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14th Feb '17 1:43:29 AM Troperinik
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* The unnamed online company that the characters of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' buy stuff from. They sell everything. Including weapons, time machines and LovePotion.
3rd Jan '17 2:47:28 PM BiffJr
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* Chuck Jones, creator of this trope's namesake company, attributes his usage to the large number of fly-by-night companies that named themselves Acme in order to be first in the yellow pages. Acme, which means "the highest point" or pinnacle, struck him as particularly funny (think HonestJohnsDealership but for catalogs). To this day, it is rather fun to call one of these businesses and ask if they have any products that can be used to kill a roadrunner.
** There's a [[https://www.acmemarkets.com/ chain of supermarkets]] in the northeastern U.S. called ACME Markets, but they don't quite sell everything.
** [[https://www.acmestores.com Acme Fresh Market]] is a chain of grocery stores in Akron, Ohio. They don't sell everything because, like the example above, they are just a supermarket.
** Acme Machine Co., a manufacturer of dog agility equipment, has cutouts of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner decorating their Minneapolis headquarters.
** Warner Bros. animators may have used Acme brand drawing boards or camera stands.
** In fact, the peg-bars used by animators to hold multiple sheets of paper in place were Acme brand during Warner Brothers' most prolific WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes years. Since animators spent all day staring at "ACME", they incorporated it into the cartoons.
** There's also an A-1 company but that's bit obscure for most viewers.
** A few companies also name themselves "ABC *product or service*", for the same reasons.
** Funnily enough, in the Toronto phone book one can find companies named AA (whatevers), AAA, or (in extreme cases) AAAAAAAAA in an attempt to get ever higher on the listings. "Acme" would actually be relegated to the second or third page.
** And there's Italian railway model manufacturer that goes by this name. [[http://www.winco.uk.com/ACME%20logo%20809x238.gif Their logo]] has a bomb embedded into it for some reason. It's unclear whether it's a shout-out to the cartoons or not.
*** A broadcasting company mostly made up of former Creator/TheWB affiliates is named Acme Communications, in honor of the Warner Bros. usage.
*** This is the same in Brazil. You can find companies called 'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA A Dry Cleaner'.
*** A blinds company in Cork once was known as 'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA blinds'. That's ''thirty seven'' uses of the letter a. They've since cut it down to just 'AAAA blinds'.
*** WebAnimation/HomestarRunner references this in the Strong Bad Email "your funeral", where Homestar reads from the phone book: "Aardvark Pizza. Abe Lincoln's Pizza Cabin. Acupuncture & Pizza."
*** Doing this has largely become a DiscreditedTrope, since the advent of UsefulNotes/TheInternet has made the Yellow Pages obsolete. For example, a well-known car repair shop in Florida, "AAL Transmission World", renamed itself "All Transmission World" since search engine algorithms made it pointless trying to ensure you were ''alphabetically'' first.
* The Sears, Roebuck and Co. Catalog, which was your one stop shop for everything you could every possibly want (and much you didn't)... at least until around UsefulNotes/WorldWarII when demographic changes moved people away from rural areas to suburban zones. Sears even sold ''cars and houses'' via catalog.
** One of the products found in an early 20th century Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog is an actual [[http://www.acme.com/what_is_acme/ Acme anvil]]
** In western Montana, there are many "painted ladies" - 1900-era houses - which started out as Sears prefab houses and are still inhabited or used as storefronts.
** Bringing us around to one sad point: the Sears catalogue ended in 1993. The Internet hit big in 1995. If only they had held out a mere two more years, Amazon might have remained just a bookseller.

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* Chuck Jones, creator of this trope's namesake company, attributes his usage to the large number of fly-by-night companies that named themselves Acme in order to be first in the yellow pages. Acme, which means "the highest point" or pinnacle, struck him as particularly funny (think HonestJohnsDealership but for catalogs). To this day, it is rather fun to call one of these businesses and ask if they have any products that can be used to kill a roadrunner.
** There's a [[https://www.acmemarkets.com/ chain of supermarkets]] in the northeastern U.S. called ACME Markets, but they don't quite sell everything.
** [[https://www.acmestores.com Acme Fresh Market]] is a chain of grocery stores in Akron, Ohio. They don't sell everything because, like the example above, they are just a supermarket.
** Acme Machine Co., a manufacturer of dog agility equipment, has cutouts of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner decorating their Minneapolis headquarters.
** Warner Bros. animators may have used Acme brand drawing boards or camera stands.
** In fact, the peg-bars used by animators to hold multiple sheets of paper in place were Acme brand during Warner Brothers' most prolific WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes years. Since animators spent all day staring at "ACME", they incorporated it into the cartoons.
** There's also an A-1 company but that's bit obscure for most viewers.
** A few companies also name themselves "ABC *product or service*", for the same reasons.
** Funnily enough, in the Toronto phone book one can find companies named AA (whatevers), AAA, or (in extreme cases) AAAAAAAAA in an attempt to get ever higher on the listings. "Acme" would actually be relegated to the second or third page.
** And there's Italian railway model manufacturer that goes by this name. [[http://www.winco.uk.com/ACME%20logo%20809x238.gif Their logo]] has a bomb embedded into it for some reason. It's unclear whether it's a shout-out to the cartoons or not.
*** A broadcasting company mostly made up of former Creator/TheWB affiliates is named Acme Communications, in honor of the Warner Bros. usage.
*** This is the same in Brazil. You can find companies called 'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA A Dry Cleaner'.
*** A blinds company in Cork once was known as 'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA blinds'. That's ''thirty seven'' uses of the letter a. They've since cut it down to just 'AAAA blinds'.
*** WebAnimation/HomestarRunner references this in the Strong Bad Email "your funeral", where Homestar reads from the phone book: "Aardvark Pizza. Abe Lincoln's Pizza Cabin. Acupuncture & Pizza."
*** Doing this has largely become a DiscreditedTrope, since the advent of UsefulNotes/TheInternet has made the Yellow Pages obsolete. For example, a well-known car repair shop in Florida, "AAL Transmission World", renamed itself "All Transmission World" since search engine algorithms made it pointless trying to ensure you were ''alphabetically'' first.
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* The Sears, Roebuck and Co. Catalog, which was your one stop shop for everything you could every possibly want (and much you didn't)... at least until around UsefulNotes/WorldWarII when demographic changes moved people away from rural areas to suburban zones. Sears even sold ''cars and houses'' via catalog.
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catalog. [[note]] One of the products found in an early 20th century Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog is an actual [[http://www.acme.com/what_is_acme/ Acme anvil]]
** In western Montana, there are many "painted ladies" - 1900-era houses - which started out as Sears prefab houses and are still inhabited or used as storefronts.
** Bringing us around to one sad point: the Sears catalogue ended in 1993. The Internet hit big in 1995. If only they had held out a mere two more years, Amazon might have remained just a bookseller.
anvil. [[/note]]



* Nowadays, though, most catalogs are specialty. The closest to the old Sears catalog you can get nowadays is Sharper Image or, for all you frequent flyers out there, Skymall.
* UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}}, Target, and Sears fill this role today.
** In Europe, Tesco and Aldi rule with an iron fist. Tesco is even moving into China and Korea.
** Aeon is the Japanese equivalent of these.
* [[http://www.kleinbottle.com/ Acme is the largest supplier of glass Klein bottles.]] If only Wile E. had had one of these, that stupid bird would be his in no time.



* [[http://www.cdrking.com/ CD-R King]], known in the Philippines for selling blank recordable media and memory cards, and usually caters to internet kiosk owners. As mentioned earlier, they do sell CD-Rs, but has since ventured into selling a myriad of items, all to the point of carrying things not normally found in a gadget store like [[http://3rdworldgeeks.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/rice-cooker.jpg rice cookers]], and even electric bicycles! This became a source of humour with Filipinos, who jokingly suggested that they might be carrying even more unlikely items such as frozen fish or helicopters. And like Acme, they're derided by some for their products' hit-and-miss build quality - some items work reliably for a long time, while others would work for days or months but eventually break down or malfunction.

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* [[http://www.cdrking.com/ CD-R King]], known in the Philippines for selling blank recordable media and memory cards, and usually caters to internet kiosk owners. As mentioned earlier, they do sell CD-Rs, but has since ventured into selling a myriad of items, all to the point of carrying things not normally found in a gadget store like [[http://3rdworldgeeks.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/rice-cooker.jpg rice cookers]], and even electric bicycles! bicycles. This became a source of humour humor with Filipinos, who jokingly suggested that they might be carrying even more unlikely items such as frozen fish or helicopters. And like Acme, they're derided by some for their products' hit-and-miss build quality - some items work reliably for a long time, while others would work for days or months but eventually break down or malfunction.



* The number one hit on Google for "Acme Labs" unfortunately doesn't count. [[http://www.acme.com Acme.com]] is owned by a software developer named Jef Poskanzer, and it mostly specializes in [[AuthorAppeal toy programs that amuse the site owner]]. A phase-of-the-moon app, some interesting Java graphics hacks, and a couple of different web server designs are long-standing marquee items; there is also a "chocolate registry" that lets you request chocolate from people, like a wedding registry. (And it has an anvil as a logo.)
* [[http://www.amazon.com Amazon]] is heading in this direction. They started as a straight-up bookseller.
* Don't forget Website/EBay!

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* The number one hit on Google for "Acme Labs" unfortunately doesn't count. [[http://www.acme.com Acme.com]] is owned by a software developer named Jef Poskanzer, and it mostly specializes in [[AuthorAppeal toy programs that amuse the site owner]]. A phase-of-the-moon app, some interesting Java graphics hacks, and a couple of different web server designs are long-standing marquee items; there is also a "chocolate registry" that lets you request chocolate from people, like a wedding registry. (And it has an anvil as a logo.)
* [[http://www.amazon.com Amazon]] is heading in this direction. They started as a straight-up bookseller.
* Don't forget Website/EBay!
definitely this. So is ebay.



* Plastic construction kit makers Airfix chose this name partly to emphasise that their main interest was model aircraft, but mainly to get as near to the top of the list as they could. At their peak Airfix made plastic self-assembly models of anything you could think of - aircraft, cars, tanks, model railways, dinosaurs, TV tie-ins (they currently have the ''Series/DoctorWho'' merchandising contract)... Today, modelling fans point to another parellel to ACME: Airfix still persist in marketing their original 1950's and 1960's kits alongside more modern offerings. Alongside today's state-of-the-art offerings, fifty-year old Airfix kits are, to be honest, shoddy and crude.

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* Plastic construction kit makers Airfix chose this name partly to emphasise that their main interest was model aircraft, but mainly to get as near to the top of the list as they could. At their peak Airfix made plastic self-assembly models of anything you could think of - aircraft, cars, tanks, model railways, dinosaurs, TV tie-ins (they currently have the ''Series/DoctorWho'' merchandising contract)... Today, modelling fans point to another parellel to ACME: Airfix still persist in marketing their original 1950's and 1960's kits alongside more modern offerings. Alongside today's state-of-the-art offerings, fifty-year old Airfix kits are, to be honest, shoddy and crude.
7th Dec '16 1:42:51 PM IAmNotAFunguy
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** [[https://www.acmestores.com Acme Fresh Market]] is a chain of grocery stores in Akron, Ohio. They don't sell everything because, like the example above, they are just a supermarket.
16th Nov '16 7:55:04 AM 4444jdm
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* Likewise, Mitsubishi, known in the US mainly as a car manufacturer, does everything in its homeland and the rest of world. Just check the list of subdivisions on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi their Wikipedia entry]] for a quick-and-dirty rundown.

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* Likewise, Mitsubishi, known in the US mainly as a car manufacturer, does everything in its homeland and the rest of world. Just check the list of subdivisions on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi their Wikipedia entry]] for a quick-and-dirty rundown. Not to mention they are ''the largest suppliers for [[KaijuDefenseForce Japan Self Defense Force]]''.
7th Nov '16 5:04:29 AM Vir
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** It's {{Lampshaded}} in ''Danger by Design'', in which a newspaper article announces that Krolmeister has just ''bought'' the Acme Corporation!

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** It's {{Lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Danger by Design'', in which a newspaper article announces that Krolmeister has just ''bought'' the Acme Corporation!
18th May '16 5:26:52 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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** Creator/ChuckJones joked in his memoir, ''Chuck Amuck,'' that ACME was an acronym for "American Company Manufacturing Everything."

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** Creator/ChuckJones joked in his memoir, ''Chuck Amuck,'' that ACME was an acronym for "American Company Manufacturing Everything.Everything," and that their corporate motto was, "We Produce Fine Acmes."
18th May '16 5:26:00 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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** Acme Machine Co., a manufacturer of dog agility equipment, has cutouts of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner decorating their Minneapolis headquarters.
18th May '16 5:23:41 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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** Creator/ChuckJones joked in his memoir, ''Chuck Amuck,'' that ACME was an acronym for "American Company Manufacturing Everything."
9th Apr '16 2:53:24 PM TARINunit9
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* Chuck Jones, creator of this trope's namesake company, attributes his usage to the large number of fly-by-night companies that named themselves Acme in order to be first in the yellow pages. Acme, which means "the highest point" or pinnacle, struck him as particularly funny. To this day, it is rather fun to call one of these businesses and ask if they have any products that can be used to kill a roadrunner.

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* Chuck Jones, creator of this trope's namesake company, attributes his usage to the large number of fly-by-night companies that named themselves Acme in order to be first in the yellow pages. Acme, which means "the highest point" or pinnacle, struck him as particularly funny.funny (think HonestJohnsDealership but for catalogs). To this day, it is rather fun to call one of these businesses and ask if they have any products that can be used to kill a roadrunner.
26th Mar '16 4:55:02 PM 4444jdm
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** Aeon is the Japanese equivalent of these.



* Likewise, Mitsubishi, known in the US only as a car manufacturer, does everything in its homeland. Just check the list of subdivisions on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi their Wikipedia entry]] for a quick-and-dirty rundown.

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* Likewise, Mitsubishi, known in the US only mainly as a car manufacturer, does everything in its homeland.homeland and the rest of world. Just check the list of subdivisions on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi their Wikipedia entry]] for a quick-and-dirty rundown.
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