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Old 10-16-2012, 09:28 PM   #61
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Originally Posted by JessicasMom View Post
I'm wondering how people feel about this, too. I work in healthcare and have lots of marketers dropping off hand sanitizers, keychain flashlights, highlighters, etc, that people may find useful. IN ADDITION TO my crafty FE gifts, I'm considering slapping a Disney sticker on some of these to hand out, covering the company logo. Thoughts???

I think the hand sanitizers, flashlights, etc are a great gift, and very useful on the cruise.
If it were me I'd package them neatly as a cruise survival kit and on my little note saying who the gift is from, etc. I'd mention that you thought the products would be useful on the cruise and through your job, you happened to have access to the many free samples from companies and that you're not trying to promote anything, you just thought they would be useful.. It might be a little cheesy if it was your only gift and you mentioned that they were free, but since you are doing other things as well, I say that your effort in preparing them as a survival kit would be the "thought that counts" in this situation. I'd appreciate it as a receiver.

There's gotta be a better way to word the "They were free, but I thought they were useful" note... but I think it would be nice to mention that you're not promoting.

I wouldn't bother with the Disney stickers over the logo, might look like you were trying to class up the freebies.
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:34 PM   #62
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We'll be participating in our first FE in December. Interested to see if we receive and "advertisements"!!
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:48 PM   #63
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Wow that travel agent thing is really annoying. I would have put a note back in her Fish saying, no thanks.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:05 PM   #64
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Let's keep this thread on track discussing FE gifts and advertising.

But remember - if you have not been approved to advertise on DIS please do not mention what type of business you have especially if it's a home based, direct sales business.

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Old 10-28-2012, 01:11 PM   #66
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We received some very nice things that had company logos on them. I was not offended at all!
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:25 PM   #67
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Just wanted to follow up as I had originally posted that we received a small Tupperware in our FE. The consultant was creative, she included temporary tattoos and the Tupperware came with a cotton ball soaked with baby oil to take off the tattoo. Just wanted to clarify.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:31 PM   #68
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Originally Posted by GhostlyHitchhiker View Post
Let me clarify that imo, if you own your own business or do creative stuff on the side (the PP who does cruise/Disney related items), that's ok. There is actual thought going into the gifts and it makes sense to promote yourself if you have made a hand-made gift.

Tossing in Tupperware, there's no thought to that. Throwing in something with your major corporations logo on it is also not a gift I want in my FE (my husband works for a major corporation and there are always boxes of branded freebies lying around - I would *never* consider giving these as a gift!).

To me it's sad that this is apparently rampant enough that other DIS members have stopped doing the FE because it was too much advertising. I'm seriously thinking of making up No Solicitor signs for FEs now...
As a home based business consultant, I am amazed at your statement. Having pearticiated in a few FEs, I know that people spend money on things, some are not craft inspired. I have recieved first aid kits and sewing kits as well as snacks. If I decide to drop a sample into your FE, it will be with my card. I have to pay for all my product, so to "drop a piece" into your FE takes a bit of thinking and budgeting. I need to know how many to buy and then I have to spend money to do so, just like youhave to spend money to get whatever you give. I have NEVER given samples as a gift for an FE, but I see nothing wrong with it. I would not put a flyer, brochure or catalogue, but a little sample piece, why not?

PS if you have a no soliciting sign, I will be more than happy to skip your FE. Just don't compalin when you didn't get as much as you thought you would ir find out that others in your group got something fun
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:55 PM   #69
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I don't think it would bother me unless they were trying to stalk me in the halls to push their products. Simply leaving a flyer, note, or token along with what they do wouldn't hurt. I would just toss what I'm not interested in and wouldn't give it a second thought. I actually think Tupperware from a rep is a great idea for an FE gift and a little printed plug for their business along with it would be ok too.
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Not sure why people are getting so upset about a bit of advertising ... Nobody made rules for the FE, it's give what you want to whom you want. If people want hand made, home crafted things, please don't join any FE I'm in .. I have the craft expertise of a gnat!!
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:45 PM   #70
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I would think that in the weeks/months leading up to a cruise, the FE group would all become familiar with each other anyway - wouldn't they? The group would already know what you do, and if they were interested prior to the cruise, they would have already asked for info. Flyers or advertisements wouldn't be needed.

I don't see any problem in mentioning in that particular FE thread what a person does for a living. I personally do a craft thing from home, but I don't advertise it here on the boards. I may mention something I've made, and if someone asks for info, I will send a pm . . . Again, though, this would have been done before the cruise itself.

However, if someone made a handmade gift - I would not object to a business card being attached to the gift . . . it's the flyers and what that TA did that I wouldn't care for . . .
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:04 PM   #71
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I don't mind advertising freebies (hand sanitizer, post it notes, little toys for the kids) as long as it's useful stuff. I would much rather get that stuff as opposed to the bags of leftover halloween candy my kids have gotten on BOTH our cruises we participated in FE exchanges on!

My issue is flyers and catalogs for beauty products and hand bags and cooking supplies. I know enough local folks and facebook friends for that stuff.

I feel like its a waste if folks bring that stuff because most of it will end up in the trash bins on the ship making more garbage for the ship to deal with.

At least be polite about it and see if anyone is interested in aquiring one of your catalogs BEFORE the cruise and tell them you'll bring them and drop it in their FE. Chances are they wont get many takers
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:15 PM   #72
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Since my cruise is right after Halloween, I'm ok with leftover Halloween candy I have to agree with pp. post it's & the like are ok but flyers and brochures are not.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:19 PM   #73
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:46 PM   #74
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We had one person in our exchange put their business card in our FE but it was attached to a vinylmation so we were quite happy! I thought that was a nice gift, and I didn't mind taking their card. If it was something I was interested in, I might contact that person. As long as their is a gift as in the spirit of the FE exchange, I don't see anything wrong with attaching a business card. I wouldn't like to be stalked or pressured into something like a TA wanting me to give him/her my business while on the cruise. But a business card is harmless, toss it if you aren't interested.
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I have participated in four gift exchanges and never received any advertising. One of my cruises had 60 cabins and I don't recall receiving any advertising. If I receive something I don't like, I throw it away. Very simple to throw something away.

Even if I did receive advertising, I wouldn't be offended. Last time I checked there wasn't a "rule" on gifts for the gift exchange. If you don't like it, throw it away. The gift exchanges are so much fun, I wouldn't let a "bad" gift ruin it for me.
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