People get all excited about Fridays and you might be excited because you get to wear jeans to the office but I have a feeling of dread because I’m not looking forward to this Saturday as my neighborhood is having our semi-annual garage sale. I hate that we allow strangers in our ‘hood twice a year to case our houses for future burglaries so I hate garage sales like most people hate lawyers. Call me crazy but I don’t like people checking for an alarm system under the guise of looking for a two dollar bassinet…or a couch that floats.
When we have these yard sales I can’t even have my garage door open without somebody trying to buy my treadmill for a buck. So, it probably goes without saying that I don’t partake in this fiasco of trying to convince someone that my crap is worth something to become their crap. Most people “shopping” are just looking for cheap crap they can take back to the valley and sell again so maybe I’m just tired of driving through the valley and seeing my golf shirts on hangers at somebody’s garage sale in Reseda. Also, I don’t haggle and everyone feels compelled to haggle. Is it because it’s one person to another that they think they can grind you on the price? I could be selling an original Renoir for a dime and somebody would offer me a nickel. They don’t understand that I don’t need to sell this stuff, I could give it away, not to them of course because if it weren’t for fire laws I would burn it in front of them if they try and haggle. I don’t go into Nordstrom’s and tell them, “I like this shirt but the price is a little high. Instead of $65 will you take $8?” If the egg mcmuffin is a dollar, McDonald’s isn’t giving you two for a dollar just because you ask. If I put something out and the price is a dollar, the price is a dollar, not fifty cents, not six for five dollars, not buy two get one free…the price is one damned dollar.
This is why I give most of our stuff away. I have even donated our last couple of cars because I would rather have the tax deduction than have people come over and ask me about the last eight years of my car’s life. And I would rather tote clothes and appliances to the Salvation Army or Goodwill than have people descend on my garage sale table of shirts like a colony of fire ants. I like the idea of helping people and I get the tax write-off I so richly deserve, which I inflate outrageously. I have run into one problem with donating to the Goodwill and that is they have a retail store not that far from us and last week Laurie came home with an ice bucket I know we donated a few years ago. She said she thought it looked familiar and I said that was probably because we had it in our liquor cabinet for about thirty years and used it maybe twice. I do think though that I valued it at $500 for the tax deduction and she bought it back for $4 so if we do this a few more times this year, we might owe the government nothing.
It’s not really that different in business. IMC doesn’t have garage sales but we have some awesome promotional products and, for 2016, we have new products from our collections and 6 new retail brands for the industry. We believe IMC products speak for themselves and we can also show you ways to use and market them to your clients. We will blow your mind with our decorations and we will make your customer think you are off the hook. The 2016 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and will be posted on the online services. We’ll continue to treat our clients 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 also get on the distribution list for our 2016 catalog using the catalog page of our website. We have new items in the IMC Collections and several new retail brands debuting in 2016. We have products for every event 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 2016 IMC catalog is also 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. This year we are proud to present Just Mobile, Block, Magisso, PlayableART, Molla Space and Airplane Pockets to the promotional products industry. 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…is that for sale?