#1
I've been trying to think of good merchandise to sell at shows starting out. Personally, I'm a one man acoustic band at the moment, til I can find people committed to playing the other parts. So financing is a lot more difficult for me.

The only thing I've really done is posters, I'm at an advantage at because of my parents owning a print shop. They also print my labels for my demo. And then I also bought some bracelets with imprints. I got them on ebay but not that many. Like 50 for $55, so I actually lost about $5, or more considering I gave lots away but it was good promotion.

Any other cheap ways to get some decent merch?
#2
stickers stickers stickers stickers stickers.

People will stick them places. That's free advertising with the profit.
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#4
Stickers, badges, buttons, photos, demos with about 2 tracks on them recorded on mobile phones in about 2 hours
#6
demo cd's would be the obvious one, bonus that you can get the sleaves printed cheap, your mum an dad probably have connections to get cheap cases too working in a printers

we also bought a bunch of printed tshirts, i think they worked out at £3.22 each (6 dollars ish) and sell them for £5 (10 bucks)

but you could probably get the tshirts printed by your mum an dad to save more money on that?

also, badges are a really great one, very cheap an always look swish

you can have alook at our stuff here

http://ourescape.bigcartel.com/products
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#7
Your parents own a print shop?
Can they do screen printing and can they get fabric inks wholesale?
If so, buy a load of t-shirts (don't pay more than a pound a shirt) make a screen, and print yourself some shirts, sell 'em for a fiver and you're making a decent profit.
#8
Naw, in a 7k populated town, they're cheapasses. They do wedding invitations, business cards, local rodeo books... that sort of thing. Despite how I tell them how much that sort of thing is a dying art in today's technology and they need to consider opening up other options. It blows.
#9
Quote by Shawnstoppable
Naw, in a 7k populated town, they're cheapasses. They do wedding invitations, business cards, local rodeo books... that sort of thing. Despite how I tell them how much that sort of thing is a dying art in today's technology and they need to consider opening up other options. It blows.

Still, they have printing experience, which is useful, and building a screen printer is easy.
It's just a wooden rectangle with a piece of silk (or other similar material) stretched over it, making a silk bottomed tray.