Tax Freedom Day was yesterday, the 18th, which means we’ve spent the last 108 days working for the government without any of the cushy benefits that most government workers are afforded, but I came in this morning with a song in my heart because the rest of the year is going into my pocket. Now, I’ve never claimed to know where my tax dollars go but it seems the term “government services” is in danger of becoming an oxymoron. I swerve around so many potholes on my way to the office that I feel like Pac-man avoiding the ghosts. They could spend some of my taxes on asphalt and fill some holes so I don’t feel like I’m driving on the moon. And occasionally now I’ll call a government office just because I know I’ll be put on hold and I need a nap. But since Tax Freedom Day is drifting farther and farther into the year, it should at least be our new tax filing deadline. We shouldn’t have to pay until we’re working for ourselves. Like many of you, the IRS surreptitiously came and plundered my bank account at the stroke of midnight Monday and it got me thinking about money, or the lack of it now that I’ve paid my taxes. While paying taxes is only slightly less pleasant than being trapped in a refrigerator with a rabid ferret, I do like the electronic filing. No more standing in line at the post office at midnight on the 15th. And it’s somehow less painful when the money just disappears. Online banking has made me wonder how long paper money and coins will be around. The whole idea of metal coins as money only surfaced about 2700 years ago. It’s not like we crawled out of the sea with spare change in our gills. In the pre-money era, we existed on the barter system and people tried to use many different things like rice, bread and chocolate in an effort to exchange goods and services. Problem was, you could go broke if you got the munchies…or, in the case of chocolate, it became seriously devalued when the sun came out. It was also difficult sometimes to put an equal value on different things. Really, we only invented money because barter became a pain in the butt. Let’s say you needed a wagon wheel and the only thing you had to trade was a pig but the only guy with a wheel was a Hasidic Jew. Until he met a guy who liked bacon, you were out of luck. So barter just became too inefficient. Some of our ancestors had to walk to the marketplace with an elephant to trade but if they only needed a few things, who could change an elephant? That’s where the saying came from, “I can’t break that. Don’t you have anything smaller?” Now, my ancestral roots are in Europe and after my ancestors were kicked out and banished to America, they had to barter with Native Americans who didn’t have money. They would have but they didn’t have pockets. By the way, why do we call them Native Americans? They’re not native to America. They just came here sooner from someplace else. It’s not like they won a reality show like The Great Race and America was the prize. Anyway, money brought a standardization we had not had previously. No matter how worthless a dollar was, it was exactly as worthless as every other dollar. In the late 1600’s Massachusetts came up with the first paper money, which was essentially just an IOU because they didn’t have any money. I think the rule was that you could exchange it with other merchants for goods and services but you couldn’t give it back to the government to pay your taxes because they knew how worthless it was. Doesn’t seem like much has changed in the last 400 years.
It’s not really that different in business. IMC has thousands of products and most are available if you’re being “taxed” for time and these products that will keep your client’s name in full view of their audience, whether they are promoting their company or an event or celebration. We know our products and what we can do with them and how you can use or market them. We also know our products are here to support your event and we’ll be honest about what we can do in terms of pricing, decoration and shipping so you won’t have to worry about your deadline. For these reasons, IMC campaigns to continuously bring new brands and decorating options to the promotional product industry. These brands and options are developed with an eye toward the latest trends so we can continue to offer a wide realm of choices and options in both traditional and unusual promotional product categories. And we deal with some great distributors who have seen our finished product and are sharp enough to bring these new and exciting products to their clients. So we are always happy to offer ideas, suggestions and case histories to help you present the items to your client. IMC is a recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. Our in-house family of decorators will turn your selection into a winner that will enhance your end-user’s event or ceremony. And IMC will take your order, deliver it on time, and on budget. We treat every order with a practiced professionalism so the things that happen will be what you expect from an award-winning supplier. As well as continuously expanding the available product in our 6 Collections, IMC continues our industry-leading practice of bringing new retail brands to the promotional products industry. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 30 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. These include world renowned designers like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the unique offerings from Driinn and Charles Jourdan. We invite you to browse any of our 2,450+ products on the NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. IMC wants to know…what’s taxing you?