Yep! Was a Navy Corpsman (medic) Pharma reps would show up monthly for dog and pony show about their stuff. After they figured out we weren’t doctors and was a waste of time to talk to us, they’d leave us alone. And we’d clean up on pens/gadgets etc.
I’ve been to some trade shows. The FIRST place you stop must be giving away (big) bags with good handles. THEN head for the rest of the swag.
Must have been a real hard day.
The only thing I miss from trade shows is the swag.
Got a lifetime supply of tote bags… Long ago in a galaxy far away!
If they aren’t giving away candy, I don’t even slow down, much less make eye contact. And if the booth babe is eye candy, then I slow waaaay down.
Wally has a very clear sense of purpose! :D
Always wondered why they could not figure out that SWAG does not increase biz, and if it’s cheap or breaks when trying to use it then you associate the company with poor quality.
This was going to be my exact comment yesterday. These shows were a swag competition when I was young. At least some of the shows I have been to lately have featured the Sauce testing company and they give away hot sauce.
In the late 80’s you got a T-Shirt for sitting thru a presentation, in the 90’s one person got the shirt , in 00’s you got entered in a drawing for the shirt
He certainly got the fun assignment.
Wally will start at the dessert end of the buffet….!
When my kids were small they loved going through the Expo Goodie Bags I brought home.
Be nice to the competition. They may hire you someday. …or not.
I remember going to trade shows occasionally, thinking that the give aways were such a gimmick … and then I ended having to go to trade shows when I started a small business and was on the other side of table. Hey … want a cheap logo pen?
I recall maybe 40 years ago going to the new car show in downtown Toronto. Usually got a pass from a friend who owned a dealership. Loved it for sure. Then I met my wife who worked for a large grocer in Canada in marketing and she got VIP passes for the car show from OLG (lottery folk) but this was the Thursday night show that was closed to the public. There were free bars at every big display. There were buffets at most of the big dealership displays. I just looked about in wonder. Now I had quit drinking some years before and I felt let down that I knew nothing about this event when it was like a kid in a candy store with booze. Anyhow the swag bags at the were insanely generous THEN OLG gave us two bags each of their stuff. I guess lotteries were really profitable. Anyhow those days are long gone but I will never forget what I saw that night, AND they let me sit in a Lamborghini. You don’t get that on Friday.
SWAG: Stuff We All Get! -Michael Scott
Swag is not really a thing anymore at Comic-Con. :(
I was stationed at the Pentagon (as a COBOL programmer on a mainframe) in the mid-80’s and we had an individual just like that working in the office.
There was a pretty big tech conference in DC every year (I forget the name of it now) and we’d all get comp tickets to go. While most of us collected our fair share of gimmes, we also made a point to learn neat and new things while at the conference. That one individual in our shop only went for the trinkets and came back with a bunch of that crap. Probably not a surprise to anyone, but that individual wasn’t especially good at the job either. 8^)
Wally lives in that border area between unethical and illegal.
What about that fishbowl? Isn’t that filled with little mini chocolate bars? Yum! That’s what I usually go for at conventions….
Best trade show I ever went to, about late 70s or early 80s, laser disc movies were just becoming available, and the manufacturer was showing “Airplane” in a loop.
The really good stuff is in the “Hospitality Suites”.
Of course, you have to be wearing a $5,000.00 Suit to get invited to those.
Ah the good old days, 20 years ago when the annual computer expo was full of vendors giving away T-shirts, lottery tickets, and all manner of goodies. Two Cadillac Escalades were raffled off the first year I went, and there were free test drives in a Mercedes. Most of that stuff dried up a year or two later.