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Walmart Get On The Shelf for Tailgaters

Posted by Dave On August - 20 - 2013

I am sure everyone is familiar with Walmart, the superstores that sell just about everything. Walmart is a popular place to shop for tailgaters because of the low prices and the variety of goods sold it makes it a one stop shop for many things needed for a tailgate party.

Last year, Walmart rolled out the “Get On The Shelf” contest which allowed business small and large to essentially make their case to have their product sold online and in select Walmart brick and mortar stores. Here is a quick explanation video of how the Get On The Shelf program works.

So now that you know how the program works, you are probably asking yourself “As a tailgater, why do I care which products are sold in Walmart?”. The simple reason is there are some companies and products trying to get on the shelves of Walmart that are great for tailgating. And because those products that earn the most votes will be considered to get on the shelves of Walmart, we thought you might want to help those that are designed for tailgating. We have scoured the Walmart Get on the Shelf site and have found these products we think would be a great addition because of their appeal to tailgaters and those that enjoy the tailgate party lifestyle. In no particular order:

Tailgater Sunshade: About a year after starting this tailgating blog in 2007 we were contacted by the folks at Tailgator Sunshade. Most tailgating tents and canopies have four legs and can be big and bulky. We reviewed the Tailgator Sunshade and now they have the opportunity to get on the shelf at Walmart. Their pitch video and a link to vote for the Tailgator Sunshade to get on the shelf follows:

To get the Tailgator Sunshade on the shelf, vote for it HERE.

Spin Chill Beerouette: We first learned about the guys at Spin Chill a few weeks ago when we discovered their beer chiller called the Chill Bit. We liked it so much we decided to add it to our online tailgating gear store. We will be publishing our review of the Chill Bit this week but in the meantime, the Spin Chill guys are in the running to get on the shelf with another product. This product takes the concept of rapid chilling a canned beverage and automates it. They call it the Beerouette.

To get the Beerouette on the shelf, vote for it HERE.

Beersicle: Although we personally have not tested the beersicle in looking at the Walmart Get on the Shelf entries, this one looks pretty cool. Apparently you place this frozen tube in your beer bottle and you can still drink it. The video demostrates how it works.

To get the Beersicle on the shelf, vote for it HERE

Rollors: We discovered Rollors back in the spring of 2011 and have even given away a game set to one lucky reader. The basics of Rollors combines bowling, bocce ball and horseshoes into a fun tailgating game. Now Rollors is in the running with this Walmart contest and could be available through Walmart if they can get on the shelf.

To get Rollors on the shelf, vote for it HERE

Wrap & Strap Table and Tailgate Covers: Another product we have not personally tested but looks like it would be good for tailgating is the Wrap & Strap Table and Tailgate Covers. Wind is the enemy of any outdoor activity and especially tailgating. Looks like this product solves the age old problem of your tailgating tablecloth from blowing away in the breeze.

To get the Wrap & Strap Table and Tailgate Covers on the shelf, vote for it HERE

Saucerslotz: We’ve never played it but it looks like a fun game that could be brought out to the tailgating parking lot. It appears to combine the scoring of a number of different tailgating games along with game play from Polish Horseshoes and bean bag toss. Check out their video for it.

To get the Saucerslotz on the shelf, vote for it HERE

If you know of a product or company great for tailgating currently trying to “get on the shelf” that we may have missed or overlooked, feel free to mention it in the comments section below.

Featured Gear Friday: The Tailgator Sunshade

Posted by Dave On October - 1 - 2010

Since starting this tailgating blog back in 2007, we have tested, tried and demonstrated a lot of tailgating gear and written a lot of tailgating product reviews. Some good and some bad. But because we are a blog, a great product we discovered two years ago may be lost in the tons of posts we have published after discovering it. Maybe you are a new reader and haven’t had the time to pour through every single post we have done in the past three years. So in order to help out the tailgaters that might not have read about some of these cool tailgating products, we will be doing a weekly feature on products we reviewed a while ago. We call it Featured Gear Friday and this week’s product is The Tailgator Sunshade.

Tailgator Sunshade

The Tailgator Sunshade is a lightweight tailgating canopy that provides the same amount of shade as those EZ-Up tents but requires only one person to set up, is less bulky, packs lighter and is less expensive. The concept is the Tailgator Sunshade attaches to your SUV tailgate and uses those flexible, folding poles you would normally find in a camping tent. Rather than go into tremendous detail on how to set up the Tailgator Sunshade, just watch the 2 minute video to see how easy and fast it is to set it up. (Plus the girl doing the demo is MILFtastic.)
So here is the tale of the tape. The Tailgator Sunshade provides the same amount of shade/rain protection (approximately 100 square feet) while being lighter and more compact during travel and easier to set up than traditional pop-up canopy tents. All that and it sells for less than $140 shipped to your door.

You can get your own Tailgator Sunshade directly from our online tailgating store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com. The Tailgator Sunshade sells for $119.99 plus $20.00 flat rate shipping to anywhere in the United States. For the mathematically challenged, that’s $139.99 out the door. Click HERE to buy your own Tailgator Sunshade

Gift Giving Guide: Tailgating Gear

Posted by Dave On December - 13 - 2009

The holiday shopping season is in full swing and you are probably trying to figure out what to give that tailgater on your list. Look no further than right here at TailgatingIdeas.com. Forget those gimmicky Bud Light “Tailgate Tested, Tailgate Approved” items. You know these tailgating supplies have been tried out and been given the stamp of approval from a real tailgater… namely me. So if you can’t find anything on this list your tailgater needs, then they truly are the world’s hardest person to shop for. Better hurry to ensure arrival by Christmas.

The Z-BenchThe Z-Bench – Have you ever needed more seating, an extra table, a step into your pick-up’s bed and a cargo holder all while tailgating? Instead of buying all four of those items just mentioned you should get a Z-Bench. The Z-Bench is a lightweight yet sturdy aluminum bench that attaches to a pick-up truck tailgate. It is not only a bench but has other functions including a tailgate step, a picnic table and can also work as a cargo holder. The best part is it is easy to install by yourself and when not in use, the Z-Bench folds up and takes up less than 3 1/2″ of space. Get your own Z-Bench for a “football season” specialty price of $349 that includes shipping.

margaritaville_tailgating_grill.jpgMargaritaville Tailgating Grill – If you are grilling on anything but a Margaritaville Tailgating Grill you should honestly ask yourself if you want to be considered a serious tailgater. The Margaritaville Tailgating Grill is portable, convenient, affordable and functional. It attaches to your 2″ tow hitch and rides to the game or concert outside your vehicle. The Margaritaville Tailgating Grill is by far and away, hands down, the coolest and best tailgating essential on the market today. $449.00 and that includes shipping. If green is not your color, don’t let that stop you from getting one. See our full tutorial on how you can customize your Margaritaville tailgating Grill to your exact team colors. If you don’t want to do that, we can customize one for you. Click HERE to see examples and ask for a price quote

tailgator_sunshade_001.jpgTailgator Sunshade – Use your SUV lift gate to extend the amount of shade and protection from the weather with the Tailgator Sunshade. A lighter, more compact and faster way to get shade while tailgating, the Tailgator Sunshade provides approximately the same amount of coverage as traditional pop-up canopies. The best part? The Tailgator Sunshade costs less ($119.99 + $20 shipping) and leaves more room for food and beer in your car.

tanksetter_propane_tank.jpgThe Tanksetter – Transporting propane cylinders in your tailgating vehicle can be a hassle and dangerous when the tank inevitably tips over. A tipped propane tank can be quite dangerous because propane cylinders are designed to stay upright. You need to get a Tanksetter. The Tanksetter is a durable, high-density polypropylene base that attaches to standard 5 – to 40-lb. propane tanks. The Tanksetter easily attaches to your propane tank with threaded fasteners and widens the base making it virtually impossible for the tank to tip over. The Tanksetter also prevents the bottom of those rusty propane tanks from making contact with your tailgating vehicle. Also, once you are parked, the Tanksetter provides a sturdy base to prevent tailgate party guests from tripping and tipping over your propane tank while in use. You can get your own Tanksetter directly from TailgatingIdeas.com for $19.95 plus $7 flat rate shipping. Buy two Tanksetters and we’ll pick up the shipping costs. Get the Tanksetter and you’ll never have to worry about your propane tank tipping over again.

PolarHeat_ChairPolarHeat Quad Chairs – You need good, quality and comfortable seating at a tailgating party. Why settle for the unfolded tailgate of your truck when you can have comfort and functionality with the PolarHeat Quad Chair? The chairs are specifically designed with a tailgaters needs in mind. Integrated soft-sided cooler in each armrest holds 10 cans of your favorite beverage plus ice. The best part of these chairs is the hidden pocket underneath the seat that can house a heating pad or a cold pack to keep you warm or cool no matter what season you are tailgating. The PolarHeat Quad chairs come in Red, Blue, Black or Green and cost $49.99 shipped.

grey-1The TrackPack Backpack Cooler – Tailgating is not always pulling into the parking lot, unloading your gear and staying put for three hours. A lot of tailgaters choose to park away from the stadium and walk into the tailgating area to meet friends that already have the party started. You want to bring beverages to the party but lugging a bulky cooler can be a hassle. That’s when you need a TrackPack Cooler. It straps to your back and is carried like a backpack but this is not a book bag you take to class. The plastic insert racking system holds 20 12 oz. cans and dispenses them out of both sides of the cooler. The frozen gel packs keep your drinks cold no matter how long it takes you to drink them. Remove the racking system and insert the waterproof plastic liner, fill with ice and you have yourself a cooler with backpack straps. Ideal for the tailgater on the go. TrackPack Coolers come in three colors, Blue, Red and Grey and costs $51.99 which includes flat rate ground shipping.


Fire Wire Flexible Grilling Skewers: These stainless steel skewers have taken the hassle out of serving shish kabobs at your next tailgate party. Twice the length of regular wooden skewers means you fit more food on your skewers and the best part is you can turn your kabobs using your bare hands. One package of Fire Wire grilling skewers includes two (2) skewers and costs $14.99 plus $5.00 flat rate shipping.

beer_belt_babe.jpgThe Beer Belt – Are you a wandering, nomadic tailgater? Do you ever find yourself far way from your tailgate and without a beer? Problem solved by getting The Beer Belt. It’s a sturdy belt made of heavy duty waterproof ballistic nylon with six heavily insulated beverage slots. Think of it as a utility belt that holds a six-pack instead of tools. Now you’ll never be out of beer if you wander away from your tailgate party or you’ll have a few extras to offer to new friends you meet along the way. Five color options available including black, blue, pink, camo and leopard. To get the full description, visit the Product Page. You can get your own Beer Belt for $28.95 shipped.

Tailgate Couch Red truckThe Tailgate Couch – People still love to sit on the unfolded tailgate of a pick-up truck. That’s the true definition of tailgating. But just because you are a traditionalist doesn’t mean you have sit uncomfortably before game time. The Tailgate Couch converts any full sized truck tailgate into a super comfortable couch. It is heavy duty while being extremely lightweight and easy to set up. Price is $199.00 and that includes shipping to the continental United States via FedEx Ground. The Tailgate Couch comes in two styles, Green Camo with black trim or classic Red with white trim.

The BoomCooler – Coolers and loud music are as much a part of the tailgating experience as having beers, BBQ sauce and a red hot grill. What if you could combine your cooler into a mobile sound system complete with a 10″ sub woofer, dual 6″x9″ speakers, a 600-Watt amp and a Kenwood KDC-MP442U AM/FM radio and CD Player? That’s what you get with the Boom Cooler. Keep in mind the BoomCooler is a rolling party on wheels and is not intended for wet storage. Then again, if you join the tailgate party sporting one of these bad boys, you won’t need to bring your own beer. There will be enough people handing you free ones because you have the coolest sounds system in the parking lot. You can get your own Premium BoomCooler from TailgatingIdeas.com for $949 with shipping to the continental United States included.

You can get your own Premium BoomCooler from Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com for $949 including shipping to the continental United States. Please note, standard shipping is only for the 48 contiguous states. Contact us for shipping rates to Alaska and Hawaii. Click to buy your own BoomCooler Premium.

The Sizzle-Q – As tailgaters we love our grills but not everything you like to eat cooks well on a grill… until now. Foods like eggs, pancakes or stir-fry are impossible to make on a traditional grill without the Sizzle-Q. The Sizzle-Q is a stainless steel griddle that fits on most tailgating grills making your tailgating menu limitless. Get to the lot as early as you like and cook breakfast for everyone on this versatile accessory. You’re surely going to wonder how you ever tailgated without it. With numerous sizes to fit your personal needs, there is a Little Griddle for everyone.

tailgate_hotbag_side-photo.jpgTailgate Hotbag – Just because tailgating is all about the grill doesn’t mean you have to leave those hot dishes like enchiladas, casseroles, hot dips, wings or spreads at home. Bring them tailgating and keep them oven-hot with the Tailgate HotBag. Comes in three different sizes and styles, the Tailgate HotBag can keep food hot up to 165-170 degrees and plugs right into your cigarette lighter. No matter how long the trip, your food stays hot in the Tailgate HotBag.

Can Grip handleThe Can Grip – As you can see, the Can Grip brings class to any standard sized aluminum can. It just snaps on and makes your can look like a sophisticated mug. What you don’t see is that the Can Grip works just like a koozie and keeps your can cold while your hand stays warm and dry.

booze_belly.jpgThe Booze Belly – How can you bring the tailgating inside the stadium or concert without paying an arm and a leg for booze? The Booze Belly is the answer to bringing in your own hooch without it getting confiscated by security at the door. It holds 32 oz. of liquid, has an adjustable strap that goes around your waist and dispenses your booze via a nozzle straw where you control the amount. At less than $15, the Booze Belly pays for itself after two $8 beers you would have bought inside the game. $14.95 shipping included.

Tow_Hitch_Kegerator1.jpgPart-a-Cargo: It’s a kegerator. It’s a sound system. It attaches to your vehicle’s tow hitch and you’ll be the envy of the tailgating parking lot. This is the tailgating accessory that Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated labeled “a tailgating essential”. Three different trims are available ranging from $2,895 to $3,795 + $150 flat rate shipping.

You can get your own Part-a-Cargo directly from our online tailgating shop and buy your own Tow Hitch Kegerator.

tailgate_partymate.jpgTailgate PartyMate: This innovative tailgating table system attaches directly to your tow hitch and rides safely outside your vehicle. No more hauling tables in and out of your car or truck. Simply lock it into place and drive it home. The Tailgate PartyMate runs $249 + $20 shipping and handling.

towhitchtv.jpgTow Hitch TV: Bringing a flat screen TV tailgating has never been easier. Tow Hitch TV allows you to transport your flat screen TV to the tailgate party without taking up all that space in your truck or SUV. It can handle flat screens from 30″ to 50″ and supports up to 150 pounds. Tow Hitch TV is $200 + $30 flat rate shipping.

Mobile Tiki Bar for TailgatingMobile Tiki Bar: A Mobile Tiki Bar that can easily fit into the trunk of a compact car. Be the envy of you next tailgate party and ensure that all the women will be coming to hang out with you. No Jimmy Buffett or Kenny Chesney tailgate party is complete without a tiki bar. Click on the photo at left for more information or buy it now for $650.00 + $150 for flat rate shipping.

BoomCooler Added This Morning To KZOZ Tailgate Party Package

Posted by Dave On September - 29 - 2009

Week 3 of the NFL season is in the books. That means another qualifier’s name was added to the list to potentially win the Jeff & Jeremy Ultimate Tailgate Party. In order to make this a reality we have teamed up with KZOZ FM in San Luis Obisbo, Calif. to offer a grand prize package full of killer tailgating gear. Each week we reveal another piece of the tailgating puzzle and this week it was the BoomCooler. This rolling cooler on wheels has a built-in sound system to rock the party anywhere you go.

Prizes are added each week on Tuesday mornings and now the BoomCooler joins the ranks of the prizes already revealed including The Flabongo (Pre-season), The Tailgate Partymate (Pre-season), The Tailgator Sunshade (Week 1) and Pub Washers last week. With 14 more weeks left in the NFL regular season, that means 14 more prizes are still to come. Needless to say, whomever wins this prize package will be the envy of any tailgating parking lot.

Check out the 60 second commercial they have been running on KZOZ in promotion of this give away.

Pub Washers Added To KZOZ Ultimate Tailgate Party Prize Package

Posted by Dave On September - 22 - 2009

For the past several weeks I have been a guest on the Jeff & Jeremy in the Morning show on KZOZ 93.3 FM in San Luis Obisbo, Calif. KZOZ, Bud Light and TailgatingIdeas.com have teamed up together to offer 17 lucky listeners the opportunity to come away with the ultimate tailgate party prize package.

Each week on Tuesdays we’ll reveal another prize to be added to the prize pool. This week it was Pub Washers joining the ranks with other tailgate approved items like The Flabongo (Week 1), The Tailgate Partymate (Week 2) and The Tailgator Sunshade (Week 3). The revealing of the prizes will continue all through the NFL’s regular 17 week season. After all 17 weeks have been completed and prizes revealed, the 17 weekly qualifiers will be eligible for the grand prize of all the tailgating items in the prize package. A pretty sweet deal and someone is walking away the king of the parking lot if you ask me.

Check out the 60 second spot they have been running on KZOZ in promotion of this give away.





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