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Bad Business Practice

Just venting about a bad business practice…

There are all sorts of business practices that don't make sense, and here's one minor, but very annoying one to illustrate the point: Price or info labels that are adhered to the product you buy and don't come off without ripping and leaving tears of backing and stickiness behind.
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Three recent examples for me (from this weekend):

1) Refrigerator my wife and i just bought – bar code label on stainless steel front… impossible to peel off in one piece, residue and white "underpaper" left on front of frig.

2) Stove we just bought – huge sticker about installation warnings on oven glass window. peeled off a small portion and the rest was hopeless.

3) Dress socks i bought – sticker on socks was so sticky, it immediately raised fuzz on the socks where i pulled the sticker off.

I'm beginning to think that Goo-B-Gone is actually the manufacturer of the adhesives being used for these stickers/labels!
It's a conspiracy!

And don't the manufacturers/sellers of these products realize what a pain in the butt it is to get these stickers off and that it creates a TERRIBLE first impression as a new product owner? Isn't it obvious?!

I think all industries should take a cue from the beer manufacturers. Have you noticed how easy it is to peel the label off a cold bottle of beer???

About the Author: Rich Sloan

Rich Sloan is chief startupologist and co-founder of StartupNation and host of StartupNation podcasts. He is also co-author of the acclaimed how-to book, StartupNation: America's Leading Entrepreneurial Experts Reveal the Secrets to Building a Blockbuster Business. Rich encourages you to [...]