Who is your market?

As most of you know, Mrs. Constant Complainer is not a blogger.  She doesn’t read this blog and thinks that it’s a waste of my time.  But nonetheless, even she is not immune to getting riled up and uttering my trademarked “I feel a blog coming on” line.

Here’s a great example.  We were shopping over the weekend and went into a store that my daughter loves.  It’s a store just for girls that we visit whenever we’re in the area.  I’ve always wondered what age they market to.  So this time I asked them.  Their answer - girls ages 7-11.  And the employee went on to say that a lot of their business actually comes from girls ages 4-7.  That made sense to me since my daughter is six years old and has been going to this store for several years.

But when I see certain products (like the ones in the below-pictures) being sold in this store, I get upset.  And even Mrs. Constant Complainer gets upset.  We’re not sure girls, even at age 11, should be on Twitter, for example.  And I certainly know that they shouldn’t have tattoos.  So why are stores promoting these ideas to them?  Because it’s the cool thing to do?  The kids might like it, but I think it’s sending them the wrong message.  Heck, I could write an entire post about the social decline of America being directly related to people burying their heads into their cell phones and not talking to each other anymore…

tattoo-artist  social-media-t-shirt

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15 comments to Who is your market?

  • grannynanny

    We don’t have anything remotely close to that here.If we did you can be sure I would shy the child away from those products also! LOL!Our last package of fun included bracelets that you applied stickers and jewels on and could personalize.The left overs were stuck to the dog’s collar and her father wasn’t too thrilled about that.LOL! It was just “having fun” without getting hurt.She is already letting me know that if she does good in 1st grade she would get a cell phone! For what!!I must be behind the times,but an almost 7 yr old doesn’t need a cell phone or facebook or twitter etc.! What has happened to good old kid fun and playing outside/inside with friends?Do they have other “normal” items in there for sale?Whatever normal is these days!

  • Zig

    I think yuor daughter needs a tatoo… Better get it now, while she is young! If she shows up at school, without a tatoo, she will be a nerd!

  • WTF? I agree that no child at age 11 needs to see shit like that. My tattoo girl at age 17 wanted a tattoo, but I refused to sign for her to get one. I dont think at that age you fully understand the permanence of a tattoo.

    So she waited till she was 18 and got her first one. I say first one cause she now has 12 and she is only 20.

    What the hell is wrong with society????? Trying to sell this shit to kids that age. It is just WRONG!

  • This is so true! My son is 8 and he wants a Facebook account. Over my dead body!

    So if you want to tweet me, we can discuss the problem with this damn world in more detail.

  • Jen

    Agreed. The young are acting older everyday. And, they want what they shouldn’t. It scares me and I don’t even have kids.

  • I don’t think kids that young need to be on Twitter. Facebook? Maybe but with parental supervision and time limits are needed.

    Tattoos? I don’t mind the temporary body stickers. I don’t know why folks are so into tattoos these days.

  • Good gravy. The tattoos and t-shirt would be great together.

  • I don’t get it either. The saddest thing is that there are parents who will buy those things for their kids. I hate seeing junior high girls dressed like hoochy-mamas, and boys dressed like little gang bangers. Drives me insane! You know they’re all watching Jersey Shore at home, too!

  • Those 4-7 year olds are the bloggers of the future and they will communicate and connect in ways we never even dream of, as for tatoos - well, I spent 4 years in the marines and came out tatooless, that should give you some idea of how I feel about tatoos. And don’t think I didn’t catch hell about not having them from other marines. Kids are NOT nerds if they don’t have tatoos!

  • Just think, if our daughters can get tattoos when they’re really young, when they get older they can be lucky enough to hook up with someone like Jesse James!

  • NeoConDon

    I’ve always wanted a tattoo, but never got one because I kept wondering if I’d still want it when I’m 50…If I’m 50 and still want one, I’ll go get it. Until then, I’m going to continue to accumulate wisdom and shed ignorance.

  • Woah woah. They have tattoo kits for kids? I want one!

    But seriously… the fact that that is designed for kids is just ridiculous. And that t-shit? Nosir.com

  • Jen

    Aren’t they just temporary tattoos? My kids love those things and I just bought 200 of them to entertain kids at our Labor Day party - pirates and butterflies. Bad mommy?

    I don’t allow my kids on any kind of social media outlet - unnecessary! They are too young to understand what info is acceptable to relate to the public and require tons of supervision which is impossible with twitter and facebook that can be accessed through phones!

  • Meeme

    My three year old just tonight told me he wanted a tattoo. The other kids have them (the pretend ones) at his school, but I was just floored. Is this practice for the future? I love when I see the adults with goofy tattos on their arms, legs, backs. Just today I saw a man (probably in his 40’s now) with a spiderman tatto on his calf…yeah, still looks cool.?

  • I agree with everyone, I think stuff like that is ridiculous and almost want to grab the nearest employee and ask them what the hell they were thinking. I can’t speak for others because I think it’s their business (adults) however I would never, ever get a tattoo. I think, with very few exceptions, they look trashy. I also agree with the commenter above regarding what may look “cool” now probably won’t later and guess what? That’s too bad, because it’s there to stay. My son is 9 and does have a FB account, but it is only for family and games. In the big picture of life, he couldn’t begin to care less about social networks, tattoos, or any of that other crap they try to get kids in to nowadays. Yay me, for now :)