Dave and Adam’s Card World

I recently received a very exciting email. Kevin, the New Media Director from Dave and Adam’s Card World contacted me to inquire about putting up an ad on The Willful Caboose. At first I airily informed him that due to my X-treme integrity, I do not have ads on TWC, but then Versus started waving magnetic playoff trackers around, and the next thing I knew, I did have ads on TWC. It turns out that whoring out my beloved website is a slippery slope, because soon, I was agreeing to advertise for Dave and Adam.

In my defense, Dave and Adam’s Card World is undeniably fabulous. They’re a local shop with a good sense of humor, and they are, of course, the geniuses behind this ad:

Once I took a second to think things through, I realized that advertising for D & A is a no brainer. Dave and Adam are way cooler than me, and frankly, it’s hilarious that they would think there is some benefit to be gained from advertising on this site. I realized that in order to take full advantage of their mistake, I should quickly negotiate a long term contract, locking them into a serious commitment before they realize that this website is utter hogwash and unworthy of their esteemed advertising dollars.

The following is a transcript of my negotiations:

Katebits: So, Kevin. I’m ready to deal. While it’s an incredible compromise of my morals and values, I am now willing to put up an ad for Dave and Buster’s on my website.

Kevin: Um, it’s Dave and Adam’s.

Katebits: (narrowing eyes) Yes, that’s what I said, “Dave and Adam’s”. Listen, don’t try to confuse me. I wasn’t born yesterday. I may look like an idiot, but I’m a shrewed negotiator. I just want to get this deal done.

Kevin: Okaaay. Listen, until we can determine that your site is going to drum up some traffic on our website, I’d like to propose a merchandise trade. If, after a few months we find a pattern of business from The Willful Caboose, then we can negotiate a monetary payment for advertising.

Katebits: Hmm. That’s an interesting proposition. You sell all kinds of hockey-related memorabilia that I covet, plus, you guys seem to be friends with the Sabres. We might be able to work something out here. What are you offering?

Kevin: How about autographed pictures of the players?

Katebits: No. That won’t do it, Kevin.

(long pause)

Katebits: I have an idea. How about I make an appearance in your next Sabres commercial? Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “This chick is crazy if she thinks I’m putting her on television”, but Kevin, you’re overlooking one very important thing. You’re forgetting that I’m a professional viola player. I’m totally famous myself! I would be willing to put an ad on The Willful Caboose if I can be in the next Dave and Adam’s commercial. What do you think?

Kevin: What?! That’s ridiculous! No! I’m not putting you in a commercial!

Katebits: Oh come, on! Don’t be such a tight wad! Just give me a non-speaking role. I’ll simply wander around in the background while Dave and Adam do their shtick with whatever Sabre is in the commercial. I won’t say a word! I’ll just pretend to be shopping. Come ON! You KNOW it’s a good idea.

Kevin: No. That is out of the question.

Katebits: Okay, okay. How about I just attend the filming of the next commercial? I promise I’ll behave. I won’t say a word. You’ll hardly even notice I’m there. I can be, like, the player’s personal assistant for the day. I’ll toss treats to Pommerdoodle when he nails his lines. Pleeeease?! Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease?

Kevin: I am not letting you anywhere near Jason Pominville.

Katebits: Kevin, I need you to work with me here. So, what you’re telling me is that the commercials are off the table? You won’t bend on this issue?

Kevin: The commercials were never on the table.

Katebits: Okay, fine. I’ve got to hand it to you, Kevin. You drive a hard bargain.

Kevin: So, how about those autographed pictures?

Katebits: How about, NO?! The pictures are not going to cut it, but I do have another idea.

Kevin: (sigh)

Katebits: I did some poking around on the Dave and Adam’s Flickr photo sets. I was particularly interested in the photos of the players signing stuff. I noticed that in some of the pictures, there is a dude sort of hovering over the player. I assume his job is to whisk the items away as they are signed. I think this is a job I could perform. How about in exchange for the advertisement, you let me do that job?

photo courtesy of Dave and Adam’s Card World

Kevin: No way.

Katebits: WHY?!!

Kevin: Just…..no. Listen, I’m not so sure this is going to work out. I don’t feel like we are really on the same page here.

Katebits: Nooo! Don’t give up! I’m sorry! I’m sorry! Please don’t leave. I’ll be reasonable. Okay? I’ll be good. I didn’t want it to come to this, but I’d be willing to settle for a “3″.

Kevin: What?

Katebits: I want one of these “3″s that Crunchy is signing.

photo courtesy of Dave and Adam’s Card World

Kevin: You want a three? But those are for jerseys.

Katebits: Whatever. I really like the threes. How about a three?

Kevin: The problem with those threes is that they become very valuable when Ryan signs them and we sew them onto a jersey. The markup on those is pretty steep. I don’t think I can give you a three.

Katebits: How about a Toni Lydman jersey?

Kevin: How about an autographed picture for each month?

Katebits: How about you get Crunchy to sign this picture? I want an autographed picture of Crunchy autographing a big stack of “3″s!

Kevin: How about the autographed pictures that we already have in stock?

Katebits: Okay, but only if they write a personal message on the photo. Like, “I love you Katebits”.

Kevin: No. How about the autographed pictures we already have in stock?

Katebits: Which Sabres do you have in stock?

Kevin: Well, I’ll have to check.

Katebits: Okay, fine. The price of my blogging integrity is one autographed Sabres photo per month. It better be a good Sabre, though.

Kevin: I’ll send you a good Sabre. I promise.

*********

So that’s the deal! Kevin is going to send me an autographed Sabres photo per month during the duration of this experiment. If you guys click on the link and buy enough stuff from Dave and Adam’s Card World, maybe someday I’ll work up to a “3″!

In all seriousness, Kevin at Dave and Adam’s has been extremely cool and fun to work with. We really SHOULD buy our Sabres merchandise from a local company instead of from NHL.com, and to make that easier, Dave and Adam’s have the lowest prices available in the entire known universe. I am happy to promote a company with such a good sense of humor. (Please notice that the ad contains the word “Pommerdoodle”. I know. They’re not messing around. Dave and Adam won’t be satisfied until they have both our money AND our hearts. Fork it over, people.)

 

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43 Responses to “Dave and Adam’s Card World”


  1. 1 CrotchetyOriginalSam January 31, 2008 at 1:11 am

    You got hosed. Where are they ever going to find enough “good Sabres” to send you pictures of every month?

    On another note, how is it that I live in Minnesota, yet I know I’ve seen that commercial before? Has it been running for so long that I saw it in Buffalo when I visited you in 2005 or whenever? Or did I maybe catch it on Center Ice…?

  2. 2 Jaime January 31, 2008 at 9:49 am

    I personally would have held out for something Gaustad related if I were you! But then again I just may have the teesiest bit of a crush on him which my husband totally supports:)!!!

  3. 3 Katebits January 31, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Where are they ever going to find enough “good Sabres” to send you pictures of every month?

    I know! :D

    You must have seen the commercial of Center Ice, because I think this one is relatively new. There is no this was running when you visited. Pommers was still in diapers way back then!

    I personally would have held out for something Gaustad related if I were you!

    Maybe I’ll wind up with an autographed picture of Goose!

  4. 4 Kevin January 31, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Gaustad? Come on… You are getting Briere, Drury, and McKee. We gotta dump that stuff somehow.

  5. 5 Katebits January 31, 2008 at 10:04 am

    If you send a Drury you will be SO sorry.

  6. 6 Anne January 31, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Ha, I’ll take a McKee! I love Jay McKee!

    I’ve bought many things at Dave and Adam’s and even have their wacky card on my keys next to my Shoppers Club card and Library card key tags. I don’t frequent Dave and Adams as much as I do the grocery store, but it looks like I do and that’s what counts.

  7. 7 Schnookie January 31, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Gaustad? Come on… You are getting Briere, Drury, and McKee. We gotta dump that stuff somehow.

    My god, Katebits. You’ve made a deal with the Devil.

  8. 8 Schnookie January 31, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Oh, and by the way, we’d TOTALLY put a Dave and Adams ad on IPB if that would help sway them to let you be the autograph wrangler at Crunchy’s next signing. Just sayin’.

  9. 9 Pookie January 31, 2008 at 10:20 am

    We’d put Dave and Adams ads on Boxworthy’s Babblings if it’ll get you a 3!

  10. 10 Amy January 31, 2008 at 11:30 am

    I’d put an ad on Shots off the Crossbar if it would get you that 3!

    In all seriousness, I’ve bought one jersey at Dave and Adams and had one bought for me at Dave and Adams. Both times they had the jerseys needed in stock (Miller and Stafford) and in the sizes/color/brands we needed. And the customer service was great too.

  11. 11 Kevin January 31, 2008 at 11:56 am

    It is good to hear positive things about the store and the company. Just for that I think we are going to upgrade the pictures to a Soupy, Vanek, and Peters

  12. 12 Katebits January 31, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Just for that I’m linking your ad back to DaveandBusters.com. :P

  13. 13 Caitlin January 31, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I’m envious, mainly because I don’t think Dallas has anything like this for the Stars.

    Well played, Katebits!

  14. 14 Patty (in Dallas) January 31, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Katebits, I cannot believe you managed to get a legitimate retail establishment to use the word, Pommerdoodle, in one of their ads! I just can’t believe it!

  15. 15 Katebits January 31, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Patty, I’m not going to lie. I can’t believe it either. Pookie is campaigning to get “pommerdoodling” into the OED. Personally, I’ll be satisfied once I hear Lindy use it in a press conference.

  16. 16 Pookie January 31, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Personally, I’ll be satisfied once I hear Lindy use it in a press conference.

    …while reading from the P section of the OED, right? Right?

  17. 17 Katebits January 31, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Totally, Pookie. I won’t be satisfied until I hear Rough Lindy reading from the Oxford English Dictionary during a press conference. This is my life’s mission.

  18. 18 Meg January 31, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    I love the OED and I love the Sabres so that sounds like an excellent match to me.

  19. 19 jonhoepfinger January 31, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Wait people want to advertise on blogs? How come I don’t get any calls. I would totally sell out.

  20. 20 fullbodytransplant January 31, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Dave and Adam’s is world famous, you know. They are the ULTIMATE source for bargains on older trading card game boxes. Quality sponsor, congrats.

  21. 21 Schnookie January 31, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Totally, Pookie. I won’t be satisfied until I hear Rough Lindy reading from the Oxford English Dictionary during a press conference. This is my life’s mission.

    I want him to be reading the “Pommerdoodle” section of the OED while bequeathing a signed 3 to you, Katebits.

  22. 22 kathee January 31, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Marvelous negotiating you have done there, Katebits. I may have to use your services next time I want my husband to stay home with the kids for a night! :)

  23. 23 Maal January 31, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    OMG. I am trying very hard to not LOL at work. My girls turned me onto your blog [you may know (of) my partner in crime, MJ, from mysafetyisharvard?]. I am TOTALLY blogrolling you! I love the funnies! And ahahah Crunchy.

  24. 24 Shari January 31, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Kate, you pot smoking whore you!! I’m so proud of you!
    I want a 3, can I get a 3 too?? I’m gettin a 3.
    So because of your wonderful, blogtastic bargaining, I’m
    gonna get me a Teppo jersey! He’s not leaving town anytime
    soon, I hope.
    Raceing my new black Malibu up Transit….
    Ah hell, I just bought a car. I can’t afford a jersey.
    But sooner or later….(eyebrow arched) Oh yes, I will be wearing Teppo!

  25. 25 Matt January 31, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Hrm… I wish I had such swag-whoring skillz.Of course, I also don’t write anything worth reading so I think it’s better they come to you. If it helps, they’re selling me my next jersey (pay day can’t come soon enough) so your numbers should looks good.

    Way to go, KB!

  26. 26 mcguffers January 31, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    And the commercials don’t make the players look as completely unnatural as this

  27. 27 danielleia January 31, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Thats amAHzing… they used Pommerdoodle!! D&A are my favorite. If I got my dad to start saying Pommerdoodle, Lindy should be easy as cake. Scratch that, delicious Danny Pie(/Crosby).

  28. 28 Anne January 31, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Well, this post and ad have done their job, I’m thinking of driving up to Dave and Adams tonight and finally committing to a Stafford jersey. Maybe. My trepidation has nothing to do with Dave and Adams and everything to do with my fear that showing open support of Drew Stafford will cause him to either suffer seriously bodily harm or get a sudden urge to give up hockey and join the Peace Corps.

    And I must be so used to the word Pommerdoodle that I didn’t even realize that it said Pommerdoodle and not Pominville until someone pointed it out in their comment.

  29. 29 Matt January 31, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Ok, this is unholy and I lay the blame firmly at Katebits’ feet. After reading this post and comments twice today, I couldn’t resist. Totally went on an unapproved spree and secured some new autographed pucks. Also, I made sure to mention that I got the referral from you and your damnable ads!

  30. 30 Katebits January 31, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Awww! Matt, I’m sorry you were tempted away from the path of righteousness, but HOORAY! You got some new pucks! Who did you get? Thank you so much for mentioning my ad. :D

    Anne, I can throughly relate to hesitation about buying a jersey. They are expensive and represent more commitment to a single man than I have ever been able to make in 32 years. But when you are ready, OF COURSE you have to buy yours from Dave and Adam’s.

    Hi there, Maal! Thanks for the kind words and the link! Welcome to TWC!

  31. 31 kevin January 31, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Oh the power of Katebits and Pommerdoodle…

  32. 32 Matt January 31, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    HOORAY! You got some new pucks! Who did you get?

    I grabbed one from The General, Goose and Killa Kaleta.

  33. 33 Katebits January 31, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    See, Kevin? What did I tell you? The business is about to start POURING in! Your job is going to be so easy from now on.

    Nice, Matt! I bet Goose put some extra love into that autograph for you.

  34. 34 ashley January 31, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    kate you are famous! I am so proud of you.

  35. 36 Heather B. January 31, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Pssst, Kate… See if you can get me a Poz photo, okay? ;-)

  36. 37 Schnookie February 1, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Pssst, Kate… See if you can get me a Poz photo, okay?

    Heather, they said no. Which part of that is so hard for you to understand? *Shakes head sadly* You are so pathetic. :P

  37. 38 Heather B. February 1, 2008 at 3:26 am

    Heather, they said no. Which part of that is so hard for you to understand? *Shakes head sadly* You are so pathetic. :P

    They didn’t say no! They just… you know… never emailed me again.

    Okay, okay, I’m pathetic! :P It’s not my fault they were lacking in Henrik Tallinder memorabilia, okay?! And they did not have the now available Jochen photos at that time!

    (I would like to stress that despite the Hank complaint, Dave and Adam’s is FABULOUS for all your non-Tallinder needs!)

  38. 39 Matt February 1, 2008 at 9:50 am

    I would like to stress that despite the Hank complaint, Dave and Adam’s is FABULOUS for all your non-Tallinder needs!

    Yeah, but that particular market is classified as “super-niche” so it’s totally safe and acceptable to ignore the demographic =)

  39. 40 kevin February 1, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Oh Heather B we didn’t forget about you…

  40. 41 Heather B. February 1, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Yeah, but that particular market is classified as “super-niche” so it’s totally safe and acceptable to ignore the demographic =)

    :PPPPP

    Matt, clearly you’re not reading Top Shelf because I’ve recently proved that Henrik Tallinder is THE SINGLE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER ON THE BUFFALO SABRES! (And also the most handsome. But that one’s not stat-based so much as it is a gut feeling.)

    Oh Heather B we didn’t forget about you…

    Yeah? Well, since you’ve put off negotiations for so long, my price has gone up! I’m gonna cost a pretty penny now! :D

  41. 42 KevinP February 1, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Jeez, all I get is solicitations from porn shops, ticket resellers, and gambling sites.

    I’ve never spent a dime with any of them, but I’ve spent approximately one gazillion dollars at Dave and Adams. Shoot, I even have my D&A value card to prove it.

    Seriously Kate, I hope you got actual cash money for the ad. You get a lot of page views.


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