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.)