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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-07-19 21:36
  Subject:   [Digg] Top 10 dumbest business ideas that made millions.
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Create goggles for dogs and sell them online? Boy, this IS the dumbest idea for a business. How in the world did they manage to become millionaires and have shops all over the world with that one? Beyond me.

http://weirdtechnewshub.blogspot.com/2006/07/top-10-dumbest-online-business-ideas.html


Maybe I can put up an AJAX^H^H^H^H WEB 2.0 ENHANCED site to sell bling-bling for cats and retire at 31. ;]
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2006-07-19 21:46 (UTC)
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They are useful if you take your dog up on snow and ice in the mountains, dogs can go snowblind too.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-07-20 00:14 (UTC)
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Also good if you tend to take your dog in a motorcycle sidecar, or a few other uses. But SRSLY, do you think the vast majority of people who buy these things actually do that stuff with their dogs? I'm betting not. It's like people who buy SUVs - 90% of them never go off road.

I'm not saying anyone shouldn't have the right to do whatever silly thing they want with their dog. I'm totally supportive of everyone's right to do silly shit - especially my own. I just want people to acknowledge that it's silly up front.
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The Perfect Girl
  User: mercyspeaks
  Date: 2006-07-19 23:08 (UTC)
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Huh? It's not new. I suppose I'd get some for Nano but they are all too big. Lots of dogs have them here, and other silly shit too.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-07-20 00:12 (UTC)
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Pets are the new children...
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The Perfect Girl
  User: mercyspeaks
  Date: 2006-07-21 09:38 (UTC)
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They really seriously are. I mean, kids scream, and cry, and talk back, and go to college.

Everyone needs someone to take care of. But kids aren't necessarily it. The world is overpopulated by humans as it is.
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2006-07-20 01:02 (UTC)
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I had the exact same reaction to this as your response to Nick. It's entirely frivolous. Sure, technically, it has its uses. But, in most instances, it's someone throwing money at something to say 'Look at me' or 'Look at my dog' (and thereby saying look at me).

It's very similar to people who dress up their toddlers in bling or some other eye-catching thing then show off their baby to you. It's no longer about the baby as much as it is a tool for them to feed their own attention-whoring habits. As if to say, "See what I did for my baby!"

To sum it up, it's conspicuous consumption.


-J
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Pacchi
  User: pacchi
  Date: 2006-07-20 13:26 (UTC)
  Subject:   Pepper has a pair
We got Pepper a pair because she hangs her face out the car window when we drive, and we'd heard that some dogs get lacerations on their eyes from debris that way. It lives in the glovebox when not in use though, because then she can't go galloping in the bushes without strangling herself.

- P
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  User: willow_red
  Date: 2006-07-20 14:03 (UTC)
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I've seen these at McGuckin's for at least the last two years. I agree that at first glance goggles for dogs seem pretty stupid, but the more you think about it, the less dumb they get.

The thing is, dogs don't have a blink reflex like humans do. If something goes flying at their eyes, it pretty much hits them in the eye. This isn't a problem most of the time, but when moronsdog-owners drive around, letting their dogs hang their heads out the window, it can lead to all sorts of problems over time, such as infections and blindness. What it comes down to is there are two ways to be responsible: 1) only roll the windows down a couple of inches so the dog can sniff the air, but not actually get its head through; or 2) protect the dog's eyes with something like goggles. Personally, my family has always opted for #1, particularly because of the secondary hazard of dogs jumping out the window of a moving car (seen that one happen too many times).
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