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Free Notebooks

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College students need Notebooks. College students never have any money. College students serve as the most potent advertising canvas. Three different stories and I wondered if I could combine them all in some creative way. And then it struck me. What about college notebooks that are free and contain advertising. Well, the notebook is no different from what one would usually see, comes in standard type and shape formats. But every 5th page or so is an advertisement for some product or another. The notebook is not like a magazine which once read is usually thrown, so advertisers can be sure that any one buying the notebook will keep it for a semester at least, so that’s like air time for 4 months? Wot maties?

Every one is happy, the students get a free notebook, the bookstore gets its cut and the advertiser is free to bombard us with offers of things we don’t need each time we sit down to study.

Note: I have already seen notebooks with ads, so by that respect this is baked. But I have never seen free notebooks with ads. And there in lies the hidden ginseng.

nomadic_wonderer, Feb 02 2004

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       Paper notebooks or notebook computers?   

       Either way, I think my gut "Get a job!" reaction still applies.
DrCurry, Feb 02 2004
  

       Notebooks with pages Dr. Curry. And I am sorry if I am a poor student. But thats just how it is.
nomadic_wonderer, Feb 02 2004
  

       [UnaBubba] I know only what i see. and on my college campus all i see is poverty and misery! alright.. I am from a poor college. but thats not the point!!
nomadic_wonderer, Feb 02 2004
  

       I agree with [n_m] here, there are some universities where the fact that the purchase of a notebook (pad of paper) is quite a stretch on resources. Such a stretch that many students may never bother.
Such an idea may encourage such students to take more notes and achieve better results. Hence a croissant.
silverstormer, Feb 02 2004
  

       Wouldn't you just rip out the ad pages when you get to them, and only keep the pages with useful material?
reap, Feb 02 2004
  

       [reap] but then what prevents you from doing the same thing with magazines?
nomadic_wonderer, Feb 02 2004
  

       [silverstormer] Thanks for the support. I really did not feel Dr. Curry's advice was fair, but I did not want to butt in.
nomadic_wonderer, Feb 02 2004
  

       To be fair, [DrC] is not being fair :) he is just being humorous. Students work as hard as it is; I would know. Despite a part time job, money is still tight.
silverstormer, Feb 02 2004
  

       [silverstormer] as do i my friend.
nomadic_wonderer, Feb 02 2004
  

       Probably a good point [UB], but the way advertisers are going as far as I know, they seem never to miss an opertunity to put their name on something.
silverstormer, Feb 02 2004
  

       //But every 5th page or so is an advertisement for some product or another.// -- That is way too little advertising. The book should have advertising on the backside of every sheet. As you open the book the left side shows the ad and you are exposed to it while you write on the rights side.   

       There are special "leftie" notebooks where this is reversed. They have special ads for this target group, like left handed screws and cars that drive on the left hand side of the road.
kbecker, Feb 02 2004
  

       [kbecker] I like it!
nomadic_wonderer, Feb 02 2004
  

       This is so 1999... and my comment is so a troll. Sorry.
Laughs Last, Feb 02 2004
  

       //Really?// Shirley!
kbecker, Feb 03 2004
  
      
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