Our idea of relaxing is all too often to plop down in front of the television set and let its pandering idiocy liquefy our brains. Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery - it recharges by running. You may be surprised to find out how quickly daily routine and the demands of “just getting by” absorb your waking hours. You may be surprised to find how quickly you start to see your politics and religion become matters of habit rather than thought and inquiry. You may be surprised to find how quickly you start to see your life in terms of other people’s expectations rather than issues. You may be surprised to find out how quickly reading a good book sounds like a luxury.– Bill Watterson
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Turns out you can search and research, and test and re-test, and things still just go a little haywire. We worked hard to produce the finest goods we could for our shop, but despite our best efforts, the white ink on our hoodies just up and turned pink. Who even knew that was a thing?!
So we’ve decided to embrace the pink - we’re selling the remaining hoodies at cost (10$), shipping them super cheap, and donating the money to the best reason to think pink: breast cancer prevention and awareness.
Tis the season to get together with your co-workers and celebrate the past year together, right? Right! With that in mind, Big Cartel is hosting our second annual holiday extravaganza. This party is extra exciting because it’s one of two times a year when all of our remote staff flies into Utah for a weekend of fun and relaxation.
How exactly does one organize an event that will entertain and delight designers, developers, programmers, marketers and the like? Well, research some fun things, work out the details, add a little booze into the mix, and see what shakes out.
We’ll be spending the weekend in Park City bowling and arcade-ing at Jupiter Bowl, taking advantage of the snow to various degrees (we have some ski and snowboard enthusiasts, but some of us will just be enjoying the snow from inside while curled up by a fire), treating ourselves to a fancy-ish dinner (cocktail attire!), and enjoying a staff made video re-cap of what BC and everyone here has accomplished this year. Fun!
HUCK Magazine is rooted in surf, skate, and snowboarding - but they don’t put all their boards on one shelf. The magazine also offers a variety of features surrounding art, pop culture, the environment, fashion, and “the world at large.” In 2013 they launched the Working Artisans’s Club, which highlights and celebrates modern-day makers.
One good way to make sure people want what you have to make is to do it better than anybody else. Another good way is to design it more beautifully than your rival. But the best way, is to do something that no else is doing. And do it so well, they don’t even try to copy you.– David Hieatt of Hiut Denim Co.
Seamless checkout, powered by Stripe, has arrived. We’ve been talking about it for a while, and slowly inviting shops to try it out - but now we’re pleased to announce that it is readily available to all of our stores. You can easily enable seamless checkout in the Settings > Checkout section of your admin.
Our new seamless checkout offers a number of improvements over our existing PayPal checkout, here are just a few:
- Direct credit card payments – there’s no need for your customers to sign up for anything, they can simply pay with a credit card.
- Lightning fast – our elegant single-page design and instant payment processing significantly cut down on checkout times.
- No off-site redirect – your customers remain on Big Cartel the entire time, giving us full control over the experience.
- Beautiful receipt page – an order confirmation page that reviews what was purchased, that your customer can come back to at any time.
- Better for high volume sales – no back-and-forth with PayPal means inventory reserve and overselling are history.
- Fewer headaches, more awesome – no more pending e-Check payments, IPN delays, or attempts to spoof orders.