TMNT #1 Second Printing. Peter Laird’s personal copy from the Mirage Studios Archives. Mirage Studios, 1984. Signed and Sketched by both creators, Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman.
I’ve been collecting for many years. My comic collection is somewhat a scattered one of various titles and publishers. My most complete collections are Amazing Spider-man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Superman, and Walking Dead. All others can be considered hobby reading or investment collecting. In the past 10 years however, the turtles collection has gotten serious. With that said, it’s become my primary focus of collecting in the past 2-3 years. You can burn all my other stuff, but Turtles and Spider-man would have to be buried with me, or sold for a fortune to benefit my wife and only son.
The Turtles collection has gotten much more valuable with the recent additions from Mirage Studios’ eBay account, and Kevin Eastman Studios Fan Club. Because of these 2 operating headquarters, I’ve been able to snag super rare gems, signed by the co-creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. Mirage Studios is closing their doors and winding down operations in the past 5 years as everything was placed under acquisition from Nickelodeon and Kevin Eastman/IDW.
With the rapidly growing wave of popularity sweeping through the current IDW comics and the new hit cartoon on Nickelodeon, vintage 1984 Mirage Studios B&W turtles comics and 1988 Playmates action figures are rising FAST. Toy auction prices in 2010 are now DOUBLE in 2016. TMNT Scratch action figure from 1993 would sell for $200 loose and $600 carded in 2010. Now, on ebay as you read this, an ungraded carded Scratch goes for astronomical prices in the $1100-$1400 range now. He’s not even that rare! The real rare toys are the Shogun Triceraton, Undercover Leo with cloth trench coat and gold coin, or the original soft head 1988 turtles with the fan club inserts.
I have been a member of cafepress since 2005. I went from making thousands to hundreds and now I barely get $300 per month from Cafepress. Traffic is lower now, and I know this from collecting 5 years of Google Analytics reports and tracking. My fan portal designs outperform all my designs in total by 87%. I understand the company must stabilize during weak economic times but you can’t take away the incentive for us shopkeepers to want to willingly continue to design new art at cafepress. Going from 20% in 2006 to 15% in 2009 to 10% in 2010 and now being told 5% is wrong, plain and simple. All your competitors are handing out 20-30% commissions to shop keepers. I understand the competitive market but the recent business strategies are killing the income of the people who are designing the products for you to sell. My primary business model is fan portal shirts from movies and tv shows. Doing a flat 5% for fan portal and name brand products are giving us all pay cuts and you know it. I understand there is a higher cost for attaining licenses from license companies who own the movie and tv show properties. Do like the plus size apparel though, and charge those products are a higher cost, not effecting our commissions. There have to be more alternative choices to make.
There’s no more motivation for me to continue making new products or designs in my shop. I’m not sure you are aware of the ripple effect this will cause to us, the people who even give you a job. Please reconsider your new commission rates and if anything, raise the product prices and give us the power to control our own commissions again. This is an outrage, please don’t do this to us.
Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after Black Friday, the Friday following Thanksgiving in the United States, created by companies to persuade people to shop online. The term made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled “‘Cyber Monday’ Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year”.
According to the Shop.org/BizRate Research 2005 eHoliday Mood Study, “77 percent of online retailers said that their sales increased substantially on the Monday after Thanksgiving, a trend that is driving serious online discounts and promotions on Cyber Monday this year (2005)”. In 2010, comScore reported that consumers spent $1.028 Billion online on Cyber Monday (excluding travel, 2009: $887M), the highest spending day of 2010.
In 2006, Shop.org announced that it launched the CyberMonday.com portal, a one-stop shop for Cyber Monday deals. Cyber Monday has become an international marketing term used by online retailers in Canada, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, and Chile.
Origin of term
The term “Cyber Monday” is a name invented by Shop.org. It was first used within the ecommerce community during the 2005 holiday season. According to Scott Silverman, the head of Shop.org, the term was coined based on 2004 research showing “one of the biggest online shopping days of the year” was the Monday after Thanksgiving (12th-biggest day historically). Retailers also noted the biggest period was December 5 through 15 of the previous year.  In late November 2005, the New York Times reported that “The name Cyber Monday grew out of the observation that millions of otherwise productive working Americans, fresh off a Thanksgiving weekend of window shopping, were returning to high-speed Internet connections at work Monday and buying what they liked.”
MySoti (bold colors and larger printing across front)
Redbubble (great service, bold colors, high quality prints)
Skreened(2nd pick, offers a much larger graphic screenprint t-shirt)
Zazzle (best alternative to Cafepress, cheaper prices, great selection, super fast shipping, too.)
You can find most of the links at our Main Site New t-shirts are added daily to the different websites. Some carry different styles and colors. Some offer different shipping rates and bulk discounts. Many offer a variety of different sizes and plus sized apparel, too. Be sure to check out all our many online galleries before you make a purchasing descision.
Remember, if you don’t see a t-shirt graphic screenprint offered at an online gallery just email us and we’ll put it up at the other sites within hours.