more info on our new items!