Ominibus shirts and t-shirt pricing

Sardinicus thought this was worth mentioning said

So the Omnibus designs are offered at ~2x the “regular” Mediocritee price.

I guess the idea is that there is some revenue shared with the podcast people – or, put another way, they are using Mediocritee as a no-hassle way to make money.

This raises a few questions in my mind:

  • What makes one shirt “worth” more to us than another of equal physical quality? Why will we pay $35 for a real band band t-shirt at the merch table but only $14 for a Ragna Rok? How much are we willing to pay to sit at the cool kids table? What about the $200 “designer” plain white T’s?

  • Does Ken Jennings really have the cred to justify the premium?