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How to make $$ giving away t-shirts?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by elvisded, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. elvisded

    elvisded Newbie

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    I have a really simple question. I always see offers for "free" t-shirts on the web. How do these people make their money? I assume they have CPA offers to fill out in order to pay for the product.
    I run a t-shirt printing business and even if I don't put the labor involved in the printing into the picture, it still comes to around $5 to break even on giving something away. Not to mention the actual labor of mailing out all the "free" shirts.
    Could someone please shed some light on this for me? I mean to make this worth the time you would have to make at least $10-$12 in commission to make it worthwhile. How many offers would it take to make this kind of money? Is this even allowed on CPA networks?
    I have been floating around in this and other forums for years and sadly have not gotten off my ass and taken any action due to the time I spend at work printing t-shirts. But if I could find a way to make this work, it could be very profitable as I always see tons of responses to "free t-shirt" offers on assorted forums and such.
    If anyone could shed some light on this I would be very grateful. And if anyone can work this angle and may wish to team up I have a printshop at my disposal.

    Thanks
    Eded
     
  2. t0mmy

    t0mmy Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    you could have your website address on t shirts and its serious advertising potential loads of people walking around with your website address slaped on them lol
     
  3. elvisded

    elvisded Newbie

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    Yeah , we print tons of shirts with peoples web addresses and such for advertising purposes but seriously- have you ever bought something because you saw a web address on a tshirt? I never have.


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  4. t0mmy

    t0mmy Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    well thats true lol cant say that i have
     
  5. keinehabe

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    I paid like 50 euros for one t-shirt with XXX on it just because I loved the model and I was on visit on red district =)) so ... peoples sometime getting really dumb when they are visiting places ... what I can say ... about giving t-shits free ... well ... twist it like you wanna but I think there can be money made by this ...
    1. tourist zones/cities where you can grab attention ...
    2. print what you wanna promote
    3. spread the t-shirts ... & profit
    of-course it's not worth to invest on such thing until you can't milk it but ... IF I have a domain like blowjob.com and I can get 100k t-shirts with this domain to spread in a place like city-center of Amsterdam for example ... :) I can't even dream about the money made from this :) - will be worthless to spread such into a city like some extremely religious places obviously .... :)

    giving freebies can help usually established business to twist their image ( like big brands banks gives you free pens ... ) and another crap like this ... it's good for image ...
    @elvisded ... I have a friend like in your shoes before ... he had a small '' one men show -like '' printing bizz , mostly he made money from orders come from known friends like printing visit cards , cards for weddings stuffs like this ... he asked me a similar question ... I suggested him to print for next 3 customers orders 10% more visit cards for example , on that 10% extras to make them with different design still close to original one and writing on back of the visit card something like '' this card was free bonus bla bla if you wanna same quality visit cards call me at '' :) ... after 3 months he had to employ 3 workers full time :p just because he can't manage to work by himself anymore
     
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  6. Mindslaver

    Mindslaver Newbie

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    I'm going to assume its all about the wording with their offers. They probably say "Get your FREE* T-shirt" Than in the fine print its only a chance to actually get a free t-shirt. So they can put an email submit CPA offer that gets them about $1 each and only give away 1 t-shirt per 100 people who actually fill out the offer. They could also just not even give away any shirts but say they did.

    If you were to do that you could also save the emails of the people who completed the CPA offer and for those who didn't win(which is probably all of them), email them back with a second chance to win with a different offer and get double payout.

    You would need to make sure all of this is in the fine print on the page though just to cover your bases. So with the "*" on free you would need to explain that its only a chance to win, and also say something like "By submitting your email you agree to allow us to email you with other special offers"

    That's just how I would do it but I'm sure other more experienced members would be able to tell you a better way.
     
  7. elvisded

    elvisded Newbie

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    So rather than everyone gets a free shirt, only 1 in 100 get one. Kinda like that angle. Is this allowed on CPA networks?

    thanks
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  8. timothywcrane

    timothywcrane Power Member

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    this is done by simply posting a link for a free t-shirt for a web visitor. In order to get the t-shirt the visitor MUST COMPLETE THE COMPLETE LIST OF OFFERS GIVEN. Each offer is a sponsor that has given you money for generating leads for them. If you have 6 advertisers paying you a dollar a lead (not really giving real numbers here), and only 1-100 visitors actually gets the shirt by finishing, and averages 1-2 offers on average before giving up, or thinking they have done it, you get 1-200 dollars and have to give out a free t-shirt to one lucky schmuck.

    As a printer, I am not sure if this was the angle you were looking for, but as a direct supplier with a telephone, I am sure you could get on a few networks and test it out for yourself.
     
  9. brchcar1445

    brchcar1445 Regular Member

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    Some places that give away free shirts that do not require you to fill out a cpa add do lose money, at least short term. It's advertisement. You lose money now, but get your brand and name out there. People don't usually make money by giving shirts away, its the residual advertising they get from it.
     
  10. Robvandam

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    its very simple mate, try to see the print of the shirt you will notice the advertising they have.
     
  11. ch8878

    ch8878 Elite Member

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    That would be great making money giving out T-shirts I would do it @ my local flee market
     
  12. murda_bh

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    how much do you sell your shirts for
     
  13. Mindslaver

    Mindslaver Newbie

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    As long as its an offer that you can use with an incentive it should be fine.