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CYCLEBUTTCRACK made its debut in 2011. However, that is not the beginning of the CYCLEBUTTCRACK story. Given a choice, I tend to go with American made products and try to support local businesses. This is why I wanted CYCLEBUTTCRACK jerseys to be American made. So in 2010, I sought out an American jersey manufacturer Sharp Athletics, paid a $1,400 deposit and had a sample jersey made. It was an absolute failure. The colors were horrible, the seams were uneven and the fit was all wrong. I gave the company another chance to produce a second sample and the results were no better. When I questioned my order, I was told that I complained too much and my standards were impossible. I was also told if I wanted to place an order, I would have to accept the order sight unseen. I asked for a refund and got $1,000 of my $1,400 back. I would tell you to avoid Sharp Athletics, but it seems they have gone belly up. What a shame.
One year later, I found a company in New York who imports their jerseys from China. I was pleased with their customer service, but it always nagged at me that my jerseys were not made in America. Now that they are no longer honoring the prices they were charging me and have changed their jerseys, I can look for new options. As stated in a previous blog post, I am looking to fund my future inventory with crowd funding. Crowd funding allows me to test the viability of future jersey designs without risking thousands of dollars ordering inventory. It is also low risk for the consumer. If I don’t meet a minimum finding level, you will not be charged. For me, the most intimidating part of crowd funding is producing an introductory video, but I will get to that later. Let’s cover the jerseys themselves in this post.
In the years that have passed since I was last looking for a jersey manufacturer, it seems a lot has changed. There are quite a few American jersey manufacturers. I have done some research on a few and they offer good customer service, utilize more environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and pay their workers more than minimum wage. All of these benefits come at a cost. So this is where I ask for your input.
How important is it to you that your jerseys are American made?
How important is it that the workers who make your jerseys are paid more than minimum wage?
Currently CYCLEBUTTCRACK jerseys cost $60 each plus shipping and handling. I frequently see jerseys on sale for $90, $100 even $120! I do not think that $60 is too much, but unfortunately, CYCLEBUTTCRACK will not be able to continue to sell jerseys at that price point. Would you be willing to pay around $75 for a CYCLEBUTTCRAK jersey if you knew it was American made?
Your input is incredibly and will help lead the way in producing the next generation of CYCLEBUTTCRACK jerseys. This is why I am offering a little bribe to entice you into commenting. Let me know what you think in the comments section and send me an e-mail with your address and I will send the first 10 of you a free CYCLEBUTCRACK 4” logo or CYCLEBUTTCRACK BEER Sticker.
But what about annoying daily advertising and newsletters? Nope! Not going to happen. I hate those things as much as you do! I get one from Performance and Colorado Cyclist every day. I will not go back to Performance thanks to their annoying daily letters. Besides I am far too lazy to send out daily junk mail! I currently have no newsletter program.