A year and a quarter ago, we earnestly introduced a series of sweatshop free shirts from American Apparel and union sources by a company called Goodstorm. They had a chirpy motto, too: “Capitalism Done Right.”
We cannot recommend Goodstorm to you any longer. On our end, we have never received a single royalty check for the shirt designs we’ve offered through Goodstorm. We’ve been promised payment, but we’ve never received it. We have had a devil of a time getting in touch with the people who are listed as contact agents. On these two counts, we aren’t the only ones. Other shopkeepers have reported these difficulties as well. Then there’s the Goodstorm website, which has failed to function properly on multiple occasions over the past few months, and which today is simply off-line.
If we have a lack of confidence on the design end, how can we with any confidence recommend that you send your money to such an outfit to buy shirts through them? We can’t, not any longer. We’ve given it a go, we’ve given Goodstorm time to iron out any difficulties, and today we’ve passed the point of far-too-long. Although we can’t even log in to goodstorm.com to remove our shop, we’re taking down links to Goodstorm products.
In their place, we’re changing the old Goodstorm links over to our shops with Skreened, a small shirt printing operation out of Columbus, Ohio whose proprietor we’ve met personally. We’ve ordered test shirts through Skreened and they’ve arrived promptly. We’ve received regular payment for the designs we’ve made available through them, on our main, election 2008, running mates and blue towns shops. And yes, Skreened prints on American Apparel shirts, so you know that your idealistic political message isn’t being put on a shirt made by kids who were sold to a factory, who sleep on the roof at night, and who only have a bowl of rice covered with flies to eat.
In the meantime, if you too have had difficulties with Goodstorm, I suggest you contact them directly. Here’s the only contact information I was able to glean from their past press releases:
Phone: (415) 552-6100, Main phone number, Tricia@GoodStorm.com
Phone: (415) 223-0306, Yobie Benjamin, CEO
Update: The previous Chief Marketing Officer has left the company, and the phone number for CEO Yobie Benjamin is reported out of service when I try to call.
Goodstorm is registered with the Better Business Bureau, if you have had trouble with the company and would like to file an official complaint.