Hello, World!

Welcome to the new swag store! It’s not fancy right now, but rather than make you wait for bells and whistles, we wanted to get it up and running as soon as possible, since people have been asking when they can buy sweatshirts for holiday gifts.

WordPress ButtonsWhy are we selling this stuff? First, because we love WordPress and we like having this stuff ourselves so we can show the world and spread the word.Β Second, because we send a lot of free swag to WordCamps and meetups around the world, which adds up. If this store winds up making a profit, it will help to offset the costs of those donations.

So! The products we have for sale are listed on the main page (some with multiple color choices). We’ll be adding more over the coming months, but this should be enough choices to get you started.

Things to Know about Shipping
We don’t have it hooked into live shipping rates through Fedex, UPS and USPS yet. The plan right now is to use USPS flat rate Priority Mail with delivery confirmation whenever possible, and whatever the next cheapest option is if USPS won’t work (for example, if you live on an island with no residential mail delivery and have to get packages via UPS or Fedex, like me). The shipping rates are based on USPS costs (the cheapest method).

Please identify “Within USA” or “Outside of USA” as your shipping method, and the appropriate flat rate will be applied.

For now we’re doing shipments twice a week, so we aren’t offering overnight shipping yet.

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39 Responses to Hello, World!

  1. Rindy says:

    Yes! This is awesome, thanks WordPress πŸ™‚

  2. Love the new site! Thanks for getting it back up and running!

    One thing: the images in the site’s content are using the http protocol, not https. This causes some browsers to give an alert saying the page may be insecure. It’s a little bit minor, but maybe worth fixing. I wrote a quick solution that would work as either a mu-plugin or an addition to the theme’s functions.php file here [link removed].

  3. What, no beanie hats?! πŸ™ Sigh…

    Well, I could use another thumb drive so maybe I’ll get that instead. But I still want a beanie hat sporting the big “W” on it. πŸ™‚

    Or at least some gear featuring other Automattic products like a VaultPress t-shirt superman styled, Akismet ninja gear with the phrase “Spam Assassin” underneath or a gold chain with IntenseDebate on it (okay, so I’m joking on the last one).

    Anyways, thanks for all the hard work launching the store. πŸ™‚

    • Jane Wells says:

      All of those are possibilities. We’re just trying to clear out some of the inventory we have sitting around before we order up a bunch of new stuff, but at the rate things are being ordered it looks like it will be sooner rather than later. Thanks for the suggestions!

  4. Mari says:

    i’d <3 some wordpress stickers and buttons!

    • Jane Wells says:

      We’ve been sending so many to WordCamps that we started to run out! More are on order, though, and as soon as the new shipments come in we’ll add them to the store offerings. In the meantime, anyone placing an order this week *might* find we sneak in a button or sticker with their ordered stuff.

  5. Troy Chaplin says:

    Just wondering if there will be any significant changes to the shipping rates, or combining shipping costs for larger orders. I wanted to order a half dozen items that totaled approximately $100, and shipping was quoted at $60, which is more than I’m willing to pay into Canada. Then I thought I’d simply order the classic WP logo tee, but shipping cost of $13.50 for a $13 tee is rather outrageous.

    Please come up with a better shipping setup, as I know quite a few people who want to order swag, but cannot justify the cost of shipping as it stands.

    • Jane Wells says:

      I’m right there with you, Troy. The shipping being all set up as flat rate is painful. We’re working with the authors of the store plugin to figure out alternatives, and as soon as we work something out, I’ll post about it here. Give us a couple of days to see what we can work out. Like I said in the post, it’s a temporary issue, but we didn’t want to keep holding up the whole store for it.

      • Troy Chaplin says:

        Thanks Jane, that’s good news! I’ll look forward to hearing news on this in the near future, and look forward to proudly wearing some WordPress swag!

      • Stas says:

        Hi Jane and thanks for bringing back the swag store! Yay!

        Just wanted to let you know that I’m subscribing to what Troy already asked and my friends and I are waiting for the news about shipping rates for Europe.

  6. Matt says:

    Another vote for stickers!

  7. The Yayy part is that it exists! The sigh part is that we’re in Tokyo, so probably a bit tough to get stuff now. But I let my meetup know, and we’ll look forward to the lower international rates.

    I’m actually curious about your decision to use PHP Purchase: what made it the plugin of choice for you?

    best,
    Terri

  8. Phil says:

    WordPress hats would be awesome!!

    On a different note, does Automattic endorse PHPurchase?

    • Jane Wells says:

      PHPurchase has worked closely with me recently regarding GPL compliance and community contribution, and they are hard at work on a new version to be released soon (of which we were lucky enough to get an early copy). Lee and his team have been great to work with over these past couple of days, and though I don’t know that Automattic does official endorsements, I would certainly recommend it to anyone who asked (unless they needed complex/international shipping options, which they are working on but aren’t quite there yet).

  9. nelsHD says:

    Excellent !
    Tees and skin in my basket πŸ˜‰

  10. Zac Gowen says:

    I’m looking forward to being able to buy some more buttons and stickers. Please don’t make it a random selection for color and size like some web sites. Ahem*ThinkGeek*Ahem. I understand it’s because they don’t ship some things from their own web site and it’s out of their control, but when you want one of every color it’s a bit annoying.

    I however have great faith in Jane & the rest of the Automattic crew. Just look at the great software they & the Dev’s put out. Looking forward to some great new products. Especially a nice car decal to show my WP love.

    Regards,

    Zac

  11. Adam Sewell says:

    Great to see this stuff, but is there any chance on some bigger shirt sizes? I’m a 4XLT πŸ™‚

    • Jane Wells says:

      The sizes are largely determined by the manufacturer (we’ve been using American Apparel) and the shirt style. Is there a sweatshop-free producer you can recommend that carries your size? I’d be happy to explore additional options.

  12. Vincent says:

    I would love to get the Moleskin notebook and the Hoodie. Unfortunately the shipping abroad is too high.

    BTW: My vote on stickers as well!

  13. Ben says:

    YAY! May well try and be the first person in the UK to grab me a T. It’s my birthday tomorrow so may well buy some gear with my very many birthday card monies.

    Curse you empty birthday cards, not only do you not yield any financial trinkets you highlight distant relatives short comings in sharing the wealth.

    Curse you.

  14. I also have a PHPurchase question. I noticed you used them, while WordCamps often use WP E-Commerce. As a developer, I’ve been comparing the two and trying to decide which is right for my customers. Would you care to tell us a bit about your experience with PHPurchase as a product, and in comparison to other WP ecommerce plugins?

    • Jane Wells says:

      I’ll be writing up some thoughts about the pros and cons of each (they are each good for different needs) sometime in the next week or so, but can say that aside from the shipping features not yet being quite as robust as we will need them to be for this store (but that’s a work in progress, as mentioned previously), the experience with PHPurchase has been fantastic.

  15. George says:

    Please add a whole sticker department!

  16. Doug Provencio says:

    Is this thread good for more suggestions? How about an iron-on/sew-on patch that says, “Patches Welcome!”?

  17. Kathe Mullenweg says:

    Holiday shopping done! πŸ™‚

  18. Hope to receive my order for Christmas πŸ™‚ Love WordPress as my mom! Shipping rates are not important… for this *gold* stuff. Thanx!

  19. ThatGuyKC says:

    Just got my mug in the mail today! Thank you!
    (a little sad not too see any stickers though)

    Link to photo: http://instagr.am/p/iIhk/

    Looking forward to future product releases and hope y’all continue to experience success.

  20. Since comments are now visible, I guess this means you got my email saying they weren’t available. πŸ™‚

    Because comments weren’t available earlier, I wasn’t able to post my compliments on the website and store in general. I really dig the presentation of the products, especially the descriptions. As a customer of the previous WordPress store, I’m glad I can order this stuff without having to pay extra for foreign exchange. Thanks for getting this going!

  21. Len says:

    Just waiting for my long sleeve tee and coffee mug to arrive. Also can’t wait for an expanded product line.

    On a side note, perhaps the WordPress Swag Store could be linked to from the main WordPress.org site? Just an idea for increased exposure since many people don’t even know of its existence yet.

  22. Cosmin says:

    Just received my iPhone skin πŸ˜€

    San Francisco to Bucharest (Romania) in close to 1 week. Sweet!

  23. Excellent looking store. Clean interface. Looking forward to my first purchase!

  24. Jaypee says:

    Got my WordPress Footed Bistro Mug last Friday and I’m lovin’ it! πŸ˜€

    I’d love to see the blue WordPress shirt back and I’d also like to see new products like mouse pads, laptop skins, lanyards and keychains. I’d definitely buy those if you had them here.

    Btw, I second what others have mentioned here regarding the Swag Store being linked to from the main WordPress.org site and about the flat rate shipping (more shipping options).

    Oh yeah, I also blogged about my WordPress mug – http://jaypeeonline.net/wordpress/my-wordpress-mug/

  25. tiny... says:

    no M green XL in stock???
    This Santa’s little helper is sad.

  26. Phil says:

    Awh… Shame the T-Shirts don’t come in my size. lol

    Love the shop though! Look forward to seeing more. πŸ™‚

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