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Shopping for Imprinted Promotional Items

By John Hanksworth

You've worked hard to start, build, and/or maintain the strength and dignity of your company - you have every right to be proud of your accomplishments! You deserve to see your name in print! So the next time you have the need for promotional items for a trade show, holiday and/or thank-you gifts for your employees and customers, why not have your company name imprinted on them?

But this is your company name that we're talking about here- you can't trust this project to just any printing establishment- you need a true professional, just like you, to make your imprinted promotional items stand out amongst the masses. If you're at a trade show, you want YOUR promotional items with YOUR name on them to stand out. The same thing goes for thank you and holiday gifts- you need to WOW everyone with innovative promotional ideas and quality workmanship.

First things first, don't limit your resources. You need to shop around to get the best variety of promotional items, and the best place to begin your quest is right here over the Internet.

After you've found your ideal promotional item, you need to do a bit of research on the company. Don't be afraid to ask for customer references and testimonials, for a reputable company will have them readily available for your viewing pleasure.

After you've decided on whether or not you'll be conducting business with this company, you'll need to talk about pricing and the 'etceteras' involved. As an FYI, the industry average is a 50% deposit paid up-front before any work on your order will begin, with the balance due when the order is shipped. Shipping charges will depend greatly on the amount of your order.

Be sure to look for any and all hidden fees, as some printers of promotional items such as hats, t-shirts, stress balls and pencils can add screen charges, set-up fees and other types of expenses to your bill. I'm not saying that these fees are bad in any way, just that they should be all out in the open before you agree on anything.

Guarantees and warranties can make one feel all warm and snuggly inside, offering a sense of security on un-chartered waters. Shipping date guarantees are very popular in this industry, guaranteeing your order will be shipped by a pre-designated day or you will receive a portion of your money back. Price guarantee is another, creating a worry-free shopping experience, for if you find an identical item at a lower cost someplace else, the difference in price will be refunded to you (and sometimes a bit more for your trouble).

Customer service is key in this industry; so if you feel uncomfortable at any time, express your concerns to the company-at-hand- they should work hard and quickly to rectify the situation for you!
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