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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wham-o on Daily Show

Wham-o was featured because they recently moved jobs from China back to the US because the prior overseas cost advantages have evaporated.

I can't remember ever laughing so hard at a Daily Show piece. The executive at Wham-o, Kyle Aguilar, and Aasif Mandvi, went back and forth, making fun of the company's products and globalization, without ever losing it. It was hilarious. The Wham-o guy kept a completely straight face, but you could tell that it wasn't because the satire was going over his head (which is generally the case). "It's come to this - Mexicans are hiring Americans to do jobs that the Chinese don't want."

And to the Chinese entrepreneur: "So we have to put antifreeze in our own toothpaste now?"

This link to The Daily Show site has some commentary and the entire 4 minute video.

This Times Herald story explains a bit about what's going on at the company.



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