Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Western Online Mercantile

As one of the aspects of our anniversary celebration, we have added an online store that we have called The Western Online Mercantile. It's just one of the ways we are (hopefully) going to get the site to generate money so that we can pay our contributors and also be able to raise our payment rates. It is my goal for the site to be able to pay professional rates.

The way the store is set up is quite simple. The company that hosts the store handles everything. When someone orders a product, they make it and ship it to that person. There is nothing to handle on my end. When a product sells, we earn a commission. Of that commission, we pay a small fee to I don't expect to earn a huge profit from the store, but I still think it is very cool to have The Western Online Flaming Steer logo on all sorts of products.

The items we sell are all quality products. I have ordered some of the items from the store: a mousepad, a tote bag, and a coffee mug. I can attest that coffee tastes much better when consumed from a coffee mug with The Western Online Flaming Steer logo on it.

If you don't like the Flaming Steer, we also offer items with the Showdown at Sundown art, which is the main banner art on the site, as well as our Cartoon. We are planning on adding new products with different art over time. If there is some type of item we don't have that you may be interested in, let us know and we'll see about adding it to the store. Cafepress offers all sorts of products that we can put our logo on.

All proceeds from the store will be funneled back into the site to help us pay our contributors. So help support The Western Online!

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