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I came across this on dooyooo and thought it might come in handy. My daughter struggles to control her grip and so can't manage to eat crisps herself. This looked like a possible solution and I found cheaper than amazon version on e-bay for only £2.50.
I went ahead and ordered. Delivery was fast given that it was shipped from Hong Kong and with great excitement, and a handy packet of crisps, we opened it.
Oh what a disappointment. The one we had was a pink handle with a white gloved hand with two fingers that were supposed to come together when a button was pressed to hold crisp. A few tries and we realised it was impossible to pick a crisp up directly. You could place a crisp between the two fingers and close them on it but this was far from secure and only a small bump was needed to knock the crisp out.
The other reviews seemed to have had more success so it may be that buying cheap I got junk. For £2.50, it wasn't a major loss but still a disappointment. It didn't even make a fun toy as the fingers wobbled around.
Potato Crisp Hand grabber Ultimate crisp muncher's companion - currently £14.99 on Amazon
OK so my boyfriend is a massive fan of An Idiot Abroad, and as such was raving about the potato crisp hand grabber for absolutely ages before Christmas. Having never seen the series myself I needed guidance, which thankfully came in the form of his best mates girl friend. He too wanted the Shedez Potato Crisp Hand grabber Ultimate crisp muncher's companion. (Seriously I have no idea why).
The description on Amazon is filled with wonderful facts about them. The only way I can think to describe them is to picture a Pez dispenser style item (very tacky placcy), that will pick up your crisps. They have a little Micky mouse style hand on the end of them. The sales bumpf boasts hands free technology - which to me is a bit of a misnomer as you have to hold it in your hand...
The picker upper also boasts technology that will not break your crisp, and finger tips that will not touch a sticky table top if put down. They supposedly leave you with grease free fingers...
For me this seemed to be the most puerile waste of money ever.
Having said that he loved it, it was what all the cool kids got it may have only been used twice, but it was his favorite present this year. (No more x boxes for that man then hey?)
It is obviously something that I just don't comprehend - but he thinks it rocks. But then he also scores his belches out of ten too, so what do I know?
This slightly bizarre novelty gadget was bought for my husband as a joke from his colleagues at work. I'm not quite sure the reason because he doesn't particularly eat crisps, but I'm not pretending to understand him or his colleagues!
Invented by the Japanese firm Takara Tomy, it's Japanese name is the Potechi-no-te but obviously us Brits had to rename this to the catchy (or not so!) Potato Crisp Hand Grabber - oriiiggginal! It's certainly different and is a simple grabber with a push button release to allow you to pick crisps from a packet or bowl using the hand (which looks a little like the white gloved Mickey Mouse hand!).
He got this gadget for his birthday in April and has used it twice. Once to appease his colleagues, and once to show me how bizarre it was. That's it. I think our children however have used it a fair bit and find it absolutely hilarious.
The general idea is to avoid getting fingers greasy while eating crisps / kettle chips, but I can honestly say I have never thought while eating crisps 'my hands are so greasy, someone should invent a Potato Crisp Hand Grabber!' I can see why it has been invented in Japan, and also why I haven't really seen this in the UK.
I had seen this product being used by Karl Pilkington on Sky 1's Idiot Abroad, and it most likely sold a few from this, but any sane person (in my opinion!), wouldn't use this item after the initial novelty has worn off.
It's fairly light at around 200g, and it comes in pink, orange or blue. What's even more bizarre is my husband's colleagues bought him the pink one!
For UK markets, I can't see this doing very well.
If you desperately want this item, you can pay £8.99 on Amazon, but please don't!
~I've done a product suggestion for this item and Dooyoo have listed if under 'Shadez Gadgets'. I'm not sure why but it's exactly the same item.~