Yes, it’s official: I have stopped using the ridiculously-overpriced (though fairly good quality) skreened.com for my dogblogstore, and am instead running my own, using software hosted by ecwid.com, which is surprisingly painless and quite high in quality. Please let me know about any problems you have with the store or with ordering, or any suggestions you have either. A good way is either emailing my new store account (at ‘store’ at this site, which is to say @dogsofsf.com) or simply adding a comment to this thread. (I do read all the comments on the site, even if I’m too busy to respond some days.)
(Note: this announcement will stay at the top of the page for about a week. New posts will be below it.)
This means two things: more variety, higher quality (for the tote bags, anyway) and cheaper prices. In particular, all my tee shirts and tote bags are now $14.99, and shipping in the US is a flat fee of $5 per order (not per item). Given that some of the tees were $30 including shipping at my old store, and the shipping was per item… well, anyone buying three tee shirts would end up paying nearly twice as much before as they will now.
As for greater variety: I’ve added some new tee shirts (including women’s fitted tees) and tote bags (large, rugged), and an awesome embroidered hoodie. More designs are coming soon, but I thought I’d open up with just one major new design, by my friend, wildlife illustrator Lisa Sindorf, based on one of my pictures. I think you’ll agree that it’s just about the cutest thing EVER.
The one on the left is the artwork that graces the tee shirts and tote bags, and the one on the right is the embroidered version. If I had known how great that would come out I probably would have asked her to make me a few more. I may still.
There are some details on the dogblogstore page, but in brief: $5 flat-rate US shipping, $10 flat-rate Canada shipping, shipping is by weight to the EU. (And if someone wants something shipped elsewhere, they can email me.) Returns for full refund within 14 days for undamaged merchandise (or defective/damaged-in-transit). And please don’t expect miracles of speed, because I can’t afford to keep a large inventory, and I am doing all the order fulfillment myself (and I have a day job!)
All of which means, if you want something by Christmas, you probably only have a couple of weeks, so order soon!
Argh, thank you, I missed that one!
That one is still broken!
This really hasn’t been my week, has it?
It should be working now.
Yay for new designs! I totally want to support you as I view your site daily. I just bought a tote bag. I’m not a fan of bulldogs or poodles so if you keep adding designs (preferably of mutts) I’ll keep buying as I always need tote bags for groceries and comfy t-shirts. Thanks!
Awesome! I’m still working out the kinks in the shipping process, but it should go out tomorrow. Thanks for being my first buyer!
Congratulations! Now I just have to decide which one to get!!
Ooh, the embroidered one looks great! Way cool.
Is your store still up? I see the “support the dog blog” page, but no pictures of merchandise.
Oh man. Thank you so much for pointing this out! I’d wondered why nobody was buying much since I removed the dogecoin purchase option (since the company I was using shut down) but I just figured I’d hit on a run of bad luck. Of course, I checked the store to make sure it worked… but it turns out it works fine in Safari and not at all in Firefox or Chrome. UGH!
I’ll fix it as soon as I can figure out how I screwed it up. (Being my own content provider, designer, programmer, hosting provider, and QA person doesn’t leave me with many other people to blame!)
When I’ve fixed it, let me send you something as a thank-you?