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Hey Oleg- ever do calendars?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by nomadboi, Sep 27, 2005.

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  1. nomadboi

    nomadboi Member

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    Just a thought, since we're getting to that time of the year, and I bet you could sell some around here...

    There's plenty of places online that will print up calendars for you, if you don't want to deal with the logistics of that yourself.

    -Kevin
     
  2. TMM

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    ooh, that would be awesome!
     
  3. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

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    If someone would investigate the logistics of it for me, then I will design a THR calendar featuring our favorite members. Last year, I gave up because distribution seemed more invovled than I could handle.

    I think thank pics of people like Kit and OEF_vet wearing belt-fed weapons and thongs would go over well :D
     
  4. spacemanspiff

    spacemanspiff Senior Member

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    worst case scenario you could do a calendar with just one picture on it, that has all the months in small print. i've seen freeware that formats it however you choose. my landlord has done several calendars for his sons business like that.
     
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    I wonder if there is something like 'cafepress', where they do all the work and take a % of the profits (i think...)
     
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    :what:
     
  7. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

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    Here's the place I normally use for printing. Look at the costs...looks like I'd have to get a thousand just to bring per item cost down to something reasonable: https://printingforless.com/calendars.html

    Ideas?
     
  8. dpesec

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    couldn't you use cafepress.com?
     
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    This may not be exactly what you're looking for...but if you use MS Word, you can download a calendar template, which has a bunch of "canned" pictures in it.

    All you have to do is substitute your pictures for the ones in the template, and you're off and running.

    Word 2006 Calendar Template

    I've done it with guns, dogs and Michigan scenery photos.
     
  10. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

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    Designing a calendar is not a problem. Getting enough copies printed and distributed to break even is the main concern. Who in here has experience with such matters?
     
  11. Travis McGee

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    Pete at LifeLibertyEtc.com could easily swing the logistics of the distribution. It would be right up his alley.

    Oleg, I am not in any way trying to kiss your you know what, when I say that your photographic compositions are better than 99% of what I see in the best slick magazines. Honest to goodness, your photos are terrific.

    Come to think of it, I have a sister who's a typesetter in New Zealand who does this kind of work all the time. Specifically calenders, I mean. Here's an example. There is a pig hunting club in NZ, I kid you not, my sister created a pig hunting calender from their photos, and it sold something like 10,000 copies IN NEW ZEALAND. This is not a joke. I'd be glad to hook you up. Your photos, professional typesetting/layout and a professional distributer would be a huge winner IMHO.

    Matt/Travis
     
  12. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

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    Please make the introductions! I can have a calendar with all new images ready very quickly...just need someone else to take care of distributing it.
     
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    Another suggestion for Cafepress.com Oleg! Check them out - you don't have to print a minimum number of calendars or spend a month designing one. And I know you've got the pics on hand...

    Cafepress's site

    All you do is open a free shop, design the calendar (takes an hour or two) and they print the calanders and ship them as folks order them off your free shop page. (All provided by them - all you foot is the photos and layout idea) Thier prices are relatively high I think, but it's a pretty low overhead system with no minimum. Check them out.

    If ya ain't got the time - e-mail me the pics and I'll set one up for you. Subject to your approval of course! They even have a royalty program for usch a setup in which you'd get checks sent to you separate from the whole process.

    Oh yeah - I wouldn't mind a calender featuring your work either, can ya tell? :cool:
     
  14. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

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    I am not sure if Cafepress quality is very good. I heard negative reviews of their apparel, for example...
     
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    Screensaver

    Skip the printing and distribution headaches and go straight to an "ORCS" --- Oleg's RKBA Calendar/Screensaver. Downloadable and would be transactable (is that a word? :eek: ) online.
     
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    It looks like a good idea.

    Seems that in a quantity of a thousand, the cost is $2.94 each. Of course, that drops to 81 cents each if you get 10,000. :D

    Of course, the big calenders are $5.50, but discount is available if the order's over 5k it says. $1.51 each at 10k quantity.

    To be honest, I think that you'd be well off to see if you could get the calenders into the bookstores. Might be a bit late for that though.

    Too bad calenders get dated so quickly. Otherwise, it ends up being like the advice I give to some of the aspiring musicians I work with: If you can sell a CD for $5, you can make money getting them professionally printed, complete with Jewel case and insert, giving you $4 profit each. Just throw a display up at the places you perform at.

    Why $5? People will put down $5 a whole lot quicker than $20. Of course, trying different price points always helps. You sell 5 of them a night, that's $20 more for the night.
     
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    $$$

    I'd pay $15 for a 14 month (Dec05 to Jan07) with one of your great pictures and captions on each month.
    Heck, I'd buy two and give one to a friend.
    Suggest adding info like dates of NRA convention, S Colt and John Browning's bdays, dates of introduction of significant firearms, etc.
    Good luck.
     
  18. Third_Rail

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    Oleg - I can make calanders at relatively inexpensive prices ($5 or less each). I run a copy center in OfficeMax. PM me if you'd like to go that way.
     
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    I just emailed Pete at LifeLibertyEtc.com about the calender concept.
     
  20. DVDTracker

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    You, and Oleg, have mail.
     
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    Ever bought an E-Book?

    I have. Came in a .pdf file that required a password, purchased online from the publisher..

    Let folks print their own calender with your artwork. One 9x11 photo above in your choice of orientation. One 9x11 below with the month's days and special comments. Distribute the calender with a link and teaser. Sell individual passcodes to unlock the entire .pdf.

    Low cost, good distribution.

    You're welcome!

    AJK
     
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    If you're going to use the member's for photos, I want three months of Tamara, and three more of Kitiara! :eek: :D
     
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    Oleg,

    You don't have enough money for me to allow you to take pictures of me in a thong. :scrutiny:

    However, if Kit were there, wearing nothing but a thong, I'd most certainly reconsider my position. :D

    Frank
     
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    Frank, that's okay. We wouldn't buy it anyway. Except as potential blackmail material. :evil:

    Restaurant Patron: "What's this in our menu honey?"

    :neener:
     
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    Oh - I hadn't heard that and wouldn't know, having failed to buy anything from 'em. But it wouldn't be too hard to make on up and buy one to see just how it looks...

    But not an issue - looks like there are plenty of other routes available. Let us know if/when you are ready to start sellin' ! :cool:
     
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