Who are we and where the heck did TrixiePixGraphics come from?
TrixiePixGraphics is the natural evolution of several chronic malcontents who, as far back as the late Seventies, began devising practical jokes and gags to humiliate (in a good way) and embarrass (we’re laughing with you, not at you) their friends and co-workers. From time to time they also sought a little genuine revenge. Their humor was dry….as dry as the Sahara. And leaned toward British humor, poker-faced deliveries of outrageous stunts and gags. Not everyone appreciated their sense of humor.
By the early Eighties all but one of this group, John Sampote (the owner of TrixiePixGraphics), had outgrown their adolescent urges. That guy was left alone to inflict his version of
insanity humor upon the world. In those days his practical jokes included fake and joke newspapers and personalized headlines geared toward political satire/parody, revenge, get-even, retirement gags, jokes on co-workers and the like. In 1982 John figured he’d better start copyrighting his stuff.
With the invention of larger printers came new possibilities such as giant birthday and welcome home banners, fake FBI and “old west” wanted posters, custom, personalized gift wrapping papers and posters and custom murals. With the invention of new and exotic substrates came dry-erase products and countless media choices for all other products.
Fake food cans were added one year as a Christmas gag designed to offer something more original in the Christmas stocking of the ne’r do well than a lump of coal.
The company’s line of fake and joke newspapers evolved to include a huge, poster-size fake newspaper printed on heavy stock for parties and large events, and the addition of “aged” newsprint for customers wanting to create or duplicate old or dated fake newspapers. TrixiePixGraphics can also produce tabloid-sized fake or joke newspapers.
TrixiePixGraphics holds a number of Internet domains, but only two are most commonly associated with the main TrixiePixGraphics site: trixiepixgraphics.com and fakenewspapers.com. For all intents and purposes, these two domains should be considered one and the same.
The Internet Copycat Problem
TrixiePixGraphics has endured its share of shameless copycats. Since the ideas and products produced by TrixiePixGraphics are original, we often wonder why others can’t come up with their own original ideas. We’re disgusted by the copycat mentality, the copycatters should be embarrassed for themselves, and the potential victim customer should be wary of the dubious morality of such companies.
For instance, we started in 1982, going online in 1996. Since then we’ve always been the number-one Google search result. We’re clearly, unarguably the biggest and best fake newspaper supplier in the world. Recently, however, a little company has started up with a ridiculous product, claiming “they” are the only fake newspaper supplier in the world. Even if we didn’t exist, there are plethora of fake newspaper suppliers in existence today–none of which provide a believable product, but that’s beside the point. Just this past year has seen five (5!) fake and joke newspaper companies sprout up in the UK alone! We know this company mentioned above has been aware of us since they started in 2003 because they’ve stolen our product descriptions word for word, simply cutting and pasting them into their site! We log their accesses to our servers almost every day, checking our products to look for new ideas they can pilfer and call their own, and checking our Google rankings. Any company’s claim of being “the only” fake newspaper maker is simply an attempt to trick the customer into ordering from them (quickly, so they don’t have time to shop around). It’s called lying, and it borders on the legal definition of fraud. A company which lies about something is so easily proven false will lie about anything. Usually, such company’s'” testimonials” are pure fiction, and their claims of “sales in [so many] countries” is a blatant fabrication. They may have gone into their server logs and noted that they had visitors from so many countries (usually just bots)—but we promise, they don’t have sales to those countries.
Here’s another 2005 quote from a recent copycat:
[in business] SINCE 1975
In 2004 that company advertised that it had been in the business for 20 years. The year before, they advertised they’d been in business 10 years. Next year maybe they’ll have been in business for 30 years. We have to wonder where this mentality, and this morality, comes from. Is it simply, now, the “American Way”. If so, God Help America.
If a customer doesn’t particularly appreciate being TRICKED (and who does), then the customer needs to be aware of other shopping options. Why lie when the lies are so transparent? It only makes the company look foolish and suspect. These dishonest companies don’t seem to understand that if they continue picking and pecking and nipping at the larger companies, the larger companies will sooner or later turn around and bite them. If this kind of smarm and dishonesty rubs you the wrong way, as it does us and most other honorable people around the world, we suggest the customer exercise care in choosing their online vendors. We monitor these companies, and we continue to build a file on each of them which will one day serve us well in copyright infringement suits against them. Still, we can’t help but wonder why these outfits can’t simply come up with their own ideas, so they don’t have to constantly worry about which lies they’ve told to whom, and so they can sleep at night without worrying about the process server showing up at their doors in the morning. The level of deceit frankly boggles the mind.