Never Heard of Hoed & Shouders? It’s a Top Seller in Venezuela

You most likely have tried, or at least heard of, Head & Shoulders shampoo. But Hoed & Shouders? No? How about Max Quottro razors or Aluays pads or Yahnsan’s soap?

In the economic basket case that is Venezuela, these are the hot new consumer products. Very distant relatives of famous American-born brands, they are crowding shelves that earlier this year were pretty much empty of anything, authentic or otherwise, that most people could afford.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    The Chinese are making the Venezuelans knockoffs?

    • Could be, but it appears they’re phonetically pronouncing them in Spanish.

      • Like Sorny, 8 Up and Campford’s soup.

      • simus1

        The idea seems somewhat safer than locally bottled products made with Chinese sourced ingredients. Years ago there was an incident (in Panama?) where a maker of cough medicine for the Latin American market got a great deal on drums of Chinese glycerol. When consumers started dying, an after the fact quality check revealed the great price came complete with lots of poisonous ethylene glycol adulteration.

  • ontario john

    Isn’t socialism great! Can’t wait until Wynne gets re-elected and we end up washing our teeth with ground up cuttlebone fish.

  • Genuine brand names can come out funny too. I always got a kick out of “Colgate Toothpaste”. “Colgate” in colloquial Spanish translates to “Hang yourself!”

    The Colgate “Hang Yourself” brand of toothpaste would probably be a luxury item in Venezuela today.

    • andycanuck

      There’s no rope in the stores. Only party members can get it.

  • simus1

    Inflation is never “out of control”. It is precisely controlled by the thieves running a country. The great incentive for a government counterfeiting their own currency applies: they or their lackeys are are “first spenders” of the ill gotten loot and receive better value than the poor chumps farther down the food chain. The ignorant populace seldom grasp these details. In earlier times in Latin America it was commonplace to hear inflation was caused by such hokum as free spending American expatriates who declined to bother joining in the ritual bargaining in the street markets, thus bidding up all prices to the detriment of the poor.

  • David_Martin

    The Chinese are still the world masters of knockoffs.

    • simus1

      Shift one, two and three product probably won’t kill you.
      Shift four and five, eehhhh.

  • Hard Little Machine

    “I’ll give you head…….
    ….and shoulders to lie on…..”

    – Debbie Harry

  • NoBamaYoMama

    OK, Class, use that in a sentence: “She hoed me then I shouders how much she meant to me”!