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Discussion in 'Pacific' started by PlinyFan, Apr 11, 2013.

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  1. PlinyFan

    PlinyFan Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2012 California

    Apologies for this negativity but why the hell is everything from stone so damn expensive! I wanted to pick up a shirt from them off line and it was 22+ dollars! there is barely anything on the cloth and yet it costs more than some band shirts I have that have insane detail and large placement of it! I feel like their ego is a little big... though the beer is decently priced, what gives!
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  2. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    You have to be worthy, bro.
  3. rgco

    rgco Initiate (26) Apr 2, 2012 California

    That appears cheap. Seen bars and brewpubs charging upwards of $30 for their shirt with just a logo. Not even any rhinestones are included! Bs
  4. MikeTen

    MikeTen Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2009 California

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  5. Earlycsquid

    Earlycsquid Zealot (526) Jan 7, 2013 California
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    Hey, you have to make up for the fact that you're buying a bomber for $5-6 somehow.

    Besides, the whole notion of wearing a product company's shirt seems like a rip off. You're providing them free advertisement. Why aren't you raging that they aren't paying you to wear it?
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  6. dcgunman

    dcgunman Defender (606) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Some brewery's charge 15 and others charge 20-25+ for shirts. I think they make a lot of their profits from merch. Yes we pay for the growlers too but thats like filling up with liquid gold. You ever buy rock t-shirts at concerts? Minimum is $30. I paid as much as $50 for a Iron Maiden and Roger Waters T-shirt. And those merch stands are packed. Lots of $$$'s for the band.
  7. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    $22 is actually not out of line for a t-shirt. As others have said, a lot of breweries charge $20-25 for their shirts. Their beer prices are in-line with most breweries as well. Not sure why they seem overpriced to you.
  8. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Initiate (177) Aug 9, 2011 California

    I don't know...$22 seems kinda like the going rate for a branded t-shirt. I have too many brewer t-shirts anyways.
  9. leedorham

    leedorham Defender (698) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Bars & Breweries charge more for their shirts because selling swag isn't the business they want to be in. They have that stuff because of demand but they don't want to price it in a way that they're spending all their time restocking stupid retail shit instead of brewing beer.
  10. PlinyFan

    PlinyFan Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2012 California

    yeah but the design and detail on a maiden shirt makes it slightly reasonable and those shirts are typically only available for that tour.
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  11. PlinyFan

    PlinyFan Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2012 California

    They seem over priced because they are a simple short, nothing great about em. I just got done looking at a couple band shirts and we are talking 15 at most for something that is full color and detail!
  12. PlinyFan

    PlinyFan Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2012 California

    I work in manufacturing, it takes no time to click order, and put shit on a shelf. I understand that its not the business they are in but making 200% profit off of it is a joke. Especially when smaller brewers are doing them for about 7-10 bucks less and that's not even them on sale.
  13. besaunders

    besaunders Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2007 California

    I don't want to diss any of the fine people in the beer community, so I'm just going to leave it at "swag just isn't for me".
  14. tyrsis

    tyrsis Disciple (319) Mar 13, 2009 California
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    Much like beer, I don't care about schwag unless its whales, bro. *wears his Hitachino / Underbelly SDBW hoodie*

    Rare sweaters, yo
  15. leedorham

    leedorham Defender (698) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    It doesn't take "no time" it takes a certain amount of time. A certain amount of time you could be spending focusing on the thirsty customers sitting in your taproom. They pay the bartenders to pour beer and schmooze with the customers, not re-fold shirts and run in the back to see if they have any more 5XL for giganticus.
  16. jtmartino

    jtmartino Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 California
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    LIES. There is no such thing as too many. I am unintentionally working on my collection of brewery hoodies...just got one from Crux today via my brother.

    I like rocking brewery shirts at the gym. It explains why I don't look like the P90X guy even though I go there 4-5 times a week.
  17. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    Yeah you can TOTALLY tell Stone isn't into swag. Have you been to Stone?
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  18. DrunkenMonk

    DrunkenMonk Disciple (315) Jun 2, 2012 California

    Its not too expensive. You're just too cheap.

    Realistically, the price is what the market will bare.
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  19. Saxmusik45

    Saxmusik45 Aspirant (253) Nov 18, 2011 California
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    I thought every brewery made beer sauces/marinades, beer candles, beer soap, and beer dog biscuits?
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  20. JasonFromLA

    JasonFromLA Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013 California

    I only buy brewery swag if I know it will be hard to get in 3-4 years or limited edition when fresh. Wearable whalez bro.
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  21. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,078) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I use the BeDazzler on my beer shirts. Stone's gargoyle logo really pops with dazzling beads.
  22. PlinyFan

    PlinyFan Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2012 California

    Valid point, though remind me of how many tap rooms are A) open more than Fri, Sat and Sun B) the ones that are open on those other days definitely don't have some unforeseen mass amount customer coming through that they need to drop everything and tend to them. Also "refold shirts"? LMFAO man, every tap room I have ever been to had them in a box somewhere in the back and a couple shirts stapled to a wall. Your points are 100% invalid man.
  23. PlinyFan

    PlinyFan Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2012 California

    I like your style...
  24. leedorham

    leedorham Defender (698) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

  25. robL

    robL Initiate (184) Oct 22, 2010 California

    Got ya beat. $80! Yep...$80 for a limited edition Springsteen shirt at a Los Angeles show a few years back. Yeah, the shirt is sweet and when I wear it to shows, fans all ask where and how I got it. But I still don't know what I was thinking. 80 freakin' dollars for a damn tshirt!!!
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  26. PlinyFan

    PlinyFan Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2012 California

    LMAO your trolling game is a little weak. Maybe next time!
  27. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2013 California

    22 bucks for a shirt is not expensive. All shirts I ever see are between 20-30 bucks. Of course there are some on the outside, both under and over. But 22 is understandable. Plus, prices go up, until sales go down.... that good sir, is where you find the perfect price for your demand. Stone is Stone... They need to fund their future venture into Hotels one way or another. Back off their shirt sales and go buy some pop punk band shirts yo! :eek:
  28. baycat

    baycat Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2008 California
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    Now people are bitching about t-shirts!

    What next, the beer bottle cap magnets they give away by the handful?
  29. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2013 California

    screw you man, they aren't glued properly and I hate how many they give me!!! haha
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  30. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2010 Ohio
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    Good thread.
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  31. PlinyFan

    PlinyFan Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2012 California

    Yeah it is only pointed at the shirts from stone in comparison to a lot of other breweries. Just feel like stone is carrying "its stone so its better than all else" idea in their heads.

    I thought about going and replenishing my avril laveign collection, maybe ill have to take that on.
  32. PlinyFan

    PlinyFan Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2012 California

    Na, I don't use magnets. They cause global warming and kill rhinos. Pretty inconsiderate of you to keep buying those with hard known facts like that.
  33. pinkgrenade

    pinkgrenade Aspirant (242) Aug 19, 2011 California
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    almost all of the mens shirts at stone are 18 bucks actually
  34. albertq17

    albertq17 Initiate (121) Oct 11, 2010 California

    If you look closer to the fabric of the shirt, you will notice that it is not the same material as Stone's $18 shirts. It is a thinner and softer cotton. I'm guessing that is why they are $4 more than the kind I've seen in every other brewery for sale. The design has very little to do with the final price we pay. The screen printer usually charges per color (screen) and not by complexity of the design. I don't think they are showing us what they think of themselves with how they price their t-shirts. I think they are just giving us options. $18 regular fabric or $22 finer fabric, your choice.
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  35. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2008 California

    Not only is Stone heavily into swag, they have custom swag for each new beer release.

  36. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,078) Mar 18, 2010 California

    If you think Stone is heavy into swag, you should visit the Tap It tasting room in SLO. Everything in that goddamn place has their logo on it, and they have a shit ton of merch for sale.
  37. besaunders

    besaunders Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2007 California

    What else should I be?
  38. TheBoog013

    TheBoog013 Aspirant (240) Feb 24, 2011 California

    Silk screening isn't a huge cost, quality of shirt and the quantity you buy are the factors that dictate what you charge. $22 is cheap, IMHO.
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  39. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas

    I looked for a particular Van Halen shirt a few months back. Turns out that people wanted a lot of money for it because it was tour shirt. I haven't looked lately, but if I recall, asking price was upwards of ~200$.
  40. coati858

    coati858 Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2005 California

    Amortized on a per-wearing basis, most of my beer t-shirts are nearly free.
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