Years ago Clark found out from a listener about a wallet made from parachute material. After buying one, he discovered that the material solved the problem of having a bulging billfold or “fat wallet syndrome” as it’s sometimes called. The wallet’s manufacturer is a company called ALL-ETT Billfolds — pronounced like “wallet” without the “w” sound.
Clark will be the first to admit that his original ALL-ETT was ugly. In fact, he was only able to recognize it after being mugged once in Madrid because it was so unmistakably hideous to look at!
Recently Clark was on the ALL-ETT website and saw a chic leather-coated version that still features a parachute interior. Well, he just had to have it! Though it cost him $29.95, he thinks it is well worth the purchase price. If you want advice on how to pick up a basic men’s wallet for cheap, try after Father’s Day and Christmas. Retailers are overstocked with them at those points, so you can usually find some deals in the single digits.
On a related note, Clark spoke about a website called WalletTest.com that set up an experiment where 100 wallets were dropped in front of hidden cameras. Seventy-four percent of people returned them safely, while one in four stole the wallet’s contents. Women were overwhelmingly more honest, while 40 percent of men committed a crime of opportunity and pocketed the billfold. In terms of age groups, people under 30 were more likely to steal the wallet than those over 30. The experiment was done in a small Illinois town by a webmaster who videotaped the wallets being picked up and posted the footage on YouTube. The webmaster also provides audio clips of people calling in to redeem fake gift certificates that were placed inside the wallets!