If DBH was all about the number of votes a t-shirt gets and nothing else, they would go out of business (at least with their current set up). Obviously, that is not the case. Popularity may help a designer collect votes but that doesn’t insure the design will sell well. DBH has to take a few factors into account to determine each designs profitability. If votes were all that mattered, I could submit a simple b/w smiley face design and easily collect the votes I needed to win. Obviously, making fake accounts is one way to do this but let’s say that’s not possible (I don’t think it is anyway). All I’d have to do is promote my “smiley face design” all over the internet, using a variety of marketing tricks, promotional tools, gimmicks and networking. Keep in mind that voting doesn’t cost people anything except the 2-3 minutes it takes them to register with the DBH website. Essentially, that’s exactly what DBH’s wants you to do, regardless if your design stands a chance to win or not, they want you to promote your design as much as possible because it attracts potential customers to the DBH website.