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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Livestrong Bracelets for Fundraising

Livestrong bracelets have become popular as it helps in promoting a cause. These bracelets are available in bright yellow color with "Livestrong" written on it. This band was launched in May 2004 for helping cancer victims. When Lance Armstrong released such a type of wristband, charities and other non-profit organizations turned to them for help. Due to its immense popularity, livestrong wristbands became supporting several other causes which includes breast cancer awareness, military support and AIDS.

This trend became very popular and people of all age groups started promoting multiple causes. It has become so popular that you will see people wearing such a kind of bracelet. Livestrong bracelets educate people about cancer and encourage those affected. In 2004, when Lance Armstrong Foundation introduced this band, he wanted to raise $25 million dollars for creating awareness and raising money for cancer victims. Within 6 months, nearly 70 million bracelets worth $1 each were sold. Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) believes that if people want to fight against cancer, awareness and knowledge should be created among people.

Many people want to know why Lance Armstrong chose Yellow color to create awareness. As yellow is the color of Jersey, it is worn by the leader Tour de France. This was the main reason for him to choose. Many famous personalities like John Kerry, Katie Couric, Matt Doman and various other personalities started wearing this kind of band.

Many people think what's special in this band. Wearing a livestrong wristband makes a powerful statement about the wearer and they shout and tell the world-"I care". This movement gained much popularity when famous cyclist lance Armstrong struggled with cancer disease. Due to his strong willpower he was able to overcome the disease and became six-time champion of Tour De France. Live strong message symbolizes live every moment and enjoy the sorrows and happiness.

Apart from Lance strong, other online wristband companies have started selling such a kind of wristband. Whatever money they generate from selling, a certain portion of the sale proceeds is given to the lance strong foundation. Popularity of lance Armstrong wristbands lead to generation of new kind of band.

Personalized silicone bracelets are trendy, inexpensive and fun to wear. Different types of personalized silicone bracelets are Debossed, color-filled, Embossed, Printed and laser engraved etc. Such bracelets make wonderful personalized gift.

The bracelet can be designed with a special phrase or simply the recipient's name. Other ways to use such a kind of wristband are family events, birthday parties, outdoor events, fundraisers, school teams, Religious groups, promotional items and corporate marketing etc.

Due to livestrong bracelet, many people have gained lives. Many poor people don't have money to buy medicines or visit a doctor. But due to lance Armstrong foundation, needy people have benefited. And it's a good way shown by Armstrong to raise funds for various causes. There are people who wish to help others but they might don't know in which way they can help the needy. But because of Lance they had come to know how to contribute their money by buying bracelets.

Anto Martin is the author of online shopping site which is used to sell various types of Silicone Wristbands such as Livestrong Bracelets, rubber wristbands, sports wristbands, etc.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Useful Mediband Bracelets

Mediband bracelets Handband can be one useful trendy designs which provide medical information that conveyed to the professionals when something unexpected happen to our family and ourself.

This mediband bracelets Handband will cater for diseases such as diabetes and epilepsy, antihistamines such as allergies to penicillin and food products such as peanuts, milk and eggs.

Unlike metal identification bracelets, bracelets Mediband Handband are made of food grade silicone, easily sterilized and are 100% hypoallergenic (non-toxic). Have smooth edges, round and flexible are less likely to catch foreign objects and are designed to break safely and easily if enough force is applied.

More importantly, is fully compatible with Mediband Handband, the leading provider of custom silicone wristbands in Australia.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Origins of Silly Bandz

The origins of Silly Bandz are truly a marvel of recent history. Silicone bands themselves were only recently invented, and it is from that advancement that these modern toys emerged. Silly Bandz made their online debut in 2008, their retail debut in 2009, and as of August 2010 they are available in 8000 stores across the United States. Their success has been astounding and in terms of the history of these fad rubber bracelets, it's still being written as they are experiencing tremendous success.

In 2002 a Japanese design team began hammering out the idea of a shaped silicone rubber band to be used as a more environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional rubber band. In terms of the chemical properties of silicone it is extremely stable and can operate between temperatures of -55 degrees Celsius all the way up to 300 degrees Celsius. Clearly the comfortable operating range of humans falls well within these temperature extremes, so silicone bands can withstand virtually any temperature they are exposed to.

When compared to organic rubber, silicone rubber excels in some categories but fall short in others. For instance, silicone based rubber is less sensitive to UV damage and heat than organic rubber. On the other hand, organic rubber has a greater tensile strength, essentially meaning that is less elastic. The bottom line however is that under normal conditions, silicone rubber lasts longer than organic rubber.

Robert Croak, the owner of BCP Imports encountered these silicone rubber bands one year on a business trip. From that emerged the idea that they could be modified to be toys. The idea came back with him to the states and the silicone rubber band was made thicker, larger, and more colorful. Numerous ideas presented themselves for shapes and themes and the silicone rubber band was re-purposed to be a child's fashion accessory and renamed Silly Bandz.

BCP Imports does sell a number of other products, but none is so wildly popular as Silly Bandz. BCP Imports has hired more employees and grown its base of operations because of and to meet the growing demand of consumers. Silly Bandz are now sold in over a dozen different themes and a wide range of colors, some of which even glow in the dark or are temperature reactant. They are an unlikely and truly are an amazing success story, considering that the origins of this huge toy came from a chance encounter with silicone rubber bands in Japan and the idea to market them as a children's fashion accessory

And if you want to know more about Silly Bandz Rubber Bracelets then please check out this guide, or have a look at more specific designs like the Silly Bandz Princess.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Cons of Silly Bandz As Gifts

While there are many pros of Silly Bandz as gifts there are also a few cons of these rubber bracelets as gifts that are worth considering and may or may not influence a person's decision making as to whether or not to buy these as a gift. Many factors are involved in making a gift selection and many of these are considered automatically. Among those factors is the price of the gift, the likes and dislikes of the recipient, the relationship between yourself and the recipient and what the giving of the intended gift might mean on a personal level. Bottom line, sometimes gift giving can be tricky, and giving a bad gift might be worse than giving no gift at all.

The first of the cons of Silly Bandz as gifts is that not everyone is interested in them. While they are popular among all age groups not everyone will put them to use. Kids will trade them, collect them, and wear them as bracelets, but for some people these customized bands seem like a silly fad and simply aren't their style.

The second issue that people might have with Silly Bandz as gifts is that they don't last. According to some online product reviews, these bands are flimsy and snap easily when they are stretched out. Others argue this is only true of the cheap knock offs, but it is something to keep in mind.

Some claim that they are too small to be worn around the wrist and that they are no more durable than an ordinary rubber band. Though some of these reviews are vague, the complaints about durability seem to be directed less at the actual company's brand and more toward other knock-off brands. Regardless, know one likes a gift that breaks any more than the gift giver likes paying for it.

A third issue that can easily arise, and another of the cons of Silly Bandz as gifts is the availability of certain packs and designs. While each of the company's packs is themed such as rain forest, dinosaur, pets, or limited edition releases like Justin Bieber, many complain about their availability. It appears in many cases that customer demand is higher than actual supply and they find many stores sold out of particular sets. This can be irritating to both the collector and the person intending to buy Silly Bandz as a gift to a friend.

While there may be a few cons of this particular fad product as gifts, do not be discouraged. Keep in mind the many factors that play a hand in making a good gift idea, not the least of whether or not the individual will like it or not. When thinking of buying Silly Bandz, keep in mind both the pros and cons of these toys as gifts.

And if you want to know more about Silly Bandz in general, or if you are interested in a very specific pack like Silly Bandz Dinosaurs then please check out that online guide to these popular products.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Custom Rubber Bracelets Defy The Cynics’ “Slacktivist” Label

Author: Andrew McBride

Although custom rubber bracelets have raised millions of dollars for worthy causes over the past few years, cynics aren’t impressed. Some deride those who wear silicone wristbands “slacktivists,” claiming the wearing of a custom rubber bracelet doesn’t do much beyond giving the wearer a warm fuzzy feeling.

Obviously, selling custom rubber bracelets won’t solve all the problems of the world, but they can make a significant contribution. But what the critics of custom rubber bracelets don’t appreciate is the amazing fundraising power these 100 percent silicone wristbands have. Custom rubber bracelets can be produced very cheaply in huge numbers. That means they can be sold at a very low price, enabling just about anyone who wants one to buy it. What most people fail to realize is that the per-unit profit margin on custom rubber bracelets can be enormous.

That means you can make a significant contribution to your cause or organization by selling custom rubber bracelets. For example, 1000 basic debossed wristbands, with the message of your choice pressed into the silicone, will cost $0.27 each, for a total price of $270. Sell those wristbands for $2 each, and you’ll net $1,730 to donate to your cause. Sell them for $5 each, and you can donate $4,730.

And here’s the best part -- your cost goes down as the order quantity goes up. Order 5,000 custom rubber bracelets and they’re only $0.18 each, for a total of $900. Sell them on campus or through your church at $2 each, and you net $9,100 for a worthy cause. Sell them for $5 each, and your donation soars to $24,100!

Ask Lance Armstrong. His yellow “Livestrong” custom rubber bracelet, the one that started the trend six years ago, has raised millions of dollars worldwide for cancer research. Considering the fact that the Livestrong sell for only $1 each, that’s hardly “slacktivism” in anyone’s book.

Remember too that every custom rubber bracelet you sell will serve as a reminder to others of your organization or cause. Your silicone wristbands will help keep people aware of the issues. Every custom rubber bracelet worn is a chance for someone to ask the wearer what it’s for, a chance to impart information, to gain new support.

So let’s see. The so-called “slacktivists” are showing support for something that’s important to them and raising significant amounts of money for something they believe in by wearing and selling custom rubber bracelets. Can the cynics say that?

Maybe they should ask a school district in northern Ohio that sold custom rubber bracelets to raise money for Haitian earthquake relief. The school district had the wristbands printed with the words “help Haiti heal” right after the devastating January earthquake. Within three weeks, the school district raised nearly $5,000 for earthquake victims. And the custom rubber bracelets being worn by students, faculty, staff and parents helps remind people that Haiti still desperately needs help to recover from the earthquake.

Even the fact that so many causes have adopted the same color custom rubber bracelet to represent many things is a positive attribute. The only way to know for sure what a particular custom rubber bracelet represents is to ask the person wearing it, giving the wearer a chance to explain their cause in depth. Such conversations, sparked by a simple custom rubber bracelet, help lead to greater understanding.

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About the Author: I am Andrew Wrist from Direct Wristbands which is the industry leader in custom rubber bracelets design and production. The company produces wristbands in a variety of sizes, colors and styles to suit any occasion.
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