With 8 staff visiting the Canton Fair Phases 1-3 in October 2016, ODM are going to spend a few weeks uploading our “best of” new promotional products. However, just for fun we would like to start with our Worst.
3. Weird Trend. The Gas Mask Bong was displayed on many booths. Made with a combination of Silicone, Hard Plastic and Metal, this is one of many interesting contraptions pulling in the crowds at the show. Some of the other Marijuana related smoking devices seemed overly complex and not really anything we could touch for the promotional products industry.
2. Wow – Nauseating TV stand. We spent over 4 hours in the furniture section because ODM have more and more business in the POS display space. It is important to know what factory capabilities are. This booth is specialized in MDF wood and plastics. The design was certainly eye-catching, but I think they really need Mindsparkz to come in for an overhaul of this one. This is a good example of how global this trade show is. You might be able to sell these in Asia and do very well, but perhaps not in Europe for example.
1. Absolute worst animal cruelty. On leaving the show there was a man with a caged rat. He had what looked like an ultra sonic pest control gadget that he turned on and off and this caused the animal to become visibly agitated. Glad Canton Fair has enough animal welfare standards not to leave him in. Hoping the Police moved him on too. Sorry for the poor focus on the picture, but probably for the best.
Now that we reported on the worst, stay tuned and we will get to the best. At the same time, this list is far from complete and there are many more puzzling products on display. We are reaching out to our industry friends to send in their picks and we would gladly include them. Always happy to see more best and worst pics from Trade Shows so reach out to us on Twitter and share!
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