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Re: “A frank discussion on Hot Dog Mike

HDM just posted on FB, "In my experience I've learned to ask 'Is it broken?' before initiating or worrying too much about change."

Well, if "broken" is gauged by popularity and profit, then no, nothing broken there. But if broken correlates at all with quality, then, uh, yeah.

Mike knows what he's doing. And he knows he could do better. But for Little Rock, his dogs have been good enough--good enough to boost his popularity and good enough to boost his profit$. Usually, in business 'good enough' works just fine because it meets essential requirements. Many companies have survived - even made millions - from producing a 'good enough' product. And that's what HDM is making - a dog that meets our essential requirements: a full belly and socialization.

HDM has become a brand. It may not even be about dogs anymore. Looking at comments left on his Facebook page, most of his defenders tout his niceness, wittiness, and/or charitable spirit. And maybe that's what this is really about. HDM has hipster appeal and we become cool just by association. Hell, I'll pay 4 bucks to be cool.

So maybe HDM is right - nothing is broken. Because it never was about quality.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mike Sapolsky on 12/04/2013 at 11:17 PM

Re: “A frank discussion on Hot Dog Mike

As a side note, what will it take for HDM to up his dog game? Competitors. Plain and simple. But until then, he's the standard for many locals.

11 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Mike Sapolsky on 12/04/2013 at 5:42 PM

Re: “A frank discussion on Hot Dog Mike

Midge - You depict Mike as an "aww shucks" kinda guy who just wants to sling dogs on the side and stay out the big dog boxing ring. But reality is he's a smart business man with big connections (Stephens Inc.), last year he won the Guinness world record for most expensive dog ($1,501.00 donated to charity), and now he owns a storefront in the heart of Little Rock hipster central. All this is great (God bless him and we wish him well), but don't kid yourself -- Mike's no poor "aww shucks" dog slinger. He's going for gold. Big dogs roam the yard, pups stay on the porch. Mike has been roaming the yard for years. Comparing his dogs with others is VERY apples to apples. This critique was very necessary and spoke for many Arkansans. It informed readers of what they can expect. Nothing wrong with that.

18 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Mike Sapolsky on 12/04/2013 at 5:35 PM

Re: “A frank discussion on Hot Dog Mike

Midge - you are basically arguing "don't critique bad movies." Really? Why not? Bad movies get a free pass now? We're not comparing fast food chains with gourmet restaurants. We're comparing one hotdog shop with all the hype and with other hotdog shops. This is very fair. Do you like Titanic and think it Oscar-worthy? Fine. But some of us don't. This piece simply stated that HDM dogs don't live up to the hype, nor are they a match for dogs sold at other dog shops.

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Mike Sapolsky on 12/04/2013 at 11:35 AM

Re: “A frank discussion on Hot Dog Mike

Excellent review. My wife and I were turned off a year ago after we discovered most of his ingredients are purchased from, of all places, Sam's Wholesale! Wow. We felt totally duped. At the end of the day, he's a smart business man with good connections.

27 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Mike Sapolsky on 12/03/2013 at 11:25 AM


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