Furniture for New Media Buffs, or Why Don’t I Just Tell You the Truth?

Sumo Lounge chairs in action

A few weeks back, I was reading up on monetization tactics over at Shoemoney, and I noticed a strange post that he had up regarding this space-age bean bag chair.

At first, I thought this was a little out of character for his site, but in my typical style, I forgot about it ten minutes later. That is, of course, until I received an email that same day from the people at Sumo Lounge, the manufacturers of the bean bag chair. Strangeness, to be sure!

Andrew, a guy at Sumo who clearly gets it, wanted to send me not one, but two Omni chairs for free.

Without hesitation, I said yes, and in case you haven’t already figured it out, that’s the reason for this post. That said, I’m going to be brutally honest hereā€”the idea of a sponsored post, which is basically what this is, makes me feel terrible. I hate it.

But you know what? I love my Sumo Lounge chairs. I love even more that I got them free. And on top of that, I love that all of this was possible because of my blog, which is something that I absolutely cannot live without.

Deuce crashed on one of my Sumo Lounge chairsThis site has been up and running for over a year now, and it’s brought me joy, entertainment, and free stuff along the way. But more than that, it’s really made Deuce more comfortable.

Now who can argue with that?

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16 comments… read them below or add one

Dennis December 15, 2006

That looks like you could get in it and never want to get out.


Chris P. December 15, 2006

I’m tellin ya, the chairs really are cool.

At first, I had them flopped on the floor like normal bean bags, but I remembered seeing a chick on the Sumo Web site in a different position.

After checking the site, I realized you could pretty much turn the bag on its axis and just squash it down, and it makes for an excellent chair that way.

You sit like two to two and a half feet above the ground, and it’s both sturdy and comfy. Just ask Deuce.


Brian Clark December 15, 2006

Why doesn’t anyone ever send me anything for free?

Must be my annoying overt integrity. :)


Chris P. December 15, 2006

Ah, the joys of self-referential humor.


tom sherman December 15, 2006

Blogging is hard work! Consider the free chairs a nominal payment. No one ever said blogging was an act of charity.


Karoli December 16, 2006

I’m a fan of your templates, videos and website. More power to you — If someone sent me free stuff and I liked it I’d be trumpeting it all over my blog. I’m going to have a close look at these chairs because they are seriously exactly what I’ve been looking for.

Keep on getting the free stuff and blogging about it – I love it when I actually read someone’s hands-on experience.


Mike December 16, 2006

All I ever get are books … which they want reviewed and pimped.

I needs me a chair or two, a new 3-wood and a water cooler.

Anybody got some-o-dose they want reviewed and pimped ?


John Richardson December 16, 2006

As the Fonz would say… Sit On It!

I’m a dog lover like you Chris and if someone wants to get their product reviewed on my site it must be reviewed by my Cocker Spaniel and my Corgoranian!

I’m sure both of my dogs would approve of the Bark-O-Lounger!


Robert December 16, 2006

So long as you are being honest, then I think your integrity is pretty solid. Think of all the free films, books and theatre tickets sent to journalists.

If they were crap bean-bags, and you nevertheless said they were good, then that would be a different matter.

However, just like the editor of a newspaper, TV show, or magazine, you need to make a decision on how many product reviews you will carry, as a ratio of original, featured content. If Pearsonified changes its strapline to “The Bean Bag Review Blog” then you’ll probably lose this reader pretty damn sharpish!


Chris P. December 16, 2006

No worries there, Robert.

The game plan is still “how to build a Web site that blows away the competition” :)


Klaus January 4, 2007

Hi Chris,

may I ask, how you made this nice photo collages on this post?

Br, Klaus


Chris P. January 4, 2007


I used Photoshop to create a “polaroid-esque” background behind the photos, and then I applied a slight bevel to make them look three dimensional.

After that, I simply moved one photo on top of the other and rotated each one slightly so as to give the image of realism.


Josh Gross January 7, 2007

chris….give me a shout.


Lei January 15, 2007

This thing looks really comfy. I wonder if I can bring one of these to work, so that I can pump it up and sleep on it during my lunch hour. And thanks for the Cutline theme, it’s great by the way.


Jonix Konios February 9, 2007

It looks a very confortable chair. This in my living room would make a killing success :)

Chris, when you explained klaus how you did the photos, did you used the drop shadow?


Rhona March 16, 2007

I saw Deuce on the Sumo Lounge and plan to get it for our dogs at The Pet Realty Network. Also you may wish to submit your dogs’ photos to Pimms and Friends Gallery on our new Web site that was launched a few weeks ago. I do enjoy your Blog, particularly the dog photos!


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