I've Got Some Answers For Ya.
I'm sure that you've seen the two new t-shirts that have appeared on HeroMart.com, the Legion and Paladin armor style wrap-around print t-shirts. If not, check them out cause they are kind of amazing.
I have been seeing these questions a lot, so I thought I would answer them for you.
Why Are They So Expensive?
The only way to get the full wrap around print on the shirt is through a process called sublimation printing.
We looked around for companies that could do it cheaply and found out that, due to the involved process, it CAN'T be done cheaply. I've seen some Marvel shirts out there that use the same process that are being sold for as low ar $26 USD. That has to do with the way that the companies handle the orders.
Most companies will lower the price per shirt with the more that you order so a huge company like Marvel (now with Disney money backing it) is able to order these things by the HUNDRED THOUSAND and not think twice about it. They know that they can move all the shirts.
We don't have Marvel money and HeroMart doesn't sell nearly as many shirts as Marvel does, so we have decided to take pre-orders for the shirts then simply order as many as you order (with a few extras to replace any printing screw ups, because there are always a few).
So if you guys pre-order 100 shirts, HeroMart will order 100 in the sizes that you requested plus a handful of others as back-ups. Maybe ONE extra in each size. Ordering at these low numbers mean that we get NO bulk discount to pass on to you.
Just keep in mind that when Artix ordered the prototype t-shirts to see how they looked, each prototype cost $55 USD plus shipping so we really are doing everything in our limited power to get you these shirts as cheaply as possible.
So If I Want A Shirt, Then I Need To Pre-Order It NOW?
Exactly. If you want one of these shirts, you NEED to pre-order it before the HeroMart stops taking orders on November 25th. At this point, there have been so few orders that It looks like we won't ever be ordering a second round. Pre-order or no shirt for you.
Remember that each shirt comes with a cool weapon on its own but you have to have BOTH SHIRTS to get the Legion Paladin class.
Is The Class Worth $80?
Nope. Don't get me wrong, I'm told is a very fun class (I haven't tried it out myself yet) but I would call you insane for spending that much on a single class. That's kind of the point. You're NOT spending $80 on a class. You're spending it on two really, REALLY cool shirts (IMO, the coolest shirts that we've ever made) and you're getting the class as a BONUS item to sweeten the deal.
I've tried to explain this before but it has never seemed to sink in. You're not buying classes (or maybe you are if you REALLY love AQW and you're a semi-wealthy rare collector, but you shouldn't be). You're buying AE merchandise that comes with in-game bonus items because you guys seem to like it when we add them on for you.
Anything Else I Need To Know?
Yeah, another fun tidbit about the siblumation process is that it's done by hand so each shirt comes out a little different. These little imperfections are actually kind of cool. It means that there are many shirts like it but that one is YOURS! We're not talking like huge holes or anything, just small diffrences that make it personal, which I like.
According to HeroMart.com they will keep taking orders until November 25th and your shirts should start being shipped out of HeroMart around December 15th, just in time for the holidays.