I couldn’t sleep the other night so I was running through the infomercial channels to find the best deals. Since I have all the pocket fishermen, Shamwows, Power Juicers and Ab Rockets I need, I found myself looking through the charity channels because I guess I need even less money than I have now. These are the channels that guarantee that for a few cents a day I can save a dog, feed a child, cure Ebola and the Swine Flu, or buy water for an entire continent when I’m only allowed to water my own grass twice a week. I learned that for only $.60 a day I can save a dog but I have to listen to Sarah McLachlan whine in my ear about it. Then I saw that I could feed a child for $3.65 a month and I thought…that’s quite a bargain. How can I pass that up? Many of you are too young to remember years ago when we watched Sally Struthers talk about famine in Africa and the needs of children in Central and South America. I was always a little dubious about those because it’s just not that convincing when your spokesperson is talking about famine but it looks like she never passed up a buffet. For a while there it looked like she had eaten about three of those kids. Anyway, how do you feed a kid on $3.65 a month and where are those kids? If I had those kids I’d have had about twelve of them. I can’t even buy my kids a damned latte for $3.65. What are they feeding those kids? What’s the staple ingredient that allows them to keep the costs so low? It’s got to be something that is readily available…like dirt. Are they stealing our free cheese to keep their costs low? $3.65 per month is like $.12 a day. Are they feeding the kids 2 sticks of licorice? With a side of mud? Are they sure those kids aren’t sneaking to the 7-11 with all the money they make sewing soccer balls and drawing that little swoosh on tennis shoes? Fortifying their diet with Slurpee’s and Slim Jims?
There is no question that raising children is expensive in this area so maybe charity should begin at home. By the time you’ve gone through all the sports, dance lessons, music lessons and the supposedly free public school system, you’ve pretty much given up on the dream of being able to afford sprinkles on your sundae and that trip to the Outlet Malls because you need to get a loan to buy a bus ticket to West Covina.
As a parent and in the spirit of good parenting, I do have one parenting tip to impart to you today. As your child grows, if you are concerned with drugs and promiscuity at the high schools…put them in the marching band. Nothing says ‘don’t date me’ like a tuba in the marching band. You have to bring it to school on the back of a donkey; you have to wear a harness to hold it up like you’re carrying a flag. If more kids took tuba lessons we could cancel all those worthless abstinence classes.
It’s not really that different in business. We dance to the beat of our own drum and offer items in many categories. IMC hopes you’re enjoying our new retail brands and products for the industry. New brands like Alessi, Areaware and our new designer sunglasses collection from Bobby Jones, Carmen Marc Valvo and Michael Stars are live on our website. And we’ll continue to treat our customers professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. If you’re curious about click on the tab and see. You can float through our 2015 catalog from category to category and find many products that will accent your client’s event and we’ll get you what you want even if we have some suggestions on how to make it more rewarding. Go to the Catalog page of the IMC website and put your order in and we’ll get them to you. Let us know if you’d like samples. We want to help you make sense of your client’s request so we offer choices between new products and classic items so they can make presentations memorable. And IMC cares that your order is correct so we keep lots of products around that are suitable for your events but we’ll let you decide what works best for you and jump in to help you with decisions about products and decorations. And if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. The 2015 IMC catalog is live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs. It can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 48 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. See great ideas and items from Kikkerland, Stewart/Stand, Paperthinks and Orangebag. We invite you to browse any of our 2,300+ products on the 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…can you spare a dollar?