“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Scam of the Century
Wednesday, October 7, 2009

We were visiting our daughter in Ohio when we walked into a Build-A-Bear store. I'd never been in one. I thought it would be fun: Pick out a nose, and eye colors, and body shape, and color of fur, etc., and custom-build our very own teddy bear.

But then I learned that Build-a-Bear isn't Build-a-Bear at all. Actually, it should be called "Stuff-a-Bear." All you do is pick out an already-made carcass and then stand in a very-long line for the machine that blows stuffing into the aforementioned carcass. They put a little heart in it, too, before sewing it up. I suggested to a little boy that he ask for two just in case one of them should break.

And then comes the scam: The entire store is filled with little bear costumes and toys and outfits ... all which cost much more than the bear himself. Maybe they should call it "Dress-a-Bear."

Or Scam-a-Dad.


Anonymous Dentist Lakeland said...

I agree, they should have called it "dress-a-bear" than calling it names that would mislead their customers. Talking about the use of words.

October 8, 2009 at 1:28 AM  

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