As we write this it is February 2009. Three times already this year Cannabis Culture magazine has called our offices asking if we would advertise in their magazine and/or their website. After answering for a decade questions about the mysterious article Cannabis Culture wrote where they mis-identified every product listed and showed photos seemingly made to look like International Oddities products, we felt compelled to set the record straight.
The derogatory piece written 10 years ago has a series of product photos not one of which are International Oddities products. It is interesting to note that the promotion of this piece in an attempt to make International Oddities look bad has been linked to one of International Oddities' primary competitors.
Factually, the article was written about a now defunct company called Riverdale Organics. Riverdale Organics' photos, products, and formulas were acquired by HerbalSmokeShop.com.
Herbalsmokeshop.com is owned by the same entity as legalbuds.com, monstersmokeshop.com and happysmokeshop.com plus a few others.
One would then conclude that this article is primarily about herbalsmokeshop.com, legalbuds.com, monstersmokeshop.com etc. all owned by GLE or Global Life Enhancements who, by the way, lost a federal lawsuit to International Oddities for cyberpiracy, trade libel, etc. - see International Oddities Victorious in Federal Court over legalbuds.com
The Plot Thickens
So why would Cannabis Culture take "pot shots" at International Oddities (a previous advertiser in, and supporter of Cannabis Culture magazine) in this negative piece? Could it be because just prior to this bad article appearing we withdrew all advertising? A retaliation??? Well, what do you think?
See International Oddities appearing in Cannabis Culture ads here.
Last we heard, Cannabis Culture magazine told us we were really cool back when we were in their magazine, before we decided to leave. In fact, they practically begged us to continue advertising when we withdrew. They even continued to run our ads after we asked them to remove us from their magazine. "I recall discussing our Cannabis Culture advertising campaign with the ad representative (see insertion order) about why despite our requests to be removed from Cannabis Culture, they continued to run our ads. Under no obligation whatsoever, we did pay for the additional advertising while Cannabis Culture continued to request that we stay in their magazine. We again insisted that they remove us from their magazine and they finally did."
Because High Times magazine is the bigger kid on the block, and their circulation vastly exceeds Cannabis Culture, and given that we continued our advertising with High Times Magazine while simultaneously withdrawing from Cannabis Culture magazine, and given that Cannabis Culture magazine publicly denounced High Times magazine for accepting our ads, and given that Cannabis Culture magazine said most of High Times advertising budget comes from companies like International Oddities, perhaps the result was professional jealousy resulting in the misguided article.
At Cannabis Culture's request, International Oddities did forward several ads once again to Cannabis Culture magazine in the beginning of 2009. See 1 of the rejected ads here.