Has anyone noticed if any pro lighting companies are selling shirts or giving them out for free recently or does it pretty much come down to you having to buy something from them to receive swag? I am aware that there are custom shirts made by various shirt producers, but I'm talking strictly brands like Vari-lite, ETC, Strand, High End, Vincent Lighting Systems, Northern Sound and Light, etc.
I think it is all about being in the right spot at the right time.
Sometimes you can ask. I was walking outside the stage on the Sony lot, saw a vendor(movie glass) and said "Hi, have any shirts?" Not really expecting him to.
He replied, "Sure, what size?", reached behind his seat and pulled out a shirt!
The only entertainment swag I've paid for are Local 728 Tees.
I sure noticed the raffle swag they gave out at a recent Desire Demo in Hollywood.
I won a S4 Par! It is a great work light for my Ion.
Come to think of it, I didn't get a tee with my latest Ion I bought... Aw well. ETC is very giving, I'd mention some of the ways, but I fear that some working there might get in trouble! Ha! I'm a customer for life.
Bottom line: Get it free at work, trade seminars, trade shows, product training.