Did you know that yesterday was Pi Day? Yes, you take the first 3 digits of Pi, 3.14 and there you have it because yesterday was 3/14. I prefer Pie Day. Anyone who knows me will tell you, I'm not mathematically inclined. I hope, though, that I have come up with ideas here that will help you calculate some sales this week. Enjoy and send your feedback directly to: email@example.com. It may be published in a future issue of Advantages magazine. For free information on products featured in Advantages, click here: www.advantagesinfo.com.
– Kathy Huston, editor
Fit for a Duck The Pitch: If you're in the Northeast, like me, you probably feel like a duck…like me. It's been four days of nonstop rain over here and we're still two weeks away from April showers. This calls for a great umbrella. Peerless Umbrella Co. Inc. (asi/76730) has a new umbrella (item 2367WB) that's shaped like a wine bottle! Think of this for BYOBs, B&Bs, wineries and more. Pricing starts at: 50; $18.20-P. Check it out here: http://www.peerlessumbrella.com/. The Bottom Line: All bottled up.
BYOB The Pitch: OK, we talked about an umbrella shaped like wine, but if you prefer real wine, Piel Leather (asi/78073) has a classy carrier. Item 2356 is a leather double wine tote with a magnetic snap opening. My husband and I have made it our mission to go to more BYOBs, rather than paying the quadruple mark-up on wine at restaurants. Those on a similar mission would truly appreciate such a gift. Pricing starts at: $70-P for one. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Bottom Line: Double up.
Web Winner The Pitch: I always take the CNN.com Quick Poll. Today's was, "Which of these 20th century innovations has the biggest influence on our lives? TV, Interstate, or Internet. I chose "Internet," as did the majority of voters (58%). All In One Mfg. (asi/34256) offers item AiO-ECK20, a Web button, which opens to your client's Web site. Plus it's pharma compliant when set to an educational Web site. An added benefit: a color-changing mood light! This would be great for tech markets, but really, for any client with a Web site. Pricing starts at: 100; $8.25-R. Click here: http://www.allinoneline.com/. The Bottom Line: Direct connection.
White Out The Pitch: Not very impressed with "American Idol" so far this season, I have to admit. However, Crystal is very good and she is my favorite right now. She needs some tooth whitening, though (I'm just saying), to go along with her cute face and her great Joplinesque voice. Janis probably had yellow teeth too, but in this day and age, there's just no reason to. For example, Custom HBC Corp. (asi/47934) has a very simple solution. Item 30520-005 is a 5-day supply of single-use dissolving tooth-whitening strips. Think of these for dentists, spas and beauty salons. Pricing starts at: 100; $10.71-R. Email email@example.com.
Raising the Bar The Pitch: Despite their name, Think Geek (asi/91123) has the coolest products. Take their Wi-Fi Detector Shirt (item 0991EXL). The glowing bars on the front of the shirt change to indicate signal strength. Definitely a fun choice for techno-types and anyone at all who uses a computer. Pricing starts at: 50; $20.63-R. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. The Bottom Line: Wi fi(ght) it?
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