Outing the most horrible 'Horse For Sale' Ads on Craigslist with "helpful" commentary :) I will occasionally be delving into other areas of the horse world too.
Do you want to rant and rave about a Craigslist ad you saw? Write up a rant, send me pics of the ad, and whatever pictures are included, and I'll start publishing them as 'guest blogs'. I'm an equal opportunity ranter!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
NOT Again! & The Big Lick Ad
I just *HAD* to post this right away.
I get home from work... which by the way had a bit of a eye opener for me, but more on that later... and did the normal take shoes off - feed screaming thinks shes going to starve to death kitty - scrub off dirty from day - sit down check email routine.
And found this email sent to me from Indi Randol (is that a canadian email btw? If it is... how cool is that I have Canadian readers!!!).
She sent me an ad that... well... I thought the lovely image of the gelding this morning was bad enough. This one takes the "bad picture to sell your horse" cake!
I have to tread somewhat lightly here with what words I use - again. Google's bots are indiscriminate, and I don't want to get found by the p0rn bots.
So, the ad.
I'm gonna make it nice and big for you all today.
By the way, the translation for "carta" is apparently "paper" - so its "he has paper".
Thats not the worst part of this ad.
THIS is the worst part of this ad.
Yes, the picture to the left is the stallion getting good and ready to service that... um.... mare?
At least I *THINK* its a mare? Its rather hard to tell though, because that mare hit the 100 foot fugly tree on every single branch coming down.
I'll let the words of Indi 'spew' forth here...
We had to do a little translation since it appears that Spanglish is the poster’s native language and spelling isn’t their strong suit – “he has carta” = he has papers. Wish someone would let these folks know that showing the stallion’s penIs is completely unnecessary and irrelevant to selling the mare. Maybe horse p0rn works for selling over-priced, under-accomplished horses in Norco.
(please note that I had to make a few minor edits to two of the words to avoid this blog appearing on key word searches for those particular words.)
I will whole heartedly agree with Indi on this one...
There is absolutely NO need to actually show your horse being bred, or your stallion getting ready to service a mare publicly. This is gross and nasty, and quite frankly, just attracts those that get personal enjoyment out of watching it... which in itself is gross and nasty.
I personally think this is so far the worst ad I've ever seen.
I mentioned at the start that I came across something at work to day that really opened up my eyes.
I work retail... mundane, boring, migraine inducing retail. (In this economy, its a paycheck. So I'm not really complaining that much.) The store I work for has made me sign some sort of agreement that says I will not talk about the company in any way on the net, in a blog, website, or other such public forum online.
In reality... I could care less. I work for Babies "R" Us.
Part of my job is running the baby registry desk. That was where I was today. We got in one of the thrice weekly trucks in today, and I was given a bunch of boxes of 'stuff' to replenish the new registry goodie bags. One of these boxes was the new May 2010 Baby Talk Magazine, a free mag that is one of the items included in the goodie bags.
I took one look at the cover, and literally froze in my chair.
Now, it can't just be me that immediately see's a HUGE problem with this cover. In case you DON'T see the huge jaw dropping problem with this very very cute kid I'll spell it out very clearly for you.
WHY THE HELL IS THE KID WEARING A SHIRT WITH A BIG LICK TENNESSEE WALKER ON IT?
This company obviously prides itself on selling organic, earth friendly products. THAT I don't have any issues with at all. Its their choice of image for the HORSE I have a MAJOR MAJOR ISSUE WITH.
From their front page: welcome to speesees. we believe in being fun, fair, and organic in the products we make, the way we conduct business, and the baby steps we take towards creating a more sustainble future for the animal, plant, and humanspeesees on our children's planet.
Some how, somebody didn't exactly get the message that selling a t-shirt made from organic materials that has the silhouette of a type of horse that can't GET that nice, big "pretty" Look without things like PAIN, ABUSE, AND HORRIFIC TRAINING PRACTICES.
That doesn't exactly fit with their nice 'earth friendly' image, now does it? I'd say their research department SUCKS.
I've NEVER been one to write letters to companies. However, this just really Pissed. Me. Off.
Would any of you like to assist me in contacting the company to let them know how hypocritical this is?
Not only are they showcasing that t-shirt on the front cover of a magazine that is handed out to literally hundreds of expectant women monthly, I seriously doubt that they'd want to be associated even by IMAGE with one of the BIGGEST Embarrassments in the entire Horse Industry. Do you really think they know that the "Big Lick" horses suffer abuses and atrocities that NO animal should ever suffer? I seriously doubt it.
Their website even has a small version of the same picture as the logo placed next to their name at the top of the web page tab!!!
The other thing that I was thinking about on the way home, was all those women will look at that shirt and see nothing but a 'pretty horse'. They won't understand what that image symbolizes to all of us.
And THATS the sad part in all of this. Its a case of "you don't know what you don't know".
The inside cover of the magazine, the little blurb that lists who the cover model is, what the label on the clothes is, etc., also states that the clothing line is sold through select Whole Foods Market Stores. There just happens to be one across the street from BRU, so I went in and checked out the store after work. I'd never been in one before, and while it certainly is impressive, its a little to pricey for my budget. I checked out the clothing section of the store, and while they carried the line of clothing, didn't have that exact t-shirt. Which was good. Cause I would have blasted THEM too.
Contact Info from the speesees website:
2475 third street suite 252
san francisco ca 94107
toll free: 877 552 5808
line 2: 415 552 5808
fax: 415 552 5809 firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to play nice, no nasty language is needed, facts and professionalism gets more flies than anger and attitude does. :P