What do Condoms and McDonald’s have in common?

They both are recession proof. This from the Columbus Dispatch:

“A conversation with Brian Frank of Undercover Condoms in Hilliard is a day-brightener in the gloomy world of layoffs and bankruptcies.

His business – selling condoms – picks up when times are tough.

“We’re doing well,” said Frank, vice president of business development for the online company. “There’s been some effect from the downturn, but overall we’re still growing.”

Nationwide, sales of male contraceptives in food, drug and mass-merchandise stores increased 6.4 percent in the last 13 weeks of 2008 compared with 2007, according to the Nielsen Co., which tracks products.

Nielsen also counts how many condoms are sold, and that number went up 2.4percent in the same period.

The trend continued in January, with sales up 5.3 percent compared with the previous year and per-unit sales up 1.6 percent, Nielsen found.

Condom sales are pretty much recession-proof, said Carol Carrozza, vice president of marketing at Ansell Healthcare in Red Bank, N.J. Ansell is one of the largest manufacturers of condoms in the world.”

This is interesting. It may be because of the costs of health care rising also. People are substituting condoms for other forms of birth control, which are prescriptive items mostly. This is just a guess, it could also be that people are just doing it more.

The rest is here and the hat tip goes to someone but I have forgotten now, sorry!


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