Not so long ago one of us (who shall remain nameless) asked the other, “Do you think we enjoy doing this because it allows us to be as obnoxious as possible in a somewhat acceptable way?”
The answer was, of course, yes.
But it works for us.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s part of what sets us apart.
I mean, come on. First off, our name is MEATBAGZ. If you haven’t repeated that to yourself at least a couple of times by now with a puzzled look on your face, then you’re probably the first.
And of course our designs have a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to the obnoxious factor. Don’t get us wrong, we think they’re awesome (obviously), but you know there’s some obnoxiousness involved when designs are rejected because of lack of enough “attitude” in a farm animal.
Again, that’s part of what makes Meatbagz work.
But we don’t stop with the bags. There’s still the packaging to consider. We are primarily a mail order joint, after all, and when a bag gets shipped out to its new owner we of course want them to feel like they’re receiving something unique. They chose to buy something from us, as opposed to Wal-Mart, right? We think that choice should be rewarded.
So we attach these nifty tags (which we’ve already told you about) from the lovely scrapbits:
But because we are who we are, we have to (of course) take things one step further. So on the back of said tags, we write up a little description of the bag while simultaneously amusing ourselves and, hopefully, the customer.
Sure, it takes some time. But it also cracks us up. More importantly, it helps us further the feel of the Meatbagz brand while letting the recipient know a little bit about the history of their new bag. Double win.
We don’t come up with these things all on our own. A customer recently exchanged a bag and sent the original back to us rolled up neatly, bound with two bright pink rubber bands. Brilliant. It was the neatest, most concise Meatbagz packaging we had ever seen, and we knew we had to do it that way from now on.
But, again, we had to take things one step further.
A quick trip to Staples and $1.99 later we had our supplies-heavy duty rubber bands which we then wrote our etsy address on along with our motto: “Use your Meatbagz with pride!”
Not only are we pleased with our (budget friendly) obnoxiousness, but it’s also a form of guerrilla marketing: Tell us that these won’t end up on wrists, tossed in junk drawers to be unwittingly used for a last minute project, and eventually working their way into the general population. And tell us that if you, the unsuspecting public, came across this in your office desk drawer, you wouldn’t take a furtive five minutes and look “meatbagz” up as soon as you had the chance.
Because you totally would.
So yeah. We’re obnoxious. We recognize this. We embrace it. Because in the end-it totally works for us.