Posted on June 01, 2005 at 12:28 AM
From the day late and a dollar short department
Back in April, Hugh MacLeod of Gapingvoid fame announced that he was going to sell limited edition t-shirts based off of his blogcard designs. After reading this I knew I had to have one, but was a little scared by the price. $19.90 isn't a bad price for a t-shirt, but realize that's in GBP not U.S. dollars. Some 5th grade math told me that the conversion figured to roughly $37.50 which was a little more than I wanted to pay, even for a "limited edition" Gapingvoid shirt. I had to figure out a way to sneak this purchase past the JoeSchmidt.com CFO so I wouldn't get a carpet call.
But wouldn't you know it, as soon as I got home from work I found the aforementioned JoeSchmidt.com CFO up stairs in the command center (I.E. computer room, A.K.A junk room) on the Gapingvoid t-shirt site ordering a shirt for me. She was going to surprise me with it but needed some help ordering from the site. After we completed the order the total came to a little over $42 US. Which isn't bad, considering shipping charges only ran about $5 for an overseas order.
Fast forward to May.
May 3rd was the shipping date for shirts that had been pre-ordered. Knowing that Gapingvoid is based out of the U.K. I realized that it would probably take some time for it to arrive. So for the next week or so, I diligently checked the mail with the enthusiasm of an 8 year old waiting for an Ovaltine secret decoder ring to magically appear in our mail. Finally on May 11th it arrived, and I couldn't have been more pleased with the finished product.
The shirt is made of a high quality cotton that looks like it will hold up well to many future washings. I feared that it would be of a lesser quality, but I've got to hand it to Hugh, he really delivered. The shirt tag is also custom made and bears a gapingvoid logo which states that is part of a limited edition lot of 200. And to top it off, each shirt comes with its own certificate indicating its place in the series. I was lucky enough to get the 9th shirt out of 200 available.
I really wanted to get the shirt based on the C.F.A. blogcard (some of you might even say it describes my personality) as I love the use of the Venn Diagram in the illustration. But alas, $37.50 for one shirt already took the JoeSchmidt.com revenue stream into the red, $75 for two shirts would have created an insurmountable void.