Monday, March 1, 2021
It was the Facebook ad for a mask doubling as a hair scrunchie that pushed Dan Castle to despair.
His company, CastleGrade, makes a reusable, high-filtration face mask that has been popular among dentists, teachers and those who work in proximity to others — and willing to pay $44.99.
But he has been unable to sell his wares on Facebook since August, when the company abruptly blocked his ads, citing a policy aimed at ensuring medical-grade masks are reserved for health care workers. Since then, he said, sales have plummeted to $5,000 a day from $40,000. And yet, he sees ads for nonmedical grade masks all of the time.
“These companies have such a monopoly that you really can’t be in business without them,” he said. “The policy just doesn’t make sense.”
Bust those f***ers up. It would be good for shareholders, among other things. It might save civilization, among other things.