@Mindgoop | www.zazzle.com/mindgoop
What do you do?
I own, run and do all the art and design for Mindgoop, a company providing thousands of bespoke gifts, apparel, home decor, greeting cards and art prints on a print-on-demand basis, via internet print-on-demand sites including Redbubble, Zazzle, Cafepress, Skreened, Imagekind and Crated. Our customer base largely consist of ‘alternative’ types and students, free thinkers, celebrities, climbers and people who love pet rats (all profits from the sale of our products featuring rats are used to rescue and care for abandoned and abused pet rats, by High Peak Rat Rescue, which I also help run in my spare time).
What are the biggest changes you see happening in your industry?
Since I started Mindgoop in 2011, I have already seen many changes in my industry. There has been a greater demand for internet based retail shops and sales have steadily risen in direct proportion to the decline of retail sales in high street shops. These days people like to multitask – doing their shopping whilst watching TV, cooking dinner and social networking all at the same time. People don’t have time to do ‘traditional’ shopping and they don’t want to have to go out shopping in the high street these days. They don’t want to battle their way through traffic and inclement weather only to be robbed by parking meters. They want easy shopping that they can do in their lunch break, without leaving the office, or whilst waiting for a bus. They want lots of choice, affordable products with the option to customize, easy shopping around, and home delivery. Already online shopping is the first choice for a lot of people and I can see that in future the majority of people will only shop online.
What opportunities and challenges will these changes bring about?
A future where there are far less high street shops, with most people shopping online, will be better for the environment, with less traffic on the roads. It will provide more jobs as more people will find it financially viable to work from home running their own shops. It will result in a great surge of creativity as people compete against each other to make sales. The resulting empty high street shops can then become housing, which would help solve the housing crisis, too.
What are your biggest goals?
For Mindgoop products to take over the world, with every household either having heard of us or to have our products and everyone to be wearing our range of apparel, of course!
As I said earlier though, Mindgoop already use a lot of our profits from sales to support animals in need by helping to fund the rescue of pet rats. We also buy bee friendly wild flowers and seeds to help stop the decline of the bee population. Long term we want to be able to afford to expand the animal rescue center to other animals too, and also buy large tracts of woodland, meadows and moorland to form large areas of wild flowers for the bees and wildlife conservation areas. We also want to be able to support the local Riding For Disabled by buying suitable horses for them to use and funding their keep. We want to continue to help give the poor, disabled and ill people a voice by continuing to use our power as a company to draw attention to atrocities committed towards them by the British government.
Who and what would you need to reach your goals fast?
We need people considering buying apparel or home decor for themselves, or gifts and greeting cards for their loved ones, to consider us first. Most retail companies are just trying to get rich quick so they can live it up and have a life of luxury, whilst we use our profits to put the animals, environment, bees and people in need first. Guilt free shopping.
Finally, who should contact you and why?
We are happy to be contacted by any print on demand companies which we don’t already work with, so that we can further expand our product base. Also if you know of an abandoned or neglected rat in the Peak District area of the UK, feel free to email us. We are also looking for a Climbing and Mountain Guide company to partner up with for our Climbergoop climbing and mountains range of gifts and casual apparel – we need quality high definition photographs of climbers and mountains that we can use on our products in exchange for us helping advertise their businesses on our sites or us providing them help with Graphic Design for brochures etc.
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