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  Greeting Cards, Seasonal Products

Cardstore.com customers can personalize greetings, invitations and announcements, adding their own photos and messages to create one-of-a-kind keepsakes for every occasion. They have no minimum order size, and can mail cards directly to the buyers' recipients. You can have one quality, custom greeting card with your own photo and text mailed directly to the recipient for less than four dollars.

  Tickets

Ace Tickets sells event tickets for all concerts, sports and theatre events nationwide.

  Flower Delivery

On August 18, 1910, fifteen American retail florists agreed to exchange orders for out-of-town deliveries. Originally called Florists' Telegraph Delivery, FTD was the world's first flowers-by-wire service. Fifty-five years later, FTD expanded to include international transactions. The company was renamed Florists Transworld Delivery to reflect its growing worldwide presence. In 1914, FTD adopted the classic figure of Mercury as its official logo.
FTD is the largest floral company in the world. The leader in quality, artistry and dependability, FTD connects approximately 20,000 North American retail florists and supports an international floral delivery network of 50,000 affiliated FTD Florists in 154 countries.

  Gift Baskets

GiftBaskets.com delivers gift baskets for all occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries, new arrivals, corporate gifts, thank you's, weddings, parties, sympathy, any occasion!

  Gift Certificates

SuperCertificates from GiftCertificates.com allow your family and friends to choose what they really want, from hundreds of merchants. SuperCertificates can be purchased for any dollar amount, and never expire. They also sell merchant-specific gift certificates, great if you want some control over how the money is spent.

  Direct From the Manufacturer

The Official Sony Store sells Sony electronics from Sony TVs, home theater and video products to portable audio & home audio products (and accessories) direct from the manufacturer. Their inventory includes Sony digital imaging products, like Cyber-shot & Mavica digital cameras and Micro MV, Mini DV, Digital-8, & Hi-8 Sony camcorders plus Video Walkmans, digital photo printers and accessories. They also sell Sony VAIO notebook and desktop computers, monitors, CD/DVD burners, accessories, and Sony Clie handheld computers.

  Department Stores

Amazon.com and their associated merchants, in addition to books, carry all kinds of home and personal electronics, DVDs & CDs, tools & hardware, sporting goods, practically everything. You can use the Amazon search form to search any of their fine departments.

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Wal-Mart has the low prices and wide selection you would expect at any Wal-Mart store. And if any item you order from them does not meet your expectations, you have your choice of returning them to any Walmart store, or by mail (some items such as computer hardware and components, heavy or large items that are identified as oversize on their item description pages and perishable products, such as flowers and food, cannot be returned to a store).

  Gift Shops

In business since 1951, Taylor Gifts is a mail order catalog company with a wide variety of novelties, gadgets, as-seen-on-tv items & more for the home and for personal organization. Standard shipping is via parcel post, so they can ship to P.O. boxes; they also can ship via USPS Priority Mail or FedEx.

  Travel Gifts

eBags, the world's largest online retailer of bags and accessories, sells a wide selection of luggage, backpacks, handbags, briefcases, computer cases and accessories, from brands like Samsonite, JanSport, The North Face and Eagle Creek, at extremely competitive prices.

  Special & Specialized Gifts

A.T. Cross is the world's leading provider of quality writing instruments, including fountain pens, ball-point pens, and "Selectip" interchangable tip pens. They also sell fine pencils, pen and pencil sets, watches, leather accessories, and more.

A living gift, starting at under $30. Treegivers trees are planted on public lands, in whichever of the 50 states you choose, and the recipient receives a certificate of planting.

Animal Den doesn't sell pet supplies. Instead they sell clothing and other gifts for pet and animal lovers, with animal themes.

HansonEllis carries fine bridal gifts, wedding favors, engravable keepsakes, crystals, candles, & soaps.

Shop Irish is the premier store on the web for Irish themed jewelry, apparel, and unique gifts including Claddagh rings, Celtic crosses, shamrock sweaters, and many more exciting Irish themed items.

TIME Magazine, February 13, 1950, p. 78:

CORPORATIONS: Card Shark
    ...In the greeting-card business the company that understands and cares the most is Kansas City's Hall Brothers, Inc., world's largest greeting-card makers. It has a love that's deep and true for ready-made bow-legged tetrameter and a business built on sentiment (last year's estimated gross: $15 to $18 million). Last week in the midst of its biggest sales season next to Christmas, Hall Brothers was, as usual, turning out more than 1,000,000 of its "Hallmark" greeting cards every day. There were no fewer than 500 different designs for St. Valentine's Day* ranging from 5˘ greetings to $5 concoctions dripping with lace and scented sachets.

    Behind all the hearts & flowers is Joyce C. Hall, 58, a lean and solemn man who started out, at 18, to become a greeting-card shark by selling postcard greetings in Kansas City. Rollie B. Hall, a brother, joined him there, but they soon realized that postcard greetings were losing favor. Said Joyce Hall: "We found we were developing a dying business." They switched to cards enclosed in envelopes, were soon so successful that they took in another brother, William F. Hall.

    The Hall brothers claim to have fostered quite a few innovations. They were first with the "humorous" greeting ("You have the strength of a TIGER... lily!"). They developed the unfolding card that tells a continued story, and leveled out the seasonal peaks & valleys of the business by pushing the "everyday" card for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, sympathy and the sick. Today, customers have a choice of six different Hallmark cards for the tonsillectomy patient alone; once there was even one for the friend who has been run down by a car. Other tricks of the trade: white kittens on cards will always outsell brown ones; geraniums are never good, but pansies are surefire sellouts.

    In addition to a staff of 150 artists, the company uses the works of such diverse painters as Vincent van Gogh, Norman Rockwell, Salvador Dali, Grandma Moses (one of the best sellers), and the winners of a $28,000 international contest (TIME, March 21). For the changeable public, Hallmark keeps plenty of new cards up its sleeve. One thing that doesn't worry Joyce Hall is a recession. In bad times, says he, people send greeting cards instead of presents.

* Believed to commemorate the death of two Roman priests in 269 A.D., each called Valentinus, and both executed on the same day. One of them is supposed to have been executed for marrying lovers who came to him, despite a decree by Emperor Claudius II forbidding marriage (single men made better soldiers).
 

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