Today is the last day of our annual sale. Every order ships for $3 worldwide no matter how much you buy or where you live.
The Crash Course Complete Series DVD box sets have arrived! They’re now shipping. And they are gorgeous! There are currently two box sets available, World History and Biology. Each set includes 8 DVDs in five DVD cases, mini posters and inserts, outtakes and other bonus footage, etc. They’re $60 each, or you can get both for $100 ($20 off!), just add both to your cart and the discount is automatically applied.
Maybe I can talk Crash Course into letting me host a future Music History series… by which I mean, let me play you Dark Side of the Moon while we all listen appreciatively in silence. =)
Man, those are pretty.
So Hankgames is becoming a big sponsor of a real, live professional soccer team, AFC Wimbledon.
AFC Wimbledon really is tumblr’s team: They’re owned by their fans, not some rich guy. They’re leading the fight to end homophobia in sports. Their mascot is a womble.
This is a team that deserves to be in the football league, and hopefully our support will help keep them there. As part of our sponsorship package, we’ll have signage around the ground and on the pitch. We can advertise whatever we want: hankgames, crash course, the project for awesome, poetry, whatever. If you’d like to design a sign, just use the tag afc wimbledon. (We think the signs are 16 feet long and 3 feet high.)
A few videos to watch to cement your AFC Wimbledon fandom!
Just in time for winter, DFTBA brings you its first ever pullover hoodie!
I can’t WAIT to wear this around the house this winter. I’m always so cold.
Q:What would you and Hank do if someone else trademarked DFTBA?
We would probably have to go to court and it would suck and be boring and no one’s life would get better. The whole reason we haven’t trademarked DFTBA is that no one’s life would get better (except arguably ours) if we did it, and it just doesn’t seem fun or useful.
Plus, then we would have to exercise the trademark against EVERYONE, not just (say) Kate Spade and Urban Outfitters, so we’d be legally forced to shut down Etsy shops or whatever, which is the exact opposite of the spirit of the nerdfighter community.
In short, please God no one try to trademark DFTBA so we can continue living in this mostly utopian world where a thing is used freely and mostly well by mostly nice people. Thanks.
Want a behind the scenes look at the DFTBA warehouse? Follow our newest warehouse employee Matthew while he lures you inside with promises of treats and stuff.
When The Fault in Our Stars came out, we were able to release a limited-edition audiobook version narrated by me along with a DVD featuring videos of me talking about the book, a ticket to a concert featuring The Hectic Glow, a Hectic Glow wristband, and postcards featuring scenes from the book.
I’m delighted to announce that a new edition of this audiobook and DVD box set is now available for preorder at dftba.com. (It will look just like what you see above, only the wristband is a light blue.)
So if you want to hear me read you the book, now you can.
This is possible because of support from Penguin and my real audiobook publisher, Brilliance Audio, so thanks to them.
I got one from the original printing of this. It’s awesome!!! If you don’t have it, and are debating whether or not you want to get it, just get it.
You heard halosandbagels, people: Just get it.
(Off topic but why does everyone on tumblr have a better username than I do? I feel inadequate.)
Hey, bro, cool story.
DFTBA sells a bunch of shirts, and we market to ugly people and nerdy people and small people and big people and pretty people and we’re doing okay and plus we don’t need physical stores with LITERALLY THE WORST MUSIC EVER CREATED BY HUMANS PLAYING AT EAR-BLEEDING VOLUME SO THAT ALL OF YOUR PURPORTEDLY COOL AND BEAUTIFUL EMPLOYEES ARE MADE DEAF BY THEIR WORKING CONDITIONS.
So that’s another way of doing it.
Also I hate your jeans.
Q:What does DFTBA stand for?
Thanks John! Remember, if you order more than one, use the code KAREN10 to get 10% off!
Oooh we have codes now?! Fancy! Use the code!
When Things That Are Bad for You Are Good for the World
Legislation is currently making its way through the U.S. Congress that would require online retailers to charge sales tax on domestic sales.
People who do not live in the U.S. will find this idea very confusing, so let me briefly explain it: In most of the world, consumption is taxed at a standard national rate, and that tax is built into the price of something. So if you see a book price at 10 Euros, when you take the book up to the cashier and pay for it, you will learn that the book actually costs 10 Euros.
This is not the case in the United States, where consumption taxes (here known as sales taxes) are 1. not built in to the advertised price, and 2. are set and collected by individual states and sometimes even cities. So if you see a book priced at $10, in Chicago that book will actually cost $10.92, whereas if you buy exactly the same book in South Dakota, it will (probably) cost you $10.40, although some South Dakotan municipalities have higher sales tax.
It’s complicated, as you can see from this hilariously convoluted wikipedia article. Now of course what we should do is get rid of all these taxes and replace them with a single national consumption tax like every other country in the world, but we will never do this because states’ rights.
If online retailers have to charge sales tax on every item they sell in the U.S., it will create a massive headache: Software will need to be built that calculates sales tax based on the shipping address and then charges that sales tax and then remits it quarterly to the gazillion different municipalities that charge sales tax. This is not such a big problem for a huge company like Amazon, but it is a VERY BIG PROBLEM INDEED for a small company like DFTBA Records.
So this bill is bad news for me, and really for everyone who works for or often shops with DFTBA Records, because it will increase overhead and prices and decrease royalties.
But I think the bill is still good news for the world, because brick-and-mortar retailers, who really are important to a community’s success, are at a competitive disadvantage right now, because goods sold through the Internet are (on average) 5-10% cheaper due to being exempt from consumption taxes. That’s a huge competitive advantage for online retailers, and it also means they don’t contribute to the well-being of the communities where they do business: They don’t pay for the roads that their goods are shipped on, or the schools where their employees and customers are educated.
That’s not right. This bill will be a big blow to DFTBA Records and other independent online retailers, and some won’t be able to continue doing business. But most will (we’ll figure something out), and we can’t continue to exempt online sales from consumption tax in the U.S. We need a single national sales tax rate. But that ain’t gonna happen, and this is probably the best option remaining.
Sometimes bad news for you is good news for the social order. In those cases, it can be hard to be rational. (I know my first impulse in re. this bill was to be like, “WE MUST DEFEAT THIS THING THAT WILL HARM MY COMPANY.”) But ultimately I don’t think that kind of selfishness makes for better governance.
This bill is bad for me. And I’m in favor of it.