After a week off the air, “Shark Tank” is returning to ABC on Friday night with a lineup of products that run the gamut. Whether you want extra seating in your truck, new clothing, or even an easier way to open up coconuts, there is quite a bit of variety. Yet, at the same time, many of these products are still going to cater to a specialty crowd. We’re not entirely sure any of them will become a mainstream hit, or capture our attention quite like Mo’s Bows, the awesome bowtie line created by a kid who was featured on the show last season.
As always, let’s start here by sharing the synopsis for the episode. Daymond John is the only shark not appearing in the tank this week:
“Everything is made in America on this week’s episode. Two young women from Raleigh, NC model off their pretty, custom recruitment clothing for sororities which is expanding into a bridal line—but will the Sharks “rush” to make a deal? Also, a native New Yorker showcases his simple tools that easily open a Thai coconut and extract the meat; new parents of multiples from Amhurst, NH offer a comfy pillow perfect for nursing or feeding twins; a salesman from Chattanooga, TN touts the invention that can transform any pickup truck into what he calls “a Truck-U-V,” by adding seats in the flatbed to accommodate more passengers.”
BedRyder – We suppose that the idea here is useful: Seats that can be added to a pickup truck that will make transport of additional passengers easy. The problem we see with the product, at least right now, is merely the complications. While it is legal in all 50 states to use, there are restrictions in some. It seems like a lot of work for consumers in certain states to read up on what is allowed.
Coco Jack – For those of you who want convenience in opening coconuts, this is your product! We really have no idea what the commercial appeal here is in much of America, since there are only a few states we would really consider to be major consumers of coconut products. We do like the style of the brand, though; it may never be a huge product, but it could carve a little audience for itself.
Twin Z Pillow – This is somewhat reminiscent of Coco Jack in that it could be extremely useful to a limited audience. Granted, this audience (parents of twins) will find it much more useful than frequent coconut-buyers do the other one. We cannot even begin to judge whether or not this is a great idea (we couldn’t be further away from the target audience), but it seems like it in theory. Reaching out to all parents of twins will be the challenge.
Frill Clothing – A very brand of clothing that allows you to customize quite a bit. They seem to specialize in monogrammed products and cater to a lot of sororities especially, based on their website. We’re more impressed with them going into the show than any other one featured here, but we do wonder if they are trying to do a little too much. We got confused just researching everything that they have.
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