Should Public Agencies Sell Commemorative Trinkets?

Should public agencies spend time and money creating commemorative trinkets that likely won’t be purchased by more than a handful of people?

I would argue that the agency should focus on providing service (whatever it may be for that particular agency) in the most efficient way possible, and eliminate frivolous expenses.

On a related note, you can now buy your TriMet Commemorative Rose Festival One-Day Passes, available at a discount, because well, it’s all taxpayer-subsidized anyway.

5 Comments so far

  1. Beulah (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 8:42 am

    OK… this is a paper ticket with a photo on a rather plain background with standard Tri-Met font, not a snow-globe with a max running around in it. :-)

    Paying money for grocery stores to recycle something I already pay to recycle (and do religiously) is what I get worked up over.

  2. divebarwife (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 9:12 am

    Are you sure Tri-Met is footing the bill on this?

    I would imagine that the PRFA is actually the one subsidizing the discount – if not the whole venture – or that it is part of a sponsorship trade and therefore saving a whole lotta promotional dollars for Tri-Met getting it’s name out on other Rose Festival merch, signage and such.

  3. atlas (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 9:55 am


  4. Jason McHuff (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 9:56 pm

    Yeah, I don’t think the parade day pass is anything to get worked up about. Really, its not alot different then the different designs put on monthly passes. And they can help boarding go faster on those busy days by putting a dent in cash fares.

    And while TriMet has put out other things like beverage coasters and posters, “trinkets” can be thought of as advertising, as a way to build a good image.

  5. Reid Beels (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

    Seems to me that any ploy that can help to keep cars out of downtown on these days is worth while. If not only because fewer cars make it easier for the busses to run on time…

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