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Old 11-21-2006, 09:29 AM   #71
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Thanks Pat,
I went ahead and ordered a pair. The box mine from Airstream came in looks just like the ones in the photos above. Maybe they are real, maybe they aren't. But after they are displayed the first time the box will "disappear" anyway. So I figure I will at least have one pair of the real deal.

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Old 11-21-2006, 09:49 AM   #72
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I'm just not a nostalgic type of person, so I have to ask a question that will probably inflame a few folks, but that isn't my intent.

Can you tell the difference from 8 feet away? Does anyone really walk up to your campsite and bend your bird over for an inspection of it's tail feathers?

I do understand wanting to purchase "made in USA". I also understand wanting to buy a product that may increase in value if that is the motivation. I got 2 lighted flamingoes with my trailer that the PO threw in, along with some other stuff. They are not original, but I'm sorry, I just don't care. And they look cool at night!

OK, now throw the rocks...
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Old 11-21-2006, 12:20 PM   #73
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What rocks?

It only matters if they are the original to the owner.

I like the concept of them being American made and that they are the original. Truth to be told though I have originals and cheap knock offs.

If I looked out my trailer window and saw some guy looking under a plastic flamingos butt I'm not sure if I'd be amused or horrified.
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Old 11-21-2006, 06:53 PM   #74
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Nope, no rocks

Exactly, it only matters to the owner. Many people don't know the difference and don't care. So its whatever makes you happy or fills your need. I like the originals only because Union and Featherstone was the first to introduce this tacky craze. But this fact doesn't mean any other flamingo is inferior. They're just different.
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Old 11-21-2006, 07:35 PM   #75
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It only matters if they are the original to the owner.

I like the concept of them being American made and that they are the original. Truth to be told though I have originals and cheap knock offs.

If I looked out my trailer window and saw some guy looking under a plastic flamingos butt I'm not sure if I'd be amused or horrified.
Hummmmmm, I better stop peeking at these things - might get shot at.
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Old 11-21-2006, 07:42 PM   #76
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Hummmmmm, I better stop peeking at these things - might get shot at.
AhHAH! It was YOU checking out my flamingo butts at the Georgia rally, wasn't it!
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Old 11-22-2006, 08:46 AM   #77
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It really doesn't matter to anyone other than a collector or the owner themselves. It is like do you want an Airstream or do you want an Airstream lookalike, say an Avion or Silver Streak. They are of equal or maybe by some standards better quality than the Airstream, but I wanted the American icon. And I want an original piece of Americana to go with my Airstream.
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I'm just not a nostalgic type of person, so I have to ask a question that will probably inflame a few folks, but that isn't my intent.

Can you tell the difference from 8 feet away? Does anyone really walk up to your campsite and bend your bird over for an inspection of it's tail feathers?

I do understand wanting to purchase "made in USA". I also understand wanting to buy a product that may increase in value if that is the motivation. I got 2 lighted flamingoes with my trailer that the PO threw in, along with some other stuff. They are not original, but I'm sorry, I just don't care. And they look cool at night!

OK, now throw the rocks...
Here comes a small rock, actually maybe a pebble. Having just finished all the research you can imagine on the Pink Flamingo, talking with Don and Dennis I took up your challenge and had Sandi set up tow pairs of flamingos (actuals and imitations) and at 10 feet I could tell the difference between Union Products and China. However will I ever judge a fellow AS owner because of the flock they tend? Heck no! Pink plastic is pink plastic!

Happy Thanksgiving to All!
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