The ball wars

By 5 December, 2011 48

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Start Up Smart have a story on a Canberra start-up company, “Gift A Ball“, entering into a partnership to expand their operations into the US.

(When one thinks of start-ups there’s a sense of innovation and creation, sadly in this case they just post people a ball with a dire pun based slogan printed on it.)

The move to the US is particularly brave for Dejan and Darko Andreski as at the moment their FAQ notes they’re currently too small to worry about GST, that is turning over under $75k.

An added worry is that googling “gift a ball” brings up rival ball distributors, “SHIP a BALL” who handwrite their messages from Florida.

Rule 57.

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48 Responses to The ball wars
#1
Postalgeek10:57 am, 05 Dec 11

Someone’s going to post AC/DC so it might as well be me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YUuyzQDmjY

#2
jsm209010:59 am, 05 Dec 11

Great. More people selling crap we don’t need. I’d prefer someone donate their $19.95 to charity instead of giving me a ball.

#3
Keijidosha11:05 am, 05 Dec 11

Shooting for the top of the TBL list by the looks of it.

#4
Henry8211:13 am, 05 Dec 11

She scares me a little…

#5
poetix11:25 am, 05 Dec 11

jsm2090 said :

Great. More people selling crap we don’t need. I’d prefer someone donate their $19.95 to charity instead of giving me a ball.

That’d be charita-ball of you.
God, it’s catching.

#6
Jan_12312:28 pm, 05 Dec 11

These are actually fabulous! I sent one to my god daughter and she LOVED it!

#7
ap17882:35 pm, 05 Dec 11

I think it’s great to see young Canberrans starting something of their own and not just wasting their time and minds being public servants, like most of you. These guys have put a lot of work into this, and personally I think it’s a great, fun idea. We should be supporting local people, not ripping on them. And it is just a bit of fun, they are novelties gifts for gods sake.

#8
sam0823:02 pm, 05 Dec 11

WOW, these are great! love the idea!
Well that’s my christmas gifts sorted for 2011 :-)

I think we should support this local duo and be proud of the fun and innovative brand they have created rather than criticise! Expanding into the US market is brave but i would imagine they have nothing to loose. have you seen ‘SHIP a BALL’s’ website and product. In my opinion ‘Gift A Ball’ are superior to its competitors: They have a well designed website, great quirky messages, great design and brand presence and have a great choice of ball colours. They are a brand and a local one to. Perhaps expanding into the US market is the best move, with haters like yourselves, I find it highly unlikely, that any company can succeed in Canberra. Your hating on the wrong brand.

And also, i would like to know how many of us talk about donating to charity and how many actually do. Maybe next time, rather than buying a cheap t-shirt from cotton for $19.95, donate the money to charity! it dosent work that way. This is a none argument. goes for any product or service.

Congrats Gift a Ball!

Cheers,
Sam

#9
Deref3:21 pm, 05 Dec 11

sam082 said :

WOW, these are great! love the idea!
Well that’s my christmas gifts sorted for 2011 :-)

I think we should support this local duo and be proud of the fun and innovative brand they have created rather than criticise! Expanding into the US market is brave but i would imagine they have nothing to loose. have you seen ‘SHIP a BALL’s’ website and product. In my opinion ‘Gift A Ball’ are superior to its competitors: They have a well designed website, great quirky messages, great design and brand presence and have a great choice of ball colours. They are a brand and a local one to. Perhaps expanding into the US market is the best move, with haters like yourselves, I find it highly unlikely, that any company can succeed in Canberra. Your hating on the wrong brand.

And also, i would like to know how many of us talk about donating to charity and how many actually do. Maybe next time, rather than buying a cheap t-shirt from cotton for $19.95, donate the money to charity! it dosent work that way. This is a none argument. goes for any product or service.

Congrats Gift a Ball!

Cheers,
Sam

Is that astroturf I smell?

BTW – “gift” is a noun.

#10
ap17883:45 pm, 05 Dec 11

WOW, ouch. What a weak reply.

#11
Tayla244:21 pm, 05 Dec 11

LOL to those people TRYING to rip on this new company.
I agree with Sam082, how many people actually go and donate their money to charity?

jsm2090 said :

Great. More people selling crap we don’t need. I’d prefer someone donate their $19.95 to charity instead of giving me a ball.

Have you???
And ‘Ship-a-ball’???!! PLEASE.
Dont even get me started on their website. AND someone explain to me how a hand written message from someone you dont know from a bar of soap is better than a nicely designed ball from a nicely designed (and user-friendly) website??
If that were the case, then id buy my own ball from Big W and write on it myself.

And BTW.. Astroturf doesn’t have a smell.

#12
Thoroughly Smashed4:21 pm, 05 Dec 11

sam082 said :

words

Haha

#13
Erg04:31 pm, 05 Dec 11

Why do they always put numbers after their names?

#14
Erg04:31 pm, 05 Dec 11

Incidentally, that headline is starting to look prophetic.

#15
Tayla244:35 pm, 05 Dec 11

AND FYI:
‘Gifting’-a-ball, obviously, isn’t as punchy as Gift-a-ball’, hence the reason for this use i assume.
For example VideoEzy.
We ALL know ‘Ezy’ is spelt ‘easy’, and i’m sure the founders knew how to spell too.
AND Ship is also a noun/verb. So on that principle shouldn’t they be ‘Shipping-a-ball’??

Gift;
verb. give – endow – present – donate – grant – endue
noun. present – talent – donation – offering – endowment
..Gift in a particular context, can also be used as either.

#16
Tooks4:45 pm, 05 Dec 11

Seems like a pretty stupid idea to be honest. But good luck to them and good on them for having a go. Hope they have some success.

Oh, and good to see their friends and family joining Riotact to defend their business.

#17
poetix4:52 pm, 05 Dec 11

Erg0 said :

Incidentally, that headline is starting to look prophetic.

Crystal ball? (Note, singular.)

#18
Mysteryman5:04 pm, 05 Dec 11

Let me get this straight…

You pay them money to have an inflatable ball with a message sent to someone? That’s it?

I’m not sure how that’s innovative or even a clever idea. I’m even more shocked that people would pay for it, to be honest.

#19
johnboy5:06 pm, 05 Dec 11

Mysteryman said :

Let me get this straight…

You pay them money to have an inflatable ball with a message sent to someone? That’s it?

I’m not sure how that’s innovative or even a clever idea. I’m even more shocked that people would pay for it, to be honest.

A ball related message MM, a ball related message…

#20
chewy145:55 pm, 05 Dec 11

Erg0 said :

Why do they always put numbers after their names?

Hey leave us numbered namers alone.
As for this idea, I can’t believe that people would be retarded enough to pay for it.
Actually scratch that, after walking through Civic on the weekend I’m not surprised.

#21
Classified6:25 pm, 05 Dec 11

I’ll order one with ‘my left nut’ on it…

#22
Henry826:57 pm, 05 Dec 11

1. Go to Kmart
2. buy a ball and a texta $7
3. Write obscene message
4. give to friend.
5. ….
6. ????
7. PROFIT!

#23
Jethro7:08 pm, 05 Dec 11

This is just the type of crap I can imagine my nanna giving to me for Christmas.

This is also why nanna spends most of her Christmases alone in the old people’s home.

#24
Keijidosha8:04 pm, 05 Dec 11

ap1788 said :

I think it’s great to see young Canberrans starting something of their own and not just wasting their time and minds being public servants, like most of you.

Some sage advice right there. If you’re a public servant working on policy to prevent environmental destruction, planning healthcare reform, or enabling services for the disadvantaged, stop wasting your time/minds and go find a job that matters – perhaps a career flogging novelty gifts?

#25
Classified8:32 pm, 05 Dec 11

This idea is up there with other gems such as ‘poo-tack’, ‘urinade’ and ‘the secret fart-whistle’.

#26
dph9:59 pm, 05 Dec 11

Sounds awful, count me out.

#27
Mumbucks11:06 pm, 05 Dec 11

How about I’m a sucker for pretty girls and big balls and gift it to yourself Classified.

#28
toriness4:21 am, 06 Dec 11

if someone gave me that for christmas, i’d fill it with concrete then toss at them cheerfully shouting ‘now head it back to me!’

#29
Classified7:12 am, 06 Dec 11

Mumbucks said :

How about I’m a sucker for pretty girls and big balls and gift it to yourself Classified.

If you like pretty girls with big balls then I suggest you head to Thailand.

#30
Roadrage778:21 am, 06 Dec 11

Not only has SHIP-A-BALL have shamelessly stolen GIFT-A-BALL’s clever “Bounce Back Soon” slogan, they’re viciously undercutting their opposition on price, slashing their balls to an astounding $14.55 AUD! I can buy two SHIP-A-BALL’s for the price of one GIFT-A-BALL and still get change? Competition is a beautiful thang baby.

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