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Office Supplies 1, Marketing 0

February 2, 2010

When you are working for a corporation, you take a lot of expenses for granted.  You NEVER mailed anything — it was always Urgent FedEx next day.  Many times we couldn’t even wait until next day — so I had to buy an airline ticket for the messenger to hand deliver that day.  But that was the price of doing business.

When you are using your own money, your “sense of urgency” is a little different.  When you see how much it costs to constantly FedEx out requests — you start to invest in stamps.  Our jobber has a bunch of samples to send us and wanted our FedEx number so he could send them to us right away.  I told him, “my meeting got pushed to the end of the week, so you can just drop it in the mail.”  There was dead silence on the phone.  He then said, “you mean, like just a regular envelope?”  “that’s fine and if you could write on tissue paper, that would be helpful.” (Ok, I didn’t say the last line, but I thought it!!)

You start to realize there are some costs you are just going to have to incur to look like the big guys.  I’m sure the jobber is telling this same story at a dinner party with the punchline, “and she told me to MAIL it.”  At which point the dinner table erupts in laughter.

oh well, I guess I have to come to grips that office supplies is going to have a bigger budget than marketing!

Smashing© and©, 2010.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2010 7:49 pm

    I’m afraid to ask…..Exactly how much was that FedEx? Might have to go carrier pigeon next time.

  2. tenniswall permalink
    February 2, 2010 8:26 pm

    your kids aren’t going to college anytime soon right? we can talk about it over drinks, LOTS of drinks 🙂

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