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Author Topic: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video  (Read 9123 times)

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Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« on: September 25, 2010, 11:29:26 AM »
It brings a warm glow to my soul when i see a little guy fights back against the bullying legal intimidation of the big companies.  If you feel the same way this might make you smile.

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In this youtubed open letter, a representative from Zen Magnets (small-fry makers of little round powerful magnets you can use to make interesting shapes) replies to a legal threat from Buckyballs (leading makers of little round powerful magnets you can use to make interesting shapes). It starts with a recorded voicemail from Buckyballs CEO Jake Bronstein threatening to sue Zen Magnets for selling a kit containing both Buckyballs and Zen Magnets on eBay with the claim that Zen Magnets are manufactured to a higher tolerance, are stronger, and have a brighter finish. From there, the Zen Magnets rep does a wonderful job illustrating the validity of his claims -- and making Buckyballs look like an anti-competitive bully who fights dirty with threats instead of superior products.






from http://www.boingboin...balls-magnet-ma.html

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Re: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2010, 02:05:17 PM »
I feel ashamed now that I own a set of buckyballs :(

The final point about coating is very true, after making an interesting shape with the buckyballs I took a picture and was instantly disappointed by the look of the individual spheres.


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Re: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2010, 07:02:25 PM »
What a bully (the CEO of buckyballs).

Glad they responded threat intelligently.

BTW I wonder how many people sent email to the CEO. After all he left his email on the phone :)




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Re: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2010, 07:59:53 PM »
I'd never heard of Zen Magnets or Buckyballs before. They sure look cool. I'll have to look into getting some.

Zen Magnets, of course!


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Re: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2010, 09:38:39 AM »
I have a mini-set of Zen Magnets and they are really great.  I just regret I didn't buy the full set...
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Re: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2010, 10:52:45 PM »
Wow!  What a jerk JakeHimself seems to be.  In my experience, most CEOs are...

A meticulous and creative response by the underdog.  Wonder how long it took in filming and editing to get the video to that degree of succinctness?  Undoubtedly worth it, though :)

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Re: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2010, 11:35:00 PM »
I have a mini-set of Zen Magnets and they are really great.  I just regret I didn't buy the full set...

You mean the full Zen set or the Mandala set, which has the same number of magnets as 8 Zen sets?


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Re: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2010, 01:36:35 AM »
I have a mini-set of Zen Magnets and they are really great.  I just regret I didn't buy the full set...

You mean the full Zen set or the Mandala set, which has the same number of magnets as 8 Zen sets?

The Mini from this page : http://zenmagnets.co.../index.php?p=1_2_Buy
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Re: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2010, 03:05:23 AM »
I have a mini-set of Zen Magnets and they are really great.  I just regret I didn't buy the full set...
You mean the full Zen set or the Mandala set, which has the same number of magnets as 8 Zen sets?
The Mini from this page : http://zenmagnets.co.../index.php?p=1_2_Buy

I understood that much. ;D What I was asking was when you said you regret you didn't buy the full set, were you talking about the Zen set or the Mandala set?

In retrospect, I should have just quoted the statement of regret when asking my question, since that's what I was directly replying to. :-[


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Re: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2010, 04:52:11 AM »

I understood that much. ;D What I was asking was when you said you regret you didn't buy the full set, were you talking about the Zen set or the Mandala set?
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Ok, no problem. The Zen Set, 216 would have been enough.  And I am missing the plastic card in the mini set !   :)
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Re: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2010, 11:24:55 PM »
Ha ha! Ever since I saw this video in October I've been showing family and friends talking about how I wanted Zen Magnets for Christmas.

I was mighty surprised to get a set of Buckyballs from my mom. :P

As for the original post/video, indeed the Buckyballs guy sounds like a jerk, but the Zen Magnets guy comes off as a cocky jerk from his reply video.


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Re: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2011, 10:58:22 PM »
Whenever I play with my BuckyBalls and make something interesting, I'm so impressed that I have to show somebody. Usually that somebody is my wife. But whenever I show my wife my latest magnet shenanigans she gives me a look and asks "How old are you?"

:'( :(


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Re: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2011, 11:35:04 PM »
Just post photo or video them here  :)

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Re: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2011, 12:15:40 AM »
Yeah! Then WE can give you that look and ask you "How old are you?"   :P :P

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Re: Zen Magnets vs Buckyballs Comparison/Voicemail-Reply Video
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2011, 12:19:20 AM »
Just post photo or video them here  :)

Well, to be honest, I don't play with them that often, and I don't make anything that impressive. I'm just easily impressed by my own work. :-[

Yeah! Then WE can give you that look and ask you "How old are you?"   :P :P

Then I'll tell you what I tell her:

It says "Fun for adults!" right on the package, dangit! >:(

:P