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#1 DaRatmastah

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 12:45 PM

Hey guys, just pluggin my latest here.  In 18 days, 9 hours, and 17 minutes (October 1st!) I will be launching TRULYAWESOMETSHIRTS.COM!  We'll be selling nerdy, geeky, funny shirts for gamers, coders, superfans, and everyone in between!  If you go and sign up for the mailing list right now, you will be entered to win a free t-shirt from our first line of shirts!  Additionally, if you share our posts from our various social media pages, you will be get another entry into the contest for every site you share on!

 

So, if you join the mailing list, reblog us on Tumblr, retweet us on Twitter, and share us on Facebook, you will have four entries into the raffle!

 

The Facebook Page

The Tumblr

The Twitter

The Site
 

Go become a Truly Awesome person!



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 05:02 PM

Done and done.

Though I am not in a position that I need any free items of clothing, I am a fan of promoting those who need it.

Hopefully when you launch everything works out and you get some serious business.

 

In my experience the larger your selection and variety of colour options, the more you sell.

Simple observation, perhaps, but very accurate.


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 10:02 PM

Thanks for the support!  We'll see how things go.  Everything is going to be done on preorder basis to start, due to a lack of funds/warehouse space to maintain a true inventory.  We'll see where things go from there. =D



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 09:33 AM

Where are you getting your shirts from?

Like do you have a distributor that you use, or are you just getting your hands on shirts randomly.

 

As much as it may suck to take a hit right off the bat, I highly recommend setting yourself up with at least a few hundred dollars worth of stock.

If someone orders a shirt from you and you then have to order it from a distributor, then put the artwork on it, then mail it out to the buyer, you are looking at a few weeks at least before the buyer gets their product. Most buyers are fie with a bit of a wait, but trust me when I say that when you can snap off their product and have it at their door in the smallest time possible they are always ten times more impressed and more likely to buy again or spread the word about how great your business is.

 

Even if you just get a bunch of blank shirts and hold off until an order is placed, then apply the appropriate artwork, that saves a lot of time.

 

Also, what method are you using to put the artwork on your shirts?

From my experience a lot of people go with a heat transfer decal because it is cheaper, but a screened design looks better and lasts a lot longer.

I assume you are going with heat transfer because it is a much more affordable and manageable system.


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Posted 13 September 2013 - 07:40 PM

Where are you getting your shirts from?

Like do you have a distributor that you use, or are you just getting your hands on shirts randomly.

 

As much as it may suck to take a hit right off the bat, I highly recommend setting yourself up with at least a few hundred dollars worth of stock.

If someone orders a shirt from you and you then have to order it from a distributor, then put the artwork on it, then mail it out to the buyer, you are looking at a few weeks at least before the buyer gets their product. Most buyers are fie with a bit of a wait, but trust me when I say that when you can snap off their product and have it at their door in the smallest time possible they are always ten times more impressed and more likely to buy again or spread the word about how great your business is.

 

Even if you just get a bunch of blank shirts and hold off until an order is placed, then apply the appropriate artwork, that saves a lot of time.

 

Also, what method are you using to put the artwork on your shirts?

From my experience a lot of people go with a heat transfer decal because it is cheaper, but a screened design looks better and lasts a lot longer.

I assume you are going with heat transfer because it is a much more affordable and manageable system.

 

I'm actually going with a well-known local screen printer to handle all of my manufacturing.  They're cutting me a reasonable rate on my shirts and printing with a two week turnaround time.  Artists get money up front, and then percentage royalties on sales.  I personally will only be handling the business end of it - running the site, handling finances, shipping inventory, and paying contractors/outsourcing(artists and the screen printer).  

 

I do agree that having inventory on hand is ideal, but since I'm bootstrapping with a relatively low profit margin I don't really want to sit on any inventory I don't need, and I'm really not sure what sort of initial inventory I should go for (mens vs womens shirts, sizes, etc).  The current plan is to run preorders to get enough of a following that I can begin predicting, to some extent, general trends, and then begin ordering in inventory as called for.



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 08:43 PM

Ah, I see what you are running now.

With what you are doing I guess an inventory wouldn't really be needed right away.

Better to get a feel for what you need first.


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 10:18 PM

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Woohoo!!!

 

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Featuring a design that you awesome nerdly folks helped pick!  GO TELL ALL OF YOUR FRIEND PLZ AND TY.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 11:43 AM

How are the sales going?

Hopefully you have sold a few and have some motivation to keep plugging away.

 

If not, I have a few pointers to get you some scratch.

 

Get those designers you have to make you at least 5-10 new original designs and get them up on your site immediately.

The shirt that you have listed for sale is a good one, but it is still just a lone shirt.

Most people will just move on and forget you exist if you don't have a bit of a selection to choose from, with the promise of more shirts to come in the near future.

When I opened my Etsy shop I had about ten patches available and sold a decent amount the first month because I had some variety.

Then I made sure to add a few new patches every couple weeks until I had a good stockpile.

I currently have 142 different patches listed and sell anywhere from 10-25 per day at $5 or $6 a pop, and do custom orders quite a lot.

So variety is good.

 

Also, I am in the process of setting myself up with a tumblr account for Affray Patchworks and you would probably benefit from doing the same.

I know a handful of people that sell their wares online that use tumblr as a medium to get their name out there and it works pretty well.


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