Cup of cheer? Forget about it

Merry Xcess

December 10, 2003|By Susan Reimer

As if it leapt from the mind of Dilbert himself, Despair Inc., offers "demotivational" products for gift-giving in the workplace.

"No matter who you are, you have the potential to be so very much less," the catalog touts. "Are you ready to unleash the power of mediocrity?"

Among the season's offerings from this antidote to the ubiquitous Successories line are a variety of not-the-least-bit inspirational posters, such as "Get to work: You're not being paid to believe in the power of your dreams" and "Consulting: If you're not part of the solution, there's good money to be made in prolonging the problem." (Lithographs are $15.95 un- framed; $109.95 framed.)

And our favorite: The Pessimist's Mug (pictured). It is perpetually half-empty and sells for $9.95. Perfect for that person on your gift list who is completely without hope.

For the complete line of Despair Inc., products, go to or call 877-DESPAIR.

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