Monday, September 15, 2008

October Trade Show Dates- Kaboodle Gifts

Personalized Carriage Children's Girl's or Boy's Room Sign
Right now is when you should be looking at trade shows as an additional source for your products. Trade shows are great for making new business contacts, finding new and unique products for your business, and seeing first hand what new trends are coming around the corner.

Below is a listing of trade shows for the month of October;

Date: October 3-5

Annual Pet Industry Trade Show

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont/Chicago IL.

Telephone: 312-663-4040

Date: October 3-5

Gem, Jewelry & Lapidary Trade Show

Embassy Suites, Detroit, MI.

Telephone: 601-879-8832

Date: October 3-5

Great American Gem Show

Denver Merchandise Mart, Denver, CO.

Telephone: 301-294-1640

October 3-5

International Vision Expo West,

The Sand Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.

Telephone: 800-840-5628, 203-840-5628

October 3-6

Kansas City Gift Show

Kansas City Gift Mart

Overland Park, KS

Telephone: 913-491-6688

October 4-6

International Esthetics Cosmetics & Spa Conference

Orange County Convention center, Orlando, FL.

Telephone: 800-624-3248, 805-995-2989

October 4-7

National Bridal Market

Chicago Apparel Center- Merchandise mart, 2nd Floor

Chicago, IL.

Telephone: 800-677-6278, 312-527-4141

October 5-7

L.A. Market Week

California Market Center

Los Angeles, CA.

Telephone: 800-225-6278, 213-630-3737

October 5-7

Minneapolis Mart Home & Gift Show

Minneapolis Mart

Minneapolis, MN.

Telephone: 800-626-1298

October 5-7

western food Industry Expo

Mandalay bay Resort & Casino

Las Vegas, NV.

Telephone: 916-448-3545

October 6-8

Great American Gem Show- Intergem

Pontchartrain Center

New Orleans, LA.

Telephone: 301-294-1640

October 10-13

Denver Apparel and Accessory Market

Denver Merchandise Mart Complex

Denver, CO.

Telephone: 303-293-6278 ext. 5225

October 11-14

Atlanta Women & Children's Market

Atlanta Apparel Mart

Atlanta, GA

Tepephone: 404-588-9490

October 13-15

Great American Gem Show- Intergem

Connecticut Expo Center

Hartford, CT.

Telephone: 301-294-1640

As with all trade shows you will have to provide your business information to obtain your credentials to get into the shows. Be prepaired to fax, show or email any of the following pieces of information; business card, sales tax license, Federal Employer Identification Number (F.E.I.N). Be prepaired to buy as all of the reps will be prepaired to write orders.

Have a great time at the trade shows, and if you think about it post back to let us know how successful you were at the shows.
Scott Nash

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What is Product Merchandising? - Kaboodle Gifts

Personalized Children's Space Room SignProduct merchandising is a segment of marketing and sales that drives interest to an additional product that a company is selling. that company might be fast food chain restaurants,campgrounds, movie companies just to name a few. Let's break these examples that I have mentioned down a bit to further see the relationship between the product merchandise and the product that it supports.

Fast Food Chain Restaurants :

The biggest of the fast food chain restaurants is McDonalds. They are the Mac Daddy! ( Who said I can't be witty?!) McDonalds is in the business of selling burgers, fries, salads etc. That is what they sell now but it wasn't always that way in the earlier years. The specific time persiod I'm talking about is the 1970's. Remember those early Happy Meals? Yeah you know what I'm talking about, the burger, fries and a drink all in a box. Along with all the fun food to eat you also got a prize in the package. Usually it was a little play toy in the form of one of the mascots like the Hamburglar, Ronald McDonald, or Mayor Mc Cheese. These characters represented McDonald's brand and is what made their name recognizable. When little Timmy saw a commercial with these characters he related them to McDonald's, then in turn, got him hungry and lastly ended up making a trip with mom to McDonalds to get a happy meal and a prize in the package. Was this a successfull campain? Well... Ray Crock's widow was receiving 37 million dollars per month in residual income before her tell me.


Campgrounds, specifically private membership campgrounds use product merchandising to bring you to thier campground and take a tour of it, hoping that you will buy into their campground and become a paying member. Some examples of this use of product merchandising might be eighteen holes of golf, free weekend use of a water front condo, a pair of binoculars, or a booklet of coupons to eat at five star restaurants. What happens is that your name is purchased from a targeted mailing list. Then you are invited usually via a post card in the mail to take a tour of the campground and all of its amenities, and for doing that you are offered a free gift for taking the time from your schedule to take their tour. You never get the gift without taking the tour, that's usually in the small print. Once you have completed your required tour the game begins, the sales person is a seasoned veteran and goes hard for the sale. Not taking a "no" for an answer the sales person usually wins out.

Movie Companies:

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars, you guessed right. Then again if you had to guess then you need to rent the whole set of movies all six of them. Star Wars is the brain child of George Lucas. He started out as an independant film producer that didn't like dealing with the big movie companies, he didn't like having the control over his movie taken away by a suit somewhere in an office. That's the short version. All of those little figurines of Princess Leah, Hans Solo, and Luke Skywalker sold millions of dollars after the movie came out. The movie did so well that it held the record for gross ticket sales for decades until the movie Titanic came out and beat it. George Lucas couldn't afford to pay his actors a wage so he offered them a percentage of the merchandising rights to the movie instead. Do you think he made a good decision? Better yet, do you think the three actors made the right decision? Well... the product merchandise sold so well that it made each of the three actors millionairs basically overnight.

These three examples of product merchandising have described how you use one product ot promote another. In essance you could also call it upselling.

Scott Nash

Our Personalized Children's Room Signs

Monday, September 1, 2008

Personalized " Fly-Boy" Children's Room Sign- Kaboodle Gifts

Personalized Fly-Boy Children's Room SignWe have added a new category to our website located here. The new category is called Personalized Children's Room Signs. We think that it is going to be a huge hit for Kaboodle gifts.

  • There are several different Personalized Room signs to choose from including:
  1. Our Personalized Princess Children's Room Sign

Our Personalized Dinosaur Children's Room Sign

Our Personalized Girl or Boy Blocks Room Sign

and many more.

Our Personalized Children's room signs are normally priced at $ 40.99. Currently we are offering them at $33.95. that is a 17% discount off the list price. In addition, if you choose to use Google checkout you will receive an additional 10% discount on your total purchase with Kaboodle Gifts. So you can see the potential for great savings!

Each sign's dimensions are 9" x 12" with a black border trim that really sets each of these signs off. Along with the black borders each sign has its own vibrant colors that make them a show stopper for both the children and their parents.

Currently we offer two types of payment methods; Paypal and Google Checkout. We offer a coupon code for an additional 10% savings if you choose to use Google Checkout.