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I Can't Decide The Pitch:The Bachelor … don't even get me started. OK, you're right, I got myself started. In case you haven't heard, he asked Melissa to marry him and dissed Molly. Six weeks later, he decided he'd rather have Molly and ditched Melissa. I was livid. Other similarly indecisive bachelors (or stressed-out decision-makers) might appreciate the ball-shaped decision-maker, constructed of soft stress reliever material from Ariel Premium Supply Co. (asi/36730). Ask yes-no questions, turn ball over and read 20 possible answers. Item #LDT-SB06 starts at: Qty.-150; list price-$3.30; price code-R. Web address: www4.arielpremium.com The Bottom Line: I see less stress in the future.
Save It for a Rainy Day The Pitch: It's important to teach kids about saving money, especially given the state we're in. Coloring Book Solutions (asi/45815) offers item #0540, "Be Smart, Save Money," with tips on both saving and spending money (wisely). Pricing starts at a frugal 66 cents for a quantity of 250, price code-P. Find it at: http://coloringbooks.asisupplier.com. The Bottom Line: It all adds up.
That's My Bag The Pitch: Bella Vita (asi/39589) has very chic wine bags for all your wine-loving clients and end-users. One I noticed in particular looks like a mini golf bag (item G1) and I thought it would be perfect for all those upcoming golf tournaments. Go to: www.bellavitabags.com. Scroll down until you see it; it's called the Executive. Pricing starts at: Qty.-4; list price-$29.90; price code-P. The Bottom Line: BYOB.
Brand Ambassadors The Pitch: I've seen these in action and have met the company President Adam Hollander, who's very enthusiastic about the whole concept, I might add. His company, Brand Marketers NYC Inc. (asi/41584), offers T-shirts capable of playing any audio or video program. Your clients can use these video T-shirts for conventions, trade shows, corporate events, product launches, consumer events, and anything else you can think of. Check them out at: www.brandmarketers.com. You have to check with the supplier for the price, which is based on total number of units and hours/days used. They can also supply the staff to wear the shirt for any event in the US. The Bottom Line: Tune in.
Couldn't We All Use a Hug? The Pitch: When I asked one of my sons what he wanted for Christmas a few months back, he said, "A Snuggie." Obviously, he'd seen one too many infomercials. Well, The Apollo Group (asi/73392) just so happens to have its very own version of the blanket with sleeves. It's called the Hug Me (awww), and it looks ever-so cozy. It comes in various colors and you can get it for $7.99 net (blank) or $9.99 net (embroidered with 10,000 stitches). There is a 48-piece minimum. Check it out at: www.apolloemb.com. The Bottom Line: Warm all over.
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