PixelPants wrote:Why assume that Ramy is shifting anywhere when he earns tens of thousands a year at shirt.woot? It appears to be an expansion move.
Oh, I know he's not leaving.
Yesterday's 4717 still yielded the same base commission. No doubt he's popular; with the audience's appetite for pop-culture and turbunguins, more power to him that he can put them on shirts more often (and with less drama) than here at Woot.
As for changing the nature of shirts on offer here, that seems to be what the voters and buyers prefer. It appears artists are increasingly conditioned to delivering a narrower range of design options to cater to the demand. It's the same concern vocal forum members have railed against since I first visited the site.
I have definitely seen some artists succumbing to the pop-culture-means-a-better-shot-at-a-print side of things
Democracy has its pros and cons, and the issue lies in the voting masses. If those who do want more artsy would actually spend the time to vote for them, then we would see more artsy. As it is, the voters who like pop culture outnumber them.
A significant number artists who I thought were part of the scene and culture here are either gone or inactive over a fairly short space of time.
Though I'm not an artist, I can definitely feel the exasperation of putting so much effort into a design, only to lose to overly similar designs, week after week - thus, the interest gets lost.
No doubt, it's never been promised that it's easy here at Woot. But after a while, it does raise the question as to "why bother?"
(Many times, the ones I truly want to print are outside the fog.)
I wonder if people have an image of what they want shirt.woot to be and it will never be that because it is something else.
For better or worse, shirt.woot is still shirt.woot.