The ball wars

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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.

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GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 9:31 pm 11 Dec 11

I’d love to support a little local company having a go and doing something fun, I really would, but having their cheer squad insult a sizable proportion of fellow locals for wasting time doing less important things won’t win any fans, and then there’s the product, just what the world needs, more largish awkwardly shaped PVC novelty items to store somewhere.

Mumbucks Mumbucks 12:28 pm 11 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.

+1

Beserk Keyboard Warrior Beserk Keyboard Warrior 4:33 pm 06 Dec 11

Looks like someone’s reinvented the ball.

If you’re gonna rip off an idea, at least choose a good one.

Erg0 Erg0 4:27 pm 06 Dec 11

I thought the main purpose of this site was to critique the spelling and grammar of press releases?

Deref Deref 4:18 pm 06 Dec 11

Tayla24 said :

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.

Sorry. Didn’t know you were an American.

dpm dpm 4:13 pm 06 Dec 11

Keijidosha said :

They have a counter on their website. Since this article was posted on Riotact the number of “balls gifted” has gone from 306 to 319.

…with a bullet! 😉

JB should ask for some sort of advertising commission to get a slice of that cash! Especially as his site: ” is designed to ‘critique’ products/ services [but] ends up promoting them”??

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 2:38 pm 06 Dec 11

Tayla24 said :

Hahahahaha 7 comments to my one. And ironically a site designed to ‘critique’ products/ services ends up promoting them. Good work!

I don’t think you understand what this place is.

Keijidosha Keijidosha 2:33 pm 06 Dec 11

Tayla24 said :

chewy14 said :

Tayla24 said :

Congrats Gift-a-ball, I heard your sales rose as a result of all this ridiculous slander!

I didn’t hear about that, perhaps you can tell us.

How much did your sales go up?

They have a counter on their website. Since this article was posted on Riotact the number of “balls gifted” has gone from 306 to 319.

Tayla24 Tayla24 2:11 pm 06 Dec 11

Hahahahaha 7 comments to my one. And ironically a site designed to ‘critique’ products/ services ends up promoting them. Good work!

Jethro Jethro 1:08 pm 06 Dec 11

Tayla24 said :

Really,
people are bringing their nan’s into this??
The reason elderly people are in homes is because they can no longer fully look after themselves. And because their families don’t care about them enough to look after them.
Not because of what present they do or don’t buy!!!!!!!???? O.m.g, i cant believe someone would even make such a ridiculous and disgusting statement.
And as for people saying they cant believe someone would buy this product, or commence in such a business for a living (or hobby) – i CANT believe people waste time putting other peoples achievements down. Don’t you have anything better to do? I guess not.

Congrats Gift-a-ball, I heard your sales rose as a result of all this ridiculous slander!

Settle down.

I love my nanna heaps and was merely using her for comedic effect.

To show her how much I love her I’m thinking I might send her an overpriced novelty ball for Christmas.

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 1:07 pm 06 Dec 11

Tayla24 said :

Congrats Gift-a-ball, I heard your sales rose as a result of all this ridiculous slander!

There’s only one thing ridiculous here. 🙂

(You’re not fooling anyone.)

Erg0 Erg0 1:04 pm 06 Dec 11

BlackIce said :

Tayla24 said :

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?

My siblings and I do.
Oxfam has various things you can “buy” that make a difference to lives around the world. So for about $20 you could Gift-a-Ball OR you could get a duck, or 2 chickens, or some seeds, or a mosquito net for someone who needs it.

Could you just split the difference and send them a ball with a pun on it?

chewy14 chewy14 1:04 pm 06 Dec 11

Tayla24 said :

Congrats Gift-a-ball, I heard your sales rose as a result of all this ridiculous slander!

I didn’t hear about that, perhaps you can tell us.

How much did your sales go up?

BlackIce BlackIce 12:58 pm 06 Dec 11

Tayla24 said :

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?

My siblings and I do.
Oxfam has various things you can “buy” that make a difference to lives around the world. So for about $20 you could Gift-a-Ball OR you could get a duck, or 2 chickens, or some seeds, or a mosquito net for someone who needs it.

dpm dpm 12:52 pm 06 Dec 11

Tayla24 said :

Really,
people are bringing their nan’s into this??
The reason elderly people are in homes is because they can no longer fully look after themselves. And because their families don’t care about them enough to look after them.
Not because of what present they do or don’t buy!!!!!!!???? O.m.g, i cant believe someone would even make such a ridiculous and disgusting statement.
And as for people saying they cant believe someone would buy this product, or commence in such a business for a living (or hobby) – i CANT believe people waste time putting other peoples achievements down. Don’t you have anything better to do? I guess not.

Congrats Gift-a-ball, I heard your sales rose as a result of all this ridiculous slander!

Don’t stress. I wouldn’t get too upset about a few jokes made here on RA about grans!
BTW wouldn’t you only have ‘heard’ their sales rose (in the last day or so) if you were involved with the company in some way?

Erg0 Erg0 12:18 pm 06 Dec 11

Tayla24 said :

Congrats Gift-a-ball, I heard your sales rose as a result of all this ridiculous slander!

Pfft, as if people who aren’t related to the business proprieter actually bother to read our slander. Sales rose because they were given a free plug on a popular local website, if anyone actually listened to the commenters on the RiotACT then Canberra would be a very different place.

Tayla24 Tayla24 11:41 am 06 Dec 11

Really,
people are bringing their nan’s into this??
The reason elderly people are in homes is because they can no longer fully look after themselves. And because their families don’t care about them enough to look after them.
Not because of what present they do or don’t buy!!!!!!!???? O.m.g, i cant believe someone would even make such a ridiculous and disgusting statement.
And as for people saying they cant believe someone would buy this product, or commence in such a business for a living (or hobby) – i CANT believe people waste time putting other peoples achievements down. Don’t you have anything better to do? I guess not.

Congrats Gift-a-ball, I heard your sales rose as a result of all this ridiculous slander!

Roadrage77 Roadrage77 8:28 am 06 Dec 11

My mistake, GIFT-A-BALL charge $19.95, not $29.95 as I first thought. But SHIP-A-BALL have been featured on the Tony Danza Show. Can GIFT-A-BALL really show the US market who’s the boss?

Roadrage77 Roadrage77 8:21 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.

Classified Classified 7:12 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.

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