Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Another outrageous pink thing

We were watching TV the other day and saw a commercial for these:



Yes, really, pink trash cans against breast cancer. You can get one for $159.00 and $5.00 will be donated to fight breast cancer. Let's examine this: First from the monetary side. $5.00 per trash can or roughly 3% of the purchase. (And its $159, not $159.99 so you are saving the $0.99 each as well and free shipping on their website. Why don't they add that $0.99 and be generous and donate $6.00 instead of $5.00.)

On the monetary side, isn't $159 a lot for a trash can? I thought you could get one for much less? I just took a peek at the Ace Hardware site and you can get a four pack of comparably sized wheeled trash cans for $127? So this is a little bit of price gouging. You could buy four trash cans and get a few cans of pink spray paint for less.

Is pink a practical color for a trash can? I mean most are in dark colors so they don't show the dirt.

I will say that the commercial we saw them on was giving them away free if you signed up for their trash collection service or something. Would I use one if I was given it free? Probably, but we don't really need another trash barrel. However if they came in all of the cancer colors and you could put a whole rainbow out in front of your house....

My verdict: another bit of pink washing here...

4 comments:

linda said...

Very clever of these trash can people. But I wonder...why not just donate the $159 to breast cancer research? I buy the Breast Cancer USPS stamps...and pay an extra 11 cents each which goes to research. That trash can deal smells stinky.

Caroline - Lobular Breast Cancer said...

Hey,

Have you seen the KFC - Susan G Komen Pink Bucket thing? Well, if your ever found one of those Pink Buckets in your neighbor's a Pink Trash Can, you'll know someone is helping a lot to the cause.

Michelle said...

That is sad that someone is charging that much for the can and profiting off of it. I live in MI and just ordered mine from our garbage company and it was only $20 and $15 goes to breast cancer research.

Michele said...

Maybe if you did a little research you would learn the true story behind the pink carks. Please don't cast stones. The fight against breast cancer needs every dollar it can generate.