Hello, my little spring chickens. How is your first week of spring shaping up? I actually left the house without my winter coat (or socks) today. Yay! Let’s plant some ideas that could blossom into sales, shall we? Enjoy! Send your feedback directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org. It may be published in a future issue of Advantages magazine. For free information on products featured in Advantages, click here: www.advantagesinfo.com.
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They’ll Bite The Pitch: Reuters reports that the recession has resulted in more people being hooked on fishing. Why? Because it’s a cheap sport/hobby (six bucks a bucket of bait) and you can eat what you catch. It’s probably a good stress reliever too, unless you’re like my husband and normally don’t catch much more than a beer buzz. He does love those Saturday morning fishing shows on TV too…ya know the ones where the guys always say things like, “That’s a purty fish!” Fisherpeople everywhere would appreciate item KIT-FD08 from Ariel Premium Supply (asi/36730). It’s their deluxe gone fishing kit. It contains a hat, waterproof storage case and a pair of fish stress relievers -- a bass and a trout – all in a transparent bag. Great way for bait-and-tackle stores, marinas, rod-and-reel shops and more to lure customers in. Pricing starts at: Qty.-50; list price-$13.35; price code-R. Web address: www4.arielpremium.com. The Bottom Line: If you’re fishing for ideas.
Take Aim The Pitch: I hate to brag (no I don’t), but I beat the boys in a game of darts at my publisher’s holiday party back in December. Pure luck, sure, but this item looks like a whole lot of fun to me. The desktop dart set/notepad dispenser with three magnetic darts and refillable notepad in back is from Logomark (asi/67866). Perfect way for stressed-out execs, or students for that matter, to chill a little. Item EG3002 starts at: Qty.-50; list price-$11.50; price code-R. Check it out at: www.logomark.com. The Bottom Line: Target practice.
The Bees Knees The Pitch: This morning, I read a headline that says durable goods are up. I had to look that up to see what it means, but I know adorable goods when I see them and item S09047 is just that. From Gifted Expressions LLC (asi/56777), this woven beehive comes filled with an adorable plush bumble bee, Burt's Bees all-natural baby spa collection, iced bumble bee cookie and chamomile tea sachets. A very nice idea for new baby and mom, priced at $67.95-R. You can see it at: www.giftedexpressions.com. The Bottom Line: It’s all the buzz.
Money-Maker The Pitch: Anyone who’s strapped for cash can still give the gift of money … sort of. Illini (asi/62190) has a money plant kit that includes seeds, coconut planting fiber, plastic flower pot, and instructions, all at the reasonable price of $3.03; 100; R. Obviously a good choice for your financial clients, but it’s really for anyone who wants to spread the wealth or help people prosper. Web address: www.illiniline.com. The Bottom Line: Ch-ching.
Alert the Roadies The Pitch: I want one of these; a thermal travel coffee mug with a fun twist … it’s musical and plays “Takin’ Care of Business” performed by Bachman Turner Overdrive. Item MWOW1506 is from Hallmark Tributes (asi/59087). Pricing starts at: 1 for $14 (T). Web address: www.hallmarktributes.com. The Bottom Line: Rock your sales.
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