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  • Sure. regularly changing themed t-shirts would be cool.

    41 39.81%
  • Sure. standard inventory t-shirts are always good

    33 32.04%
  • Sure. I like branded items (mousepads, cups, etc)

    45 43.69%
  • No thanks. Branded items are not my bag.

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    Interested in SP Gear? Please comment here

    On a semi-regular basis, someone asks us whether there is SP gear besides books that can be bought. As you may or may not know, there was a t-shirt contest a while back that was very popular, so the Design team got tasked to investigate the possibility of expanding SP selections. But we need your help.

    If SP were to offer site-centric gear, what would you be interested in? Just t-shirts or other gear as well (cups, mousepads, notebooks, etc)? If just t-shirts, would you want a standard shirt, or a rotating inventory similar to what threadless offers?

    And probably most importantly, what price range would be acceptable. Obviously, SP corporate doesn't want to overprice it so much that there's a surplus, but they don't want to lose money either.

    Just to be clear on this - there are no promises. This is the START of us looking into the possibilities. If there's interest, we'll take it to SP Corporate to be handled appropriately.

    So if you are interested, please let us know. If not, please let us know that as well.
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    Things I consider when buying.

    - what does the money go to. i'm sure sp makes lots of money from the marketplace, ads and selling other products so if the shirt was made to profit, i would never buy. (yes i know hosting costs money to)

    - shipping, i'm in australia and find it hard to buy things that ship here. such as the shoemoney shirt..

    - You said you don't want to overprice it, or loose money, why not sell at cost price + a small handeling fee of like 10 percent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bender51 View Post
    Things I consider when buying.

    - what does the money go to. i'm sure sp makes lots of money from the marketplace, ads and selling other products so if the shirt was made to profit, i would never buy. (yes i know hosting costs money to)
    Sitepoint is a business.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bender51
    - shipping, i'm in australia and find it hard to buy things that ship here. such as the shoemoney shirt..
    Sitepoint is an Australian business

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    so if the shirt was made to profit, i would never buy
    If you were spending time and money on a business endeavour would you not want a financial return?
    Maybe if I were buying shirts from the local Communist Hippy group I'd expect them to be at cost; otherwise, no.

    Richard -- yeah SP is Australian, but the books still come from the US

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    Yes, and my wallet is a business that won't pay for over priced items.

    Yes, they are australian, but will they ship to china, japan, uk? (it was just a general comment)

    busines endeavour.. hm... should we expect the shirts to cost 19.99 plus 6.95 postage fees?

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    I think it would be a neat idea. I think I would probably get one or two t-shirts (or polo shirts if available), and perhaps a coffee mug too
    I don't know about prices elsewhere in the world, but a good quality made t-shirt here in the UK can cost about 19.00GBP - especially if it's from a small scale seller that has a unique product but not wholesale demand.

    I think that a rotating inventory would be nice, but it would be more important IMO to have a decent selection of designs/colours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bender51 View Post
    Yes, and my wallet is a business that won't pay for over priced items.

    Yes, they are australian, but will they ship to china, japan, uk? (it was just a general comment)

    busines endeavour.. hm... should we expect the shirts to cost 19.99 plus 6.95 postage fees?
    Dollars? That's not very expensive if it is!

    Sitepoint is a business, and have never attempted to get people to think otherwise.

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    I'm a walking business. - walking advertisement. they should pay me, because so many people look at me. - i can't help being pwetty.

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    I vote for t-shirts as well as mouse mats and mugs
    There's pretty much a mug on my desk all day so it may as well be an SP one. T-shirts would be pretty good too, I would buy a couple if different colours were available.

    Maybe a couple of different designs would work but I wouldn't want ever changing designs because as soon as I buy one shirt, I wouldn't want a newer one being released!

    Sounds good though. As for price and stuff, I can't understand the argument. I have bought a few books from here and all of them are very fairly priced. I think this place may just be too friendly and people are forgetting it's a business too
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    I'm not arguing about the price as I don't know what it is...

    just saying i won't pay if it's over priced.

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    Maybe a mousepad, but sitepoint would have to pay me to wear the t-shirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bender51 View Post
    just saying i won't pay if it's over priced.
    We're not asking what the upper limit is so we know how much to charge - we're asking so we know who to go looking for as far as vendors. If people are only willing to pay say $10AU for a shirt, and the lowest price vendor we can find for the quantities we'd order comes in at $11AU per shirt, then that's a no go. It's not to price gouge - just trying to see what's realistic.
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    will you be buying from a local vendor using local materials?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bender51 View Post
    will you be buying from a local vendor using local materials?
    No vendors have been selected as of yet. This is VERY preliminary research. And besides, local is hard to answer. Local for me is not the same as local for SPHQ (U.S. vs Australia).
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    i have an old t-shirt that i would love to update. i'd also get a baseball hat. as far as price - i'd try to keep the hat/t-shirts under $20 US.

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    I wouldn't mind SitePoint stuff. The community and corproate is creative enough to have something cool. Like the tshirt contest awhile back, those shirts were cool (although I failed to get one). I think a rotating inventory would be cool, but a lot of work. Mousepads would be neat.

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    Branded items sound just the ticket...

    1. We all need a new mousemat from time to time
    2. A coffee mug is essential equipment to any design operation
    3. A Sitepoint ashtray would be fab for all us freelancers who work at home away from the smoking ban areas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranial-bore View Post
    Richard -- yeah SP is Australian, but the books still come from the US
    1. Is there a publisher in AUS that can handle the print runs that SP puts out, and at a decent price?

    2. If most of the book sales are in the US/Europe (not sure if it is, just assuming...) would it not make sense to publish there instead to ensure speedy ship times to a majority of their customers?

    I live in Florida but if I had a business selling products and most of those products are being sold elsewhere you better believe I'm going with a company closer to my customers for distribution.

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    I don't usually wear things that are orange. I'm not sure if I would go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvduval View Post
    I don't usually wear things that are orange. I'm not sure if I would go for it.
    Those things do not have to be orange, a navy is in the logo as well. Also, there could of course be other colors, the logo can be the only thing that has the original sitepoint colors. Pale yellow, soft greens, pale blues whatever.

    Mention some colors you like, that would be nice to hear, just to cobble a direction together for this.
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    Nah, I don't really see me wearing a Site Point T-Shirt. No offense intended of course!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia View Post
    1. Is there a publisher in AUS that can handle the print runs that SP puts out, and at a decent price?

    2. If most of the book sales are in the US/Europe (not sure if it is, just assuming...) would it not make sense to publish there instead to ensure speedy ship times to a majority of their customers?

    I live in Florida but if I had a business selling products and most of those products are being sold elsewhere you better believe I'm going with a company closer to my customers for distribution.


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    You're absolutely right - the single largest piece of our market is the USA, and hence we base out distribution from there. Our warehouse is on the East Coast though, allowing us to offer super-quick delivery to our 2nd largest market: the UK.

    For anyone that's interested, we still have SitePoint T-Shirts in stock in blue & orange. These got designed by, and voted for by, the community quite a while ago. We got them printed, and still have inventory in both colors.

    Here's the gallery from the competition:
    http://www.sitepoint.com/gallery/Sit...rt-Competition

    http://www.sitepoint.com/gallery/Sit...rt-Competition

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    any we can order them how..?

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    Frequently changing themes would be cool. The best would be to mix a regular theme with frequently changing themes to give people options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia View Post
    Join us in the 21st century, we have these things called optical mice now
    Pfft. Mouse pads are like speed reducers for optical mice. If I used my desk the thing would be flying all over the place. They are still very useful.
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