Since the server with the Straight Dope Store on it suffered a catastrophic failure a while back, we’ve discussed some sort of option a couple of times but never come up with anything that actually made it into reality. Having an online store can be an expensive proposition, both in maintaining stock and fulfilling orders. (Yes, we know about Cafe Press, etc.)
It may happen at some point in the future but it’s not happening right now, sorry.
You don’t run stuff (e.g., servers) yourself. There are companies that do it all.
So the SD doesn’t run their own store server. You put up a storefront on Amazon and they take care of most to all of it. (You can ship the t-shirts and mugs to them and they will even take care of distribution if you want.)
Lots of companies/people, big and small, do this. Why not the SD?
The Powers That Be here seem to have an aversion to doing things the way millions of others do it.
Ok, so you know about CafePress, which requires little set up, no up front cost, and has none of the issues you mentioned. Have a design contest here, and then set up a CafePress store. It’s like free money.
On a funny pit thread, Bryan Ekers came up with the slogan “Random Collection of International Wise Guys”. I believe I would order one of those shirts also. I also believe that Bryan expects royalty compensation.
That’s good, but I’d still go with ‘my post is my cite!’ as a good tag line for a tee shirt.
You forgot the real, working plane on a treadmill…
Personally, that would be the most indicative and quintessential tag line for a tee shirt or mug. I’d buy one of those (perhaps with some extra question marks and a few exclamation points put in for good measure). And the best part is that a lot of people wouldn’t get the joke.
One man bands, mom and pop places and 15-year-old wannabees seem to do quite well with online stores. Are you telling me the world’s most intelligent human being cannot come up with an online store concept that legions of his followers wouldn’t subscribe to show their affection for wild debate, forthright answers to the toughest questions around, generously lathered with acerbic wit, occasional twits, and haute couture jackboots and riding croups that envy the world?
If this is true, then Ceil needs to relinquish his shingle.