Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tote Bag Solicitation? Buyer Beware

Following up on a WISPUBLIB query.

Chamber of commerce warns against dealing with firm. (Owosso Argus-Press, 9/22/2011)

Excerpt:   The company is called “Totes To Go” also doing business as Universal Adcom based out of Arlington, Texas, according to a Chamber press release.

“According to a phone conversation with the advertising manager, ‘This is a new project that they are trying. Advertisements will be sold to local businesses with prices ranging from $499 for two ads on the front and $399 for the remaining eight ads on the back of the bag. Five hundred tote bags will then be given to the Chamber for distribution. Each advertiser gets one bag as a sample,’ ” Chamber representatives said.

When Chamber staff figured the math, it calculates a cost of $8.38 per bag. The bags are printed in Arlington,Texas. Furthermore, the company Universal Adcom has a Better Business Bureau rating of “F,” due to: Number of complaints filed against business; number of complaints filed against business that were unresolved; number of serious complaints filed against business; length of time business has taken to resolve complaint(s); and government action(s) against business.

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