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You’re Wrong, NBC! The True Story of the Metal Water Bottle

Metal Water Bottles are for winners!

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How I’ve missed you, dear readers! I have just dug myself out of piles and piles of snow to bring you the latest in the promotional products world. Today’s entry is about the horrible misinformation spread about metal water bottles on the February 4th episode of The Office. I am here to stop this vicious rumor right in its tracks.

As you know, The Office is a fan favorite among we QLPers. But we’ve got a bit of a bone to pick with the Dunder Mifflin crew. In the otherwise-delightful episode named “Sabre,” the company that’s taken over Dunder Mifflin sends out imprinted metal water bottles as a gift to their new employees.

Well, they did one thing right; the choose custom metal water bottles as an awesome way to make the merger run smoothly. Not only is that kind of business transaction a pretty tenuous thing to smooth over while it’s happening, but there’s likely to be anxiety around the offices for a long time as daily operations start falling into place. Something like a personalized metal water bottle that’s on someone’s desk everyday is a consistent reminder of a company’s commitment to its employees’ happiness.

However, at the end of the episode, Michael pours orange juice into everyone’s metal water bottle and raises a toast. Afterwards, they all make a face at the so-called “metallic” taste.

Raise your glass to promotional success!

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This is where we are reminded that TV is not like real life. The guy that follows you to work and quizzes your friends about you is a creepy stalker, not a romantic interest. Jack Bauer would be quite cranky and sleep-deprived in real life, and no one would associate with him socially due to the high rate of hostage situations he’s connected to. And if you get a personalized metal water bottle from Quality Logo Products, the contents are NOT going to taste like you’ve been sucking on pennies all week.

For example, my mom has been using the Alpine Aluminum Water Bottle for her trips to the gym for the past year (Yay, free samples!) with no complaints. And believe me, this woman would never let me hear the end of it if I gave her a QLP product that she didn’t consider up to her standards.

Then there’s my personal favorite: the Aluminum Water Bottle with Straw. I write for a living, so clearly the effort of having to pick up a cup and bring it to my lips is way outside my pay grade. The straw is perfectly suited to my laziness.

We always make sure we carry top quality products, but you can follow these tips to make sure you have the best experience with your custom metal water bottle.

So what do you think? Should we sue NBC for unrightful defamation of a promotional product? What are your experiences with personalized metal water bottles? Are you big on straws? Sound off in the comments below!

Until next time, keep expanding your brand!


Jana Quinn

An old ‘G’ that’s been working for QLP since it was in Bret’s basement – Jana has been writing since she made up a story about a Jana-Tiger that liked rocky road ice cream and got straight A’s. She enjoys writing about marketing and pop culture, posting a ‘Die Hard’ article as often as she’s allowed. She is inspired by the articles at Cracked and frequently wears a Snuggie in the office. You can also connect with Jana on Google+.


  1. Justin

    Actually, some aluminum water bottles can leech into acidic juices like orange juice and make them not only taste metallic-y, but also unsafe to drink. Most bottles now are lined with a coating to prevent this with acidic drinks, but not all.

  2. Emily

    Be careful with aluminum water bottles. The lining can sometimes contain BPA (bisphenol-a), a very harmful chemical. Even trusted companies like SIGG have had incidents with traces of BPA in their liners. I prefer stainless steel bottles, like Klean Kanteen. 100% safe and BPA free. Thanks for posting!

  3. FS

    Nicely written article. Made me laugh 🙂
    Great job, Jana

  4. Violesent

    I think you’ve missed the point/joke about Michael making the choice to pour (acidic) orange juice into the metal “water” bottles. I have had this experience and I don’t think the idea is that far off from being a reality.

  5. harry

    Loling so hard at how everyone is contradicting you. Also it was meant to be a joke. The office is a comedy. You REEEEEALLY consider suing? It’s hard to tell solely based on your article and opinion. Oh well. Metallic taste.

  6. Ben Donald

    I just happened to me. I was feeling sick, and wanted to bring OJ to work. Used my aluminum bottle and it was bitter, metallic and i could feel it in my fillings. Gross and i threw away the bottle after that as I assume it is not safe.

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