I hope my McCain election night blogging pulled back the curtain a little on what really happens at these events.
Mike K. wrote in response to the final post, when the $15 "McCain-Palin Victory 2008" T-shirts were discounted to three for $10: "That to me sounds like a bargain. Now if only the media reported the news as factually you have done in your brief story, we wouldn't have an Obama."
From Jeff J., when I mentioned the food—nachos and pretzels, "Isn't it de rigueur to supply a buffet, salad bar, desserts, cheese + fruit trays, mimosas, wines, and top-shelf liquors? Hopefully the rest of the spread was NOT watered-down "bottom shelf" booze, grilled Spam on toothpicks, mystery meat spread on toast points, Cheez Whiz and Triscuits. No skimping on final party, please! A full blast drunken blowout is proper consolation. Imagine the McCains and Palins kicking back and rightly getting wasted (and the pics of that! think HUGE site traffic and future pay raise)."
I got a lot of traffic on the blog about Starbucks giving away coffee election day, as I tried to guesstimate the actual cost. Jim B. provided much better insight: "Having managed food service operations for a number of years, I can say with certainty that beverage costs are typically some of the lowest on a percentage basis in the industry. Coffee is one of the highest margin products around. I'd be surprised if that large cup of coffee actually costs Starbucksmore than 20 cents and probably less. So now the actual cost of that huge buzz is probably less than $200,000. Hmm. Cheaper than one TV ad. Sounds like good marketing to me."