[VisCom] Shirts and CafePress

Dave McIlhagga dmcilhagga at dmsolutions.ca
Mon Aug 21 09:20:14 EDT 2006

Hi Michael,

Great work on this. I'll just speak on the Fundraising component:

1. Land's end shirts for members only is a great idea - we can charge a 
chunk more and gives an extra priviledge for becoming a member.

2. How about a $5 OSGeo surcharge on all items? It's not a lot, but 
let's us tell people that purchasing includes a contribution to OSGeo 
which is a feel good thing for people. If anything, I think it might 
encourage more purchases rather than discouraging them.


Michael P. Gerlek wrote:

> I have embraced the "Don't ask, just do!" model -- to wit, check this
> out:
>     http://www.cafepress.com/OSGeo
> So, I would like to make the following proposal for the selling shirts &
> stuff:
> * CafePress will be used to sell shirts and other stuff directly to
> members
>   - 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 need
> be)
>   - VisCom will manage these orders directly
> Three specific issues need resolution:
>   - I'd like to get some help tweaking the "store front" design (someone
> with a
>     sense of style)
>   - I'd like some suggestions on pricing (how much do we want to make?)
>   - I need to coordinate with Treasurer Gary in arranging accounts and
> such
> 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 good
> one, and we use the "really nice, super-exclusive" Lands End shirts for
> this purpose.)
> All that being said, the CafePress site is technically live right now
> and ready to roll.  If we advertised it tomorrow, orders would start to
> appear.
> -mpg
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