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#1 of 19 OFFLINE   Carlos_E

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Posted February 16 2002 - 04:33 AM

I remember that this forum once arranged with a manufacturer to produce yellow polo shirts with the Home Theater Forum logo.

Are these shirts still available?

I would sure like to wear one and announce to the world my Home Theater Forum membership. Posted Image

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#2 of 19 OFFLINE   Carlos_E

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Posted February 17 2002 - 04:41 PM

Anybody know?

#3 of 19 OFFLINE   Jin E

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Posted February 17 2002 - 11:33 PM

If there aren't any more left, maybe it's time to do another group buy of shirts. I would add this in the suggestion box.
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#4 of 19 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 18 2002 - 02:46 AM

Everybody asked for shirts.

A year ago we arranged to sell shirts, hats
and jackets through a dealer that invested money
in this forum, and did a terrific job producing
some great product.

Problem is, nobody bought a thing.

Out of 18,000 members there were perhaps 80 orders.

We finally pulled the plug on the entire thing
and learned our lesson.

I'm sorry, but unless there is a HUGE GAURANTEED
interest in HTF apparel, we are not going to offer
it again.

 

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#5 of 19 OFFLINE   Tom Rags

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Posted February 18 2002 - 03:54 PM

Count me in. I'd be happy to officially put down a "pre-order." That would be the best method. If enough people pre-order with a credit card, you have no worries.

Coincidentally, a good friend of mine runs a printing company,Holy Shirt , and he might cut me a deal.

#6 of 19 OFFLINE   Tom-G

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Posted February 18 2002 - 04:16 PM

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A year ago we arranged to sell shirts, hats
and jackets through a dealer that invested money
in this forum, and did a terrific job producing
some great product.


Darn! How did I miss that? Posted Image

I would have bought a shirt. I still would if they were ever offered again.

#7 of 19 OFFLINE   Sean Conklin

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Posted February 18 2002 - 05:09 PM

I would too! I would love an HTF shirt and hat.

#8 of 19 OFFLINE   Jeffrey Noel

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Posted February 18 2002 - 05:52 PM

Hell, I'd buy a shirt. Could we get them in black or white?

I would be more than willing to put down money for a pre-order!
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#9 of 19 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted February 19 2002 - 12:50 AM

Heh, I have two of the shirts, maybe I should trying selling one of them. Posted Image

Or better yet, raffle it off or go the auction route:

Rare HTF polo shirt (Large), slightly worn/been washed, gut too big for shirt now. Posted Image
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#10 of 19 OFFLINE   Bill Eberhardt

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Posted February 19 2002 - 02:58 AM

I'd get one if it was in widescreen... for my widebody. Posted Image

#11 of 19 OFFLINE   Frank Anderson

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Posted February 19 2002 - 03:52 AM

If anyone is interested I still have 4 HTF mousepads and 8 coffee mugs left. I will sell one pad and one mug for $20, that includes shipping (US only... international I will get an exact shipping price). Or one of each for $12. Email me if interested.

#12 of 19 OFFLINE   Brian W. Ralston

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Posted February 19 2002 - 04:10 AM

The cool thing about the HTF gear is that the guy who was representing the company selling the shirts was very nice and accomadating. I wanted a black mock turtle neck with the HTF logo embroidered on it and they did not offer one on the site. The guy (I forget his name) saw my request in a thread, e-mailed me and said they could print one up just for me. I happily accepted and now I have my "one of a kind" HTF mock turtle neck. I got a Polo and T-Shirt as well.

I usually wear them when I have movie nights with friends.
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#13 of 19 OFFLINE   Philip Hamm

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Posted February 19 2002 - 07:12 AM

The people who did the work for us really went out of the way to do a great job. There was an amazing variety of hats, jackets, shirts, and other items, with the logo, small and large (on the back of the jackets), very professionally manufactured. I got a sweatshirt and a cap, both are really cool. I'm ashamed at how few orders we had, the people who helped us out on this, really went out of their way for us, got screwed. They saw the threads like this one with people saying they wanted hats and shirts, they saw our membership numbers, they worked through Parker & Ron, and had high hopes for the operation. There was a complete e-commerce site where you could order by credit card, the exact combination of item type, color, etc. that you wanted (and there was a VERY large variety). There were links all over the HTF, at the top of the forum pages, at the top of every page, you name it. There were posts in After Hours where people talked about how great the stuff was.

Still, 80 orders total after about 8 months. Parker and Ron finally pulled the plug.

Frank's logo mouse pads and coffee mugs are cool, I have one of each. I recommend if you're interested in them that you email him.

I don't expect anything like this to ever be available again and I'm very tempted to close this thread. Even talking about it is like rubbing salt into old wounds for those of us on the staff who thought that this was going to be a cool way to accomodate what our members were clamoring for. It ended up being nothgin but a black eye.
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#14 of 19 OFFLINE   Tom-G

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Posted February 19 2002 - 07:16 AM

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The people who did the work for us really went out of the way to do a great job. There was an amazing variety of hats, jackets, shirts, and other items, with the logo, small and large (on the back of the jackets), very professionally manufactured. I got a sweatshirt and a cap, both are really cool. I'm ashamed at how few orders we had, the people who helped us out on this, really went out of their way, got screwed.

Just rub salt in my wounds! Posted Image

I really do feel bad for missing all of the links for those items.

#15 of 19 OFFLINE   Carlos_E

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Posted February 19 2002 - 11:24 AM

Thanks for the responses guys. I think the problem may be endemic to E-commerce in general and not lack of interest. So many E-commerce merchants have gone under.

Placing an icon at the top of the page just doesn't grab your attention like a television commercial does.

Maybe that's the solution. A Home Theater Forum Infomercial or something. Posted Image

The hell with those Carlton Sheets late night informercial about how to buy real estate with no money down.Posted Image

If no infommercial maybe a Home Theater Shopping Network.Posted Image

Anyway. Thanks for the responses guys. I didn't get any responses to my question for 2 days. I was beginning to think I had imagined it all 2 years ago.

Carlos

#16 of 19 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

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Posted February 19 2002 - 03:25 PM

I have my HTF baseball cap that I keep forgetting to wear to Scooter's BBQs Posted Image

#17 of 19 OFFLINE   Scott Greczkowski

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Posted February 20 2002 - 02:46 AM

I still have my Home Theater Forum that I purchased, and I was very happy with its quality.

I still wear it often, especially when I got electronics or video shopping.

I consider it my "Don't talk to me about home theater like I am an idiot" shirt. Posted Image

Im sorry sales did not go better, but again I am glad I have mine.

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#18 of 19 OFFLINE   Sean Conklin

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Posted February 20 2002 - 06:32 PM

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I still have my Home Theater Forum that I purchased, and I was very happy with its quality
You purchased the HTF? Cool! Posted Image

Sorry, I couldn't resist, I assume you mean HTF shirt.

#19 of 19 OFFLINE   Scott Greczkowski

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Posted February 21 2002 - 01:26 AM

Whoops! :b Yeah I meant Shirt. I am sure Ron was suprised to see that I purchase the Home Theater Forum too.

Infact I have my shirt on today! Posted Image

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