Products with badly chosen names

12boy

Veteran
Location
Casper WY USA
When Chevrolet tried to sell the Nova small sedan in S America, no one bought it until they called it a Caribe. No va in Spanish means it doesn't go.
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
There's thr famous Wayne Kerr, a manufacturer of electronic test gear.

Even worse, its a made up name, comprised of the founders parents surnames, or somesuch. So bad enough to be a w*****, but to go put of your way to choose to be one seems mad.
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
Eerrrmmmm...

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I think, unsurprisingly, that they are Australian.
 

SydZ

Active Member
Location
Up North
When infant formula milk was first introduced into Africa product packaging typically showed an image indicating what the product was. This was due to literacy being low in many areas.

Cow & Gate simply translated the text on their standard labels and left images unchanged then couldn’t understand why it wasn’t selling. Someone eventually pointed out to them that, by placing an image of a baby on the can, that was what locals expected to find in it!
 
In the 70's, Jasper Carrot used to go on about an Aussie brand of sticky tape called Durex...could be amusing going into a UK stationery shop asking for a roll^_^. Any Aussies can confirm this?. And apparently, Durex did sponsor a race car but it ended up in the pit stop....with a puncture:laugh:.
Durex is sticky tape (and sometimes a brand of condoms).

I was mocked in an office in London when I said that I had durex and a rubber in my desk drawer.

Rubbers and durex are in the stationery aisle at the supermarket.
 

captain nemo1701

Space cadet. Deck 42 Main Engineering.
Location
Bristol
In Glastonbury, there's a bakery called Burns the Bread. In Bristol, there are two motorcycle firms called Piston Broke & Wheel Torque...say them quickly if you missed the joke:okay:.
 

Juan Kog

permanently grumpy
In the 70's, Jasper Carrot used to go on about an Aussie brand of sticky tape called Durex...could be amusing going into a UK stationery shop asking for a roll^_^. Any Aussies can confirm this?. And apparently, Durex did sponsor a race car but it ended up in the pit stop....with a puncture:laugh:.
My now retired BiL was working as coach driver in the early 80’s . Once when he had a party of Australians on board , a young lady approached him and asked did he have any Durex , he told me he was surprised until he realised she only wanted sellotape.
 
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