Thomas Jefferson said:
“Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.”
Meaning, be careful or you could get attached to some cheap piece of crap that you didn’t want in the first place. The TrackSuit CEO’s going to take it one step further and advise,
“Never take a free sample, because it is free; it will junk up your house/life.”
See how I used Jefferson’s age-old wisdom to apply to swag from conventions or sale promotion pamphlets you get on the street? That’s just how TJ and I roll! So the next time you’re offered one of those rubber coin holders (wait, those are cool you’ll want to take that)…the next time you’re offered a pair of dayglo sunglasses with a MetLife logo (circa 1989) think about whether that was something you were in need of before it was offered to you. If it wasn’t then this is an item you didn’t really want in the first place. When you think about the space in your home or office already occupied by giveaway tchotchkes, you will probably realize that you cannot afford to take any more free stuff.
And if you want to know about how difficult it is to get rid of these things then shoot me an email, I’ll tell you about the time I got kicked off of eBay trying to do just that.