With this Hot Deals, I bring you products that I think are cool. Your selling peers also think these are cool. Each item was either a winner or a runner-up in our sister publication Counselor's Design Awards contest. Enjoy this winning edition 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
A Few Good Men The Pitch: OK, there are only two good men here, but this runner-up in the Awards category struck my fancy. The Pushing Men bookends from International Merchandise Concepts (asi/82820) are cast stone resin bookends, which are perfect for any bibliophile, or people like me who have books in their bookcase that are purely for decoration. Pricing for item K-BE01P starts at: 50; $43.91-R. These are a good choice for any recognition or incentive program or as executive gifts. Check out these guys here: http://www.imc-miracles.com/. The Bottom Line: Push the limits.
Guitar Hero The Pitch: For all those legends in their own minds, Think Geek (asi/91123) comes up with the Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt (item0C498), the winner in the Apparel & Caps category. It comes with a mini amp and two magnetic picks and is actually a real musical instrument that allows the wearer to play his or her favorite songs. Music schools and summer camps and all kinds of special events coordinators would eat this right up. Pricing starts at: 50; $32.45-S. Email Brett for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Bottom Line: Rock on with your bad self.
Big Faker The Pitch: The Terra travel cup looks like a disposable coffee cup, but it's a porcelain mug with a silicone lid. Item #2201 from ETS Express Inc. (asi/51197) is perfect for diners, coffee-and-donut shops, and what about as a giveaway with purchase of a coffee-maker? Yes, I thought you would like that idea. I must have gotten a boost from my morning joe. Plus, my friends, this winner in the Drinkware category is on sale until July 31, with pricing starting at: 36; $8.99-R. Click here: http://www.etsexpress.com/. The Bottom Line: Jazz up your java.
Slap Happy The Pitch: Here's kind of a merging of a watch and a silicone bracelet. The Slap-On Watch from Sweda Company LLC (asi/90305) is the winner in the Watches & Jewelry category and it wraps around your wrist with a simple slap of the band. It's a fun idea for special events, tween- and teen-related promotions, and any marketing effort where "timing is everything." Are you feelin' it? Email email@example.com for further information. The Bottom Line: Timing really is everything.
The Great Escape The Pitch: How many times have you wished you had a high-pitched whistle and there was none to be found? Well, you'll get that and more with KTI Networks' (asi/63776)Auto Emergency Kit, which is cleverly designed as a 6-in- tool. It features: a super-bright LED flashlight, a warning flasher (3 red LED's), the aforementioned high-pitch whistle, a seat-belt cutting blade, metal pointed window breaking hammer, and a handy emergency air bag spear. A magnetic base is designed to hold the tool to a vehicle's roof or trunk for better visibility. Plus it fits in the glove box. Of course this is the right choice for any auto- or safety-related program. This was a runner-up in the Housewares division and pricing starts at: 500; $11.15-R. See it for yourself: http://www.ktipromo.com. The Bottom Line: To the rescue.
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