[VisCom] Shirts and CafePress
tylermitchell at shaw.ca
Mon Aug 21 01:39:09 EDT 2006
On 18-Aug-06, at 6:47 PM, Michael P. Gerlek wrote:
> So, I would like to make the following proposal for the selling
> shirts &
> * CafePress will be used to sell shirts and other stuff directly to
> - shirts, bumper stickers, teddy bears, what have you
> - quality is "good" but not "great"
> - profits go directly to foundation
> - we don't need to handle payments, returns, shipping, etc
> * Lands' End will be used for bulk orders of "really nice" shirts
> - to give to volunteers at shows
> - for VIP give-aways at shows
> - shipping would go directly to show venue (or mpg/LizardTech, if
> - VisCom will manage these orders directly
+1 in favour of the proposal. I do wonder about more international
issues with these options - something we'll have to consider in the
medium term at least - to find some foreign options similar to
these. Shipping to China will likely be our first exposure to the
true costs :) As our local chapters spread we should try to get some
on-the-ground promo contacts for these kinds of things.
> Three specific issues need resolution:
> - I'd like to get some help tweaking the "store front" design
> with a
> sense of style)
Aside from adding more types of content, how much more our we
actually able to do?
> - I'd like some suggestions on pricing (how much do we want to
Good question. I think that cost recovery is a good goal at this
point. Since shirts are such critical promotional items at
conferences, etc. I don't think we should be making profit on them.
I also don't think they would bring us much revenue regardless.
> Also, we might have some discussion about how this direct-sale process
> affects the idea of "contribute $X to become a Foundation sponsor, and
> get a free shirt". (I'd suggest the shirt-for-membership idea is a
> one, and we use the "really nice, super-exclusive" Lands End shirts
> this purpose.)
I agree - I think we should make the lands end type of shirt more
tied to the membership contribution idea. Obviously, we need to
assemble the membership package in its totality soon - having this
cafe press option available will at least give us a bit of time.
+1 from to open that up for the public...
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