Monday, March 26, 2007

the price of fame

$209 plus $23 for shipping and handling. Is a nice souvenir worth that much? Or should I keep saving for that HD DVR I still want? Let me explain.

I got an email today with the subject line "News Sentinel article 03/15/07." It obviously refers to the article about my makeover that was published that day. The email was from a guy in Tampa who said he wanted to talk with me for two minutes about the article. Instead of calling, I looked up his company on the Internet. He works for In The News, Inc., a firm that laminates newspaper and magazine articles and mounts them on plaques. Their website says they have a highly sophisticated sales organization. I would say so. Apparently the News Sentinel is one of the 6,000 publications they receive. They saw the article, and found my work email address. This sentence from their site says it best:
If you are In The News, we know it and we make it our business to offer you our custom lamination service. Our sales staff contacts over 8,000 prospective clients each day and last year we produced over 65,000 custom laminated wall hangings, with approximate gross sales of over 10 million dollars.
I wrote back to the guy asking for a price quote. He replied saying that they wanted to go ahead and make the plaque. As a first time customer, I could return it within ten days if I didn't like it or if I can't come up with the $232. Plus tax probably.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

tell 'em to go screw Frank. I'm sure that there is a place here in town that would be more than happy to do it for you for at least the same price, if not at a DEEP discount.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would comment but I'm speechless.

Anonymous amy (lapsed stalker) said...

oh what the --??? Frank, as someone too entirely interested in your well being, i have to protest. trust me, I KNOW A STALKER WHEN I SEE ONE, and this co should not be rewarded for doing it!!! i mean, I NEVER GOT REWARDED!!! grrr! no fair... ha

Blogger Les Jones said...

Oh yeah. The company I work for made the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing U.S. companies and we had lots of those people calling.


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