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Old 06-22-2013, 02:48 PM   #1
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Please Don't Advertise In My FE

Ok. This is a semi-rant, but after seeing all the beautiful home-made gifts in the FE thread (which are beautiful, thoughtful and amazing).... and receiving some truly thoughtful gifts during my FE exchange --

I would like to reiterate that laminated bookmarks printed from computers (which are themselves FINE) placed in an envelope with your personal travel agent business info/business card IS NOT AN FE GIFT. It is an unappreciated, unsolicited advertisement. It went in my trash.

I had read about this on the boards and was quite turned off when I actually got one in my FE. My DDs and I spent months doing our FE gifts. Please participate in the spirit of the FE, and not for commercial gain
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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Was the person someone that had signed up for the FE and that was their only gift? (Totally WRONG if it was!!) Or was it just someone walking by sticking them in there as an advertisement?
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:59 PM   #3
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Was the person someone that had signed up for the FE and that was their only gift? (Totally WRONG if it was!!) Or was it just someone walking by sticking them in there as an advertisement?
Honestly, I have no idea. They left their DIS name and their business info. It was in an envelope. I tossed it, just as I would when I get housecleaning cards or law-mowing cards on my doorstep when I get home.

The turn off is---I'm on a cruise...I have a FE for gifts and surprises for my DDs, not for solicitations. Leave my FE alone
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:35 PM   #4
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Yah, that's a douche-y thing to do either way. I'm just really hoping it wasn't someones only FE gift that they were giving out....
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:44 PM   #5
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We were in the other group of the same FE and we got that too

A few of us discussed it as I automatically assumed it was just random marketing to all FE's they saw but someone pointed out the card in the envelope had our room number printed on it and since the FE list was all done via email must've been someone that had signed up
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:52 PM   #6
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While I think it's a bit tacky to use FE as an advertising outlet, I don't let it stress me so much. If the advertisement is such that it bothers me, I toss it. If it's on something that I will use, I use it.

For some people, that may be as far as their creativity goes. If mine goes further, so be it. It's a vacation, relax.
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
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We were in the other group of the same FE and we got that too

A few of us discussed it as I automatically assumed it was just random marketing to all FE's they saw but someone pointed out the card in the envelope had our room number printed on it and since the FE list was all done via email must've been someone that had signed up
Yes, that's what it was. This triggered my memory. It did have my stateroom number on the envelope and I actually had thought it was something important. Glad to know I wasn't the only one who found it tacky.
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:35 AM   #8
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If I received a business card thrown in with a gift, I would assume it's there for the contact details, not the advertising. i.e. "I'm on the same cruise as you, here is my name and email incase you feel like contacting me to discuss the highlights of the cruise".
Perhaps I am just naive, or perhaps it's a cultural thing (I asked my DH and he thought the same as me). But to be honest this thread has made me slightly more grateful I have chosen not to go down the whole fish extender route.
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:47 AM   #9
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I don't think I would care if somebody put an ad in with the FE. The thing that would bother me is if somebody joined the group just to send out "spam" and no gifts. As OP said people put time, money and heart into the FE and everybody involved should do the same. BTW I joined my first FE for this fall and I'm not creative in the least. I did however go out a buy gifts for everyone on our list
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I'd take the advertisement if it were a 75% off your next DCL cruise or $50 off your next purchase of flowers. It sounds like they are all travel agents, no? It reminds me of the Real Housewives of Orange County...they give gift bags with their own products. LOL
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Old 06-23-2013, 01:11 AM   #11
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I think the advertising is tacky but it wouldn't offend me. I would be offended by religious and/or political pamphlets. That just seems really not at all what a FE should be about.
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:15 AM   #12
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Whoa. That's seriously tacky. Advertising for your business OR your religion. In my neighborhood that is grounds to call the police.

Guess it is one more thing to add on to my mental list of reasons why I don't find the FEs appealing.
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:53 AM   #13
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Actually, nons of that stuff has bothered me in the past. Keep the gift and dispose of what you don't want.
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:04 PM   #14
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Actually, nons of that stuff has bothered me in the past. Keep the gift and dispose of what you don't want.
Good attitude! I am glad I chose never to do fish extenders. It seems like it is stressful.
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:11 AM   #15
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I don't mind the advertising if it is built into an FE gift or attached to one.

We got a religious pamphlet last time, but all the cabins in our area did not just the FEs
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