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To: Corey Shields <cshields@g.o>
From: Donnie Berkholz <spyderous@g.o>
Subject: Re: URGENT - Cafepress premium store
Date: Fri, 27 May 2005 22:07:48 -0700
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Corey Shields wrote:
> On Friday 27 May 2005 08:29 pm, Donnie Berkholz wrote:
>>And the other question: Do we trust Cafepress to do a good job (and
>>commit to >=6 months), or do we want to give them a short trial?
> 
> However, we can drop the CP store anytime we want...  no time commitment.  We 
> can purchase a year of the premium store and then shut it down 3 months 
> later, but we would be out of the premium fees.

Right -- I meant a monetary commitment, not a contractual obligation.

> Let me give some details on the way I setup the store wrt profit margins:
> 
> Clothing is a straight $5 markup
> 
> CD's will be $5 markup as well  (this will match the price that Daniel had on 
> his store)
> 
> Everything else (schwag) is 20% markup, since some of the stuff, like 
> stickers, is a little much to ask a $5 markup on.

I'd be quite interested to learn how other open-source groups do similar
things.

In particular, I could see a percentage markup on a per-category level
instead of straight numbers: e.g., CD's are 100%, everything else is
20%. If we arranged it so the cheaper clothes still came out to roughly
$5, then we could check the price on the more expensive ones to see
whether the final price remained reasonable.

> In my opinion, what makes this the best solution overall is that it's pretty 
> much hands-off.  We don't have to worry about the orders, the money handling, 
> shipping, inventory, etc.  They even have a 30 day money back guarantee, so 
> if the shirt does suck it can be returned.  I've looked around for another 
> outsourcer that does this kind of thing with CDs and merchandise both and 
> have not found anyone.

Indeed; on the downside, this could make doing anything else quite
difficult if we're dissatisfied with Cafepress.

Thanks,
Donnie
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