I’m always excited when I get to announce a new artist signing with DFTBA. But today’s announcement is particularly exciting. Starting today, DFTBA Records will be teaming up with the Harry Potter Alliance to become the exclusive online merchandise outlet for the HPA.
DFTBA has grown into our new 8,000 sq ft warehouse quite quickly, and we’ve gotten really good at sending out a lot of orders very efficiently. For most other organizations, or individual artists, this is a huge headache that we can relieve for them. So we hope that this new partnership will allow the HPA to focus more on fighting world suck, and less on restocking envelopes and filling out international customs forms.
To celebrate this new collaboration, the HPA have launched three new shirts, which you can find, along with a lot of their familiar stock, now available at dftba.com/hpa
If you haven’t heard of the HPA before this post, please head over to thehpalliance.org and read up on some of their success stories of over $100,000 raised for sending life-saving supplies to Haiti, or donating over 120,000 books around the world to readers in need.
You can get involved directly with the HPA. Or you can show your support by purchasing any item from the HPA’s new store on dftba.com, as, in our continued effort to support charitable organizations/causes, we’re fulfilling all HPA merch orders at half of our standard rate, ensuring as much money as possible spent on HPA merch goes directly to decreasing world suck levels via the HPA’s efforts.
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.
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.
IT’S FROGVENTURE TIME! err… Frogmenture Time… Froggoventure…
I have always loved this amazing fan art by Lila Gonzalez and I thought maybe some of you would like to put it on your wall. Thanks to John & Hank and the fine folks at DFTBA Records, I was able to make that happen. It’s a stunning 11” x 17” print, colored one by one by Lady Rainicorn and farted on twice by Jake.
I love everything the frogman makes. EVERYTHING. So happy we are able to distribute his stuff.
DFTBA Records just updated a bunch of their tshirt product shots. You’re welcome.
We’d like to thank Hank, Katherine, Alex, Michael and Emily for taking the time to make these awesome photos happen. <3
Me and The Frogman teamed up!
I’d like to thank Chris for helping me make this shirt happen. He is a fantastic artist and a super cool guy. And he has a stumpy canine companion as well. Perhaps Nibbles and Otis can team up to fight crime some day.
I’d also like to thank all my followers for putting up with t-shirt promotion madness. I’ve done my best to make sure all of my promos were creative and entertaining. I was really nervous about alienating people and not selling any shirts. You all have been wonderful and supportive and I love you. Oh and one more thing…
So happy that the frogman is working with DFTBA Records. Also, excellent shirt.
Check out this new poster designed by Wendy Wiland! The first 1,000 will be signed by Hank Green himself, so pre-order yours while they’re still available!
Signed by Hank? Who does he think he is? ME?
(This is a beautiful poster and one of my favorite things Hank has ever said. Preorder here.)
Things mentioned in this video:
The TFiOS movie (no links yet…)
Support YouTubers and designers you love at DFTBA. (p.s. On the dftba home page, try typing up up down down left right left right b a.)
2-D Glasses. (Yes, they really work.)
For Christmas, Katherine got me a poster designed by the amazingly talented artist and designer, Karen Hallion. I’d seen her work before, most notably the Disney Princess / Doctor mashups on Tumblr. I was so taken with what she was doing, and so surprised that she hadn’t done a Rapunzel design that I got in touch with her and asked if she wanted to do one with DFTBA.
If these do well (and I imagine they will ‘cause…damn) we’ll hopefully work more with Karen in the future.
(And I also love that DFTBA.com is becoming a way for great nerdy creators to get better royalties, which in turn leads to more great stuff.)