The third one is the one that really bothers me though. You found out about this problem 12 DAYS AGO! That’s almost two weeks! Did anyone from Sparkfun get on the phone with someone at Fluke to talk about the issue? They give away tens of thousands of dollars of gear every year to schools… maybe you could have gotten a pallet of Fluke meters out of the deal to donate to maker labs everywhere. It could have been a friendly low-key discussion between sane, reasonable, people. The way Sparkfun is acting now, you’re trying to be bullies. Whether you like trademarks or not, the $15 meter violates them. Getting everyone on this blog, Facebook, twitter, and reddit to complain loudly doesn’t help fix the system. It makes you a bully and puts you in the same camp as the global warming deniers. Saying something over and over again doesn’t make it true.
Two, is your meter really rated to the level it claims? If I got one and tried to diagnose what was wrong with my drier, would it work or would it potentially catch my house on fire? If it can’t handle the 600V the labeling claims you have a huge problem. (For that matter, Fluke would have a problem when the TV news shows a melted yellow multimeter and says “here’s the source of the fire!”)
The fluke, also commonly known as summer flounder, is one of New Jersey's two most common flatfishes. These fish are easily recognizable because they are flattened from side to side, allowing them to inhabit their bottom-dwelling niche very successfully.
One of the eyes in each of the flatfish species migrates over the top of the head as the larval fish matures. In the case of the fluke, the right eye moves to the left side - the upper side - of the fish. This upper side is heavily pigmented, allowing the fish to blend in when it is lying on the bottom. The right - or lower - side is white, making the fish difficult to see fro lower down when it is up in the water column.
Fluke are known as voracious predators. As their scientific name indicates, they are well-supplied with sharp teeth and are adept at feeding on smaller fish. Large fluke, known as "doormats" for obvious reasons, can reach upwards of ten pounds but the most common size coming to market are under a foot and half in total length and yield fillets that are the ideal size for a single meal.
The fluke stocks in the Mid-Atlantic also support a significant sports fishery.
One, to the average Joe on the street, the meter really does look like a Fluke meter. The whole point of them not specifying a pantone color in the trademark is that would free people to just go one shade off and say “not the same color”. Now, of course this all would have been made much easier if customs had caught your FIRST shipment, which I assume was much smaller. Companies have to protect their brand though.
Just send them to Europe or Asia, there are no such trademarks there. I’ve seen many yellow multimeters in Europe which look almost identical to the Fluke ones.