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March to Your Own Drum (cool T-shirt) The Pitch: Let's face it: Geeks will inherit the earth (hello, Bill Gates!). If you are looking for some truly innovative products, you must talk to the people at Think Geek (asi/91123). They've got everything from caffeinated soap to really cool interactive T-shirts. My son the drummer would love item 0AC0BLL: an electronic T-shirt with a picture of an actual drum kit on the front. Hit the drums with your fingers and they play through the built-in speaker. Such a product is perfect for concerts, special events, music schools, radio stations, colleges, instrument retailers and more. Pricing starts at: 50; $27.74; R. For more information on this very unique tee, e-mail Brett McMahan at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Bottom Line: Feel the beat.
Charge It (solar charger) The Pitch: At my house, "Mom, where's my phone charger?" is asked as frequently as "Kath, did you see my [insert various objects here]?" I don't know why everyone thinks I should be the keeper of everything, but wouldn't it be nice if you had one charger for every gadget? Along comes Solio-Better Energy Systems (asi/40364) with the Solio universal solar charger. It's a great item for safety programs, holiday gifts, incentives, cell phone providers, etc. It's eco-friendly and practical and the Solio Mono is available starting at: 20; $59.95-T. Get more info at: www.soliopromos.com. The Bottom Line: Pure energy.
All Flash (wristband/USB drive) The Pitch: After the first day of school, my son came home and said he needed a USB drive … pronto. Kids, I have news for you: USB drives are a necessity these days. Custom Flash Gear (asi/47946) makes them fun by putting them on silicone wristbands so they are always on hand. The USB Band 8GB version starts at: 100; $28.65-Q. Use them for school stores, fundraisers, computer retailers and promotions aimed at tweens and teens. Web address: www.customflashgear.com. The Bottom Line: Band together.
It Takes Two (folding bench) The Pitch: Tailgating is kicking into high gear with college and pro football back in season (can't you smell the chili and wings in the air?). Well, here's a nifty spectator/tailgating folding "bench," which seats two … perfect for huddling together on brisk autumn days. Item BC-33 is from King Stone Enterprises LLC (asi/64887) and it starts at: 250; $36-P. Markets include sporting events, incentives, college fundraisers, resorts (for the beach), and corporate picnics. Check it out at: http://64887.asisupplier.com/. The Bottom Line: Front-row seats.
This Smells (scented pen) The Pitch: When I hear "wild cherry," of course I think of "Play That Funky Music" … and you should see me dance to it. You might do a little dance yourself when I tell you of a new product I have sniffed out for you: scented pens. The supplier is aptly named Scented Pens (asi/85382) and wild cherry is only one of the fragrances they offer. Pricing starts at: 250; 80 cents-R. To find out more and also to read about scent marketing and branding (pretty cool stuff) go here: www.scentedpens.com. The Bottom Line: The nose knows.
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