Note to Self: Don’t Highlight Low Sales (Cartoon)

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My kids love toys that glow in the dark. But because I love bright light and normally keep all the windows wide open and the lamps on, if they want to enjoy some glow-in-the-dark fun, we need to all crowd into the one tiny windowless bathroom in the basement and close the door.

Normally all goes well, except for the one time I made the glow-in-the-dark toy jump at the kids while using my deepest spooky voice. Then you’ve got little people screaming and trying to run in a tiny dark bathroom where the adult is trying to get out of the way – but is actually just blocking the door and hoping that no one gets hurt and tells Mom what happened.

Sometimes glow-in-the-dark just makes things worse.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

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  1. It’s funny how companies always rave about their new products and services but fail to mention the drop in sales. Although it’s inevitable and will not stay long hidden as it can be researched, it is still a sad thing to see.

    • Aira, it doesn’t surprise me that some companies don’t mention a sales drop. It’s actually quite possible to mention it as part of presenting a balanced positive view on overall performance, instead of the manipulative, covert way some choose to do it.

      Mark, that’s a funny anecdote about you and your kids!