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The ball wars

By johnboy - 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.

What’s Your opinion?


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48 Responses to
The ball wars
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Postalgeek 10:57 am
05 Dec 11
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Someone’s going to post AC/DC so it might as well be me.

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

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jsm2090 10:59 am
05 Dec 11
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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.

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Keijidosha 11:05 am
05 Dec 11
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Shooting for the top of the TBL list by the looks of it.

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Henry82 11:13 am
05 Dec 11
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She scares me a little…

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poetix 11:25 am
05 Dec 11
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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.

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Jan_123 12:28 pm
05 Dec 11
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These are actually fabulous! I sent one to my god daughter and she LOVED it!

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ap1788 2:35 pm
05 Dec 11
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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.

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sam082 3:02 pm
05 Dec 11
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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

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Deref 3:21 pm
05 Dec 11
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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.

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ap1788 3:45 pm
05 Dec 11
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WOW, ouch. What a weak reply.

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Tayla24 4:21 pm
05 Dec 11
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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.

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Thoroughly Smashed 4:21 pm
05 Dec 11
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sam082 said :

words

Haha

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Erg0 4:31 pm
05 Dec 11
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Why do they always put numbers after their names?

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Erg0 4:31 pm
05 Dec 11
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Incidentally, that headline is starting to look prophetic.

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Tayla24 4:35 pm
05 Dec 11
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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.

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