bluejester wrote:Question barrage time:
Sorry to be a little confused here but how does this affect the reckoning in so far as a shirt falling out of the top 20? On Monday at noon, does this mean that if a shirt has fallen out of the top 20, then the shirt, rather than being reckoned, simply moves into "The Catalog?" Or does that mean the instant that it drops from the top twenty it is considered to be now and forever in "The Catalog?"
Furthermore, will the artists be getting a better deal once their design goes from top twenty to the screening process?
Also, as another wooter mentioned, does this effectively end the fun that was Random Shirt Day?
And, isn't there concern that this will cause harm to older shirts vying for a spot in the top twenty? With the Reckoning, there was always the drama of what shirts would face the chop, so people would engage in "buying wars" of a sort, in order to ensure that a shirt stayed in print. Doesn't that pretty much end, and shouldn't that cause woot concern? I mean, if the shirt is always going to be around, won't it become a shrug and a "meh" to people?
Lastly, I worry the effect it will have on the artist's who sometimes rely on shirt sales to make ends meet. I think most of us are familiar with Haxrox and the Nevermore shirt stuff, as well as being aware of the fact that buying Unstealthiest Ninja shirts not only got us a cool shirt, but helped keep the Dooomkittens in diapers. Just some thoughts I have as I logged on to woot and saw the change.
Last lastly ( for now) During woot-offs, will the catalog go on sale, or just the top twenty?
I can't answer all your questions, but I'm going to give it a shot with the few that I can.
Once a shirt is Reckoned, it will go into the catalog. Orders at that time will be $18 and should be digitally printed.
Artists will still be receiving the same commission on these shirts whether in the Top 20 or the Catalog. I know catalog shirts are a bit more pricey, but that's because they actually cost us more to produce.
Random Shirts will still happen periodically, since we still have to turn over printed inventory. Our daily & Top 20 shirts are printed in large batches, so if we overestimate their popularity we still have to get them out of our warehouse somehow. It would be impractical to try to store them and wait for the stock to trickle out with catalog orders.
I think the Top 20 will still work as it was intended - the most popular shirts stick around at the lower $15 price point. I see what you mean about losing some of the steam of the "buying wars" or losing some urgency… but I don't think either of those things will ruin the Top 20. Maybe the dynamic will change a bit, though.
Artists will have more designs for sale now than ever before. They will have permanent links they can out up on their own sites to share their designs with their fans. Artists will be receiving commission on every shirt sold, forever. We think this is great for our artists.
I am pretty sure that the Woot Off sales will usually just be the Top 20, but we have changed that up from time to time in the past. We might shake things up once in a while.