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What's the best "Giveaway Gizmo" you've seen? IMTS,WESTEC, Salesmen, Etc

Strostkovy

Stainless
Joined
Oct 29, 2017
Cool.. But too small and buried in the back of the tool box..

I'd engrave 7/8" wrenches if that was the route you wanted to go.

a 10mm socket will always get used a few times before it gets lost with the others.

7/8" is not a common wrench size for us, but 3/4" is.
 

Jashley73

Titanium
Joined
Jan 24, 2013
Location
Louisville, KY
Really NICE ink pens. Best if they use a common replaceable ink cartridge like a Parker or Cross cartridge.

Good safety glasses.

Coffee mugs are great. I use them on the desk as ink-pen holders, larger one for sticky-note pads, calculator, etc. And, I actually use them to drink out of.

Meaningful reference books, pocket drill-tap charts, etc. Need to be quality printing, and meaningful to the user though. I've made these before, and they always go over well. Things like an easy-selectors for endmills, bandsaw-blade pocket-calculator, pocket speed-feed calculator, etc... I have the Greenfield thread book, and it's usefull.

Graph paper legal pads.
 

50BMG DUDE

Aluminum
Joined
Jun 17, 2013
Location
Phoenix AZ
So far my favorites from the thread were the corkscrew collet, the idea for the 7/8 wrench (Fits mill tooling - we have one at every machine) and the flat model kits.

I'm thinking of having my son draw up a flat model kit for a Bridgeport mill we can cut on the jet.

Other one I remember was waterjet cut tweezers from Omax, Still have one in my toolbox



Keep it going, this is turning out to be a cool thread.

Chris
 

Mud

Diamond
Joined
May 20, 2002
Location
South Central PA
I got this at a local trade school. A bit complex for a giveaway, they were displaying their skills to employers. If I was making vise handles I'd make the little speed handle SPI sells, that's about all I use on Bridgeport size work.20220129_125751.jpg
 

Nagol

Aluminum
Joined
May 21, 2020
I think I have a good one. I've been wanting to make an overly fancy billet aluminum toilet paper holder for our couple of shop bathrooms because the ones that are in there suck. You could take it as far as you like with complexity and engrave your name on it. You may not think it the best time to remind customers of you but it has one thing every other suggestion doesn't, everyone needs one. I plan to on mine to make the arms with some nice arcs and corner radius on all the edges. Thought I might make the tube holder by drilling through some round stock or pipe and cutting a bunch of windows to heavily skeletonise it. I hadn't thought until reading this post to make it an advertising piece but you would surly have a permanent reminder of your brand if the customer installs it.
 

Homeshopblob

Plastic
Joined
Apr 7, 2021
I work in an off-road shop and I proposed we give away 10mm sockets with our logo engraved on them. I got a room full of blank stares.


Somewhere Snap-on was giving away gold plated 5/8 3/8 drive 6 point sockets. I have one, never used it because it was gold plated. Still have it somewhere. I guess that makes it a bad giveaway if I don't know where it is.
 

Bobw

Diamond
Joined
Feb 8, 2005
Location
Hatch, NM Chile capital of the WORLD
I think I have a good one. I've been wanting to make an overly fancy billet aluminum toilet paper holder

One of my million dollar ideas. Toilet paper holders that can only work roll over, or roll under..
Because some people are fanatic about that.. 2 totally different names, 2 totally different websites.
Same toilet paper holder.

Put the paper in the wrong way, and it won't roll out. Just need to engrave "Up" on different sides.
 

DDoug

Diamond
Joined
Oct 18, 2005
Location
NW Pa
I think I have a good one. I've been wanting to make an overly fancy billet aluminum toilet paper holder for our couple of shop bathrooms because the ones that are in there suck. You could take it as far as you like with complexity and engrave your name on it. You may not think it the best time to remind customers of you but it has one thing every other suggestion doesn't, everyone needs one. I plan to on mine to make the arms with some nice arcs and corner radius on all the edges. Thought I might make the tube holder by drilling through some round stock or pipe and cutting a bunch of windows to heavily skeletonise it. I hadn't thought until reading this post to make it an advertising piece but you would surly have a permanent reminder of your brand if the customer installs it.

Engraved with the words "Get Back To WORK ! "......:D
 

Screwmachine

Titanium
Joined
Mar 8, 2001
Location
Switzerland
Which way is the right way?
There may be a difference of opinion here.....
Wife and you agree on direction? The current wife yes, the past wife no.
Bob
This is always a heartstopping moment-
Wife 1 had it right (married too young)
Wife 2 didn't care (turns out I do)
Wife finale got it right. Alright!
 

Bobw

Diamond
Joined
Feb 8, 2005
Location
Hatch, NM Chile capital of the WORLD
Which way is the right way?
There may be a difference of opinion here.....
Wife and you agree on direction? The current wife yes, the past wife no.
Bob

I have no preference. I don't even care if the roll of toilet paper is just sitting on top of the
toilet tank. Just one of those "Ideas" to make a million dollars. Because some people care,
they care a lot, and it seems like a stupid/good thing to exploit for profit.

As for at home, I just leave it on top of the tank.. I used to replace the roll, but I
always did it wrong. Over.. WRONG.. Under WRONG.. F' It..

I also can't load a dishwasher properly. And I've even been given lessons.
 

Bill D

Diamond
Joined
Apr 1, 2004
Location
Modesto, CA USA
Which way is the right way?
There may be a difference of opinion here.....
Wife and you agree on direction? The current wife yes, the past wife no.
Bob
Some one posted the original patent drawing it is supposed to be up over the top according to Seth Wheeler. Well known toilet paper expert.
Bill D
 








 
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