Thursday, October 4th, 2007
Barf Buddy: A Friend of Puking Preggos and Retching Rugrats
Barf Buddy is a portable emesis basin for upwardly mobile individuals who suffer from unintentional regurgitation.
If you have to puke, puke in style. Barf Buddy is a festive, colorful plastic bucket equipped with a state-of-the-art handle that can be used by right and left-handers alike.
The pail is spaciously designed with a 5" depth and 6" diameter to accommodate even the most voluminous user. When full, snap on its handy lid to seal in flavor.
They stack! Buy A Barf Buddy for each member of the family. And at the thrifty price of $2.50 each, how can you afford not to?
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When googling for references to this product I discovered a personal blog entry that reads like an ode to buckets, as only a pregnant woman could write [found via Google cache].
A reader comment was posted on the blog, seemingly from Barf Buddy’s inventor, that stated in part:
"Can you imagine the look on peoples faces at the baby shower when you give your valued friend yes her own BARF BUDDY sold only in Woodstock Canada. When they are puking their guts out they will be thinking of you."
That was back in February 2006. The guy must be rich by now. You know your invention is pure gold when an online retailer will sell your product with the sales pitch, "Better than the toilet anyday!"
Barf Buddy is made by Menne Marketing.
The company has an unfinished template-based website filled with stock
text reminiscent of the family photos you receive when buying a new
wallet. However, the website does contain a product slogan:
"If you have kids, you have to have Barf Buddy."
So, to recap, two key audiences for the product are nauseated pregnant women, and kids. My older brother used to carry a metal coffee can on family car trips. He called it his Vomitorium.
We gave our 3-year-old daughter a metal mixing bowl when she got sick. To alleviate her fear of puking, we pointed out that her cats sometimes puke up hair balls and they feel fine afterward.
My pregnant wife still gets nauseous on a daily basis in her 15th week and has taken to carrying a gallon Ziploc bag with her when she leaves the house. If you can imagine heaving when smelling certain unusual odors, imagine being a labor and delivery nurse. She somehow makes it through her workday.
So, it seems like pukers may be a viable niche customer for assistive devices. But maybe Barf Buddy isn’t for youâ€”a little too ‘everyman’ for your taste. Well, you’re in luck. Check out the upscale tri-fold Red E Bag for discreet vomiting in the presence of polite company.