The FAQs indicate that tiering up is not just based on volume of sales but also the quality of the products being sold. The challenge for us designers is 'what is quality', it's such a subjective attribute. If we're not tiering up despite volume of tees having exceeded the next tier's criteria... is it because the MBA team are just log-jammed with work, or is it because our tees are not of good enough quality?
It could be useful if the FAQ's give some more guidelines on what 'quality' is? Must there be a certain level of artistic quality, or are innovative phrases and sayings sufficient (on pure text tees) too? What if we take an existing phrase and graphic niche ... but drastically improve that graphic (i.e. if there are tees with a certain phrase and a 'patchy' image of a dog beside it.... surely the same phrase with a much better quality dog (and perhaps more fitting image interpretation) graphic is a 'quality' evolution of the artistry of that niche?
If tee designers have exceeded in volume, not just their next tier, but the tier AFTER that too (not me, but many have)... but still not been tiered up... perhaps they can be prioritized for some sort of critique from the BMA team?