I've thought about doing some merchandise things for BoB before. At first I wanted to see if it was going to stay around, that seems to be the case now. Then I turned over control of the board to DPG. We'll get together and talk about different possibilities.
T-shirts or some type of apparel with a logo. I have a cousin near Atlanta that is an outstanding graphic artist that does t-shirts for our family reunion that always turn out real nice. I would be willing to talk to him about doing something for us.
My original idea was to create a mascot for the board. "BoB" (we could make it a characteur of TJ ) I've looked into professional designers and it seems it could be done for anywhere between 200 and 600 dollars. Then I was thinking about setting up one of those on demand store fronts to keep start up costs down. I looked around a bit on the zippos and it seems we could order a minimum of fifty for around 600. When I talk to DPG we'll figure out the best way to get started.
Several years ago I contacted Zippo to make an SHPC club lighter. The problem with doing them was that we had to place a mimimum order of 20-30 lighters as I recall. I guess we'd have to see if we have 20-30 folks here that would buy them?
As for shirts and mugs and the like, I think if you can provide a hi-res jpeg you can get those web based merchandising outfits to set you up fairly inexpensively. Both Briar Blues and Pease have stores, maybe Greg could give you an idea of start up costs?
PD is right, you can do the shirts and such for about what the shirt or mug, etc costs, like my cousin does for us. We do the shirts with a fairly complicated graphic for $15. I'm not a Zippo fan so that is why I haven't spoke up on that. Of course it would be up to the majority.