Just for clarification, the products in the Café Press "Gear Store" are not
what I am talking about... All of that stuff comes from Café
Press and we don't receive a penny from any sales in that store.
ZedicusZolZorander, one of our esteemed Admins, designed and runs the Café Press store for us. We realized early on there was no way we could, in
good faith, mark the already high prices up any further to make a little additional money for the site from that store.
Because of that, we let ZZZ keep what little (and I DO MEAN little
, I think the biggest month he's ever had is $8.00 USD :@@
store has ever generated in return for his masterful job of designing it and running it. We only wish it would have done better for him.
The new store at the "ConneXtion.com" is a completely different model than Café Press. The ConneXtion doesn't supply any products, it is up to us
to get the products made, pay for them, ship them to the ConneXtion and market them.
The ConneXtion staff are experts in warehousing, inventory management, order fulfillment (dealing with the money) and shipping so that's all they do.
Unlike most "online stores" they don't offer any products directly. Matter of fact, they specialize in merchandising for music bands. They have
some great services for those who are working to become Rock Stars.
This business model is risky for us on the one hand (if we buy products nobody wants/buys we are stuck with them and have lost our money) but it also
allows us, for the first time, to offer anything we can think of versus the limited catalog of pre-selected merchandise Café Press offers.
This is why we are interested in product ideas for the new store. As I said, we can offer anything that can be dreamed up and manufactured, but, right
now ALL we have is the book and the new poster.
Hopefully we will be able to add some cool new products in February, it all depends on how well the poster does and whether or not we have the revenue
to purchase new products.