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A company wanted to increase sales of its product and increase their product's exposure, so they did *something* that should have made it impossible for some people to use the product. Sounds ironic, but this was the company's intent. When buyers purchased this company's product and found they couldn't use it, it only helped the company's image (as well as the product's image). It wasn't until someone purchased the product and DID use it that the company faced potential lawsuits and product boycotts. The company initially did not discourage the use of their product, and spent millions of dollars to advertise the product.

So...can you find out what led to this ironic turn of events for this company and its product?


This is a real-life situation, involving a real company and a real product. It happened in the United States at one point in history. If during the pursuit of this puzzle's solution you recognize information, events or details and think you know the solution, please email your attempted spoiler - thank you!
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Did it help the company becasue it made it seem like only certain people could use it? Could certain people not use it? Could everybody potentially use it? Is medicine relevant? Sports? Puzzles?
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Intriguing! Was the company aiming for an upmarket image by excluding certain consumers? Such as men? Or women? Or people of certain races? Or social classes? Is the price of the product relevant?

A couple of random blunderbuss shots:

Anything to do with Digital Rights Management?
Marmite?
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Possible $přiler emailed
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Galfisk, you're exactly right - nice!

Did it help the company becasue it made it seem like only certain people could use it? No
Could certain people not use it? No, it was available to anyone
Could everybody potentially use it? Yes - good q
Is medicine relevant? Sports? Puzzles? None of these

Intriguing! Just wait...
Was the company aiming for an upmarket image by excluding certain consumers? No, quite the opposite
Such as men? Or women? Or people of certain races? Or social classes? N/A
Is the price of the product relevant? Yes, it may help to know this

A couple of random blunderbuss shots:

Anything to do with Digital Rights Management?
Marmite? No to both
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Did the company intend for people to use the product? Were they aware, before they began, that people would be unable to use it? Did they have an ulterior motive? Perhaps one that they did not mention?

Anything to do with the oil crisis? Electric cars?
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Does the item need a power supply . Was the thing that the company did to make it impossible to use something to do with compatability with a particular power supply? Three point plugs relevant?
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Just another thought.... Could this product be considered a "Giffen Good" i.e. one for which the demand for increases as the price increases.
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Was the product ridiculously expensive?

Was it advertised as being tacky and vile, along the lines of 'don't buy this unless you're a nouveau-riche spiv'?

Was it a financial services product?
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By excluding certain customers, did they increase market to others? By making it seem like they had more prestige or something?
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Did the company intend for people to use the product? YES...and NO
Were they who? aware, before they began, that people would be unable to use it? Some people were aware of this, but can you clarify who "they" are?
Did they have an ulterior motive? No
Perhaps one that they did not mention? No

Does the item need a power supply? No
Was the thing that the company did to make it impossible to use something to do with compatability with a particular power supply? So no... Three point plugs relevant? No

Anything to do with the oil crisis? Electric cars? Neither

Just another thought.... Could this product be considered a "Giffen Good" i.e. one for which the demand for increases as the price increases. No

Was the product ridiculously expensive? No

Was it advertised as being tacky and vile, along the lines of 'don't buy this unless you're a nouveau-riche spiv'? Ha ha...no

Was it a financial services product? No

By excluding certain customers, did they increase market to others? Partial FA here - nobody was "excluded" from being a customer
By making it seem like they had more prestige or something? No
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Did the customers have to buy another of the company's products to make the original product work?

Were the company's actions entirely to do with profit? or were they making a point? protesting against something? any relevant laws?
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Did the customers have to buy another of the company's products to make the original product work? No

Were the company's actions entirely to do with profit? Well...yes and no. Yes, because they were hoping that existing buyers of their product would continue to buy, and that they could attract new buyers. No, because they intended a benefit for certain buyers.

Or were they making a point? No
protesting against something? No
any relevant laws? Yes
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Did they make it seem like it would be illegal for certain people to buy it? Was it illegal for certain people to buy it?
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Did they make it seem like it would be illegal for certain people to buy it? No
Was it illegal for certain people to buy it? No
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Is one law relevant? More than one? Is the concern of the law/laws driving? Voting? Is it related to marketing? Would the product fall under the law?
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"The company initially did not discourage the use of the product" ... so, did the company later discourage the use of the product? By certain people? Because of the boycotts and lawsuits? Did the use of the product cause any harm to anyone? Is gambling relevant? Tobacco?
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Is one law relevant? More than one? Two categories of law, which likely include several individual laws
Is the concern of the law/laws driving? Voting? No to these
Is it related to marketing? No, but...Would the product fall under the law? In the strict sense of the law no, but part of getting to the solutions is figuring out what made people consider legal action.
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Did the marketing make it impossible for the consumers to sue them?
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Did the marketing make it impossible for the consumers to sue them? At one point, yes, but not always
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Is the product electronic? Did the consumers use it for its intended purpose? For another purpose? Attempt to use it for its intended purpose? For another purpose?
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Is the product electronic? No
Did the consumers use it for its intended purpose? Yes, most of them did, but a good q follows...
For another purpose? No, but...
Attempt to use it for its intended purpose? Ah YES - super q! Some consumers did this!
For another purpose? Yes - for another purpose than what was intended.
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Is the product a utensil? A tool? Is it used for hygiene? Did some customers attempt to get high off it? Get drunk? Perhaps hand sanitizer? Cough syrup? Vanilla extract?
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Is the product a utensil? A tool? Is it used for hygiene? No to all
Did some customers attempt to get high off it? No
Get drunk? No...but explore
Perhaps hand sanitizer? Cough syrup? Vanilla extract? None
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I think you might have missed my questions of 4:05. We got a cross-post.
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I did miss these - thank you!

"The company initially did not discourage the use of the product" ... so, did the company later discourage the use YES
of the product? Well...only to a degree (see next answer)
By certain people? YES - good q!
Because of the boycotts and lawsuits? No, this hadn't arisen yet
Did the use of the product cause any harm to anyone? NO, but they thought it did!
Is gambling relevant? Tobacco? No to both
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Would it help to find out who the 'certain people' are? Men? Women? Children? Aristocrats? People with a particular job? People of a particular age? Soldiers? Prisoners? Dead people? The deaf? The blind? Former presidents of the USA? Heads of state? Alcoholics?

Did the boycotts and lawsuits happen because of the discouraging advice? Or in spite of it?

Is it an 'improve your French' course which isn't intended for French people? That sort of idea?

Is it the sort of product that can be purchased only once? If I bought it, would I ever need to buy it again?

Does the price vary according to who is buying it?
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Would it help to find out who the 'certain people' are? Sure
Men? Women? Children? Could be any of these, but in the particular case mostly children were involved
Aristocrats? No People with a particular job? People of a particular age? Soldiers? Prisoners? Dead people? The deaf? The blind? Former presidents of the USA? Heads of state? Alcoholics?
Any and all of these could have been the "certain people"

Did the boycotts and lawsuits happen Well, almost happened...
because of the discouraging advice? No Or in spite of it? This is closer

Is it an 'improve your French' course which isn't intended for French people? That sort of idea?
No, not this type

Is it the sort of product that can be purchased only once? Yes, but for a certain reason
If I bought it, would I ever need to buy it again?
Need to? That would be entirely up to you.
Does the price vary according to who is buying it? No
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Exploring the booze idea a bit more: is it a hangover cure?
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Exploring the booze idea a bit more: is it a hangover cure? No - booze has nothing to do with it, but you're OTRT with the product type
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Is the product advertised as a cure for something? A weight-loss system? Hair regrowth formula?
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Is the product advertised as a cure for something? A weight-loss system? Hair regrowth formula? None of these
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Is food or drink involved with the product? Is it a food? Drink?
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Is food or drink involved with the product? Yes... Is it a food? No, it's a Drink? Yes
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Is it a soda? Juice? Energy drink? Is it alcoholic? Iced tea? Normal tea? Coffee? Water? Milk?
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The plot thickens. I'm wondering how on earth someone can buy a drink and not be able to use it!

By 'they couldn't use it', do you mean that they were physically unable to drink it? Unable to open the container? Or just unable to benefit from its properties?

Was it in a bottle so tightly sealed that wimps were not supposed to open it? Was there some sort of cryptic straw? A 'puzzle straw' that needed to be solved before you could drink it? (Hey, how lateral is that?)

A drink with alleged medicinal properties, maybe? A magical elixir?
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Is it a soda? Yes Juice? Energy drink? Is it alcoholic? Iced tea? Normal tea? Coffee? Water? Milk? So it's none of these

The plot thickens. I'm wondering how on earth someone can buy a drink and not be able to use it! Well if you figure that out, you'll have solved the puzzle!

By 'they couldn't use it', do you mean that they were physically unable to drink it? Oh no...
Unable to open the container? No...
Or just unable to benefit from its properties? Yes, this

Was it in a bottle so tightly sealed that wimps were not supposed to open it? No
Was there some sort of cryptic straw? A 'puzzle straw' that needed to be solved before you could drink it? (Hey, how lateral is that?) Very lateral indeed, just not the case here

A drink with alleged medicinal properties, maybe? A magical elixir? Not the case, however in principle you are OTRT
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Coca-Cola? Relevant that it's made with coca leaf extracts? Which is where we get cocaine?
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Is there a misleading or ambiguous wording in the sales-pitch of this product? For instance, I'm thinking of the advert 'Drink and Drive' with a picture of an energy drink and a golf club ... someone might have tried to sue the company for having taken it too literally? (I suspect this is a horribly unrelated tangent, but hey.)
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Coca-Cola? Yes
Relevant that it's made with coca leaf extracts? Which is where we get cocaine? No, not relevant

Is there a misleading or ambiguous wording in the sales-pitch of this product? For instance, I'm thinking of the advert 'Drink and Drive' with a picture of an energy drink and a golf club ... someone might have tried to sue the company for having taken it too literally? (I suspect this is a horribly unrelated tangent, but hey.) No, not this kind of thing
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New Coke relevant?
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New Coke relevant? No
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Is it relevant that some coin collecters clean coins with Coca-Cola? It's also very good for cleaning car hubcaps also.
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Is it relevant that some coin collecters clean coins with Coca-Cola? It's also very good for cleaning car hubcaps also. No, not relevant, but makes one wonder - if it can remove gunk from coins, what does it do to a person's digestive system?
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There's a reason I don't drink soda...ugh.

Method of bottling relevant? Screwcaps v. typical bottle caps? Fountain drinks relevant? Did this happen in [LTPF list of decades]?
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Method of bottling FA! relevant? Yes... Screwcaps v. typical bottle caps? Neither...
Fountain drinks relevant? No, good q
Did this happen in [LTPF list of decades]? It happened in 1990
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Glass v. plastic bottles relevant? Are bottles at all relevant? Diet Coke relevant? Is the urban legend about Pop Rocks and Coke exploding Mikey's stomach relevant?
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Glass v. plastic bottles relevant? Are bottles at all relevant? No!
Diet Coke relevant? I don't think so, at least not to the events in the puzzle
Is the urban legend about Pop Rocks and Coke exploding Mikey's stomach relevant? No
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Is the formula for Coke relevant?
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Is the formula for Coke relevant? No

Reminder: bottles are not relevant
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Which leaves...cans?
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Which leaves...cans? YES
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Did they change the design of the can?
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Did they change the design of the can? Yope
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Class in a few minutes, but the answer just came to me...

Is this the MagiCan fiasco?
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Is this the MagiCan fiasco? Yes, it is indeed!

If there isn't still interest in continuing I will post the solution soon...
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Aaaargh ... I went and googled it, so I have to sit out. Brilliantly worded puzzle though.

Highly recommended if anyone (with more willpower than me) still wants to work it out.
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Ahh I know this story also. There is an element of urban myth involved isn't there.

I'd say you could probably spoyle this.

What puzzles me is how on earth Galfisk managed to solve this so quickly.

I agree with Woodworm , masterful puzzle phrasing.
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* * * * SPOILER * * * *

In 1990, Coca Cola ran their MagiCan campaign. For this, they announced that random cans of Coke would be filled with money or coupons for prizes instead of soda. The MagiCan was designed to have a spring-loaded mechanism which would cause a tube to pop out of the can upon opening the can - inside the tube would be cash or a coupon. To fool the consumers, the prize cans were partially filled with water, so they felt just like a full soda can. When a young boy opened a MagiCan, he removed the tube, then saw that there was liquid in the can so he tasted the liquid (which was chlorinated water) - this water was drinkable due to a faulty seal which was supposed to prevent any of it from leaking out into the can and be drinkable. The boy's parents contacted attorneys, and there began to be several inquiries as to the safety of the product and Coca Cola's potential liability due to injury or sickness caused by faulty MagiCans. Coca Cola ran lengthy newspaper ads fully describing the campaign, urging anyone who opened a MagiCan NOT to drink anything from it, simply get the prize. So...

A company (Coca Cola)
wanted to increase sales of its product and increase their product's exposure (cans of Coca Cola drinks),
so they did *something* that should have made it impossible for some people to use the product. (they release MagiCans into the market, thinking people would realize the purpose was to distribute prizes, not meant to drink from these cans)

Sounds ironic, but this was the company's intent. When buyers purchased this company's product and found they couldn't use it (because it contained money or a coupon),

it only helped the company's image (as well as the product's image). (Because Coca Cola was giving away money and prizes)

It wasn't until someone purchased the product and DID use it that the company faced potential lawsuits and product boycotts. (Because a kid decided to take out the prize tube, then drink the interesting liquid which had filled the can due to a faulty seal)

The company initially did not discourage the use of their product, and spent millions of dollars to advertise the product. (And in the end, promoted safe use of MagiCans in newspaper ads).



I guess Galfisk recognized enough details to make the quick and correct jump to the solution. Your comments are appreciated - puzzles dealing with historic events are challenging, because either people immediately know the event based on the description, or soon recall it once the relevant details are discovered. Time to fire up the imagination again!

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