How Come Q-Tips Aren't Called Q-Tips Anymore?

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  1. Chuck C

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    I just picked up a box of Johnson's "Cotton Swabs" ! What happened?
     
  2. Bill Slack

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    Q-Tips is a brand-name controlled by Chesebrough-Ponds, not J&J.
     
  3. Chuck C

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    ahh
     
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    They were never called q-tips. That was just the brand name everyone refers to just like kleenex (facial tissue).
     
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    I understand that...I just thought that Johnson & Johnson made the brand "Q-Tips", but as Bill pointed out, they didn't.
     
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    Why are they called Q-tips? The tip doesn't have the shape of a Q.

    ~T
     
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    Jeff,

    There actually IS a product called Kleenex.

    cheers!

    Josh
     
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    same with band-aid

    ...i've never called a tissue a kleenex though
     
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    First dude: "Wanna coke?"
    Second dude: "Sure! I'll take a Coke!"
    First dude: "Okay, what'll ya have?"
    Second dude: "Huh?"
    [​IMG]
     
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    Dont forget: "Jaquzzi"
     
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    Xerox went through legal Hell a while back, if I recall, trying to get everyone to stop saying "Make me a Xerox" when they were trying to say "go make a photocopy of this"
    IIRC, they lost, movies were allowed to continue to use the reference. However, as an example,Canon could not advertise that there photocopiers made "xeroxs" of documents..
    The ASPRIN thing I think was actually a case of failing to extend the Trademark, not of the word falling into Public domain.
    PS: Intel is currently trying to get a map company to stop marketing their products with a 'map inside' sticker. [​IMG]
     
  15. Scott Strang

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    It's a long story but I'll try to summarize it for you.
    Even though Q-tips has been used for years, I think we all realized that it was just a matter of time until there was a revolt.
    About 3.5 years ago, the other 25 letters in the alphabet formed an alliance to try to get them used instead of just Q.
    When the company that owns the Q-tip product refused to co-operate the 25 other alphabet letter alliance (a.k.a. Alpha Coalition) filed a lawsuit. They were seeking no monetary damage (what can letters do with money?) but they also couldn't agree on who got to the be the next letter before the "tip".
    The parent company got pissed and discontinued the trade name "Q-Tip".
    And now you know.......the rest of the story.
    Sorry Paul [​IMG]
     
  16. David Von Pein

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    A strange story above relayed by Mr. Strang....but I liked it! [​IMG]
    A "P-Tip"?? Hmmmm....this could be perceived badly by some individuals. [​IMG]
     
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    I don't know why the Alpha Coalition would be so pissed, they do have the "Big O". Are they looking for a monopoly? They should actually revolt against "A". With "AAA" and "AA", OK? "F" is the one with the bad rap, it represents serious suck value...
     

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