Sunday, May 15, 2005

Dumpling Imposter.

As in all things, success will bring imitation. Nowhere is this more apparent than here in New York, where you can walk down the street and be assailed by endless tables filled with "designer" handbags and genuine "Hilfigger" sunglasses for sale. It's an inevitability that any product that does well will be aped by those who're looking for a quick buck. Ofttimes, the knock-offs can't be spotted without careful inspection. The average passerby wouldn't know the difference.

So, do not be fooled. This is the real thing:

This is not:

Yes, it's true. There is a Dumplinganger. An upstart that not only moves into the same business that Lucas (the Dumpling Man) has so carefully cultivated, but rips off the distinctive logo. It's an incredibly brazen attempt to cash in on the goodwill and business that Dumpling Man has earned over the last six months. And whomever's behind it is so blatant as to position themselves only three blocks away.

Obviously, action is needed. And in addition to whatever legal channels may be pursued, the publicity campaign is underway.

Dumpling War has begun. I would say that I almost feel sorry for the "Plump Dumpling" people, but I don't. Not a bit. Not for a moment. They have NO IDEA what they're f***ing with.

(And all this is before even mentioning the plans for Dumpling Man evenings over the summer. Which I'll say more about soon. Watch this space.)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever. It's not as if Lucas lin invented dumplings or even the concept of having them made fresh before your eyes. He has a right to be angry about the very similar logos, but everything else is just petty and puerile.

Anyway, I'd rather get 5 for a dollar in Chinatown anyday.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dumpling Man ain't all that, plus the cashier guy has major attitude. I say go Plump!

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The point is that when someone originates a buisness in a neighbourhood and it is a success then OF COURSE others will copy - but they have to play fair - and that means creating your OWN logo and your OWN identity - sure, go to Chinatown because those buisness owners work hard and deserve your loyalty, but don't patronize rip-off jerks like the Plump Dumpling people. If you took a huge risk and started a biz in NYC would you want someone to treat you that way? Dumpling Man is not some corperate off-shoot like Rickshaw Dumplings - it represents a TON of work and risk and achievement. GET IT?

12:43 AM  
Blogger shen said...

has no one pointed out both places serve overpriced crappy dumplings to people who don't have a clue?

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that perhaps the Dumpling Man should change their name to Attitude Man and then there would be no conflict. I've tried both places and find the service at Dumpling man to be deplorable.

It also bothers me that the 'seared'(NOT FRIED!) dumplings are made ahead of time and are often sitting around when I order them. I was also amazed to find out that they charge, yes charge for a dumpling pin. Who ever charged for free advertising.

In any case, the folks at Plump dumpling are quite friendly and don't mind walking up my 5 flights of stairs to deliver their dumplings which are quite nice.

My 2 cents,

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dumpling man is the best!!!! Not been to plump dumpling but i having met Lucas, I will continue to visit dumpling man whenever in NYC.

7:27 AM  

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