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  • James

    Not a long-winded reply at all. You articulated your thoughts on the subject “is Burningman becoming commercial” well, and efficaciously.

    Forgive me, though, but “Coconut Bliss” may have a motive for supplying your Camp with free product. It could the same motivation as Red Bull giving out samples at events or grocery store vendors giving out free samples while you’re shopping; their hope is that in the long run their free sample will get people to pay to use the product, or to get you to switch from one ice cream brand to another. As long as there is packaging with a company name or logo on a product and it is giving out as a free product, it therefore is not commercial free. This is merely an observation, and I may be incorrect, and if I am I apologize.

    Best to you, Halcyon.

    Peace,

    James.

  • Halcyon

    You bring up a good point. But in this circumstance, there is no packaging or logos. Nobody knows who made the ice cream since it comes in big tubs and we serve it in cones. If someone loves it and wants to know where get more, we tell them. But it is not given to us with a “free sample” mentality (that I can see.)

  • Kim M

    I’m 9 for 12 as far as attendance at Burning Man goes, and you’re right – the vast majority of folks who ask “has Burning Man become too commercial?” have never been to Burning Man. I have noticed, however, that fewer people are covering up their RV and rental truck company logos these days than they used to in the early 2000s. I wish everyone would take the opportunity to radically de-colonize their camps from corporate advertising. Make your Penske into a Peepee or your El Monte into an El Mount Me, etc. etc.!

  • Kim M

    I’m 9 for 12 as far as attendance at Burning Man goes, and you’re right – the vast majority of folks who ask “has Burning Man become too commercial?” have never been to Burning Man. I have noticed, however, that fewer people are covering up their RV and rental truck company logos these days than they used to in the early 2000s. I wish everyone would take the opportunity to radically de-colonize their camps from corporate advertising. Make your Penske into a Peepee or your El Monte into an El Mount Me, etc. etc.!

  • James

    Hello Halcyon,

    Thank you for your kind reply, and for your clarification.

    I will have to stop by your Camp for an “unknown cone.”

    Thank you for your continued, and insightful Burningman information.

    Peace,

    James.

  • Redman

    I have to 2nd Halcyon on this. I have been in a camp where Coconut Bliss was donated and it also came in plain, unlabeled cardboard tubes and no instructions or requests were given to label or mention where it came from. Of course it is marketing, probably the purest kind you can have. If people like the product, they will ask a person about it, if the person likes the company/owner, they will let them know.

    I was debating with someone at LIB about whether or not the Dr. Bronner’s folk had the name up in their camp. I was saying they did not, but they didn’t cover up the big vats on the truck that showed the name. They were saying that the name was all over the camp as well. I agree with Kim above that I would like to see people put more of an effort into covering names up. It is very liberating to not be marketed to by name so often.

    Now if I can just get some company to gift me 500′ of EL wire for my pants. 🙂

  • Rob Lord

    Halcyon, you nailed it. Mandatory viewing for on-boarding/inculcating/reifying the formative burner. See you at home.

    r0b

  • Halcyon

    Thanks, Rob! See you at Home. 🙂

  • Christina

    Hey Halcyon,

    Thank you for your explanation, it’s really nice to hear your thoughts on all this….and feels good coming from the “marketer” chair. I coordinate events, donations, and marketing for Coconut Bliss….but I’m also a burner, and many of the folks from Coconut Bliss are also burners. Our intention in donating Bliss each year is really all about giving back and gifting to the community that we love. This is actually our overall marketing strategy, but for Burning Man we take out all the labels and signs!
    I’m sure people have experienced Bliss at Burning Man, found out what it was, and then ended up purchasing it later. Which is great, and we are stoked if that happens, but it’s not the intention behind why we support Burning Man. We are so blessed to share abundance and love, and to make people happy…..what better way than an organic vegan ice cream on the playa?! Can’t wait to be back at home at BRC in just a few short months!

    Love & Bliss,
    ~C

  • Halcyon

    So glad to hear that, Christina! It has been an honor to be stewards of your frozen treasure. See you at Home! ((hug))

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