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The Goddess Knows (fortune teller) The Pitch: We are down to the wire, people! Will the final two be Adam and Danny or Adam and Kris? (Notice how I left Adam in there in both American Idol finale scenarios? That's because I love him.) If only we had a crystal ball. Well, Fortune Products (asi/55127) comes along with something quirky, yet cool. Item #GG-01510 is the Guiding Goddess fortune teller. Ask her a question and pass your hand over the crystal ball twice. Magical sounds are heard and your personal reading is given. The product has an electronic memory chip that allows words and phrases to be combined, with over 450 phrase combinations possible. Pricing starts at: Qty.-50; list price-$28.12; price code-R. This would be a unique way of saying, "The future looks bright!" Web address: www.fortuneproducts.com. The Bottom Line: See into the future.
Clip This (jumbo magnetic clip) The Pitch: This little product packs a punch, because if you are like me, you have class trip notices, permission slips, music schedules and more up on your fridge. The jumbo magnetic clip (item SM-3267) from Bullet Line (asi/42424) sure comes in handy, as it holds them all together in one neat spot. Plus, they are running a special with up to 30% off. Pricing starts at: Qty.-300; list price-$1.44; price code-C. Web address: www.bulletline.com. Expires 8/31/09. The Bottom Line: Hold it right there.
Holy Cowhide (travel wallet) The Pitch: It's almost summer (yippee!), so the travel market should be heating up. Posh Xessories Inc. (asi/79028) has EQP plus no minimums on travel accessories including item TX-109299, a Tuscan cowhide leather travel wallet. It features a large exterior pocket for boarding passes, retractable wrist strap, PDA holder, ID window and credit card pockets, plus a zippered interior currency pouch, pen loop and zipper closure. Use promo code RDC-09. Web address: http://79028.asisupplier.com/. Expires 9/30/09. The Bottom Line: Pack it in.
Kool Kash (grocery tote) The Pitch: The days of "paper or plastic" are certainly waning. Kool Pak (asi/65595) has a great environmentally friendly polypropylene grocery tote bag with reinforced seams, full 8" gusset, and 18" carry straps. In fact, it won in the "Best Green Product" category at one of the ASI Shows. Plus they offer EQP for ESP subscribers on item #44706. Web address: www.koolpak.com. The Bottom Line: In the bag.
Fantastic Plastic (pen) The Pitch: Remarkably, I didn't watch it, given the reality TV nut I seem to be, but you've probably heard that Joan Rivers won Celebrity Apprentice. Speaking of plastic, All-In-One (asi/34256) offers item AIO-WENVI, a plastic ballpoint pen with black ink, white clip and rubberized grip. And just like Joan, they are biodegradable, so they are perfect for eco-friendly promos. Pricing starts at: Qty.-300; list price-$1.13; price code-R. Web address: www.allinoneline.com. The Bottom Line: So it is written.
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