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State wants refund for State Fair T-shirts

Posted October 28, 2009

— The state Department of Agriculture has filed a complaint against a vendor who never delivered on an order for promotional T-shirts leading up to the North Carolina State Fair.

The company, Promo Guru, out of New York, was supposed to deliver 9,000 T-shirts by early October, but didn't because of a manufacturing mistake.

The state spent $30,000 to order the shirts from a local vendor – $13,000 more than the order the state placed with Promo Guru.

The agriculture department wants the company to pay the difference.

"If we could have gotten any T-shirt out of that company, we could have been in a good position," spokesman Brian Long said. " We never saw any T-shirts from that company. We didn’t know if the T-shirts were ever going to make it here, because we never saw box No. 1."


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  • MakoII Oct 29, 2009


    If a lot of people are doing the same thing, isn't that one of THE definitions of "conspiracy"?

  • DougWare.NET Oct 29, 2009


    You call me a conspiracy theorist, but it seems quite a few of us are asking the same questions.

  • MakoII Oct 29, 2009

    I agree. Buy Local if you can, especially if it's MADE or GROWN here.

    But if it isn't, then support your local INDEPENDENT owners.

    Most people would rather support Borders before buying at Quayle Ridge Books, who is independent (as an example) or Amazon because it's cheaper.

  • rrzx-14 Oct 29, 2009

    Buy local.

  • Professor Oct 29, 2009

    The state is after every dollar it can get these days. lol lol

  • MakoII Oct 29, 2009


    Hear! Hear!

    You Rock!

  • makomookie Oct 29, 2009

    I'm at it again. If I could just get you winkers to understand that my opinion is not just mine... I represent the best of humanity! Either fall in line or be bruised by my unlimited knowledge!!!

    BTW... I am at work and... well.... I must not be very important because I have all the time in the world to run shotgun over these blogs.

    Excuse me for a moment.... " do you want fries with that, sir?"

  • MakoII Oct 29, 2009

    I think some GOLO posters need a lesson.

    NC get's it t-shirts from somewhere else. The cotton is grown elsewhere. The t-shirts are spun elsewhere. Most likely India. And then imported.

    THEN it's printed on.

    NYC is a leading world port city, so they can import cheaper than NC can. They also have cheaper labor as they have 10 million people in 100 square miles, where as NC has 10 million people in 54,000 square miles.

    The DOA supports NC FARMERS. So how does FARMING have anything to do with IMPORTING t-shirts, tell me?

    You can go to recess now.

  • mpheels Oct 29, 2009

    I'm a little disturbed by the lack of understanding of interstate commerce protection shown here and the failure to grasp post ex facto laws over on the inmate release article... Folks get all bent out of shape about government infringing on "their rights" but apparently don't even know some of the most basic elements of the Constitution.

  • Professor Oct 29, 2009

    Next time get the money up front, and not after the fact.