Re: producing, distributing, storing Debian t-shirts
On 04/30/2017 01:53 PM, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> - how do people view the distribution of merchandise, is the primary
> goal fundraising or is it about brand exposure?
There are more reasons than these two.
For the t-shirts that I had made and sold at the T-DOSE & FOSDEM
conferences the primary motivation was user demand. Especially at T-DOSE
I got several questions if we had T-shirts and had to tell them no, this
resulted in having shirts made the next year.
There is also a lot of demand for laptop stickers, which I haven't had
made yet, but am considering.
> - would it be reasonable for 1% - 2% of Debian's reserves to be tied up
> in slow moving inventory items like t-shirts that take up to a year to
> fully turnover? As the reserves are mostly kept in cash Debian probably
> loses at least that much to inflation each year anyway.
This is tricky, since Debian is non-profit and selling merch can be
considered a for-profit activity.
Having Debian funds available for merchandise will lower the barrier for
Debian people to to have it made since they don't have to invest their
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