You all know how much I love making funny reviews of stupid “products” and gadgets. Well, turns out I’m far from the only one (who knew, right?).
Today’s guest, Caleb Grant, discusses a few products that have inspired people to get creative with their reviews. Enter Caleb:
When most people think about online review sites, they tend to think that they’re filled with real reviews by real people that provide valuable insight to other customers who are reading them. Some people also think that most online review sites are filled with fake reviews that aren’t written by real people.
But there’s another type of review that’s gaining popularity, and it involves sarcasm and humor. There are certain products out there that are making such an impact on users that they feel the need to respond in a witty way.
In order to elicit sarcastic responses, the products need to be strange and uninteresting to most. The following are a few products that have elicited sarcastic and funny reviews.
4. BIC Pens for Her
BIC launched a pastel pen “just for her”. This pen has a diamond encrusted barrel for a more elegant look and a thinner barrel to better fit a woman’s smaller hands. People on Amazon are having a field day with this writing utensil, providing both sarcastic and humorous reviews on the product.
3. Luke Skywalker Jacket
This Luke Skywalker jacket boasts how it includes its Medal of Yavin, but it also prides itself on being authentic to the movie Star Wars. Like the BIC pen, users on Amazon are enjoying giving their lighthearted and fun reviews of a product. Some claim it to be a “chick repellent” and that it’s great for “walking through doors” or “nodding at your friends”.
2. Cat Evacuation Kit
That’s right. Someone out there thought that it would be a great idea to create a cat evacuation kit in case a fire, flood, earthquake or any other natural disaster occurs. The kit contains cat food and water with a five-year shelf life, treats, water bowl, collar, litter and scoop, ID tag, wipes, toys and first aid kit. You should not be surprised that this elicited sarcastic responses.
1. Horse Head Mask
Unless it’s Halloween, it doesn’t seem like there would ever be a need for a real-life looking horse mask. It’s actually surprising to see that there are more animal masks out there than just the horse, but apparently the horse was the only one that excited users enough to have some fun with their reviews.
It seems as if once a product has earned a sarcastic review, more and more people start to fall in line to try and outwit the reviewer before them. While the reviews are not real and don’t represent how your product functions, it’s still a great way to get people interested in talking about you, and these simple reviews can do a lot for your business. Though most of the people who review the product won’t actually make a purchase, there are some who may be so intrigued with its uniqueness that they do.
If you want to get people talking about your product in a fun or sarcastic way, you first need to create a strange or obscure product that can create this type of response. In the case of sarcastic reviews, the stranger, the better.
Caleb Grant works recently wrote about spotting fake reviews and how to respond to sarcastic reviewers.
12 thoughts on “Guest Expressed: “4 Products That Inspired Sarcastic and Funny Reviews””
Just wanted to drop by and admit that I came THIS CLOSE —> ||
to commenting on this post the other week… I laughed at these and had another example to share!
But at the very last second, I thought it would make a great blog entry instead. So you can read that here, if you like. http://www.defenestratedfeet.com/2012/09/amazon-illustrated-giant-mutant-ants.html
Thanks for finally bringing yourself to go beyond the “THIS CLOSE” point and commenting 😉 I’ll give your blog post a read too!
The BIC Pens for Her reviews are hilarious. That being said, I really hope no one decides to review my novel in such a fashion. Of course, dying from an influenza pandemic is such a funny concept it might be hard to resist…
(Did you like how I got that self-plug in?)
That one from Tracy H. was too funny! I was tempted to “review” some of those products, myself!
Another day, perhaps?
Although, a influenza pandemic can be a lot of fun- I predict your book will get rave reviews and you will go on to fame and fortune! 🙂
I like your predictions. Even if they are delusional. 🙂
Although, I can not deny that I can be delusional, I hope your book does very well.
By the way, isn’t cool how we are using Mr. Nest’s blog to communicate while he is mysteriously absent?
I wonder how long we can keep it going before his return? 🙂
Ha ha!! Yes, let’s pull off a coup and take over his site. Maybe he’ll never notice. 😉
Well…he hasn’t noticed yet! We might get away with it! 😉
Hahhaa, yeah, what a loser that guy is! Let’s hijack his blog! The expression on his face will be priceless when he finds…wait a minuuuuute…NOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Well…he’s an okay guy if not frequently absent.
Today taking over unsuspecting people’s blogs- tomorrow the world!
Friday – Milky Way!
The candy bar? or we talking the whole galaxy, here?
I’d settle for the candy bar.