Sunday , October 17 2021

Those Who Need Least Get Most

It is one of the perverse laws of life that those who need the least get the most: Really need a loan? You won’t get it. Have cash galore? The loans come looking for you. Check out the swank swag Grammy performers and presenters – virtually all multi-millionaires – receive in their gift bags:

    A Siemens SX56 Pocket PC mobile phone ($500), a Mattel My Scene doll ($15) and a Crest Spin Brush ($8) are just a few of the treats in store for performers and presenters at the awards show Feb. 23 in New York. [USA Today]

Bruce, Ashanti, Nelly, Faith, Norah, etc also get to “play Winona Ryder” in the “Gift Lounge” at Madison Square Garden on days they rehearse for the show:

    They’ll have their pick of free products such as $500 Stetson cowboy hats, Safilo eyewear from $350 to $750 and Jabra wireless headsets at $300.

    The combined value of the gift basket and lounge, put together by L.A.-based Distinctive Assets, is $20,000.


    * Akademiks sweat suit, $150.

    * Apple 20 GB iPod, $499.

    * Evolution candles, $20.

    * Invicta Lupah chronograph watch, $525.

    * Logitech digital camera, $129.99.

    * Sunbeam Oster In2itive blender, $149.99.

    * Sunbeam Healthometer wrist blood pressure monitor, $99.99.

    * The Sak purse, $58.

    * Whirly Girls sterling silver bracelet, $240.

    * Wilsons Leather luggage, $450.

    * Stay at a Fairmont Miramar Hotel, $1,500.

    * BriteSmile gift certificate, $600.

I’ve picked up some nice goodies at conventions, conferences and the like, but knock off a few zeros on total package value.

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About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected],, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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