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June 08, 2005


After I mentioned in a comment on Larry Osterman's blog that I had a handout from Microsoft Moving giving instructions for moving offices, somebody asked me to send it to them. This was such an absurd request that I complied.

I know there was a market for Enron crap, although it seems to have tailed off (only 97 items as I write this). But do people really want Microsoft stuff? You can't just do a general eBay search because so many people are selling actual Microsoft products, but currently there are 74 items on Collectibles and 58 items in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories and even 9 items in Entertainment Memorabilia.

So I'm looking around my office and thinking about what I could unload. Unfortunately all my junk from my first 10 year stint is at home. Anybody want a Microsoft Speech Server re-stickable sticker? A Microsoft MVP fake subway token? A Windows Marketplace notepad? The envelope that a Ship-It Award plaque came in? An Office XP card-key zip thing? An MSN Search window cling? Well, I'll probably keep all of it, but the mind still boggles.

Posted by AdamBa at June 8, 2005 04:43 PM

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How about a "On the internet nobody knows you're running Windows NT" bumper sticker?

Or a "Microsoft fait craquer Macintosh" advertisement for Microsoft Excel?

How about a set of original Xenix 286 manuals?

I'm not willing to get rid of them yet but...

Posted by: Larry Osterman at June 8, 2005 05:07 PM

Or if we're talking clothing, how about a Microsoft Exchange IMAP polo? There were only 10 of them ever made..

Posted by: Larry Osterman at June 8, 2005 05:09 PM

I'm trying to remember instances when any microsoft freebies were given out which were recalled (gratuitous spelling errors, HR violation etc) or discontinued for that reason?

For example, was there ever a "netscape engineers are weenies" sticker? ;-)

Posted by: anonymous at June 8, 2005 10:19 PM

There were the posters and buttons distributed as part of the introduction of the Ship-It awards. The buttons had a Ben-Day-dotted version of Bill's smiling mouth in orange and yellow, which Bill didn't like for some reason (a little more detail is in the first comment on this post:
Of course when people heard they were being confiscated they stashed theirs away. I have one at home somewhere.

- adam

Posted by: Adam Barr at June 9, 2005 08:44 AM

I'm the one who requested the handout.
I did it because, as I explained in the email, I wanted to see some insight into the workings of Microsoft. Plus, it would be cool to have a collection of Microsoft paraphernalia. Heh, owning a Microsoft T-Shirt would be cool, but getting one is the hard bit. Especially living so far away from any Microsoft conventions/buildings. Plus anybody can knock up a Microsoft shirt and sell it for "rare" on ebay, you just can't tell if it is genuine or not.
I should try and get a Microsoft mouse pad, seeing my current mousepad all damdged and the inerds falling apart after 3 years of usage. Wow, Office XP card-key zip thing... Can you post a picture?


Posted by: Loadsgood at June 9, 2005 08:19 PM

You can never live too far away from a Microsoft meetup of some kind. TechEd may not be in your back yard, but there is Microsoft events everywhere. Just do a search for your state or a large metro area and attach Microsoft to it, you'll find something I'm sure.

Posted by: Jeramey Jannene at June 15, 2005 11:53 AM