handling online merch sales transactions (was Re: merch vendors)

Amy Terlaga terlaga at biblio.org
Fri Feb 15 15:42:43 EST 2013

Hi Tony and Bradley--

Good news - as you suggested, the 2013 conference team is good with
providing a table next to the registration desk for me (and other
volunteers) to sell the shirts.  I'll do cash only to keep it simple, if
that's okay with you.  I'll have everyone pre-order so that the table will
be for pick-up only.


Amy Terlaga
Assistant Director, User Services
Bibliomation, Inc.
32 Crest Road
Middlebury, CT  06762
203-577-4070 x101

-----Original Message-----
From: merch-bounces at sfconservancy.org
[mailto:merch-bounces at sfconservancy.org] On Behalf Of Tony Sebro
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2013 3:50 PM
To: merch at sfconservancy.org
Subject: handling online merch sales transactions (was Re: merch vendors)

On 02/14/2013 03:05 PM, Bradley M. Kuhn wrote:
> If it's very important to the Evergreen Oversight Board that this be 
> done post-haste for the upcoming event, Conservancy can try its best 
> to make it happen in an extremely short time-frame, but I am really 
> worried that it might negatively impact our ability to meet the 
> existing commitments for the conference, which we're admittedly 
> already behind on due to our limited staffing.
Hi, Amy:
Bradley and I have chatted about Conservancy's ability to receive online
payments.  Apparently, Conservancy's current Google Checkout and PayPal
accounts are limited to receiving donations, as per the terms of their
respective ToS agreements.  As such, we can't use those accounts to handle
merch sales.  I'm going to look into other solutions but, as Bradley said,
we may not be able to have something in place in time for process advance
orders for t-shirts before the Evergreen 2103 conference.

Now, as Bradley said, cash or Square for point-of-sale transactions would
still be viable, even now.  Of course, that means that Evergreen would have
to incur some risk by printing up shirts in advance of receiving payment.
Since this is (to my knowledge) Evergreen's first run of shirts, you might
hedge your bets by creating a shirt design that could be resold at future
conferences (or online, once we figure out the right way to accept payment),
instead of, say, "Evergreen 2013" or something Vancouver-centric.


Tony Sebro, General Counsel, Software Freedom Conservancy
+1-212-461-3245 x11
tony at sfconservancy.org

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