Clones and Replicas

Clones and Replicas

Inside Information

Information that the BIG BOX Supplier don’t want you to know!

This might take you a while to read but it will make your promo life more profitable and easier.

What are clones, replica’s, patented and copyrighted promo products?

You can call them clones, replicas, knockoffs, or tributes. These words will help you would understand what I am about to say.

Patented Products

In the promotional product industry, and all industries in fact, there are products that are patented and products that are copyrighted and sometimes product’s that are both. However, a product’s claim to having these protections is not always true or accurate.

As well, very often, only a small portion of a product that claims to be patented may in fact be patented. For instance, a drinkware piece can claim a patent and to the casual observer it looks like the entire thing is protected under that patent. However, it maybe only the handle or the lid or some small function of the overall design that is in fact under patent.

Other products, that claim to be patented may have even had their patent run out. Patents are almost always issued for a finite period of time (usually 20 years).

And finally, some products that claim to be patented are not. 

What about copyright?

Copyright is a different process. When something is copyrighted it almost always refers to things that are not of a functional nature but more of a branding nature.

For instance, if you want to buy a Yeti Tumbler with the Yeti logo you pretty much have to buy an expensive Yeti copyrighted product.

However, if you want to buy a Tumbler that looks and functions almost identically to the Yeti Tumbler you can find factories and suppliers who can source and deliver a near exact replica for half the price or less.

 It will look, work and function identically to the Tumbler but will not have the prestigious Yeti logo or any patentable part they may or may not have. FYI I am using Yeti just as a example that all of us in the marketing business understand. this is nothing to do with Yeti in particular.

One of the things that Promo Motive specializes in is in sourcing, logoing and delivering top quality replicas some of the more well-known promotional product’s and delivering them to you at a price that is more “sane and realistic”.

It is not to say that a brand-name product isn’t a good product, often they are. I am simply saying bad there are product’s with near identical functions, looks and uses all at a price that is often 50% or less in cost!

There are product’s that are very,very similar to branded products that do not cross any intellectual property lines. These products fill your clients needs for a great marketing giveaway and in the process save you and maybe make you more money... plus save money for your client, whose budgets are now being tightened.

At the factory level

The other interesting thing about this process is that branded product’s rarely have their own factories.

Most often those brands go to a variety of factories offshore and they create the product for that brand. These factories are the same ones building the near replicas.

The other part of the cloning idea for promotional products is the fact that many product’s whether they’ve been made for retail environment or a promotional product environment are discontinued or are no longer in stock.

I have a very strong feeling that when a supplier tells you this (not in stock) it is not always the truth. Here’s why I think this way.

Covid pandemic still causing problems

As we all know, the pandemic turned the promotional product industry on its head. In the first six months in 2020 we went from supplying marketing materials, trade show goods and employee recognition gifts to being suppliers of PPE. There are still ramifications in our industry as a result of that, still going on now and into the foreseeable future.

What’s the big problem?

The first and foremost problem is that a lot of big box suppliers invested heavily in PPE all at a very high price. That PPE now sits on their shelves and is not worth 1/10th of what it cost them to buy.

As someone who has run large supplier companies I can tell you that owners and accountants look at this inventory and realize that all of the money tied up in masks, hand sanitizer etc etc etc has to be sold out at rock bottom prices to get it off the shelves. Simply put, no one wants them and that ties up money.

These blow out prices have caused the big box supplies to lose hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars. Making it more and more difficult to afford new products, old winners and even to hire trained and experienced CSR’s.

Why the Big Box Suppliers are struggling?

The above problem means that there is not enough cash flow in these companies to buy many of the product’s that they once carried. They avoid the embarrassment of the problem by now simply saying “it’s out of stock or the laughable, the factory stopped making it”. They are not telling you, the Distributor, the truth!

What is true, is that all of these product’s, are actually available direct from the factory. The factories are still able and willing to produce product’s that many of their suppliers are no longer able to buy because they do not have the cash flow to do so.

This is where Promo Motive excels!

Promo Motive works with nearly 100 different factories both domestically and offshore. For nearly 20 years we have been supplying the promotional products industry with factory direct promotional products that are sometimes considered discontinued items, or they may be replicas of other items or items whose patents have run out. (FYI) We do not intentionally source or build patented products but we do find you product’s that you and your clients will love and will save you money!

What should you do next?

You should call us or e-mail us at [email protected].

If you want to get an idea of a cost for availability of a product you can simply send us pictures of what you want, give us 24 hours and we will give you an MOQ and a price.

You can send us ideas that you found on Amazon or in your local retail setting or from another suppliers catalog that your clients used to buy and now still want. Or, you can have us price compared to just about anything that any big box supplier provides. We guarantee to beat them and save you money.

We do things differently!

In short, we get rid of the high cost of warehousing and the cost of unwanted stock (do you have any ideahow many lime green polos are sitting on shelves…for years?) we don’t buy product colors, sizes, fads etc that no one wants and then have to eat the cost of them and finally, we work on a very small profit margin.

We keep our operation small nimble and cost effective. That way, we can be your swag supplier, get you what you want, all at a price that your client is asking for.

We do it all from the factory floor to your door

We take care of every aspect of the order from start to finish. When we quote you a single all-inclusive price. No hidden fees. Professional, well trained CSR’s. Knowledgeable.

Are you interested?

Does this sound interesting? It should!


Here’s A Few Ideas For Your Clients!

pop sockets

POP The phone socket.

3 years ago these were selling for $5, $8 and nearly $10 each. They were way too expensive. Now, as a factory direct option, you can get the amazing Pop phone socket for less than $2 at the smallest order quantity.

Here are the all-inclusive prices with free shippingfull color logo and all costs included.

250-499 units $1.88 each

500-999 units $1.38 each

1000 units $.98 each


Still a Nerd Winner. Magiks Cube

The OG fidget toy, the Magiks Cube now has a great new twist. All 6 sides can have a photographic quality image and your logo on it. How cool is that?

Forget the boring yellow, green and red and get totally creative. With our direct from the factory offer you can get an all-inclusive price that is unbeatable. Price includes logo on all 6 sides and free shipping.

250-499 $4.43 each

500-999 $4.08 each

1000 plus $3.88 each


custom 4 full color rubiks cube
net prices re Ridge Minimalist wallets

Ridgist RFID Blocking Wallet

The minimalist wallet is one of the hottest categories at retail and now it’s available for your corporate or event logo. Stainless steel or carbon fiber. Comes with a hi tensile strength money clip, holds up to 8 cards and is RFID blocking. What is RFID? 

These are perfect for everyone and not only provides digital protection but makes your brand look amazing. Free shipping, free laser engraved logo.

100-249 $6.46 each

250-499 $5.14 each

500 plus $4.25 each


Brilliant Bespoke Drinkware

We have 5 factory’s that produce drinkware for retailers and brands like Yeti, Swell and others. Put your logo on them, drop their logo and save 50% or more.

Let’s be honest with ourselves. When you pay for a brand you pay too much. You are paying for their marketing, corporate profits and shareholder profits.

When you order through Promo Motive you are getting the exact same great products without their brand, and their high prices. Get smart, buy better.


Custom Branded Bespoke Drinkware CBBD-47

Go Green, Get Seen.

Let’s consider the environment. We have one of the most unique and creative selection of eco-friendly marketing products.

Not only are eco friendly products great for the environment but they are amazingly good for your brand. Look at the bamboo sunglasses as an option.

Putting your logo on a custom bespoke eco friendly marketing products says to your clients and prospective customers that you are environmentally aware and concerned and that your business focuses on being responsible.


Bespoke Headwear

One of the things “that drive us crazy” is the cost that hat companies charge for the ballcaps, bucket hats and more. Quite simply, they take a $3 hat and add their labels and a couple of 10 cent touches and sell you the hat for $20, $30 even $40 bucks!

We use the same factory as Richardson, New Era and other brand name headwear companies. Think about it. Do you really think these hat brands have 1 factory that only makes hats for them? They don’t.

Hat prices vary, but you can expect to pay about $4 – $5 bucks for 250 hats with your logo and shipping. Now, that’s more reasonable isn’t it?


custom trucker hat with leather patch
zip chip mini frisbee promotional giveaway for your logo

The Zip Chip Mini Flying Disc

Unique and creative ways to get your logo seen are our specialty. The Zip Chip is just one of them.

Throw it over 200 feet and this soft flying mini-disc will catch everyone’s attention. Isn’t that part of the point with marketing giveaways? Get eyeballs on your logo.

Check out the YouTube video on these. See it here.

250 are about $1.98 and prices go down from there.


Collapsible Reusable Travel Cup

Eco-friendly does not have to mean “big and bulky”. As much as we love bamboo coffee cups and Swell bottles they can be bulky.

So, to be even more useful, we created the collapsible reusable silicone coffee mug. They come in a 12 ounce travel size (see here) or the 16 ounce Biggie (see here).

Ton’s of colors, these “go anywhere cups” are the best way to get your logo seen and used.

Prices start at $5 to $6 and then go down from there.


Blue and White silicone collapsible reusable travel cup
custom usb flash drives house shape

Custom Bespoke Flash Drives

Custom flash drives are at an all-time low price. We are the leading designer of the bespoke custom shaped flash drives. In fact our site Promo Crunch is dedicated to the art of design for them.

We can turn your idea, product or logo into a custom shaped 3D USB flash drive.

Memory sizes available range from 4 GB all the way to 256 GB. A lot of poper packed into a cute little idea!


New Tech Ideas

There is lots of tech ideas floating around these days. Some of them are rather crappy (IMO) while some are pure genius.

Pure genius best describes our wireless remote phone charger. Simply lay your phone down on the charging pad, no wires or connections and your phone charges fully and fast.

These are so popular they even come in bamboo and wheat straw versions along with the standard version.


black wireless phone charger for brand identity
square silicone pop it fidget bubble toy

Are You Anxious?

Over the past 4 or 5 years the concept of fidget toys has become front and center in our world. It started with the fidget spinner and was followed by Fidget Sticks (see here), Silicone Pop Its (see here) Infinity Cubes (see here) , Fidget Cubes and much more.

Promo Motive specializes in these unique and fun-loving marketing ideas.

The reason they are so great is they release anxiety and at the same time ensure that the user is looking at your logo. Associating fun and relaxation with your brand. That’s a good idea!


Let It Rain. You’re Protected.

For over 10 years we have had a relation ship with the world’s leading umbrella factory. In fact we have visited their factory a couple of time, impressive!

Umbrella’s are definitely old school. But as they say “What was once old is new again!”.

Get a custom bespoke umbrella with multi-colors, full overall logo sublimation, and custom touches.

Over 100 possible designs.


1UMB Multi Color Custom Promotional Imprinted Umbrella
black and white non woven shopping tote with gusset

Custom Bags and Back Packs

Factory direct bags, shopping bags and back packs are one of the most effective ways to build your brand.

The bags we  offer range widely from eco-friendly Jute shopping bags, to bespoke custom back packs.

In fact, if you’re looking for the ultimate in custom-made bags and back packs we are the source. Go factory direct and save money, plus get far more creativity in your marketing.


Trade Show Swag

Trade shows are an integral part of any businesses marketing plan. In today’s marketing scene trade shows are taking on more and more importance.

Over the past few years we have all “become disconnected” in business. To combat this, the trade show has become the place, on a business level, to reconnect.

Trade show giveaways are best described as “Cheap and Cheerful!” Here is the idea we like most, the Popster phone stand and card wallet.


pop phone socket stick on wallet and card holder

Promo Motive. Your Factory Supplier.

Promo Motive is a SUPPLIER of promotional products, trade show swag and creative office supplies. We specialize in getting your logo on them and delivering them to your door.

Think of us as your own product sourcing company.


For inquiries, email us by click on this link: [email protected] 




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