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Call Them What You Will, Promotional Products Work

February 25, 2011 3:51 pm Published by

According to multiple reports including a recent Technorati piece, California Governor Jerry Brown referred to promotional products as “doodads and plastic gewgaws” and has forbidden state agencies from buying them, expecting to save his cash-strapped state somewhere between $7-$8 million over the next three years. He wants no more state money spent on items that make people feel good but in the end are probably unnecessary and likely to end up in landfills anyway.
Never mind that these items have successfully built awareness of public initiatives and environmental issues as well as to promote health and wellness. Forget too that promo products are far less likely to end up in a landfill than the brochures, posters and other printed pieces used as advertising by the state.
At least the Governor first invoked a hiring freeze on state jobs, cut back on cell phones for bureaucrats and halted the purchase of new vehicles for the state, so promo products fans can’t feel totally slighted.