Well, I survived another Halloween and that, in itself, is a treat but I’m still on the lookout for a trick. I was most intrigued this year about the story of the lady who planned on handing out fat letters to kids she judged overweight instead of candy. If ever an idea begged the question, “How’d that work out for you?” this is it. Do you think she’s behind in house payments or just insane because after about the third one of those she passed out, those kids are taking that house down and the only question will be…will they let her escape or just burn it down around her? We’ve always been a nosy people, sticking our noses where they don’t belong but we’ve raised the bar now so that we now think we know what’s best for everyone else and that is a character flaw that used to be limited to politicians. Besides, half the fun of giving kids candy is to make the teachers suffer the next day. I guess we’re probably all guilty to a certain extent. I know I’m guilty of unconsciously correcting people’s grammar and even I know it’s annoying but A. I can’t help myself and B. I’m right and they’re wrong and C. I really don’t care. But I can barely decide what I’m going to eat so I can’t imagine presuming what is good for someone else. If I did there would be a lot of vegans eating corned beef hash with poached eggs, using bacon to push it onto their fork.
Our political correctness has extended too far and the fact that it contains the word political should have been a clue. We’ve all forgotten the true meaning of Halloween and that is to dress up in an attempt to offend the greatest number of people so why can’t the PC people take a day off from deciding whom I’ve offended. Please stop using my costume as your bully pulpit. In fact, if you can’t laugh at yourself, call me and I’ll come over at laugh at you. Seriously, I should be able to dress like an Irish potato farmer bathing in Guinness without being blindsided by the Emerald Leprechaun Society. And my dog loves to wear his taco costume on Halloween so if you’re representing the Jalapeno Preservation Society, save your breath because well, it’s a FOOD! And he doesn’t listen to people so unless a taco shell tells him it’s offended; he’s not going to change into his pumpkin outfit. Last night our house was visited by about a dozen 13-year old boys…and girls, all dressed like Miley Cyrus and I was offended but I didn’t call and whine to CNN. Though I was tempted to call Social Services because I think that indicates some parenting issues. We live in a multicultural society but we can’t expect everyone to know everything about every culture and while I regret that everyone isn’t as culturally sensitive as I am, I’m willing to give people the benefit of the doubt and just laugh. Get your mental picture out for this example: A deli…picture that, in New York…picture that, once advertised Boneless Smoked Ham as being, and I quote, “Delicious for Chanukah.” I’m sorry folks, but that’s funny!
It’s not really that different in business. IMC has hundreds of items that come in multiple shapes and colors and, as far as we know, none of them offend anyone. We will work together with you to offer these products for any event and we’ll do everything in our power to strengthen your relationship with your customer and that is just what you need in a business relationship in the promotional products industry. Most of our items are suitable for any event and we have decorating methods that will dress them up. Visit the IMC website to see our new brands and new items from our collections and our 2013 Holiday Flyer. You can download the flyer or we’ll send you some, and you can see all the new items in the section of our website. The IMC catalog is also virtual on Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs land it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. We can help your clients celebrate retirements, milestones, anniversaries, shows or launches and keep the celebration foremost in their minds. From crystal awards and designer pens for anniversaries, retirements, speaker or holiday gifting to pens and keychains for product launches, giveaways and thank-you gifts. We know your clients test you with price, delivery and detailed logos so we know what we can do with our products and how you can use or market them. IMC has products to make you look and feel good and we 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. 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 transform your selection into a promotional product that will enhance your end-user’s event or ceremony. 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 35 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. These include world renowned designers like Umbra and the unique offerings from Ten Design and Troika. We invite you to browse any of our 2,500+ 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…trick or treat?