Australians flog their ‘Red Skin’ lollies online for $2,500 after Allen’s controversially changed the name
- A post on Facebook marketplace shows three Allen’s Red Skins for sale in Perth
- The seller is offering the lollies for $1,000 each or all three for $2,500
- As of November 16 the sweets have been rebranded to ‘Red Rippers’
- A 330g bag of the lollies retails for $5 at major Australian supermarkets
An enterprising Australian is trying to make a quick buck from nostalgic lolly lovers.
The seller is offering the treats for $1,000 each or all three for $2,500.
A 330g bag of the lollies retails for $5 at major Australian supermarkets.
But the selling price may be somewhat optimistic since the confectionery is still widely available online and in store with the old brand name.
A post on Facebook marketplace shows three Allen’s ‘Red Skin’ lollies listed for $2,500 in Perth, Western Australia
The confectionery giant announced it was changing the names of the classic Red Skins and Chicos lollies earlier this year after public backlash.
As of November 16 Red Skins will be known as Red Ripper while Chicos will become Cheekies.
But the new products won’t be on the shelves until early 2021.
‘Nestle has an unwavering commitment to upholding respect for our friends, neighbours and colleagues,’ Nestle confectionery general manager Chris O’Donnell said in a statement.
‘We hope Australians will support the evolution of these two much loved lollies – while the names are new, the lollies themselves remain unchanged.
‘We will keep pack changes simple to help lolly lovers find their favourites easily.’
The rebranded lollies, including Red Skins will begin appearing on shelves from early 2021
Allen’s Lollies insists the the flavour of both classic lollies will remained unchanged.
The name changes have sparked a mixed reaction from lolly lovers online.
‘Love the new name. It’s never too late to respect another’s culture. When you know better, you should do better,’ one woman posted.
But there was also a lot of backlash.
‘What ridiculous names! Perhaps you could have run a competition asking Australians for a new name? I’m sure the could have come up with names better than these,’ one posted.
Many believed the names should have never been changed.
‘Redskins forever! Chicos forever! Never designed with any other purpose other than to be enjoyed,’ one lolly fan commented.
Another added: ‘You can dress them up and change they’re name but they’re still Redskins. Just because all the do gooders say you can’t call them that, they will always be.’
Nestle has announced the much-loved Chicos (pictured) will become Cheekies from next year
Nestle announced the name change earlier this year in an effort to not ‘marginalise’ consumers.
A redskin is a slang term for Native Americans in the US, where it it considered offensive, while chico, which is Spanish for ‘boy’, is also used in a derogatory way.
‘This decision acknowledges the need to ensure that nothing we do marginalises our friends, neighbours and colleagues,’ the company said in a statement.
‘These names have overtones which are out of step with Nestlé’s values, which are rooted in respect.’
‘This decision acknowledges the need to keep creating smiles, ensuring that nothing we do marginalises our friends, neighbours and colleagues, or is out of step with our values.
The proposed name change of the much-loved lollies was slammed by One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson.
Australia’s beloved Red Skins lollies (pictured) have been renamed Red Rippers
‘Pathetic… the only way to describe companies and politicians dealing with the cancel culture epidemic,’ she wrote on her Facebook page in June.
‘I keep telling people that caving in to the hysterical left’s demands only makes things worse.’
Dairy producer Coon Cheese also bowed to public pressure in July over calls to change the brand’s name after concerns it signified a racist slur.
Colonial Brewing Co is also considering changing its ‘problematic’ brand name after its beers were pulled from bottle shop shelves in Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania.