Of T-Shirts, Mugs and Money
We've got some interesting new ideas in the works as we approach our one year anniversary and I think it's time we shared a few of them. The concept of t-shirts and mugs featuring Stan (our mascot up there) has been bounced around for a number of months now but trying to find a way to keep the prices down while running a low number of shirts has been a barrier for us. I know many of you are interested in having Stan above your heart, where he belongs, but I doubt we could justify a 300 shirt run for the amount of people looking to buy one. Same goes for mugs, you've got to buy a fairly large number of them before you'll get any kind of discount per mug. So the reality is that we could make shirts but in order to make any money they would have to be sold at a fairly high price.
Yes, I said "make money" which we normally consider a naughty phrase around here. Gamers With Jobs is not about cutting a profit, paying for content or forcing you to subscribe in order to block flash ads that cause seizures and make the site an unpleasant place to be. In this case however, we need to make money in order to make more shirts, cover server costs and help us towards going to E3. That's right, we plan to hit E3 this coming May. Elysium, Pyro, Sway and myself all hope to attend the convention and offer some unique content detailing our experiences in a different way than most sites would. We're all paying for this ourselves but a little help wouldn't hurt. We have a goal in mind here, but that's not all we plan to do. After all, it just wouldn't be much fun if we couldn't give a little something back.
This is getting to be a bit long, read on and I'll explain!You see, the nice thing about buying t-shirts, mugs and other swag means we get to give away some of it. I know, not exactly a new concept but we're pretty excited about it none the less. What we envision is a monthly give-away where we draw names for swag, games and who knows what else. The exact nature of these contests is still up in the air but we've got a few nice ideas. Some of them will be free, requiring only imagination, skill or perhaps a deep knowledge of gaming. Other draws may require a small donation to enter so we make a little coin for more swag and the odds of winning are greater since not everyone will want (or be able) to donate. A little something for everyone is what we're shooting for. If you visit the site, you should get a shot at participating.
I can't get into nickle and dime specifics (since where we have shirts and stuff made is still up in the air) I can give you some idea of how we'll sell the stuff and what the shirts will look like. First, we're looking at two kinds of shirt designs; one with Sway's latest comic on it and another with Stan and the website name. I'll post some mock-ups when we have some. In fact, if you've some ideas we'd be happy to see some shirt designs too so don't be shy! We're looking for something a little spiffier than just slapping the site logo on a shirt and I'm just not sure my stick men and macaroni art is quite up to the task.
The HOW we're going to go about selling this already expensive stuff to you is still in the works but the front running idea goes a little something like this:
Donate $5 bucks: Custom Forum tag of your choice. Already have one? Give it to someone else!
Donate $20 bucks: Get a custom forum tag and a mug.
Donate $35 bucks: Get a custom tag and a "limited edition" (ha ha) t-shirt
Donate $50 bucks: Get a custom tag, t-shirt, mug and a pinch of Elysium's beard clippings. At least, I think they're beard clippings.
This isn't going to be a year round thing. The donation drive will probably last a month and then we'll order the stuff and ship it out. With any luck we'll make enough to buy more t-shirts and other swag afterwords to sell for more reasonable prices. We'll have the usual Pay Pal and check payment options as well as any others that make sense to do.
There you have it, once we have some firm details we'll get them posted up. We welcome any and all feedback on what I've covered today, we're all in this together and anything you might want to ask, suggest or add is invaluable to us.
Cheers to one of the best damn little communities on the internet!