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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar On Merchandise... Wed 26th Aug 2009 12:23am

Category: Business

Something people keep repeatedly suggesting about the merchandise idea is something like figurines or 'plushies' or something like that... but I've been finding this annoying because it seems that people do not think before suggesting it.
But I think I realise now that it's not that people 'don't think', as such, but because people in general do not realise that *products do not simply appear out of thin air*.

I've noticed this a lot about people in general... Seems many people just assume that everything you can buy just... appears somehow, without anyone actually having to MAKE it or anything. Curtains, bedcovers, chairs, etc, don't require skilled specialists to make them, no; they just appear like magic or exist in infinite supply in shops like how it works in games...

With physical objects, you need to consider how they might be made. Though I know it's not exactly common knowledge, it seems easy to imagine that T-shirts are easy to make because all they require is a T-shirt making machine, which produces plain, generic shirts which can be then customised merely by printing an image onto them... Basically, hundreds of different people can sell the same physical product with relatively minor customisation.
Something like *customised figurines*, on the other hand, would need to be specifically and individually designed by a talented sculptor, and somehow mass-produced; no single 'base figurine' could exist that people could easily customise.
Whenever people make and sell things like plushies, it's usually a risky job and requires the work of someone skilled in that particular line of work... So it isn't an option for me.

Also, things like shirts can be made on-demand, sort of; the T-shirt making machine makes shirts for so many people that it's trivial to just change the variables regarding what's printed on to them; you could make a shirt with a click of a button, basically.
But with items that can only be for one purpose, the seller first needs to order a supply of them to be made *in bulk*, so I'd probably have to buy like, say, 1000 of them and just hope that they all sell, whereas with shirts I don't need to pay anything at all until someone buys one.

Anyway, uh, even though I've explained this in other comments, I just feel I should mention it clearly like this so then people don't keep suggesting it because they don't read the other comments or, uh, realise that things don't just appear by magic.
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Juncboks`s Avatar
Rating Orb Juncboks 20 United States SanguinePhlegmatic 30C 9F
8 years ago | (0)
Psuedo, make sure to put your web address on the back of the shirts you make (with the little fighunter symbol above it). It would be really good advertising that you are actually getting profit for. I want a YALORT shirt, and how about one with the dialog from the NPC (who's name escapes me) in the cave that opens a tunnel for you.
Doctorgeo`s Avatar
Rating Orb Doctorgeo 15 MelancholicPhlegmatic 9C 1F
8 years ago | (0)
Pseudolonewolf definitely has a point, custom made figurines require artisans, or professionals, or specialized machinery to make them. Those would cost much more than generic clothes like T-shirts or jackets with unique logos.
Deathscout`s Avatar
Rating Orb Deathscout 15 United States MelancholicSanguine 117C 16F
8 years ago | (0)
now i'm not suggesting, just saying, there are machines that A. carve figurines, or of course the ancient mold anyways i am not part of the stupid masses that believes all is created worklessley
Yikole`s Avatar
Rating Orb Yikole 14 United States SanguinePhlegmatic 23C 7F
8 years ago | (0)
...WHoa....I never knew the messages we sent to eachother went into the comments. This is a new feature...Interesting.
darkpaw15`s Avatar
Rating Orb ! darkpaw15 15 United States 86C 0F
8 years ago | (0)
i know this might be of topic but some one told me that there was a mardek chapter 2 that was redone from the orginal one if this is tru can some one send me the link
Niriw`s Avatar
Rating Orb Niriw 22 Chile MelancholicPhlegmatic 47C 4F
8 years ago | (0)
Oh Oh!!! great ide incoming!!!

Pseudo, what about adding a NEW SHOP to EVERY town on MARDEK, and actually tht shop was closed, so when somebody "talks" to the door, Mardek says something like "There's a sign on the door that says 'New Shirt Store, to buy some, go this LINK'..... What's that supposed to me?"
nickcool321`s Avatar
Rating Orb nickcool321 15 SanguineMelancholic 66C 0F
8 years ago | (0)
magic is real look at me im a bored genius who never leaves my house and im also surrounded ignoramususes namely you guys so wave that magic wand and i dont me the one in your pants. although im sure firequill would like it if you waved that one lol.
Ewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb Ewolf 16 United Kingdom SanguineCholeric 88C 2F
8 years ago | (0)
Hmmm... I'd just like to give positive feedback on the "Recent progress" box in the develepment blog, i like seeing all the hard work put into things... even if i can't achilly see them, i always check the box and quite like it... thumbs up. keep updating it.

-Ewolf
death1015`s Avatar
Rating Orb death1015 14 MelancholicCholeric 18C 0F
8 years ago | (0)
you idiot, omfg dude only t shirts are made in that manner, but figurines and others require people(most likely the creator) to design it and stamps maybe cause you could print it out but im not sure they really have companies that do that. As i said on my post before on the other thing, t shirts are the most likely option, but others would be possible but hard to get. I totally agree with Red_robin in saying that stick with t-shirts and try to find a shop that will do something like other stuff, but only if you really are successful with this t-shirt thing
Xskill`s Avatar
Rating Orb Xskill 17 Ireland PhlegmaticCholeric 145C 43F
8 years ago | (0)
Um Pseudo...You don't know that you can find places that will make your own T-shirt design, custom resealable figurines, and keychain stamps, do you.

Most common merchandise have little businesses that do this stuff for you. As for a price, I dono, something you gotta do on your own I suppose.
Xskill`s Avatar
Rating Orb Xskill 17 Ireland PhlegmaticCholeric 145C 43F
8 years ago | (0)
Don't why this doubled, sorry...

I have no way of deleting it XD.
Shred`s Avatar
Rating Orb Shred 19 Canada PhlegmaticMelancholic 35C 6F
8 years ago | (0)
I believe the point that Pseudo is making is that he doesn't to spend a large amount of money on producing merchandise. Probably because he doesn't have that much money to spare to sell to the number of potential buyers on his site. The T shirts are cheap, and affordable on a average salary. I don't believe that Pseudo is trying to make a large sum of money through these merchandise. I'm thinking he just wants to havea few extra dollars to help support his lifestyle and pay for some extra things that he may want to do. Custom made figurines can cost anywhere from $2.00 per figurine and up, meaning even at the lowest price Psuedo would have to spend $100 for only 50 people. Yes he may make more profit buy selling something like that, however I'm sure he hasn't got the kind of money to mass produce a large amount of figurines. I guess what I'm saying is you have to remember that pseudo isn't trying to make this into some huge money making scheme, just a small way of bringing in extra income to support him, and this site.
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