2009/9/14 WereSpielChequers <werespielchequers(a)googlemail.com>om>:
I'm not a fan of merchandising as part of a
charities function. But if
it is done it should have the saving grace of having a sufficient
markup to help finance the organisation.
It's not a matter of being a fan or not - merchandising is not part of
our function, it can only legally be done for the purposes of raising
funds. Raising funds by attracting more members is a possibility, but
I'm sceptical that it would raise enough funds to be worth the risk of
unsold stock. If there is significant risk (which, without a profit
margin to help absorb losses, there would be) then it would have to be
done through a trading subsidiary, anyway (without the risk it would
fall under the small trading exemption so could be done directly), and
that will incur admin costs.
Now what would be cool would be Wikipedia calenders.
events historical events - we could theme quite a few and they'd make
great gifts. It would also be a good article improvement process as
the nominated articles for the calender would be liable to get good
scrutiny and input whist we discuss which should go in the calender.
OK we would need wmf agreement to do this as a fundraiser sold outside
the membership, but there is a well established charity market for
such things. I for one can think of half a dozen calenders that I
might buy as winter solstice presents for assorted friends and
Now, that is a fantastic idea! They would be very cheap to produce (in
terms of money - lots of volunteer labour would be required) so could
be sold cheaply while still having a decent profit margin. It would be
a great way to advertise (extracts from) featured articles - showing
off our best articles could do a lot of good.