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Bumbershoot Music Festival Makes Sure Attendees Are Fully Charged

Seattle music festival considers giving out custom Bumbershoot power bank for every ticket sold!

Bumbershoot will help keep patrons fully charged for the labor day long weekend music festival by handing out a custom powerbank with every ticket. One of the worst problems with going to a music festival is running out of battery on your phone. All of a sudden you’ve lost your friends and have no phone to callanyone. Bumbershoot recognized this problem and wanted to do something about itfor their 48th annual festival.

The 2019 line up has not yet been released, but we are expecting to see some big names at this year’s event. Even better,attendees will leave the festival and will use their custom power banks when they’re back home, reminding everyone that this is the festival to be at if you live on the West Coast.

The custom power banks can hold a charge for hours on end and is a compact and convenient way to charge your phone in a pinch. The logo comes out clean every time and your customer service representatives are millennials who know what kind of promo gear this age group is looking for!

Call-1-888-908-6932  or email Sloan

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Easy DIY Importing from China to the USA are Over!

Easy DIY Importing from China to the USA are Over!

Prepare to get ready to be buried under paperwork, have your goods caught in customs and possibly returned to China, this will not be pretty.

We have been an importer from China to the US since 2005.

Back in 1992 (The Dark Ages), I was one of the first US importers to go directly to China (and other countries) to source finished goods for the North American and European markets.

My job was to be the head of the import hammer for a very large denim factory that produced goods for Levi’s, Lee, Wrangler plus our ad specialty division called ID Wear. At that time there was numerous tariffs, duties etc in place which made importing finished goods from China to the US very very dificult.

get your logo on the coolest trade show and b2b promo swag.

get your logo on the coolest trade show and b2b promo swag.

Why did we have tarrifs in the first place?

Originally there were T&D (Tariffifs and Duties) in place to protect the American manufacturing market not because China was an economic threat, but because China was a Communist country and a global political threat.

As you will remember, China, in 1993 was just emerging from the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 3000 of their own citizens.

In 1993 their economy was just slightly ahead of Afghanistan/Pakistan region and just below that of Italy. See below.

“Since 1993 a lot has changed!”

china in 1993

china in 1993

During the Period 1993-2005

Sometime in the early 2000’s, China received “most favored nation status” from the USA. This basically meant we in the west no longer cared that they were/are Communist and instead we wanted to do business with them. Basically we all went crazy in an effort to do business with China….”It was Belly up to the bar boys lets make money, who cares if they’re Commies! 🙂 ”

“As the years ticked by, 93, 96, 98, 2000 etc… all T&D’s slowly got to be less costly and required way less paperwork.”

This slow rollback of T&D was an intentional move by the US Gov’t to allow American manufacturers who made products for our domestic wholesale and retail markets (such as goods for the Promotional Products industry) to have a long time to get their factory’s more lean and competitive.

or…alternatively…to turn get those same American Manufactuers (circa 1993-2005) to become an American Importer of the same finished goods.

“Wanna read something interesting..? Check out the Fortune 500 TOP list of American Business in 1999, How many of these are long gone? Click Here” 

get your business logo on amazing pop socket phone holders.

get your business logo on amazing pop socket phone holders.

Meanwhile…

During this period (circa 1993-2005) virtually all of the large USA based promotional product factories that made everything at that time from molded custo products to keychains to lanyards, stainless steel waterbottles, clothing, et etc etc.. here in the USA, all but dissapeared.

Along with the US promo factories closings we also lost all the skilled laborers who made these goods. They either retired or went on to a new career.

“In short…Most people who worked in American factories from 1993-2005 are now doing something completely different. They are working elsewhere, the unemployment rate today is at historic lows, they have to be”

paper tyvek wallet for your promo logo

paper tyvek wallet for your promo logo

My Story

Our denim factory employed nearly 400 denim sewers and cutters. Since 2006 it is fully closed.

These skilled positions often employed multi-generations of the same family (mostly immigrants) all working at low wages. We paid low wages so that the jeans and denim goods we made were affordable to the American consumer. If we paid more we were not competitive and they went to Turkey, Eastern Europe, Asia..etc.

 

“It is now almost 2019, these formerly skilled low wage domestic factory workers have not laid denim to Juki in 14 years. They no longer are skilled in that field of manufacturing and are making more money”

 

fidget cubes for your promotional marketing logo

fidget cubes for your promotional marketing logo

Think About It This Way. If I could open a jeans factory and hire them all back at their old jobs they would A) not know what to do as they have long lost those skills or B) Have succesfully gone on to other careers.

“My best guess is that if you are directly importing as of January 1. 2019 you should expect paperwork, more paperwork, money, extra costs and assorted other BS. T&D, they’re back!”

mini tactical super bright flashlight for your logo

mini tactical super bright flashlight for your logo

How do I know?

I have imported since 1993 and during the period 93/2005 we had to fill in HS codes, arrange to pay duties and brokerage everytime we imported a sample or a boatload of goods (read more) 

The paperwork was the worst as in1993 there were over 14,000 of these codes each one specifically link to a specific product. Each code triggering a different tax/duty rate.

Think of it this way, a 100% stainless steel waterbottle is one code (ie HS 18112XXXX) and has a tariff rate as of January 2019 of 25%.

However a plastic lined stainless steel waterbottle (75% stainless steel, 25% plastic) has a different HS code (ie.HS 18332XXX)…this code has a lower tariff/duty of 12% as of January. If you don’t know the new codes you will likely pay the highest tax, not the correct tax!

 

get your business logo on a pop socket for trade show promotional products and b2b swag. Popsockets are the top selling promotional product for tradeshows in 2018. Wholesale, imprinted and factory direct promotional popsockets are the perfect swag for conference giveaway, b2b marketing and trade show swag.

get your business logo on a pop socket for trade show promotional products and b2b swag. Popsockets are the top selling promotional product for tradeshows in 2018. Wholesale, imprinted and factory direct promotional popsockets are the perfect swag for conference giveaway, b2b marketing and trade show swag.

There are 3 main problems that you need to be on the lookout for as a Distributor.

  1. Be very very careful to do your paperwork properly as part of problem is now with the  US Customs end of the process. US Custom agents who have not dealt with T&D’s since 2005 (or who never dealt with them if they have been hired since 2005) now have to deal with over 12,000 NEW HS Codes that help them determine the cost/tax to charge you.
  2. As well, on the Chinese factory side, the people there have never had to deal with HS codes etc. The current paperwork is dead simple. The new paperwork is not.
  3. Promo suppliers in the US now have a golden opportunity to raise all of their inventory product prices for 2019 to their highest level and simply blame it all on the new Tarrifs & Duties.

 

“I expect that the promo companies that import and warehouse goods in the States will raise their prices to the highest possible amount in a profit grab and blame it all on the new Tariffs!”

bottle cap shooter for your logo or promotional marketing

bottle cap shooter for your logo or promotional marketing

What do we see happening now?

As a direct promo supplier/importer, we are already seeing a growing storm of problems, barriers. Thankfully, we have prepared for this eventuality as we saw this possibly coming over the past 12 months.

We are already seeing US customs requiring more precise documents, accurate HS coding and tons of paperwork. So much so that we have hired 2 extra people, one here in the USA and one in China to deal specifically with these issues.

Prices are going to go up, get used to it!

Unfortunately there are NO DOMESTIC manufacturers to take up the slack and fill in the supply chain as prices and products from China go up as a result of the new tax.

No USA factories are coming to rescue.

 

custom wholesale bulk logo knit socks for promotional product giveaway

custom wholesale bulk logo knit socks for promotional product giveaway

Think about TV’sTV’s have not been made in America for over 20 years.

In 2019, no business investor/entrepreneur in their right mind will ever start a USA made TV factory here. Why you ask?

Firstly way too much capital outlay,  Secondly, no skilled workforce!

TV’s and just about everything else are not about to be manufactured here!

The bit above about TV’s can be applied to tons of other industries, many that affect our promo business.

T shirts, wearables, backpacks, tools, coffee mugs etc etc are NOT GOING TO BE MADE IN THE USA and even if were to make them THEY WILL STILL BE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE IMPORT INCLUDING T&D, BY A LONGSHOT.

The occasional importer is doomed. Do you do your own importing?

If all of this is confusing better call Sloan

Trade Show 8.
Factory Direct Promotional Swag.
Call Toll-Free 1-888-908-6932 or [email protected]

 

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Mountain Dew, Yahoo! Get Their New Logo on a Popsocket Phone Stand

Mountain Dew, Yahoo! Get Their New Logo on a Popsocket Phone Stand.

Promotional products are one of the most effective marketing tools and ways to promote your brand and Mountain Dew has taken the plunge with their promotional POP sockets.

Trade show marketing is one of American businesses most effective and popular ways to promote and market a companies brand. Relatively inexpensive and totally guerilla the trade show swag giveaway, if executed properly will give marketers and advertisers the biggest ROI on the marketing budget.

pop sockets for tradeshow

pop sockets for tradeshow

What Do Bulk Pop Sockets Cost?

Bulk Pop sockets come direct from our factory in the far east and are shipped direct to the customers in the USA or Europe. These off brand Pop sockets are sourced from the same factory as the original pop socket and come with white label packaging that can also be branded with your companies logo or advertisement. Please note package branding may require a higher MOQ.

The cost of the wholesale imprinted pop sockets phone grip includes freight to one stateside or EU address and all duties and costs. It also includes your logo in glorious 4 color digital imprint. To visit the product page click here. 

pop out phone grips for your business logo or tradeshow giveaway

pop out phone grips for your business logo or tradeshow giveaway

Get in Touch for Details, Delivery and Price.

Trade Show 8. Factory Direct Promotional Swag. Call Toll-Free 1-888-908-6932 or [email protected]

pop out pop socket phone grips for your business logo or tradeshow giveaway

pop out pop socket phone grips for your business logo or tradeshow giveaway

 

seattle seahawks get a folding coffee cup with logo

Seattle Seahawks Get Their Logo on a Folding Coffee Mug!

Seattle Seahawks Get Their Logo on a Folding Silicone Coffee Mug

NFL team, the Seattle Seahawks are as usual ahead of the curve when it comes to sweet swag with their logo on it.

Promotional products are no longer the same old tired products that your parents generation once bought and gave away to promote their business. Todays forward thinking marketers like the Seahawks are looking at trending retail products that can now be available to have your logo on the, the silicone folding cup is one of them.

seattle seahawks get a folding coffee cup with logo

seattle seahawks get a folding coffee cup with logo

Stojo Folding Cups are the Leading Design for Folding Silicone Cups

Stojo is the leading design firm for folding silicone cup and bottles and Tradeshow8 is proud to offer the folding silicone coffee cup. This 350 ml folding cup can hold a Grande coffee.

Made From the Safest Materials

While convenience is key to having a folding coffe cup we also ensure that our cups are made from the best and safest materials available, this is very important to us and our customers. This means that each folding cup is made from the best in recyclable materials such as food grade silicone that exclude phthalates, glues and BPA.

NFL seattle seahawks get a folding coffee cup with logo

NFL seattle seahawks get a folding coffee cup with logo

Leak-proof

The cups are leak proof. After you finish your beverage simplycollapse the cup, insert the stopper, and toss it into your bag. No other reusable cup offers this level of convenience.

Collapsible & Compact

All of our Sfolding coffe cups are designed to combine simplicity and convenience, so we created a reusable coffee cup that collapses into a disk smaller than 2 inches in height. It can fit in your pocket, backpack, purse or luggage, guaranteeing ultra-portability.

seattle seahawks NFL team get a folding silicone coffee cup with logo

seattle seahawks NFL team get a folding silicone coffee cup with logo

Want to know more?

CALL OR E-MAIL. WE LOVE TO TALK!Trade Show 8. Factory Direct Promotional Swag. Call Toll-Free 1-888-908-6932 or [email protected]

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Our goal is to be the innovator of trending logo’d swag

The promo swag business prides itself on being innovative but at the same time is mired in repetitive behavior that promotes safe over innovative. Why is this wrong?

 

The promotional products business is a 27 Billion dollar industry whose stated goal is to provide creative marketing solutions, yet the reality of this industry is that it is mired in the promotion of tired and safe ideas.

 

Promotional products or swag occupy a unique place in our collective mindset. It is one of the more ubiquitous office accessories and one to which a significant portion of the budget is allocated. However, its true purpose seems to have been lost and is now overridden by the bland and the boring.

pop out phone grips for your business logo or tradeshow giveaway

pop out phone grips for your business logo or tradeshow giveaway

Historically speaking, the idea of promotional products is found in its name: promotion. The first major purpose of swag was for trade show giveaways and B2B marketing.

Trade show giveaways are still one of the key reasons for the existence of swag. Its purpose is really, really simple.

 

“The purpose of swag for trade shows is to get people to come to your specific booth and to go away from your booth with something that reminds them of who you are!”

 

If you agree with the above quote, then the obvious conclusion is that whatever you put your logo on that you give away, it better be eye-catching and innovative. The top trade show giveaway is a pen. A crappy leaky pen is NOT very innovative or trendy!

The reason the pen is the number #1 giveaway is because the people who generally sell you your swag are not very in touch with trends or innovation. Indeed, some are, but the vast majority is not.

 

“ASI (the Ad Specialty Institute) says the average age of the promo resellers (distributors) is 57! Is the average 57 year old somewhere you would look to for innovation and trend awareness?”

 

This is why you should consider Trade Show 8. TS8 is a trend oriented promotional products business that looks for trending swag ideas that can have your logo imprinted or engraved on them. We specialize in trade show swag, B2B marketing and unique trending swag.

 

Get your business or event logo on Mini tactical flashlights. Get Your Logo On It For Less. Factory direct promotional products and trade show giveaway swag.

Get your business or event logo on Mini tactical flashlights. Get Your Logo On It For Less.

CALL US OR E-MAIL. WE LOVE TO TALK!

Trade Show 8. Factory Direct Trade Show Swag. Call Toll-Free 1-888-908-6932 or email [email protected].