Imagine bookfairs done differently. Jason Johnson visited my school last spring to share information about Imagine Nation Books School Book Fairs. You might know the company for their corporate book fairs at hospitals and corporations. If you click through the About Us pages, you’ll recognize their history in the industry. Now they are reaching out to more schools. Have you heard about them?
Key points Jason mentioned (but which could vary according to your local rep):
- They will have a team onsite to setup your event and will stay until its completion.
- Point of Sale System will be provided at each fair for those who want to use it. (Does that mean a cash register?)
- An amount of merchandise will be awarded to the school at each event simply for hosting the event. These items can be used as free books for teachers or however host should decide.
- Posters, flyers, and email announcements will be provided prior to the event to promote it.
- Imagine Nation may bring the startup cash to be used as change for the event. (remember this is contingent upon your local rep) Imagine! No more running to the grocery store or gas station to get the 1′s, 5′s, quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies needed the night before your fair. Or is that just me?
- Shopping bags may be provided.
- Flexible Rebates awarded with the host deciding on the rebate. An example would be all cash, all books, or a combination of both.
- No Contract!
- Host is not held liable for any lost, stolen, or damaged items for the event.
- Employee and Key Volunteers discounts may be offered.
- There are no delayed payments. The rebate will be paid at close of the event provided the sponsor is on the premises to accept checks, books, etc.
- An Imagine Nation Books team will break down the event and assist in moving back any fixtures moved for the event.
Okay, this seems like someone else is coming in and doing most of the work. Some of the features are the same as the other company out there. I think I need more information. What do the books look like? What is their average price? Are parents happy? Do they provide marketing, decorations, and advertising tools? I don’t believe they have a video. What else is different? How large are their fairs? How many titles are shipped? How many fairs can the local company support simultaneously? Are they located across the USA? Do they provide cash registers? Are they charging me a $30 fee for gas even when gas prices have fallen to their lowest levels in 4 years? Do they process credit and debit cards?
I’m in the midst of planning a HUGE bookfair with the other company right now. I expect it will be a great success because I have that student crew of over 200 students working, planning, advertising, etc. Am I tempted to check out the other company? Yes, but this fair I’m focusing on my good relationship with the other company. We’ll see how sales go, whether the books are affordable to my students, and what the parent response is.
I’m interested in how many other people have hosted both types of book fairs. Here is a response from one librarian I know:
Several people have asked for my opinion of Imagine Nation Book Fairs done by Jason Johnson. We were his first Metro school and had our fair last week. Overall I am very pleased. They set the fair up and packed it up. We had extra cashier table items, books, etc that we could put out when needed. Change was furnished for startup. When I called Jason with questions or requests for more items, the questions were answered and he brought the items. Customer service was far superior to the other company. The selection of books was as good or better than the other company. I LOVED not having to lift boxes, etc. We sold more than we ever have and we only had a four day week to sell. I got $XXX of free books for having the fair and XX% profit however I wanted it, books or cash. I plan to book with them again. If you have any specific questions feel free to email or call me.
In the meantime, I’m going to test how a book fair goes at the middle school level the week after Thanksgiving/Fall Break and I’ll get back to you with details. Feel free to go do my comparison shopping for me.