• RevaBlend – A Non-Electric Portable Blender

    Who doesn’t enjoy a blended margarita while tailgating? If you want to attract the ladies to your tailgating spot, slushy, blender drinks is a sure-fire way to bring them over. But blended margaritas and daiquiris are hard to make unless you steal the blender from your kitchen and have a power source. RevaBlend has now fixed that age old problem and you can make blender drinks or mix up anything without electricity.

    Simply put, the RevaBlend is a non-electric portable blender with stainless steel blades. No electricity or batteries are required to operate the RevaBland.

    RevaBlend features premium, food-grade quality stainless steel blades, a patented blade system that is connected to the spinning rubber base, which will allow up to 3000 revolutions per minute when rolled along a clean, dry surface at a 30-degree angle. This is the ideal speed for blending fruit smoothies, ice cream shakes, omelets, salad dressings, salsas, meat marinades, etc.

    Shakes and smoothies are well and good for those hitting the gym. We wanted to see if the RevaBlend can make a margarita. We decided to see if it could and put together this demo video.

    As you saw in the video, in order to crush ice to make a nice blended margarita, you need to give it a bit more elbow grease than if you were mixing up an omelette.

    After testing the RevaBlend at home, the RevaBlend is “Tailgate Approved”. We would suggest practicing using the RevaBlend at home in order to get used to rolling the bottom of the unit on a flat, dry surface at a 30 degree angle. This allows for the proper angle for the stainless steel bladed to grab the contents and chop/blend them. An extra added benefit of practicing at home is you get to drink your “mistakes”. After all, you need to make a few mistakes before you can perfect your technique for the parking lot.

    Available in black, blue, lime green, orange, red and purple, the RevaBlend features a flip top lid making drinking straight from the bottle mess free or the lid can twist off for easy pouring.

    The RevaBlend is available for purchase through Amazon for $21.99 or for $24.99 if you purchase directly from revablend.com.

  • Bierstick: A lesson in bad business

    Back in 2008, we discovered the Bierstick. Simply put, it was a beer bong alternative that was a giant syringe that delivers two beers rapidly by depressing the plunger at the back end. A new and unique way to pound beers in the tailgating parking lot that didn’t rely on gravity. Pretty cool product… or so we thought.

    We reached out to the Bierstick people and requested a sample so that we could test it out and write a proper and thorough review. All of our emails were either ignored or rebuffed. Apparently the creators had built such an awesome product, they didn’t need any more publicity.

    In December 2014, we received this email:

    We recently became the new and proud owners of a unique beer drinking device, the Bierstick! This is a new product that we would like to offer to you at a wholesale price. Our prices are currently low until we establish a good name with our customers.This device sells for $43 on our website. Sell it in your store for whatever you think is best. The Bierstick team is hoping to create a long lasting relationship with you and we look forward to doing business. We see you have novelty items like ours on your site and we feel like this could potentially help the both of us.

    Apparently the “search” button on our website was not prominent and hard to find because had these new owners bothered to click it and enter in the term “bierstick” they would have learned we discovered their product six years prior. Despite that glaring oversight, we opened up an email conversation. I requested a sample of the Bierstick so we could thoroughly test it in a tailgating environment. Their reply:

    Ya we can do that, we can do 19$ free shipping does that work? Where do I send the invoice via paypal?

    We are the young new owners with different business ideas for the BierStick. Quick responses, good quality, professional business.

    Thanks

    Seeing how these new owners are self-admittedly “young new owners with different business ideas” I politely explained to these new owners that Tailgating Ideas is not in the business of buying products just to see if they will be a good fit, are made well, will sell to our audience, etc. Their reply to my email was an admission of their naiveté to the business world and they offered to send a sample gratis.

    Upon receipt, we did a review and a video review that we uploaded to YouTube:

    (We have since edited the video to update viewers on the business relationship that has gone sour.)

    We liked the product and thought it might be good to offer the Bierstick for sale in our online store. We priced it at just under $30 which is lower than most retailers would price a product. Normally, retailers will price a product for double their landed costs. (Landed costs include cost of the product, freight, etc.) Priced at $19 per unit we would need to price the product at nearly $40 even if Bierstick folks picked up the shipping. They didn’t and we paid for the units to arrive via our own FedEx account.

    In addition to offering the Bierstick in our online store, we took them to outdoor street fairs and open air marketplaces and tried to sell them there. Of the 10 initial units we purchased, we sold three or four in a year. Not the stellar product that was supposed to fly off the shelves as the new, young owners had promised.

    Because the sales of the Bierstick had been so underwhelming for so long, we decided to try and sell the remaining units on Amazon. The thought process was to just liquidate the Bierstick from our inventory. Cut our losses and move on and treat it as a learning lesson.

    The Bierstick product was up and available for sale on Amazon for 24 hours before we received this email:

    Hi,

    We are the owners of the Bierstick and do not give any consent to sell the Bierstick product on Amazon. A few weeks ago we contacted Amazon and stopped all other sellers from listing our product. A few of them got there accounts suspended. We would like to contact you before we do this and give you a chance to take down your listing. Please do this ASAP and let us know. Just would like to give you a heads up before we move to Amazon for further action. We will do this in 48 hrs.

    Thanks for your compliance

    Nothing like coming out of the gate with claws and fangs. Not the way we would have opened up a business conversation but they are free to run their business the way they want. Our response:

    This is Dave from Tailgating Ideas. I purchased these Bierstick units a few years back. I purchased a quantity of them and they have not sold very well. We have tried selling them in our online store and at open air marketplaces like street festivals and swap meets. The Biersticks we have still inventory have not sold in over a year. We were using Amazon to liquidate the inventory and recover some revenue that is tied up in inventory that has not and does not sell.

    If you would like to buy back our remaining inventory we would be happy to do that. We would like to continue to sell these remaining units in the Amazon marketplace to clearance these items and clear the inventory. Thank you for your understanding.

    Apparently reasonable and professional responses are not part of the Bierstick team’s business plan. They quickly responded with:

    Sorry we can’t take the Biersticks back. We sold them to you with the intention that you were going to sell them on your own website. We have amazon contacting us when someone new comes on Amazon and asks if we would like to kick them off. We can’t allow people to be on Amazon. So we will have no choice but to send a dispute against you through Amazon. I don’t want to do that so please just remove your listing. You can continue to sell any other place but amazon. Or we will buy them back at 3.00 each

    Buy back our remaining inventory for $3 a unit? We paid $19 plus the freight to have them shipped to us. We can only assume we will be the ones picking up the shipping costs to ship the remaining Biersticks they are willing to buy back at $0.16 on the dollar. How gracious of the Bierstick team!

    We have since removed the Bierstick listing from Amazon in order to be in compliance. But in an effort to rid ourselves of these remaining Biersticks, we are now discounting them 50% off the regular price. That’s right, we are now selling them for below what we paid for them.

    Visit the Bierstick product page and use coupon code: BIERSTICK at check out and take 50% OFF the Bierstick.

    Best of luck to the guys over at Bierstick. We hope you sell a truckload of these on Amazon. We only wanted to sell the remaining stock we had on our shelves. Instead of looking the other way and letting us get rid of the Bierstick you chose a different route.

  • Pelican 20QT Cooler Review

    Almost exactly two years ago to the day, we reviewed the Pelican Elite 20 Quart Cooler. You can read the review for yourself but in a nutshell, it received a glowing review and was deemed “Tailgate Approved”.

    We were recently contacted by the folks at Pelican informing us that they have rolled out an improved model that is lighter yet has the same cooling and ice retention as their older models. Because we wanted an apples to apples test, we requested to review the new model and compare it directly to the older model.

    (Disclaimer: We received a sample of the Pelican 20QT Cooler free of charge. The fact this sample was provided to us for free in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

    If you skipped the video, the new and improved Pelican is just that, new and improved. We definitely appreciated that the newer model is nearly 30% lighter than the old model while maintaining top notch ice retention. The old Pelican weighed 16 pounds empty while the new Pelican was a little over 12 pounds. We even used a scale at home to see how much weight was saved.

    The major difference with the new Pelican is that it is a bit taller but still holds 20 quarts. The handle rotates from the back to the front whereas the old Pelican only rotated 90 degrees. The contoured rear of the cooler makes it easier to transport combined with the lower weight.

    Improved means you make it better without losing the positive features from the previous version. The features that remain from the old model and are included in the newer model include the ability to padlock the cooler closed, the bottle opener on the front, the heavy duty latch handles and the outstanding ice retention.

    You may wonder why the ability to padlock your cooler is important. Outside of the dude that keeps stealing your expensive craft beer out of your cooler, if you take your cooler camping, you want it to be bear safe. Bears can recognize a cooler and know there are some tasty morsels in there. But if the bear can’t get into you cooler, they will eventually move on.

    If a 500 pound Grizzly Bear with 2″ claws can’t get into the Pelican Cooler, your 300 pound buddy with mustard stains on his jersey is not getting in there either. Just like 35 pounds of salmon tempted the bears, your 12-pack of Pliny the Elder will definitely lure in a few tailgate moochers.

    After careful testing and putting the Pelican 20 QT Cooler through it’s paces, it is definitely new and improved. Also, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved” but you probably already figured that.

    The complete line of Pelican Coolers is available from Amazon.

  • Rhino Wipes Review

    Paper towels at a tailgate party are a staple. Normally buying a bulk of paper towels at your local discount warehouse store can get you by for the season. But tailgating messes tend to be a bit more, well, messy than those in your kitchen. A stronger and more durable way to clean up your tailgating messes is what you need.

    We recently were introduced to Rhino Wipes. When we were first contacted by the folks at the National Wiper Alliance (stop snickering you immature jackasses…) we were a bit skeptical. Paper towels are paper towels. How can Rhino Wipes be such a big improvement?

    Truth is, Rhino Wipes are not plain old paper towels at all. The Rhino Wipe is a durable reinforced canvas tote and refill wiper that can attach to wherever you need a wiper to clean up, wipe face/hands, maintenance, etc. The tote itself can attach to convenient places including your pop-up tent leg, the handle of your cooler, Beer Pong Table legs along with plenty of other places at your tailgate space.

    The Rhino Wipe itself is much stronger than normal paper towels as well. Upon receiving a sample of Rhino Wipes, we put them to the test to see how durable these things are in a real tailgating environment.

    As you could see in the video, Rhino Wipes are much stronger than paper towels when wet or dry. The canvas tote also makes it much more convenient to dispense one wipe at a time from an area that is more convenient than placing them on a flat surface. Getting a single wipe with every pull cuts down on waste which helps the environment.

    The canvas tote also is useful when not tailgating. Home uses in the garage or in the backyard BBQ area are natural fits for a wipe that is durable and easy to dispense. The snaps on the tote allows you to attach it to the back of your headrest so passengers in the backseat can access them. A great way to keep your car clean especially if you have kids in the backseat.

    The name Rhino Wipe was no accident. Rhinos embody creatures that are tough and rugged, much like these wipes. But it goes beyond just the name. A portion of every sale of Rhino Wipes go to the International Rhino Foundation.

    Rhino Wipes are available on Amazon. 75 wipes along with the tote will cost less than $14.