Talk:Merchandise

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Uh, Where's the shop?

Given so many people on OSM use consumer electronics like GPS dongles, phones with GPS'es built in etc, I'm stunned to follow this link and not find a whole range of devices listed, with reviews on how well they work with OSM mapping and affilliate links, or a drop shipping store raising money (no you don't need to post out product to have a store...) I actually came here hoping to buy a GPS from OSM, so that a) I knew it would work well for my OSM mapping and b) that a nice big wad of my purchase money (more than a tiny 5%) would go to OSM. Given that I don't live in the UK, it looks like OSM wouldn't even get that... :(

- User:RoadLessTraveled 21:31, 23 August 2010

Why is this page not better? Because OpenStreetMap is mainly a massive internet collaboration of many volunteers. In general haven't been very good at getting organised with things like this which involve handling money and/or handling goods, and making business deals "on behalf of OpenStreetMap". The progress we have made is normally by having one volunteer take the initiative and set something up. Maybe you could help strike some new deals with GPS suppliers where you are from.
At the moment we've set up a bit of that but it does look like a fairly rag-tag collection of links. The closest thing to what you describe, was the StorageDepot.co.uk deal, but that's UK only and also the old recommendation was to get a NaviGPS through them, but I think that's no longer available (I guess keeping up-to-date with new devices coming on the market makes this harder)
But another reason we haven't done much of that, is that it typically is a slim percentage, so the honest recommendation is... head over to the GPS Reviews page, figure out which device you want (and you'll see different ideas from the community about what the best device is of course) You could then buy through amazon to have a percentage donated to OSM, but really... why not just shop around for the best deal wherever you're from? ...and then head over to http://donate.openstreetmap.org with the money you've saved. Boring though it is, that's actually the best deal for everyone.
Having said that, it would be good to have more products listed on here, with reseller agreements with various suppliers, and much more funky branding and merchandise stuff listed + maybe even branded e-commerce stuff happening on our site. The way this might eventually be achieved in a well coordinated manner, would be through the OSM Foundation
-- Harry Wood 14:29, 13 June 2011 (BST)

What about adding some information how to use https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/affiliatefox/ to always support us?

Amazon.com

Why don't you also join the Amazon.com associates program apart from that of Amazon.co.uk, so that you can reach more people (and earn more funds)?

and the same for amazon.de... --Marc 09:12, 30 November 2009 (UTC)

An affiliate link for Amazon.de is now available. Still none for other Amazon instances, though. --Tordanik 10:23, 14 June 2011 (BST)

GpsGate

Franson have an affiliate scheme for their products. These could be very useful to OSM members and benefit the cause financially. I'm planning to buy GpsGate soon Steevc 14:53, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

Linkages please

I presume this page should link to Tshirt competition. Nothing else does!.

p.s. why is this Merchandise page 'protected'? -- Harry Wood 23:59, 27 Apr 2006 (UTC)

because it gets spammed like this talk page, perhaps Steve wants to unlock I don't know, I wouldn't. Anyway I mentioned the competion... Erik Johansson 15:33, 28 Apr 2006 (UTC)
...and a link to Fund Raising Ideas perhaps.
There's no need to lock pages to prevent wiki spam, except as a very temporary measure -- Harry Wood 11:39, 1 Aug 2006 (BST)

Maps on Shower Curtains?

Has anyone thought of printing maps on shower curtains? I have occasionally found some "map of the world" shower curtains for sale in stores (these show political boundaries, and are interesting to look at, but aren't tremendously informative to me in an everyday sense). I would like to print a map of bicycle routes in my area, so when I shower off after a ride, I could review where I went. Shower curtains have the advantage of being large enough to display maps at a useful scale. Teratornis 18:52, 3 Jul 2006 (UTC)

Might be a cool idea, but who does shower curtain printing services? -- Harry Wood 11:31, 1 Aug 2006 (BST)
And how to define area/scale/detail level? The desired map on a shower curtain might be very individual. --Skippern 07:51, 14 September 2008 (UTC)

London Poster (Oct 2005)

Removed from the page:

OpenStreetMap put together all the GPS data it had in London and made a stunning poster from it. It was a limited edition A0 (841mm × 1189mm) high quality black and white print, signed and numbered by Tom Carden and Steve Coast. See below for some snaps of the poster:

What does it show

Data submitted to OpenStreetMap of people walking, driving and cycling around London. So the thicker the lines, the more people travelled them.

Pictures

The white-on-black image is intended as a desktop wallpaper image available in 800x600,1024x768, 1280x1024

AFAIK this is no longer available 80n 15:37, 26 Aug 2006 (BST)

How was this map generated? Did you use a special script to draw the lines or is the zoom level small enough to see the different points as lines? Cimm 16:14, 21 November 2006 (UTC)
Could be wrong, but this was actually a plot of just GPS tracks donated by ecourier I believe (way back in 2006).
For a different more recent graphic, check out User:Randomjunk#GPS points
-- Harry Wood 23:13, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

OpenStreetMap on Balloons

This size would be great: http://www.1worldglobes.com/20ftfactorytest_lg.htm

But what about smaller printed balloon globes?

User:Robotnic 22:36, 15 September 2009

T-shirt feedback

I bought it: Good quality t-shirt and printing (white over dark blue). You can see it here: http://twitpic.com/5hozzv -- User:algspd


Carpet

Does the carpet actually generate commission for OSM? I've found nothing that says so. --Tordanik 22:29, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Probably not, you should have asked on the link given (or directly to the OSM user). Anyway, the carpet is not for sale anymore. --Nospam2005 (talk) 21:03, 1 January 2015 (UTC)