My Valleyschwag

I’m standing in a bar. A guy approaches me and shows me a burlap-style sack like thing. He tells me that it contains the “best schwag. These are limited edition collectibles you won’t find in any store. We lasso only the best shirts, stickers, hats, pens, and various logo’d merch”. By the size of the bag I can tell it’s only a small selection. He tells me it’s worth £7.00 but he’ll only ask for £11.00 I hesitate. He blurbs on about Silicon Valley’s “t-shirts, ballcaps, notepads, stickers, keychains, and other booty blaring the slogans that create new industries”. But hey, I’m fair game for it, I’m in a good mood and I’m willing to experiment, it’s from a country and place I’ve not been to so despite the fact I’ve not met the guy before, and despite the fact that he tells me that it’ll cost me £11.00 I hand over the cash.
With hindsight was it wise to hand over £11.00 for something unknown despite the high promises?

So, the $20.95 question: was it worth it?
I did not get the first package until after the second paypal subscription payment had gone. I had no emails about things being late, package variety being poor – which I gleaned from reading several pages of comments at the blog (first attempt and it’s not good. The first attempt should be fantastic and from there it goes to hell over time) and even the payment overlapping. I got a (generic Rubyredlabs) T-shirt (not my colour but not their fault). My daughter has it. £11 for a T-shirt? No way – I couldn’t spend that on a T-shirt. Stickers…. hmm. Pencil. wow. Bendy MT spanner thing – why should I promote another company, especially when their spanner is bendy? I’ll try to open a bottle with it maybe. Why a spanner too? Odd. Anyway….

t-shirts, ballcaps, notepads, stickers, keychains, and other booty. best shirts, stickers, hats, pens, and various logo’d merch

No communication. What is offered does not match what is given (is given the right word? I can’t decide if I bought it or not). And you want more money? Right now I’m thinking no way. No. But …. I don’t know. If it was the guy in the pub I’d be giving a crystal-clear No. So why I’m thinking about this one I don’t know. Maybe it’s like the person in front of the fruit machine… just one more go…

(One more thing – those stickers. My girls are going to say “What’s Goatse?” later. Thanks Valleyschwag. Thanks a lot.)

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3 thoughts on “My Valleyschwag

  1. Wow, it sounds like you really aren’t happy with your package. We worked hard to put together the best packages we could, and there’s a chance that future packages will contain about this much stuff. We can only send you want other companies want to share, and future packages might be about this size.

    The thing that really baffles me is this:
    “why should I promote another company, especially when their spanner is bendy? Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขll try to open a bottle with it maybe. Why a spanner too?”

    The whole point of schwag is that it is promotional. The keychain is the Movable Type logo – if you want a real spanner you’ll do much better at the hardware store. I hate to say this, but if you’re looking for items without company logos on them you might never be happy with Valleyschwag. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What I meant about the spanner was that I expected better from a company like Six Apart.
    I’m sure you did try but you were still saying one thing and delivering another – that’s what caused me to cancel. Had a typical package been shown then I would have either subscribed with my eyes wide open or not done so. I feel I was sold something which didn’t quite exist despite your best efforts.
    Size – it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it ๐Ÿ™‚

    The Goatse stickers were a mistake though. My girls use the net. They know know something even I would prefer they didn’t just yet. Still… I cancelled but the second sub had gone in. I said that I could have a refund or a second package. Thor responded very quickly and it’ll be a second package. If I like it and want to continue I’ll blog it ๐Ÿ™‚

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