Being in business always finds you amazed and astonished at what pops up. Recently, a new toy emerged that caught my attention. I mean really caught my attention! A company named Toy’s Irmail has come up with a new toy called, “USSOCOM NAVY SEAL UDT – AGA MASK VERSION.” The toy is a GI Joe type with lots of accessories. The details are amazing to say the least. The accessories that caught my eye was our MAGNACOM® Special Warfare Single Sideband transceiver, Hi-USE® connectors, OTS push-to-talk assembly, earphones and AGA/Interspiro full-face mask! Further, the packaging used a picture I took—all this was done without OTS having any knowledge. The question is…do you get mad or flattered?
This is not the first time we have noticed our products being copied or made similarly. On a visit to Korea, I noticed a group of Korean Seals working out in our tee-shirts. It kind of made me feel good. However, in the middle of my training, I noticed the tee shirts were not really OTS shirts. They were copies using our pictures and artwork. Again, do you get mad or flattered? For those of you who may wonder how I felt, I was more on the flattered side:)
- Michael R. Pelissier – President