From the Mailbag...
Thanks for all your hard work, but look at your prices! Buttons are $1.50 each but three for $2.50??? That means two buttons is more expensive than three buttons. Three buttons should be $4 if you want to discount volume sensibly. And you should maybe bump these prices up in light of what you said about envelopes and postage.
Thanks for the note, DF, and I have upped my prices—just by a quarter, and only on the buttons. My volume discount still doesn't make much sense, but I'm a sex-advice columnist, not an MBA. If I knew how to make decent money selling shit I wouldn't have read so many emails from people who get off on eating shit.
Oh, and we're well past $7,000 in sales now—I'm blown away. My elbows ache like fucking hell. But keep buying!
I just finished reading through your April 2 post on ITMFA.com, and I want to say something that might cheer you up.
I'm finishing up a term paper about humor in Chaucer's writing (and by finishing I mean "barely starting"), and I came across this quote, by D.W. Robertson, Jr. "In any tightly knit community ridicule is a potent weapon of correction." While we are arguably less tightly-knit, geographically, than in Chaucer's day, the internet has brought the world together in a whole new way, and ITMFA allows people to show their scorn for Bush's policies, his politics, and his disrespect for human rights and the laws of our nation.
So you're doing a good thing, Dan, and even if laughing at Bush can't really get him booted out of office, and can't really take away his power, maybe when his approval ratings sink to the single digits, his party members will think twice about backing and covering for his inane, illegal projects. And that's no small thing.
You're right about Republicans bailing on Bush, Shelby. Check out this AP story: "From Iraq to deficits, from immigration to port security, some of the most pointed criticism leveled at President Bush is coming from within his own party. Republicans these days are almost sounding like perennially divided Democrats. The rising GOP angst stems from Bush's deep slump in the polls and the growing unpopularity of the Iraq war." (Hat tip: Americablog.)
Please accept my ITMFA order as a donation. No need to send a pin. Use the five-dollars to cover your operation expenses or to further the cause.
Before the ITMFA campaign, I was relatively unfamiliar with your work. But last
week, I read both â€śThe Kidâ€ť and â€śThe Commitmentâ€ť in one night—instead of
writing my thesis. Although I now scramble to meet a wrongfully imposed
deadline for an evil advisor, it was worth it. Thank you for those wonderful
Thanks for the donation, Craig, and the swell compliments.
In other ITMFA news...
ITMFA.com reader Dave Baker tossed some new original ITMFA designs up at CafePress. You can check `em out here.
And to the folks who want me to create and sell bumper stickers: Please. The button and lapel pin business is killing me. I'm not adding any more crap to my line of ITMFA merch. But, hey, feel free to create your own ITMFA merch. Much to the consternation of my business-minded pals (Democrats, one and all), I didn't copyright â€śITMFA.â€ť I'm not in this to profit, I'm just in it to spread the meme, create some sense of solidarity as we slog through the next three fucking years, and, like Shelby says, show their scorn.
So if you want a bumper sticker, make one! Like David C., who sent in this design for an ITMFA bumper sticker.