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Re: Booth Swag

From: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>
To: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Booth Swag
Date: 2008-06-12 17:37:02
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> Hmm to me it does. At least in comparison to other things. If we really
> think we can't get good donations for USB sticks, I question the
> expense. Especially when (as you say and are correct) we already
> generate good donations, and feedback from other less expensive but
> equally useful items.

Well, then we're back to CDs, yes?  Since we are a free software project, we 
really do want to hand out a "copy" of PostgreSQL.  At trade shows 
(LinuxWorld, LinuxTag, LISA, etc.) this is one of the things which 
distinguishes us from the commercial software vendors; they won't give away 
their software, we will.

As for the donations, I don't think we realistically can raise more than about 
$350 per trade show booth from all sources without merchandising becoming the 
main focus of our booth.  Debian does that, and I don't think it's something 
we should emulate.  

If we're going to add anything to the booth for $$$, I think we should 
consider the plushy elephants.  That's a higher-end item, and can inspire 
people to give us $30-$40 for an elephant instead of $20 for a t-shirt, which 
would increase total giving.

I also think we should make a wholesale distribution arrangement with a 
publisher (APress?) for PostgreSQL books.  Robert, whom should I talk to at 

Josh Berkus
PostgreSQL @ Sun
San Francisco

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