Economics

The Chinese Condom Conundrum

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Via Instapundit comes this odd news story, about how free rubbers distributed overseas by the U.S. government are about to be outsourced:

At a time when the federal government is spending billions of stimulus dollars to stem the tide of U.S. layoffs, should that same government put even more Americans out of work by buying cheaper foreign products?

In this case, Chinese condoms.

That's the dilemma for the folks at jobs, the government is switching to cheaper off-shore condoms, including some made in China….

"We considered how many U.S. jobs would be affected by this move," said a USAID official who spoke on the condition that he would not be named. But he said the reasons for the change included lower prices (2 cents versus more than 5 cents for U.S.-made condoms) and the fact that Congress dropped "buy American language" in a recent appropriations bill.

Adding to the decision was the fact that the U.S. supplier, Alabama-based Alatech, had problems in the past delivering product to market on time. Now USAID is looking to close deals with Korea's Unidus Corp. and China's Qingdao Double Butterfly Group, which both sound more like fronts for Bond villains rather than contraceptive companies.

Whole story here.

And just what do those giveaway condoms actually get used for? The answers (including the image above) may surprise you.

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  1. Maybe Nick Gillespie could get one to wear over his head.

  2. Is the idea I see the picture of a Chinese broad with a pineapple on her head, get horny and, therefore, interested in an economic take on rubber-peddling?

    Goddamn I love evolution.

  3. She’s prepared for a long night. Good for her.

  4. And just what do those giveaway condoms actually get used for?

    Better than as the evil, pleasure-destroying devices they are.

  5. Damn, I didn’t think this day would arrive. My disgust level at our current government is so high I cannot even muster a sight bit of snark.

    Time to take a vacation.

  6. Oh hhheeeyyyyy!

    The hat is made out of winky protectors!

    Ok I get it. Nothing to see here. Move along chaps…..

  7. Why are we distributing condoms to developing nations when everybody knows that US and European babies are the ones using up all of the world’s resources?

    We need more birth control here.

  8. Who in their right mind would trust a Chinese condum?

  9. Condoms are the perfect form of feminist birth control, they strip almost all the pleasure out of sex.

  10. I agree with Mr. Tax Slave. Just yesterday I read a story about how many new homes are being condemned because they were made with contaminated Chinese drywall, and that on top of the thousand other poison-Chinese-consumer-product stories of the past year or two … the only way I’d use Chinese condoms is if I were a lifelong welfare recipient who thought having a baby with severe birth defects was a good way to increase the size of my monthly handout checks.

  11. What’s that on her shoulders?

  12. How much lead does the typical Chinese condom have? Enough to be sweet? Little kids and dogs beware.

  13. What’s that on her shoulders?

    Glitterjism?

  14. When deciding who is to play a crucial role in world-wide contraception, do we really want to narrow the choices to China and Alabama?

  15. “What’s that on her shoulders?”

    Heavenly joy.

  16. The woman in the pic is Thai.

  17. A real life Jimmy Hat. KRS-1 would be proud.

    Looks like she really wants a skullfucking.

  18. There is no way Africans can use Chinese condoms. If we want to save lives it’s time to be honest about penises.

  19. “Millions of these free rubbers, reports London’s Telegraph, “are being used for other purposes such as waterproofing roofs, reinforcing roads and even polishing saris”

    Polishing saris? So that’s what the kids are calling it these days.

  20. Condoms are reusable, ya just gotta shake the fuck out of em.

  21. Waterproofing roofs?

    Reinforcing roads?

    WTF? Are these condoms like, what, half an inch think and reinforced with kevlar?

  22. This post and the comments are full of divisive and deceptive anti-condom rhetoric. By spreading doubts about the effectiveness of condoms, your are promoting the spread of AIDS. I hope you’re happy, you Vatican stooges.

  23. From Sug’s very tragic link:

    The penises of 6 in 10 Indian men measured were 5-6.1 inches long, and 30 percent were between 3.9 and 4.9 inches.

    Not that there are any Indian dudes that I was planning on banging in the near future, but still. That’s just depressing.

  24. Dag,

    I had a friend in high school an ex-girlfriend of his called a “thumbdick” at a party. And then another girlfriend said it about him, and then another. I thought back to the fact that he once slept with a girl that our mutual friend described as having “a clit big enough to ass fuck you with.”

    I’ve never been able to get the horrible image of the tiny dicked man and the giant clited woman attempting to have sex out of my mind.

  25. What – no ribbed French ticklers? Cheap, unimaginative bastards.

  26. venereal warts: the frugal man’s french tickler.

  27. Sug,

    So, what you’re saying is that your friends are both promiscuous and naughty-bits-challenged. At least someone had the decency to spread the word. One wants to avoid finding these things out firsthand.

  28. “Condoms are reusable, ya just gotta shake the fuck out of em.”

    I just turn them inside-out for the second go at it.

  29. Dag,

    The friend who initially reported the COUS had a hilarious bout of homopanic about it.

  30. A few months ago I read about new, spray on condoms. I hope the inventor perfects them soon. Distributing standardized spray cans would cost much less per unit than trying to stock a wide variety of pre-made condoms.

  31. My poor wife just got this email from me…

    “What was the name of that girl that _____ and _____ both slept with that had the enormous clitoris?”

    She won’t be surprised in the least.

  32. I found a review for the spray on condom. Looks like the retail price would be $1.35 per application for the first 20. Less when you buy recharges after that. That is cheaper than trojans arround here. Times wrote a more recent update. Apparently, the inventor is waiting to get the drying time down before putting them on the market.

  33. B.P. | March 23, 2009, 11:49am | #

    When deciding who is to play a crucial role in world-wide contraception, do we really want to narrow the choices to China and Alabama?
    ___________________________________________
    ROTFLMAO. Oh mt that is funny and sadly oh so true

  34. “Condoms are reusable, ya just gotta shake the fuck out of em.”

    I just turn them inside-out for the second go at it.

    Why? =;)

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