Tees and mugs?
You can do better than that.
Reg temporary tattoos
Early days yet, but we are relaunching Cash’n’Carrion, our online tee-shirt and merchandise store. We want you to help us stock the shop by completing this very quick survey. A little background for you: We mothballed our store in 2008 after we sub-contracted fulfilment to a print-to-order firm. The results left something to …
. Reg-branded Lego sets, complete with a booklet of suggested humorous (or otherwise) constructions, and the (literal) heads of various well-known figures we like to poke fun at
. BOFH, Vulture and Special Projects Bureau t-shirts. May I also suggest a "Three Vulture Moon" t-shirt? Would a "Cockwomble" t-shirt be pushing things too far?
. LOHAN miniatures (plastic, metal or ceramic), maybe even Airfix-style construction sets
. A Vulture "bullshit button"
. An Orlowski "punch stress reliever"
... excellent - I'll have two. (Just don't sell the plane separately from the rest of the rig).
Probably says a lot about me though...
The button idea reminds me of something I have at work - a USB "Emergency Button" that normally just sits there calmly glowing different colours until pressed - one tap and it CTRL-Zs stuff, hold it down and it launches the Edugeek web forum. Got to be some possibilities with something like that.
"these would of course have "Something for the weekend, Sir?" written on them."
On the inside, in that transfer ink used for temporary tattoos. That'd look magnificent along the length of my boner. Although on second thoughts, maybe "Something for the weekend, Madam?" might be better, to avoid creating the wrong sort of impression with the wife.
Maybe offer both terms, all in the interests of pandering to the "diversity" fad?
If El Reg are setting this up again in order to fulfill a frequent request for t-shirts, then good luck to them. That's not really my bag. But if people want it and ask for it, they'd be silly not to.
I buy useful gadgets like torches and portable screwdriver sets and the like - along with USB sticks. I tend to stuff my laptop bag full of useful crap like that, and am always able to fix friends' computers and my glasses as a consequence. I fixed the interviewer's glasses when I went for a job once, with the jewellers screwdriver I carry. Got the job too...
If El Reg bought some of those nice little gadgets, of which there are loads around (some cheap crap some great), I'm sure they could sell them. Buy in reasonable bulk and slap a logo or slogan on them, they shoudln't cost much more than we could buy them for. I'd be interested in a small selection of that sort of thing. Don't know about my fellow commentards though.
P.S. the tickboxes in your survey are way too small, and not near the text or at the end of the grey bars the question text is on. Could you not make them more obvious?
Cotton doesn't harbour bacteria, so long as you wash it at bloomin' 60C rather than 40C or 30C. Cotton can handle this well, it's the badly-transfered logos and things that complain. Higher temperatures may use -fractionally- more electricity (go on, look it up in your washing machine guide) but they also mean you can ditch those daft "biological" washing powders that are necessary to get any kind of cleaning at all at low temperatures and go back to simpler detergent or soap-based powders that are co-incidentally less irritating to sensitive skin.
Can't understand why my boy's school insists on artificial material *rugby* shirts, of all things, which insist on being washed at 40C. Rugby shirts? In Wales? In Winter?
Icon: keeps the utility shed nice and warm too :-)
If the survey is anything to go by, your designer needs shooting..... Half of that gear would be outdone by bog standard Vendor freebies :(
IT Geeks love to personalise gear that they have to use everyday..... That is why the stressballs get binned, but decent USB keys, micro screwdriver kits and leather bound A4 pads stay.
Hell, even those A3 tear-off pads would sell..... but £50 for a naff Red wallet? Naughty step....
Less corporate giveaway style shit, more focussed on interesting quality gadgetry and tools, mugs with insightful designs (I like the Julian T-shirt design for instance but don't wear printed t-shirts so much any more as I have a wife). Canvas print is silly idea - who's going to buy one for the home? Who can hang one in a workplace cubicle? Fugly anyway, and what does the canvas add apart from a dust-trap ledge?
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