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Old 10-15-2012, 09:07 AM   #46
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In all the FE exchanges I have participated in, I have NEVER received any advertising. Not so sure exactly how I would feel about it either, other than food for the wastebasket.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:26 AM   #47
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On another note, we contacted some local and state wide companies and received samples of their products (Carmex) and some coupons for free food items that we plan to give out. .. So is that acceptable? We don't work for these companies and are just "showing off" the cool items that are made where we live.
I think this is a GREAT idea!

Do you think Disney would give me free passes to give out in FE gifts?
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:21 AM   #48
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For me, it's a hazy line.

If someone makes hand made gifts like hand stamped jewelry or little clay sculptures, and they're something they sell as a primary or side business, I'd actually like a business card attached so I know where to get more. An unobtrusive ad like a bus card is a small price to pay for their time and effort - especially if it's a cool item that I or or someone else I know would like.

A little hazier would be something from a rep of one of the big companies like Avon, Partylite or Tupperware. If it came with a sample, it wouldn't bother me much - but frankly, I'd say it was a waste of effort on their part. I can find a local rep to almost all of those big companies simply by asking among my friends. Most people can do likewise. So someone getting business from an FE gift is very unlikely.

Amway would piss me off. Enough said.

Other types would really depend on the service/product and how hard the sell was. The aforementioned TA letter would annoy me to no end. Someone pimping their Auto Detail Service in Detroit with a letter and coupons would make me laugh before I got annoyed and I trash binned it, because I'm not from Detroit. But a pen with someone's company logo, or a business card included with their other FE gifts would be fine.

Bottom line, the softer the sell, and the more unique the item (or handmade), the more acceptable I would find it.

I feel pretty much exactly like this.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:33 AM   #49
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If someone mentions the election during dinner, I will tell them to stop. In no uncertain terms.
We had tablemates during our last cruise that point blank asked everyone (on night one, no less!) what their political party affiliation was! I am not kidding! So bizarre and uncomfortable.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:04 PM   #50
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We had tablemates during our last cruise that point blank asked everyone (on night one, no less!) what their political party affiliation was! I am not kidding! So bizarre and uncomfortable.
Ew, that's weird. Would they move tables if someone was opposed to them? I would have made something up in hopes of scaring them off.

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Old 10-15-2012, 12:19 PM   #51
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Don't see the harm. Disney hits us with tons of advertising on the ship anyway. (Auctions, Shopping, you name it.)

Also, DVC entices its members to get other people to come to their sale pitch via little cards.

Just another outlet. Doesn't ruin the experience.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:56 PM   #52
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We had tablemates during our last cruise that point blank asked everyone (on night one, no less!) what their political party affiliation was! I am not kidding! So bizarre and uncomfortable.
And that's the moment I would request another table! Yuck!
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:23 PM   #53
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We're sailing next week and are really looking foward to getting away from politics. Sure hope no one tries to put any propaganda in our fish.

If someone mentions the election during dinner, I will tell them to stop. In no uncertain terms.

We also don't need someone else's religion rammed down our throats.

We have a great travel agent and would throw away someone else's business card.

o.k. rant over.
I agree 100% I even tell friends at home that there are 3 things you never discuss in polite company; religion, politics and money.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:54 PM   #54
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I agree 100% I even tell friends at home that there are 3 things you never discuss in polite company; religion, politics and money.
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It sounds like a sticky rubber slinky that can walk down a window/door instead of stairs.
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We had tablemates during our last cruise that point blank asked everyone (on night one, no less!) what their political party affiliation was! I am not kidding! So bizarre and uncomfortable.
That would be very strange, especially on a vacation. There is so much of that going around right now that when people ask who I am for I just say, "Obi-Wan Kenobi, he's our only hope"

Yup, I stole that from a FB thing but I love it and you can use it too
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:31 PM   #57
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That would be very strange, especially on a vacation. There is so much of that going around right now that when people ask who I am for I just say, "Obi-Wan Kenobi, he's our only hope"

Yup, I stole that from a FB thing but I love it and you can use it too
I am so stealing that line!!!! We are big Star Wars fans!
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Thanks for the window walker explanation... I want me one! LOL
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It's shaped like a person doing a jumping jack with no head with sticky balls for hands and feet. You throw against window and it slowly walks down window. Wow, I guess I've never really had to explain. Hope it didn't sound gruesome (looks nothing like person, just shape, for reference). It slowly lets go at top then it flips down toward window, then the part at top slowly lets go and flops toward window and so on.
I hope this helps.
Hahaha! I love this! I don't think I've ever had to try to explain it, either!
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That would be very strange, especially on a vacation. There is so much of that going around right now that when people ask who I am for I just say, "Obi-Wan Kenobi, he's our only hope"

Yup, I stole that from a FB thing but I love it and you can use it too
I'm stealing this line too I have to remember the "he's our only hope"
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