The moment that Uruguay striker Luis Suarez’s took a bite out of Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in the crucial World Cup group match between the two countries will soon be immortalized in bottle-opener form, thanks to the ever-opportunistic vendors on Taobao, China’s online marketplace.
Chinese business owners have quickly begun stocking “Suarez bottle-openers” in online shops after the notorious bite (not his first). A search for “Suarez bottle openers” on Taobao yields dozens of online stores selling the openers with the same promotional photo, showing a caricature of Suarez opening a beer bottle with his teeth, Ecns.cn reported.
Ouyang, one of the vendors who claimed to have designed the photo, said the idea came from a friend who is also a soccer fan.
Unfortunately, the product is not yet available to enjoy for this weekend’s games. “We are preparing for manufacturing, and consumers who like the design can follow us.” She said the main concerns are the portrait copyrights.
The item is priced 3,999.99 yuan in her online shop, but Ouyang said the real price will not be as high after the product hits the market.
Want China Times points out that rumors have been also afloat about a Chinese toothpaste manufacturer preparing to ask Suarez to star in a commercial with the slogan “No red card for biters who use this brand of toothpaste!” It reads better in Chinese.
Be patient, young grasshoppers.
By Lucy Liu
[Images from 163.com and Taobao ]