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LimeiBook86
Dec 2, 2002, 09:52 PM
I went to the Apple Store in Menlo Park, NJ and at the counter in the back of the store they had a plastic enclosed box with a keychain a few differnet pens, a luggage tag, a small clock for a desk and some other little do dads they price from $8.99 (the pen) to $24.99 (the clock) I don't know how long they will be and neither did the Apple Staff there but get them while you can! You shouldn't miss out on this! I don't think they are avialible online,but they look like great stocking stuffers :D

Mr. Anderson
Dec 2, 2002, 10:09 PM
I did a fast search online and didn't find anything - but how good did they look? Are they really worth it or are they just silly little promo items that you'd never use?

D

BenderBot1138
Dec 2, 2002, 10:21 PM
ya ya ya !!!! pictures! pictures!... were are the pictures!!!

Cool find LimeiBook86!

:cool:

alex_ant
Dec 2, 2002, 11:24 PM
Great... now we can pay Apple to advertise for them :)

LimeiBook86
Dec 2, 2002, 11:33 PM
they look realy high quality! everyhting has a cool brushed metal look, I wish I had pics, next time I go to the store, I'll try and take pics, but I dunno when I will go next. I swear that star wars game rocks! :D

EDIT: there was also a Pocket Knife, ad far as I remebr there were these items:

Three differnet pens
A keychain $9.99
A luggage Bag thingy $9.99
A pocket knife
A little clock bigger than a basball $24.99

sorry thats all I remember.... :( I MUST GO BACK :) :D

beez7777
Dec 3, 2002, 05:41 AM
I believe there is also a money clip. these were released at the special holiday event, they're all pretty cool, my cousin bought a pen when we went, and it writes well and looks nice.

Mr. Anderson
Dec 3, 2002, 05:51 AM
hmmm, might have to go make a trip - the pen sounds like it could be nice - but I'd really like to see pics.

D

LimeiBook86
Dec 3, 2002, 08:39 AM
I forgot about the money clip,I have no need for a money clip though, I'd rather spend my money than store it, hey dukestreet if you go to the store take a pic, and find out how long they will offer them :D

Mr. Anderson
Dec 3, 2002, 08:42 AM
Originally posted by LimeiBook86
I forgot about the money clip,I have no need for a money clip though, I'd rather spend my money than store it, hey dukestreet if you go to the store take a pic, and find out how long they will offer them :D

Ha, that will be funny - I'll grab one of each, line them up and take a pic with one of the cameras connected to the macs there in the store. We did that when teabgs and I met at the Clarendon store a couple months ago. But I don't know if I'll be going there until the weekend, depends on if I can get out at lunch from work.

D

jelloshotsrule
Dec 3, 2002, 12:05 PM
Originally posted by alex_ant
Great... now we can pay Apple to advertise for them :)

kinda like my gap t shirt and AE hat with the worn out brim (it came that way, how freaking awesome!!!! i bought it new but it looked used. go AE)

and get this. it says "AE 69" on it! how clever is that?!?!?! wickedly clever i say

agreenster
Dec 3, 2002, 12:54 PM
I remember those hats from High School, like, 5 years ago.

Where've you been Jello?

jelloshotsrule
Dec 3, 2002, 02:02 PM
Originally posted by agreenster
I remember those hats from High School, like, 5 years ago.

Where've you been Jello?

perhaps some sarcasm in my post? ;)

just using alex's statement about paying apple to advertise for them as a stepping stone to how i hate the idea of buying an item from a large company when it says their name nice and big on it, since i'm paying them for their advertising. especially when it's gap, ae, abercrombie, and other clone forming companies.

beez7777
Dec 3, 2002, 04:07 PM
what i find weird is that redlightrunner had all this stuff a while ago, before apple brought them out on friday night to sell. hmm....

Mr. Anderson
Dec 3, 2002, 05:35 PM
Originally posted by beez7777
what i find weird is that redlightrunner had all this stuff a while ago, before apple brought them out on friday night to sell. hmm....

But after looking at the huge selection at redlightrunner, I'm wonder what the official Apple items look like - I'll try and get there tomorrow, but I'm without a car at the moment, its in the shop.

D

puffypoopy
Dec 3, 2002, 08:41 PM
I bought an apple branded keychain at the after thanksgiving extravaganza thingy.
It was $19.99.... it's really cool, brushed metal. I hope they continue selling more apple-branded products like this!
(photo attached)

nickmcghie
Dec 4, 2002, 02:33 AM
wow.. that does look pretty nice.. i think i'll get myself a couple =)

saint
Dec 4, 2002, 05:07 AM
looks nice,
but pretty darn expensive.

Maybe this is how they are planning to turn a profit :p

Good timing for Christmas though.

Mr. Anderson
Dec 4, 2002, 06:37 AM
Hmm, that's a cool keychain, they sell non apple versions of those at the Discovery store. Thanks for the pic.

D

boobers
Dec 4, 2002, 10:00 AM
http://www.wired.com/news/mac/0,2125,56575,00.html
i love those old skool tennis shoes at redlight runner but 400 bux for mac shoes??
ouch!

Silencio
Dec 4, 2002, 11:15 AM
Originally posted by puffypoopy
I bought an apple branded keychain at the after thanksgiving extravaganza thingy.
It was $19.99.... it's really cool, brushed metal. I hope they continue selling more apple-branded products like this!
(photo attached)

Are they giving away free 30-pin SIMMs with every keychain purchase?

LethalWolfe
Dec 4, 2002, 11:43 AM
Originally posted by jelloshotsrule


perhaps some sarcasm in my post? ;)

just using alex's statement about paying apple to advertise for them as a stepping stone to how i hate the idea of buying an item from a large company when it says their name nice and big on it, since i'm paying them for their advertising. especially when it's gap, ae, abercrombie, and other clone forming companies.

:(:o

I misunderstood yer first post. I read it and was like "Cool, I wish I had an After Effects hat."

I guess I'm old and outta the loop (or just a video geek), WTF is AE if it's not After Effects?


Lethal

PCTek
Dec 4, 2002, 01:53 PM
foo.

http://www.geocities.com/foobar1232003/clip.jpg

copy and paste link into new window.

zkmusa
Dec 4, 2002, 02:12 PM
Those look so cool! Please post more! Thank you!

macstudent
Dec 4, 2002, 02:39 PM
AE = American Eagle(clothing store), not after effects. But I think that is really funny.

Mr. Anderson
Dec 4, 2002, 03:16 PM
Originally posted by PCTek
I'm such a tease, aren't I?

Damn, the key chains are out of stock at that store. Not a good sign. I'm going to try and get to the Clarendon Apple store tonight......

and what about the other items in the display!!!

D

PCTek
Dec 4, 2002, 03:32 PM
I went back to my local store today and found the merchandise gone. I asked around, and they said it was for the Holiday Weekend only. I snapped these photos while getting my pen earlier in the week.

http://www.geocities.com/foobar1232003/knife.jpg
copy and paste into new window

AssassinOfGates
Dec 4, 2002, 04:31 PM
Originally posted by PCTek
I asked around, and they said it was for the Holiday Weekend only.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
How could I not have seen this at Easton????:(

zkmusa
Dec 4, 2002, 04:37 PM
I just called my local Apple Store (Plano, TX), and the guy said that they'll be getting several shipments in before Christmas. yea! :)

Mr. Anderson
Dec 4, 2002, 04:38 PM
Originally posted by PCTek
I went back to my local store today and found the merchandise gone. I asked around, and they said it was for the Holiday Weekend only

So I just called the Clarendon store to see if they had any left or took down the display - and its true!! :( The guy on the phone actually said it was only supposed to be for the one night special event - so it looks like there is a reason to go to the next one.

Bastards!!!

D

AssassinOfGates
Dec 4, 2002, 05:02 PM
I called Apple at Easton Town Center (Columbus, OH), and they never even sold them during the event!

DAMN THEM!!

PCTek
Dec 4, 2002, 05:13 PM
Okay, people. Chill out.

Let me throw some logic into this discussion. We know most of the stores have these logo goodies in stock, right? Apparently not all stores had the merchandise on display, and the stores which did have them on display, they are now abruptly removed.

So the stores have this logo merchandise. Since they're not in the front of the store, they're in the back of the store.

Theory: They'll be used later in the year!

AssassinOfGates
Dec 4, 2002, 08:47 PM
Originally posted by PCTek
Okay, people. Chill out.

Let me throw some logic into this discussion. We know most of the stores have these logo goodies in stock, right? Apparently not all stores had the merchandise on display, and the stores which did have them on display, they are now abruptly removed.

So the stores have this logo merchandise. Since they're not in the front of the store, they're in the back of the store.

Theory: They'll be used later in the year!

From what I gathered when I called, Easton's Apple Store never even recieved them.

alex_ant
Dec 4, 2002, 11:01 PM
Haha, I love the money clip. Must not be for Mac owners, though. Badda-boom-chick

mcl
Dec 5, 2002, 10:41 PM
When I went to the Valley Fair store in San Jose a few weeks back to buy my 1GHz TiBook, they had them at the register, but I didn't buy anything.

The next day, when I went with my wife when she went to buy her 1GHz TiBook, they were gone. While we were back at the Genius Bar filling out paperwork, I asked what happened to them (I wanted to show them to her).

The salesperson told me that Apple told them to put them away...it's apparently a trial to see how they'll sell. It's a shame, as I liked a few of the items, such as the keychain and luggage tag. If they'd still been there, I would have bought them.

Oh, well. Perhaps I'll drive over to Cupertino and see if they've got them at the corporate store...as soon as I figure out if I can get into it without having an employee escort.

sneed
Dec 6, 2002, 02:40 AM
At the Grove store in LA, the story is pretty much the same...they had them, then they didn't, then they had them again, and now they won't sell them at all.

That said, I found a sales guy who was willing to follow up with the manager about the policy, and long story short, I left with quite a few items. I am going to keep a keychain, a knife, a pen, and give the rest away as stocking stuffers. This happened tonight BTW.

Never listen to the man, there's always a way.:)

PCTek
Dec 7, 2002, 02:22 AM
Can someone get me a keychain? ;)

LimeiBook86
Dec 7, 2002, 10:06 AM
Dam! I was right there to! RRRRR.... Well I hope it was a trial, they should bring them out closer to Christmas, that would be smart... :D I wanted a keychain too, and a pen would have been nice. As far as I am hearing these things FLEW off the shelves right? Well if they did I think we will see more of them soon. Great pictures by the way... :D

cr2sh
Dec 7, 2002, 02:30 PM
Originally posted by AssassinOfGates


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
How could I not have seen this at Easton????:(

AHAH! Assasin you in Columbus also?

krhodus
Dec 7, 2002, 03:03 PM
jc, how many people live in columbus (i live in dublin)


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cr2sh
Dec 7, 2002, 03:45 PM
I'm in Grandview.

AssassinOfGates
Dec 7, 2002, 03:49 PM
Yea, im in columbus. At the end of route 315

Mr. Anderson
Dec 7, 2002, 03:49 PM
Originally posted by krhodus
jc, how many people live in columbus (i live in dublin)

Ha, I went to Ohio State and lived in Dublin in the late 80s and early 90s - lived in the community built near the high school built in the mid 80s. Where are you?

D

cr2sh
Dec 7, 2002, 03:54 PM
Originally posted by dukestreet
I went to Ohio State

I'm graduating OSU next quarter with a Bachelor's in Geomatic Engineering. This is quickly becoming the Columbus Thread.

krhodus
Dec 7, 2002, 03:54 PM
in between dublin and hilliard, in norwitch township.

ibjoshua
Dec 7, 2002, 05:46 PM
Umm..

Can someone tell me why you'd want this advertising crap?
Yeah maybe if they were giving them away at conferences or expos, but to actually pay for it??

:confused:
i_b_joshua

Hemingray
Dec 7, 2002, 07:20 PM
Originally posted by i_b_joshua
Umm..

Can someone tell me why you'd want this advertising crap?
Yeah maybe if they were giving them away at conferences or expos, but to actually pay for it??

:confused:
i_b_joshua

Some people actually ENJOY buying stuff with the Apple logo on it! Are you gonna complain to Victorinox or Wenger because they have their logo on their Swiss Army Knives? I mean c'mon.

PCTek
Dec 8, 2002, 12:43 AM
Originally posted by Hemingray


Some people actually ENJOY buying stuff with the Apple logo on it! Are you gonna complain to Victorinox or Wenger because they have their logo on their Swiss Army Knives? I mean c'mon.

Old Navy?
American Eagle?
Abercrombie and Fitch?
M.R. Ducks? (for maryland folks)

Your computer monitor or computer itself is tagged on the side of it...

My keychain *shock* holds my keys! I buy the Apple one to show that I like the product. My pen *shock* writes! It has an Apple logo...so?

sneed
Dec 8, 2002, 03:01 AM
Originally posted by i_b_joshua
Umm..

Can someone tell me why you'd want this advertising crap?
Yeah maybe if they were giving them away at conferences or expos, but to actually pay for it??

:confused:
i_b_joshua

Well, speaking for myself, I needed a keychain. The one that apple had was quite nice, so there you have it. I bought the other items, because at the time, there was such an uproar over whether they could actually sell them or not, it seemed unlikely that I would have another chance.

As for this advertising crap, I don't mind paying for it, because a) the price is negligible, and b) good quality corporate swag is hard to come by. I have received my fair share of free swag from tech companies, including Apple, and they tend to put time in making the gifts unusual and fun; the logo is just a plus.

ibjoshua
Dec 8, 2002, 05:39 AM
Originally posted by Hemingray


Some people actually ENJOY buying stuff with the Apple logo on it! Are you gonna complain to Victorinox or Wenger because they have their logo on their Swiss Army Knives? I mean c'mon.

I buy Victorinox because they make good knives.
I buy Manhattan Portage because they make good bags.
I (would) buy (a) Wenger (if I needed one) because they make good tools.
I buy Lamy because they make good pens.
I buy Apple because they make good computers (and because they're the only ones who make Macs)
I buy plenty of generic things because they're good value etc etc.

What exactly was your point?

I don't buy Apple products for the label and I'd be really worried if the majority of people did. They wouldn't be 'thinking different' if they were. I've always considered Apple customers pretty discerning. Maybe I was wrong.

i_b_joshua

pascalpp
Dec 8, 2002, 02:49 PM
"swag" is not spelled S-W-A-G.

the proper spelling is S-C-H-W-A-G.

schwag!

now get it right people!

:)

Hemingray
Dec 8, 2002, 03:04 PM
Originally posted by i_b_joshua
What exactly was your point?

It shows pride and support in our favorite computer company. You don't see people walking around with Microsoft keychains because there's nothing special about them. Apple is not just your average company seeking publicity. They have a higher following, if you will, by people like us. Those who are willing to pay for it, will pay for it. Those who aren't, won't. What's the big deal? And what about collectors who buy it just to have something Apple-related? There are those types of people out there.

Do you feel Apple is abusing its followers by making them pay for stuff with their logo on it?

cr2sh
Dec 8, 2002, 03:17 PM
At what point did this turn into the 'capitalism is stupid' thread? Who is complaining that adults, who earn and work very hard for their money, should not be allowed to buy a keychain? Or is this about an apple logo on an advertisement? <sarcasm>because that is a much more valid argument</sarcasm>

Micho
Dec 8, 2002, 08:06 PM
Originally posted by i_b_joshua


I buy Victorinox because they make good knives.
I buy Manhattan Portage because they make good bags.
I (would) buy (a) Wenger (if I needed one) because they make good tools.
I buy Lamy because they make good pens.
I buy Apple because they make good computers (and because they're the only ones who make Macs)
I buy plenty of generic things because they're good value etc etc.

What exactly was your point?

I don't buy Apple products for the label and I'd be really worried if the majority of people did. They wouldn't be 'thinking different' if they were. I've always considered Apple customers pretty discerning. Maybe I was wrong.

i_b_joshua
Damn it Josh
YES WE KNOW WE'RE on crack but cant you just let us have our fun and leave us alone.

If they have up there I say we storm the stores and take them...
Please no damage to the stores though.

ibjoshua
Dec 8, 2002, 10:47 PM
I'm sorry if I pissed folk off.

My original post was simply a question:
"Can someone tell me why you'd want this advertising crap?"

I wasn't criticising logos or branding and I wasn't having a go at capitalism which as a dogma is more than big enough to look after itself.

The gist of my post was 'why would anyone want to pay for this stuff?'

I always thought the so-called 'collectibles' were only really really collectible if they were (originally) freebies. Am I wrong?

i_b_joshua

ibjoshua
Dec 8, 2002, 10:54 PM
Originally posted by Hemingray
Do you feel Apple is abusing its followers by making them pay for stuff with their logo on it?
No. Not for iBooks, XServes, Final Cut Pro etc

But don't you feel that they belittle their brand by flogging these trinkets rather than giving them away?

i_b_joshua

Hemingray
Dec 8, 2002, 11:16 PM
Originally posted by i_b_joshua

No. Not for iBooks, XServes, Final Cut Pro etc

But don't you feel that they belittle their brand by flogging these trinkets rather than giving them away?

i_b_joshua

Well, it would be one thing if the keychains were plastic or something, but a lot of the stuff is brushed metal. I can see them giving away mousepads but not the more "executive"-type stuff. It would be pretty cool if it was free, though. :D

As for the definition of collectibles, I don't think it needs to have been initially free to be considered a collectible. What about limited edition stuff? That certainly costs money and is considered collectible. I'm not sure if you meant collectibles as a whole or just these particular items.

Blah64
Dec 9, 2002, 01:19 AM
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You don't see people walking around with Microsoft keychains because there's nothing special about them.
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this comment drove me to register, just to reply!

you obviously don't live anywhere near seattle, or i suspect even the pacific northwest. there is probably more crap here with the microsoft logo than everything else combined. you can hardly walk into a mall or restaurant without seeing shirts plastered with Back Office Server or MSN, etc. ugh.

either that or it just sticks out because it annoys me so much. ;)

sneed
Dec 9, 2002, 01:41 PM
Originally posted by i_b_joshua
I'm sorry if I pissed folk off.

My original post was simply a question:
"Can someone tell me why you'd want this advertising crap?"

I wasn't criticising logos or branding and I wasn't having a go at capitalism which as a dogma is more than big enough to look after itself.

The gist of my post was 'why would anyone want to pay for this stuff?'

I always thought the so-called 'collectibles' were only really really collectible if they were (originally) freebies. Am I wrong?

i_b_joshua

Who's pissed off?

Outside of the corporate gifts, there is always a price associated with swag. Have you ever noticed that the companies with the best stuff at the trade shows always require you to give them your contact information? Do you think that (as some claim) they are only collecting that information to keep you from going through the line more than once? How about the items that you can only get if you pre-order their next update? Or sit through their presentations? Or dodge their sales rep for weeks after the show?

Swag (I'll stick to the original thanks you,) almost always comes at a cost. Why not pay a little money for it, and avoid the hassle?

As far as being collectible, not every one cares (I don't.) Even so, that it cost money has no particular bearing on whether an item is collectible. Is a Mercedes Gullwing collectible? Very. Did it cost the original owner money? You betcha. Are the Apple items on par with a Mercedes Gullwing? No, but you get my point.

Hemingray
Dec 10, 2002, 12:01 AM
Originally posted by Blah64
this comment drove me to register, just to reply!

Well, one way or another, welcome to the forums! :)

you obviously don't live anywhere near seattle, or i suspect even the pacific northwest. there is probably more crap here with the microsoft logo than everything else combined. you can hardly walk into a mall or restaurant without seeing shirts plastered with Back Office Server or MSN, etc. ugh.

either that or it just sticks out because it annoys me so much. ;)

You're right... I live in the Pacific Southwest. Okay, you got me with the t-shirts, but do you see any M$ keychains?! :p

saint
Dec 10, 2002, 01:13 AM
This stuff is not advertising. All of these items are fairly personal things- if it was about advertising, they would be selling apple t-shirts, hats, bumper stickers etc.

(btw, if apple made bumper stickers, what would they say on them? that could be a whole new thread on its own :) )

It's not like someone is going to look at your pen or keyring and say "Hey, cool! It's got a tiny apple logo on it! I'm gonna go buy a mac now!" :D

krhodus
Dec 10, 2002, 03:46 PM
When Mac OS 8 was introduced, Apple did have bumper sticker. They read " I break for 8" and had the Mac OS 8 logo on them. I have one somewhere and if I find it, I will post a pic of it.

Anonymous Freak
Dec 12, 2002, 06:56 PM
Originally posted by saint
This stuff is not advertising. All of these items are fairly personal things- if it was about advertising, they would be selling apple t-shirts, hats, bumper stickers etc.

(btw, if apple made bumper stickers, what would they say on them? that could be a whole new thread on its own :) )

It's not like someone is going to look at your pen or keyring and say "Hey, cool! It's got a tiny apple logo on it! I'm gonna go buy a mac now!" :D

You mean like this stuff?
http://www.hurtley.org/macswag.jpg

hehe.. I used to have an 'I brake for 8' bumper sticker, too, on a previous car. But, while I would have braked for 8, I didn't brake quickly enough to avoid hitting something else...

The stuff in the picture is:
Front row: 'A Guided Tour of MacDraw' audio tape. Came with an original Macintosh in 1984. This is all that is left of that poor Mac, used by my dad where he worked; Apple playing cards. Yup, a deck of poker cards with Apple details. As you can see, the joker is a 'happy mac' with joker hats on. The suits are 'userface', which is red, 'trash can', which is black, 'alarmclock', which is red, and 'bomb', which is black. These cards are from sometime around 1990, as evidenced by the fact that the 'happymac' looks suspiciously like a Macintosh Classic. Yes, the set is still complete.
Back row: Apple 3.5" floppy disk case, hard plastic; Apple mousepad; Apple pen; case for the cards.