Today in the mail I got the second swag as a result of my blogging. (The first was a prototype of the Bitscope DP01 active differential probe, which I blogged about in First blogging swag and Bitscope differential probe).
This time, what I got was American Science and Surplus’s “Customer Thank You Gift Bag”, which contains
- an American Science and Surplus coffee mug (a $2.48 retail value),
- a bottle of Sciplus Sauce (a hot sauce of unknown provenance, not available at their web site),
- 3 plastic tops (a $2.95 value), and
- 2 pair of rainbow glasses (a $2.50 value).
The total retail value of this swag is about $10, though I would not have spent that much to acquire any of it. I might have picked up the mug in a thrift store for 50¢, as I need some more coffee mugs to use as beakers in the circuits course (for the thermistor lab and the electrode lab). We can use the hot sauce (if it is any good), but the rainbow glasses and the plastic tops will need to be given away. (I wonder if I should give them to my freshman design students for good class participation or something, or whether I should have my wife give them to the first-grade teacher at her school.)
The reason that I was sent this rather valueless $10 gift bag is that American Science and Surplus noticed my post about a motor I bought from them a few years ago:
Kudos and thanks to the author – we have been perplexed about this motor for too long. Please contact us at http://www.sciplus.com so we can send you a little gift.
With kind regards from American Science and Surplus
It was nice of them to send me something, but I would rather have had some random motors than what they did send.
At about $85 in swag from 1467 posts, I’m making about 6¢ a post—good thing I’m not doing it for the financial rewards!