Navy Dads

Navy Dads will be opening a store this coming Spring! The name of the store will be I previously offered shirts and gifts through Cafe Press on the site but will no longer offer them because of a list of issues.

1. Cafe Press is a company that anyone can upload their own images and sell at no cost to them.
2. Prices are to high ( Cafe Press set a high price on their items) I can do them at a much lower cost, in turn will be able to offer them at more affordable prices.
3. The quality of their products could be much better for the price.
4. I have no control over the inspection of how the product looks before it ships out.

This was a temporary way to offer logo shirts and such at no cost to me. But I feel the best way to do something right is to do it yourself. That is why I'm starting my own store because my name and this site (Navy Dads) which I created is accountable for the product quality and customer's satisfaction of merchandise sold. It is also a direct reflection of my integrity and character.

This site runs at a cost each month to me so offering Navy products for sell will help pay the bills and make this site bigger and better in days ahead . People have so generously offered to donate money to this site in the past and I'm thankful they are so willing to help. I have told them all "the day I ask for a donation on this site is because it will go 100% back to the Sailors. My intentions are pure. I want to make an honest buck like everybody else. I will start the store small with a few products and a percentage of the profits will go to a fund to help Sailors.

Now I would like your input on what are the needs of the store. I plan on starting with one or two shirts, hat, ribbon magnet, etc. I want to keep my cost low in starting so I'm wondering what our members are willing to spend their hard earned dollars on. Below is a magnet idea I have that will sell for 5 to 6 dollars a magnet. Will people buy this? I have taken the magnet off because I cannot use the Navy Emblem on it. This company was in the wrong. I will post the new magnet soon.

I've also thought of a hat or visor that just has Navy embroidered on it. A shirt that has Navy on it or more detailed. Logo shirts that will be at a cost of around 10 dollars. The Navy flag is another product I thought of offering. I'm looking for every one's input on ideas of things us parents would like to see offered. Sorry for being so long winded and all the support everyone has given me.
Sincerely, EG

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What a good idea you have for opening the store. I commend you for all the efforts you are putting into this project. The products you are considering thus far would be great to have on your supply list. I really like your idea on the magnet. Might I suggest maybe having some Navy pins for wearing on hats, shirts, jackets, etc.

I am more than willing to donate to your cause, so please do not hesitate to ask.

Good Luck!!
Great ideas E.G.! Nothing wrong with being long winded here. You explained yourself, your plans and reasoning very well! Howie and I commend you for taking on another project here. Tax season ends April 15th for me as a TP so then I have plans to put some Projects into place also which just may help you too. Take care!!
I would buy the magnet. I would also purchase a t-shirt. I liked the skull image you had at cafepress but would like the image on the front of the t-shirt. A pollo shirt with the Navy Dads logo would be nice for business casual work days.

Not to be a pain..................LOL. But maybe lean more towards "N avy Dads" labeled items, there are lots of sites doing the generic Navy theme and we have the "Navy4Moms" with their items also.
I like David R's reply. Items with "Navy Dads" as a theme sound great. It would be a tribute to EG and the group. It would be a conversation piece to get the word out about the group. I have also discussed with my sons recruiter the idea of telling each new recruit to inform their family members about about NAVY DADS and MOMS.
EG I may have just sent you a long email and forgot to sign it .

Nick Ward Father
LTC Kelly C. Ward USN active in Iraq
I agree with David R. on the navy dads logo themed products. I don't know aboutanyone else but I would wear my navy dads logo when I go to meet my son at any new base he moves to and it would help for other dads to see another member or ask about what navy was and ultimately be an advertising toll for our fine site. my wife is a member of NAVY4Moms and she has a shirt and sweatshirt that we are planing to buy for when our son is staioned at his next bases.
EG, have you decided on a logo for NAVY DAD'S? Do you have ideas for which direction you wish to take.? May I suggest any logo have the words NAVY DAD'S to be bold and prominently displayed. I have another idea I am working on. Will discuss it when the proper contacts can be made. May be beneficial for your business.
Gary this is a rough sketch of a shirt. It is not perfect just a drawing I've done. I'm sure it will change some. I'm thinking of the colors being like an old world map. Any input or ideas from anyone would be much appreciated.

Gary F said:
EG, have you decided on a logo for NAVY DAD'S? Do you have ideas for which direction you wish to take.? May I suggest any logo have the words NAVY DAD'S to be bold and prominently displayed. I have another idea I am working on. Will discuss it when the proper contacts can be made. May be beneficial for your business.
don't forget about coffee mugs if you can get a good supplier...everything looks good so far...keep us posted so we can start saving our loose change!!!
I really like that design. It would like very nice with old map colors and fonts. Can not wait to see the finished project.
I like the ideas I am reading on this discussion! Have you considered a patch for Navy Dads that could be attachtt to hats, jackets, or maybe even a polo shirt?

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