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(Originally posted on: 02-28-03 02:12:15 PM)
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I'm not really sure how well this will turn out, or whether or not it will even work, but I decided that I'd try it nevertheless.

Okay. Today after speaking to a few of my friends here at Fort Gordon, I had mentioned the fact that Something Awful had marketed some merchandise to their fellow SA goons. Then it dawned on me. Why the hell not try it here just for kicks. Maybe even raise some revenue to help lessen the amount of money that I shell out every month to help run this site, without simply asking for donations, but instead, actually give something back to you all.

Anyway, I thought that perhaps I'd try to get some feedback from you all about what would be feasible to sell, or whether or not any of you would actually be interested in purchasing any kind of merchandise.

But Sandamnit, what do you plan on selling?

Well, as of right now, t-shirts and mousepads would be about the only things that might actually sell. However, other suggestions as welcome.

If I can get enough support and a 100% guarantee from enough of you to make this worth my time, investment, and effort, I will go ahead and hold some contests for design. I'll go more into contests later. Now, I will probably scrap this idea if not enough of you are actually willing to either mail me cash money (no checks, by the way) or at least PayPal me the cash (I'll set up a PayPal account if that's the way you'd prefer, instead of telling me your mailing address).

So back to the contests. The design contests will basically consist of me creating a thread for design, where I'll post the limitations, dimensions, colors, etc., and whomever wins will get the item they made the design for free of charge, and that design will be used.

Well, that's all I can think of right now. I'll probably post more shit later when it comes to me. So... let's hear the feedback.
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Reply 1 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 02:15:23 PM)
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That sounds like a great idea...people on here would definitely come up with some great stuff; plus I'm sure most people around here will support it, so go for it.
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Reply 2 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 02:20:07 PM)
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Supporting this idea is one thing; actually getting people to willingly buy the merchandise is another thing.
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Reply 3 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 02:23:17 PM)
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i would buy *stickers*. bumper stickers, or the static kind that stay in windows. i love stickers. but if you're only going to sell t-shirts and mousepads, i would pick up a t-shirt for the cause.
...and i don't even care anyfuckingmore.
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Reply 4 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 02:25:32 PM)
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If I can get enough people to buy bumper stickers, then by all means, I'll put them on the list of shit to sell.
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Reply 5 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 02:25:51 PM)
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Hi,

My mom looked into a similar idea with her poetry board. I think their items would have been coffee mugs, shirts, pens, mousepads, sticky notes, etc. If you'd like, I can ask her about the research she did on costs and supplies vs. feasibility. (Turns out poets are poor. Who knew?)

Another idea might be to ask people to offer their artwork through the site, and then get a commission/percentage for it, but that might get too complicated.

Let me know if I can help.
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Reply 6 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 02:31:36 PM)
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Another idea might be to ask people to offer their artwork through the site, and then get a commission/percentage for it, but that might get too complicated.
Yes, that would get complicated, which is exactly why they'd get the item they did the design for for free, instead of a commission, since all profit made from this would go toward paying for the server costs, instead of into my pockets.

I'm not trying to become rich off of this, so there's no need to offer a commission. I'm merely just trying to help raise funds to help pay for the free service I offer to you all.
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Reply 7 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 02:40:14 PM)
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I think I'd probably get a cup, mousepad, shirt or sticker. depending on the design of course.

maybe all of them
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Reply 8 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 02:44:25 PM)
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Another thing to consider might be how many people have access to their own bank accounts where they can register with PayPal. I would use it in a heartbeat here; it's one of the easiest ways to pay for anything on the net. I believe there's a fee for each transaction that you, Sandamnit, would have to pay. It's not a large fee, something like $1.50 per transaction less than X. It's not so large that you couldn't pass that fee along as part of the item cost.
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Reply 9 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 02:49:07 PM)
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I'd definetly buy a tee shirt. I think that's the best idea, because even though an INTL coffee mug or pen or something would be really cool, I'd just want to buy maybe one thing because I don't have a lot of money but would still want to support it. And a tee shirt would be pretty awesome.
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Reply 10 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 02:52:43 PM)
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Exactly. Any fees would be included in the item cost, that's transaction fees, shipping/handling (which wouldn't be much, since I'd probably just package the shit in manila envelopes, with a personal thanks, and maybe a mint), and costs from the company that makes the items. That way I'm not actually paying more money out of my pocket. However, if PayPal charges $1.50/transaction, it might just be easier and more cost effective, at least while there's a smaller demand for the merch, to just send me money in the mail with a list of what you want, since either way I'll need your address to send you the items you'd be ordering.
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Reply 11 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 03:07:49 PM)
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I'd love some crap, but my parents open all my mail and packages and they'd ask who it was from and I'd have to explain all sorts of crap and bullshit my way through it. So basically, I probably wont be buying anything. Sorry. *sad*

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Reply 12 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 03:10:26 PM)
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I like the idea. I'd buy something.

Is it possible for you to do any of that from Fort Gordon? When are you going home?
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Reply 13 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 03:11:39 PM)
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Dimi! It's not like Sandamnit's offering INTL roach clips. Although if he did, he'd probably make back all his expenses and we'd come back and find Joel promoted to Forum King.
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Reply 14 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 03:13:04 PM)
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Is it possible for you to do any of that from Fort Gordon? When are you going home?
Yes, I can do it all from here. I'd basically just either find a place to make the items in Augusta or find some company online that would do it, have them shipped directly to me, then send them out manually. It wouldn't be too difficult.
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Reply 15 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 03:17:04 PM)
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Dimi! It's not like Sandamnit's offering INTL roach clips. Although if he did, he'd probably make back all his expenses and we'd come back and find Joel promoted to Forum King.

My parents don't trust anything coming from the internet. I had to do a LOT of convincing to let me give my address to HeavenGames LLC so that they could send me a check. They are very difficult.

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Reply 16 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 03:20:22 PM)
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I'll send it to one of your friends that has less Nazi-esque parents.
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Reply 17 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 03:37:28 PM)
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I'd love an INTL shirt, but it better be 100% cotton! I'd buy a sticker too.
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Reply 18 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 03:58:21 PM)
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I would be interested in buying some stuff. But I live all the way in Holland, and I only want to pay COD.

Anyway, I'ld probably spend like €10,- on a cool INTL mousepad, €15,- on a T-shirt if it is nice. Maybe several. A set of funny bumperstickers, €5,-. Posters would also be cool.

Nice idea Sandammit, I hope it pays off.
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Reply 19 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 04:29:37 PM)
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Those are all very good ideas, Sandy.

I was thinking, though you already considered this, but you should market the INTL forum's script. This forum script is excellent, and there are a lot of people out there who admire INTL and would like to run their forums on a similar forum script.
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Reply 20 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 04:30:55 PM)
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Good idea but I'd suggest you look for suppliers who will produce just a few of whatever at a time as and when you get definite orders. People are always keen to start with but tend to drop out once it's time to order and you don't want to be stuck with a load of stuff you can't shift.
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Reply 21 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 04:39:25 PM)
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I was thinking, though you already considered this, but you should market the INTL forum's script. This forum script is excellent, and there are a lot of people out there who admire INTL and would like to run their forums on a similar forum script.
I'll get around to that eventually. Right now, in my current state, I don't have the time, nor resources to further develop INTL's code. Once I get out of training and have time to dedicate to revamping code and adding a few vital additions, I will probably do just that. The server admin and I have already spoken about marketing the code and if all else fails, sell it to some company like UBB or vB for a lump sum of cash.
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Good idea but I'd suggest you look for suppliers who will produce just a few of whatever at a time as and when you get definite orders. People are always keen to start with but tend to drop out once it's time to order and you don't want to be stuck with a load of stuff you can't shift.
That's my intent at the moment. I'm going to make them "limited edition" (oooooooohh!!) and only produce about 20 at first, just so that I don't spend a ton of money. Another option would be to make them send their payment before I even order the production of the item, but I don't like that idea for obvious reasons.
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Reply 22 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 05:11:34 PM)
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A very cool idea.
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Reply 23 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 05:20:54 PM)
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My parents don't trust anything coming from the internet. I had to do a LOT of convincing to let me give my address to HeavenGames LLC so that they could send me a check. They are very difficult.


Whta? Check from HG?

Anyway, I'd be willing to probably buy a t-shirt, I think it's a decent idea if there's enough people buying.
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Reply 24 of 63 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 05:26:24 PM)
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I didn't notice that. Why did you get a cheque from HG? *wtf*
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