The 2010 Chickens in the Road Calendar Has Landed


Available now! A Very Clover Calendar — twelve months of photos with accompanying quotes from the wit, wisdom, and enduring arrogance (not to mention charm) that is Clover. Get it here!

I’m offering this calendar through CafePress, which produces an excellent product and provides all the service, packaging, and shipping. A custom print-on-demand calendar isn’t cheap. The base price CafePress offers is $14.99. Anything above the base price is what I receive. I priced the calendar at $15.99, which means I will get one dollar per calendar sold. (The other $14.99 goes to CafePress for printing and handling.) I looked into various other options, not only other online all-inclusive storefronts similar to CafePress but also including taking it directly to a printer myself and handling all the service, packing, and shipping, in an effort to get the price down. However, in order to do that, I would have to place a bulk order for the calendars, fronting all the money myself (at some risk), plus take on all the processing of orders. I just can’t do that.

What can I say, my staff leaves something to be desired.

For that and other reasons, I chose to publish the calendar through CafePress. I did my calendar with them last year and I was very pleased with the product. I priced it as low as possible this year, with minimal profit. I want as many people who would like to have the joy of Clover on their wall to have it, at the best price and quality I can offer.
I hope you’ll enjoy it! (Check out “View Calendar Pages” when you go to the calendar page and you can see each month’s photo and quote.

P.S. If there are enough sales this year to justify making the effort to bring the price down by taking it directly to a printer and putting up the front money as well as the time to print, pack, and ship the calendar myself, I will try that next year.

But somebody’s gonna have to talk to my staff about it.

Because they don’t look ready for that kind of work.

P.P.S. The September Chickens in the Road Newsletter is going out tomorrow. If you’re not already subscribed, be sure to sign up here and see sample newsletters. And remember to check your spam folder if you can’t find it in your inbox tomorrow–sometimes it ends up there!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on September 29, 2009  

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  1. 9-29

    Ordered and can’t wait!

  2. 9-29

    Oh boy! I’m always looking for something unique, something “home made”, something that says “WV” for my hard to shop for friends and relatives. I think this may be just the ticket.

  3. 9-29

    What do you mean? I think that your staff looks very capable!!! And adorable too. :jackolantern:

    Love that Clover!

  4. 9-29

    I have a similar type of staff; more ornamental than useful. Can’t complain though! Your calendar is a great idea! I hope it sells well!

  5. 9-29

    Awww that is so cute!
    I just wanted to let you know that I posted the Sept. giveaway on my blog.
    I hope you will enter!

  6. 9-29

    I think we need Clover mugs too. I know Cafe Press can do it!

  7. 9-29

    I would purchase a Coco calendar! :snoopy:

  8. 9-29

    As a wise friend once said “there are work horses and there are show horses”. I believe Coco may just fall into the “show horse” category :snoopy:

  9. 9-29

    Looks like it will be a great calendar. I don’t get here as much as I would like, but I sure enjoy visiting your site.

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