Time Running Out On Techdirt T-Shirts: Nerd Harder & Home Cooking Both End Soon

from the don't-miss-out dept

As you may know, last month, we ran a t-shirt campaign for our "Nerd Harder" t-shirt, in response to various folks in governments and legacy companies thinking that if only the techies "nerd harder" they can solve everything from terrorism to copyright infringement. The campaign was super successful, with hundreds of folks buying shirts. But, apparently, some of you (you know who you are) somehow missed that campaign. Teespring has a feature where if enough people reserve a t-shirt from a campaign that's completed, the campaign will reopen for a short time -- and that's exactly what's happened with our Nerd Harder t-shirt: But it's for a very limited time: just a few hours left until that campaign closes, and who knows if there will be enough demand to reopen it. So don't miss out. We've already seen lots and lots and lots of happy customers from the first round, so here's a chance to join them. But only for a few more hours.

And, then, of course, we also have our second t-shirt campaign running as well, for our Home Cooking is Killing Restaurants parody of the old "hold taping is killing music" campaign. People seem to really like that shirt as well (and we also have it in hoodie version). That campaign is running through this coming Tuesday, but might as well buy both shirts in one shot.
Both shirts come in multiple color choices (buy more than one to have a variety!) and in men's and women's cuts. And, of course, buying these t-shirts not only makes you look cool, but also helps support Techdirt.

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Jun 2016 @ 4:27pm

    Nothing says "shedding the legacy business models" like selling t-shirts. #success

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 30 Jun 2016 @ 4:34pm

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      Nothing says "shedding the legacy business models" like selling t-shirts. #success


      Is this an attempt at an insult?

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        Anonymous Coward, 1 Jul 2016 @ 5:52am

        Re: Re:

        Is this an attempt at an insult?

        Nah, just a humorous observation. #tshirts #winning

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          Mike Masnick (profile), 1 Jul 2016 @ 7:28am

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          Nah, just a humorous observation. #tshirts #winning

          A "humorous observation" is one where you demonstrate your own complete cluelessness? Fascinating. You must be a blast at parties.

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            Anonymous Coward, 1 Jul 2016 @ 9:30am

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            A "humorous observation" is one where you demonstrate your own complete cluelessness? Fascinating. You must be a blast at parties.

            Ads and t-shirts. You're livin' the dream, Mike! #crushingit

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              Mike Masnick (profile), 1 Jul 2016 @ 10:49am

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              Ads and t-shirts. You're livin' the dream, Mike! #crushingit


              Odd. So you're making fun of the fact that we're actually making money? I'm not sure what point you think you're proving unless you've totally misread everything we've basically ever written (which seems likely).

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                Anonymous Coward, 1 Jul 2016 @ 11:25am

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                Odd. So you're making fun of the fact that we're actually making money? I'm not sure what point you think you're proving unless you've totally misread everything we've basically ever written (which seems likely).

                Your awesome new business model is really stickin' it to those legacy bastards who refuse to adapt. #livinlarge

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                  Mike Masnick (profile), 1 Jul 2016 @ 3:15pm

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                  Your awesome new business model is really stickin' it to those legacy bastards who refuse to adapt. #livinlarge

                  It's neither new, nor "stickin' it" to anyone, nor have I ever said that anyone should do either of those things.

                  I think you're confusing (on purpose or out of ignorance?) my repeated suggestions that those who are *failing* to make money by relying on old systems to try alternative business models. In fact, we've always mentioned merchandise as one such business model. The whole point is to leverage what's working (abundance) and selling scarcities (such as products).

                  And, even then your point makes no sense. We're actually leveraging some cool internet services in the form of crowdfunding and campaign management to run this campaign.

                  So. Yeah. Your point just makes you look like a complete idiot. But, no surprise. No wonder you no longer log in. Tired of people calling out your shit or working out who really pays your bills?

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                    Whatever (profile), 2 Jul 2016 @ 1:28am

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                    " The whole point is to leverage what's working (abundance) and selling scarcities (such as products)."

                    Exactly what scarcity are you selling? Black T-Shirts? Mocking logos? Simplistic jargonism? There isn't a shortage of any of those things.

                    The only scarcity is your personal choice to discontinue the product after a short period of time. I am sure teespring would print as many as you want for as long as you want, so the scarcity is artificial and meaningless.

                    Put another way: Tomorrow morning, someone can put the same thing up and start selling your "scare" good. Now are they really scarce, or just artificially limited to pump up the price?

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                      Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2016 @ 6:47pm

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                      And yet when people point out the IP industry doing the exact same thing you piss and moan like a humpback whale.

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      Anonymous Coward, 30 Jun 2016 @ 5:54pm

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      How's your John Steele defense fund going, bro?

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    Whatever (profile), 30 Jun 2016 @ 7:45pm

    Time is limited because, well, you have chosen to limit it. The "limited time offer" is entirely artificial. There is no shortage of t-shirts in the world, it's not like you have to stop selling them.

    Creating artificial shortages is just that: Artificial.

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    Zarvus (profile), 30 Jun 2016 @ 9:30pm

    Don't forget to mention the HUGE TECHDIRT LOGO ON THE BACK

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Jun 2016 @ 9:42pm

    Nothing says great customer experience like a "Last available about 5 minutes ago" order rejection, 9 hours after the "Only 24 hours left for Nerd Harder" email.

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 30 Jun 2016 @ 10:21pm

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      Nothing says great customer experience like a "Last available about 5 minutes ago" order rejection, 9 hours after the "Only 24 hours left for Nerd Harder" email.

      Argh! That does suck. You can click the reserve button and if there are enough the campaign should reopen, but I'll try to find out why the email was misleading. That's not cool.

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        Anonymous Coward, 1 Jul 2016 @ 1:04pm

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        Thanks, Mike. I've contacted Teespring, but so far it's just a generic "the campaign has ended" response.

        Totally understand how things can get out of sync with things like server time config and bulk email campaigns, but I expected them to acknowledge their practices triggered a poor customer experience.

        Glad this happened, though! I work with online creators and MCNs. My role isn't promotion or merch, but it's helpful to experience ordering/fulfillment from the audience side.

        No reflection on TechDirt. I've been a reader since the Slash days, and finally subscribed! (Just not buying any t-shirts.) Teespring, however, may become one of those unnamed but easily guessed examples at an industry panel discussion.

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