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

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#1 of 17 OFFLINE   Chuck C

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Posted August 05 2002 - 10:28 AM

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

#2 of 17 OFFLINE   Bill Slack

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Posted August 05 2002 - 10:36 AM

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

#3 of 17 OFFLINE   Chuck C

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Posted August 05 2002 - 10:54 AM


#4 of 17 OFFLINE   jeff lam

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Posted August 05 2002 - 11:29 AM

They were never called q-tips. That was just the brand name everyone refers to just like kleenex (facial tissue).

#5 of 17 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted August 05 2002 - 12:22 PM

... or "Jello".

#6 of 17 OFFLINE   Chuck C

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Posted August 05 2002 - 12:49 PM

They were never called q-tips

I understand that...I just thought that Johnson & Johnson made the brand "Q-Tips", but as Bill pointed out, they didn't.

#7 of 17 OFFLINE   Thi Them

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Posted August 05 2002 - 01:35 PM

Why are they called Q-tips? The tip doesn't have the shape of a Q.


#8 of 17 OFFLINE   Josh Dial

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Posted August 05 2002 - 01:53 PM


There actually IS a product called Kleenex.



#9 of 17 OFFLINE   Richard Travale

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Posted August 05 2002 - 03:09 PM

There actually IS a product called Kleenex.

I think he was referring to the fact that we call products by their most popular brand name. How many people say "pass me a tissue"? We all say "pass a Kleenex" even if it is President's Choice. Same goes for Jell-O and Q-Tips and many other products.

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#10 of 17 OFFLINE   Yee-Ming



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Posted August 05 2002 - 03:13 PM

I think he was referring to the fact that we call products by their most popular brand name.

such as "Xerox", or "Polaroid", or "Aspirin", or "Walkman"...

"aspirin" has actually lost it's original trademarked status in many countries as a result of overuse in the generic sense. which is why Xerox gets so worked up, as does Sony.

#11 of 17 OFFLINE   Jason Wilcox

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Posted August 05 2002 - 03:30 PM

same with band-aid

...i've never called a tissue a kleenex though

#12 of 17 OFFLINE   Ben Motley

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Posted August 05 2002 - 05:45 PM

First dude: "Wanna coke?"

Second dude: "Sure! I'll take a Coke!"

First dude: "Okay, what'll ya have?"

Second dude: "Huh?"

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#13 of 17 OFFLINE   Jeff Cooper

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Posted August 05 2002 - 06:49 PM

Dont forget: "Jaquzzi"
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#14 of 17 OFFLINE   Lance Nichols

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Posted August 06 2002 - 08:34 AM

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. Posted Image

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#15 of 17 OFFLINE   Scott Strang

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Posted August 06 2002 - 02:31 PM

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.

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#16 of 17 OFFLINE   David Von Pein

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Posted August 06 2002 - 04:06 PM

A strange story above relayed by Mr. Strang....but I liked it! Posted Image

A "P-Tip"?? Hmmmm....this could be perceived badly by some individuals. Posted Image

#17 of 17 OFFLINE   Dan Galyen

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Posted August 07 2002 - 01:12 AM

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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