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Posted: 2011-February-14 at 3:06pm | IP Logged Quote Klankster

Observant members may have noticed that a new selection appeared in our menu last week: "Solar Voyager Store" -- This is a new feature of the site where you can pick up various merchandise with space art from Solar Voyager's header!



At present we have several products that feature 8 different pieces of art, including the original Solar Voyager header image.  The current products are mugs and steins, but as time goes on and we receive permission from the artists, we'll add more items with more artwork from the header.  The BIG DEAL we're planning on is a Solar Voyager space art calendar -- something I've wanted to do for a long time!

Proceeds from the sale of these items will go to pay for Solar Voyager's website hosting and bandwidth costs, helping keep our ad-free site affordable for Yours Truly.

Please check out the store, which is powered by CafePress, and let me know if there are items (T-shirts, iPad cases, etc.) you'd like to see.

Finally, remember that items in the store will use artwork from the Solar Voyager header, and that you can nominate pieces in the Space Art Gallery for inclusion in the header by clicking on the "Nominate" button in the first post of any Gallery topic!

-Tom



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Posted: 2011-February-14 at 4:24pm | IP Logged Quote Re(i)mbrandt

Hello, Tom,

great idea! I wish You a lot of sellings and a few billion $ to
earn!


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Posted: 2011-February-14 at 8:19pm | IP Logged Quote regulus

Fantastic! thanks for setting this up Tom!! .... and everybody else, let's get some more art up there too! 


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Posted: 2011-February-15 at 3:12am | IP Logged Quote Floydier

Sweet! Kind of like Regulus said, time to make art ASAP! 


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Posted: 2011-February-15 at 5:41am | IP Logged Quote Eskhata

Great idea. It supports both, the artist and the community. I wish you a lot of sellings.


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Posted: 2011-February-15 at 7:40am | IP Logged Quote Fahad

I'm glad to hear this!

Like I said to Regulus earlier, I was thinking about how much the server must cost to run, and that YOU have done this all alone for so long! I was gonna contact you to see if I can help you with the server costs, and now this turned up!

If there is anything I can do to support you, please let me know. I'd be happy to let you use some of my artwork, for your profit, or if I can donate money to SV.

I already see something I like in the store..


Out of curiosity, Tom, how much does the server cost you?

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Fahad wrote:
Out of curiosity, Tom, how much does the server cost you?

Just re-checked -- latest was $31 per month.  It has fluctuated in the past but has leveled off around $31 recently.

I don't expect the store to do that much business, but admittedly a big part of this to me is having some of this cool art on a mug on my desk and a calendar, which I have been dreaming about for some time.  It would also get some additional attention for our talented artists -- I'm hoping that it could get them commercial work from someone who sees the art on one of the products.

The deal I'm making with our artists is that if any of their pieces of artwork brings in over $30 a month, I'll give them the excess amount, either via PayPal or a check.  And if for some reason we make a lot more than I expect, that $30 could drop to a lower threshold -- This isn't planned as a profit thing, but just to help offset the cost of running the site.

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Posted: 2011-February-15 at 7:57pm | IP Logged Quote Tarcil

Excellent! I really look forward to seeing a calendar soon! That would be fantastic. 


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Posted: 2011-February-16 at 5:52pm | IP Logged Quote TeranAmbassador33

YES!!!!!!!!! This is awesome news!!!


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Posted: 2011-February-17 at 2:03am | IP Logged Quote Milay

yup calendar will be great but i like to see more of this mugs in store. why limit it only for header images? why not add more from forum?
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