mjc613 wrote:You are so right. The bellyaching heard all during the Water derby was quite dismaying. And it's not as if the winning designs were ultra feminine. After all, we are talking about tshirts, not delicate chemises!!
The funny thing is that all the water derby designs made it into Woot top 10 and have been selling well. Jaden's Nessie has actually increased its rank since its debut in the top 20. I think Zenne's wave would have fared better had it not been for the odd colors that woot chose to use. So, there are definitely buyers who like the non-skull, non-zombie, non-death, non-robot, non-nerdy designs. I just don't think these buyers are also voting in the derby. Consequently the derby winners tend to have a more masculine focus. That's okay if they are selling out and people like them. But if they aren't selling out or lasting well after their debut, then one would suspect that the voters are not choosing the designs that the buyers really want to buy. If this is happening, then woot should choose a few of the remaining daily slots to help promote artists who offer a more female-oriented design.(And not offer designs that just reinforce the stereotypical designs already abundant in the derby.)
People were a bit harsh when my enchanted garden design printed as a daily...saying it was 'too girly'. Yet, it printed beautifully and sold over 1000 units as a daily. This is actually pretty high for a daily offering. I suspect that women bought the shirt for the most part. But, it does show that there are women buyers. I just don't know if these buyers are also voting in the derby. If they are, they are a small segment of the overall voting demographic, I suspect.
I must admit....I'm in shock that we had a Spring derby and I didn't buy a single design. When I first saw the derby announcement, I predicted I'd buy all 3. Guess I see Springtime much differently than most people. I was really surprised to see a winter (dead tree), a robot crushing butterflies and a zombie win a Spring Derby. They are great shirts and very well done designs ...I just expected at least one to have an optimistic, colorful interpretation of Spring.
I don't see many in the text as art derby that I would buy either even though there are some very creative ideas. They just don't appeal to me as a shirt.