Remember the phrase “You get what you pay for” ? We at BigMouth wanted to take a few moments to demonstrate this concept with our popular—and oft-imitated—inflatables. When it comes to these knockoffs products, this old rule is absolutely true. We put ours head-to-head with a recent copycat so that you can be in the know while shopping for summer fun.
Let’s start with our best-selling Giant Frosted Donut Pool Float
Designed in 2010, and first made available for sale in 2011, our giant 4 foot float is sized so that A) it’s hilarious B) it’s versatile enough to lay on or cling to and C) it can serve A and B in just about any size pool. Make it too small and you cannot actually float on it (darned buoyancy). Too big, and there is not enough room for anyone else in the pool.
The below knockoff (on the left) from “H2WHOAH!” was deliberately copied—quite recently in fact—by a major retailer. Their donut float could probably keep a paper plate of diet crackers on top of water, but not much else…seriously look at that thing! But you wouldn’t eat the diet crackers because the cheap and horrible chemical smell from their float would make you nauseous.
Did you know that the same company fell in love with another BigMouth best-seller? Our Giant 6 foot (remember that number) Pizza Slice Float was also knocked off. Again, ours was sized to be fun and practical—it makes a great lounger for humans of all sizes. But what if the knockoff version was just “fun-sized”? You know, like the 1/4 of a candy bar you get when trick-or-treating. Let’s be honest—nobody likes 1/4 of anything…even 1/2 for that matter. That isn’t fun, and that isn’t America. Go Big or go home. Here have a look at the H2WHOAH! Pizza float (again, theirs is on the left) versus the BigMouth best-seller:
If your significant other came home from the store and gave you the above “pizza float I saw on Instagram”, after crying, you’d probably wonder what you were going to put on it. Dead grasshoppers from the pool filter? More diet crackers? We’re open to ideas. Meanwhile, BigMouth Customer A is five sips into a tropical drink, and on their way to a killer tan while the other pizza slice sinks to the bottom of the pool.
What’s in the box?
Unboxing anything is usually fun—you get something new and the excitement factor is high. But what if your float wasn’t actually protected in the packaging? You see these knockoff floats are simply stuffed into a box. There’s no protection from the friction of the box, so the print will rub off or could be subjected to additional wear and tear en route from the factory—moisture, shifting, handling, and extreme temperature changes.
A good analogy is buying a box of cereal. Imagine if you opened that box of delicious Lucky Charms and found out there was no plastic bag protecting the cereal bits. ‘Nuff said. Oh, and don’t bother trying to patch the knockoff float if Fido accidentally jumps on it—no patch kit is included. We know that crap happens, and for that reason all BigMouth floats come with a patch kit so you can extend the life of your inflatable if things get a little too crazy.
Below is a recent television commercial featuring those knockoff floats. Did you notice that no one is actually using them? Hmm. Have you ever seen a commercial for a product that is being completely ignored?
They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. OK, there’s some merit to that, but we want our customers to be the envy of the pool/beach/lake—not the victim of a copycat. That means bigger floats, better designs, higher quality, and the highest level of integrity from our hands to yours. Consider yourself up-to-speed!
Related: Are you concerned about the authenticity of a product? See our post about counterfeit BigMouth products here.
Have a great summer!
-The BigMouth Team