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    • 36 posts
    December 27, 2006 6:22 PM EST

    Great points Christina.  That is exactly why I signed up for CafePress.  No inventory, low overhead, no minimum orders, and no limit to the number of colors.  Have you seen what a screen printer charges for more than three colors on a t-shirt other than white?  CafePress is on the border of being a better deal.  Personally, I like the direct printing method as opposed to screen printing.  It seems cleaner and with less worry of the print peeling up after too many trips to the washer and dryer.

    Right now I am just trying to figure out how to drive people to the site.

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    • 184 posts
    December 19, 2006 11:55 AM EST
    Does anyone have any sort of metrics on the success of CafePress stores? Even anecdotal stuff would be interesting.

    I`ve maintained a very small shop of Doberman items for about a year or so on cafepress. I`ve done no promoting of it, because my intent was actually just to create something for myself and then buy it for myself. Anyway, I decided to make it a public shop, since hey - why not, right?

    Anyway, I`ve made about $20 worth of commissions from it. That`s probably because I don`t do any promoting.  I really think cafepress has improved by beginning to offer dark colored t-shirts. I don`t even like white t-shirts. Now that they`ve begun offering dark colors on tees, I may make a new design to try on them, and promote it.
    Christina2006-12-19 17:56:28
    • 184 posts
    December 20, 2006 1:03 AM EST
    Basically, you`re selling your designs. You don`t ever actually own the t-shirts, the mugs, the mousepads, etc. You design something and upload graphics for it. The graphics are able to be printed on any of CafePress`s offerings, and people can buy them.
    Christina2006-12-20 7:3:54
    • 184 posts
    December 21, 2006 1:14 AM EST
    Yeah, unless there`s something I don`t know about CafePress, you don`t actually "design the product" so to speak. You just design the graphics and place them on the products. 

    It`s a clever idea - great for small businesses and organizations that want to sell t-shirts with custom designs. You don`t have to order in bulk and hope that you have enough of the right size. Anyone can order at any time of day and it`ll be delivered to them. I`m presently trying to get my local obedience club signed up for a cafe press shop. They sell basic logo-tees and have to order 20 at a time. Where do you keep 20 t-shirts, at an already crowded dog-club? How do you display 20 t-shirts? I told them they should just let people order online.
    • 184 posts
    January 17, 2007 3:24 AM EST
    That v-store thing is a very interesting link, Dan. Thanks for sharing :-)
    • 4 posts
    January 14, 2007 2:17 AM EST
    Do you have to "buy" the T`s, (I believe this is called overhead?) and then hope someone will buy your designed T, or do you just upload a design, choose witch items you want to have the design printed on and thats that?

    Many thanks,
    • 2 posts
    December 8, 2006 3:24 AM EST
    The original blog post is y


    Hello people from SUN community, this will be my first post in the forum, although ive been a SUN community member for quite some time. Moving onto good things ahead...

    What I’m going to show you all is how to be an Internet entrepreneur within a day. Yup. Within a day, you’ll be honoured with the title “entrepreneur” for your best effort in building your own Internet business. Here we go!

    What are you going to need?

    First and foremost, I highly suggest you maintain a real job. Whatever the job it may be, just have a job. It’s healthy when you’re just starting up. Also, it allows you to have your own credit facilities (personal loans, credit cards, etc) which is fairly important in a business, no matter which “side” it is.

    Ok, second is a credit line. Third on your list is to have associates, partners & friends with similar interests in helping your business. Use them for your own good. Be Darth Vader. Or Yoda.

    No. 4, have an idea on what you’re actually going to do, or trying to do. Sell custom designed jackets, designer tshirts, there are so many ideas out there waiting to adopted for all of you. Try to niche your idea in your own ways. Sometimes being small is good. And! You must have passion at all times.

    The Idea

    For this purpose, I’m going to illustrate how I assisted two of my friends to start-up their idea. Nonanoni Mixed Merchandise is the result of the collaboration. What better way to research for a story other than soliciting with the story itself?

    Let me introduce the actresses for this show. First up, say hello to Amira & Sharaliza. Amira is a long time friend of mine where we met thru IRC (lame. I know). Hippy. That’s who she is. Crazy too. Sharaliza is a wonderfully & rocking talented illustrator emo-punk chick that I get to know thru Amira. They are best friends. Their idea: Designer clothing. Using Shara’s superb talents & Amira’s aggressive marketing, they want their brand to be out there. Out there with kids wearing their clothes. Cool rock kids. Punk.

    The hidden actor will be me, the tech geek.

    Scene 1

    Be friends with Google. Open a Gmail account. A very important “first thing to do”. They have a suite of integrated tools for collaboration & communication. Nonanoni is now at Gmail dot com. Use GTalk to talk with customers. Use Google Docs to write reports. Use them wisely.

    Scene 2

    They wanted to start with tshirts. I researched around for available ecommerce services on the Web. Santa loves me. I found Cafepress. With them, you can start with variety of products using your brand. Here’s a way: “dedicate” each design to one cafepress FREE shop. Nonanoni registered with Cafepress and they opened a shop for their first line, the Nonanoni brand.

    Scene 3

    So, in order to “dedicate” one design to one cafepress shop, we decided that Nonanoni should have it’s own website. I offered them a space on my host & designed their 1st website. The website features their current clothing line & links back to the “dedicated” Cafepress page when a visitor wants to buy their tshirt. The downside here is that the user experience is not consistent. You had to make the users jump to another website. But it’s a manageable risk. Shara & Amira had confidence in their designs. So, ok. The design took 6 hours to make & templated into Textpattern. That’s done.

    Scene 4

    Things are getting exciting. Nonanoni launched. For today, they have become Internet entrepreneurs. Next step, marketing & more products. A Myspace page was put up. Shara starts to brush up her skills. Amira goes haywire on marketing.

    Did this happened all in one day?

    Well actually, no. I was researching for a story, so I decided to make up with one. Amira & Shara had their idea for a while and I just jumped into their boat. It took quite a push. It took time. But for the purpose of my story, I wanted to illustrate how it can actually be done within 24 hours. And I had time to kill.

    So, do you want to give it a shot?

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    • 2 posts
    December 15, 2006 2:09 AM EST
    Frankly, not everything you can sell thru cafepress. most of the goods are linen stuff like tshirts & even boxer shorts, but there are some variety of "gift" items that you can customize with your design & sell it thru cafepress stores. the best thing about using cafepress & other similar services is that they handle all the logistics, supply & production of your store items. it`s like your lil gift shop on the internet

    about "dedicated" store per design/product, it`s just an experiment to see the real limitations of the "free" service cafepress store offers. It`s more like I`d like to know how much I can do with that limitation, before I decide to upgrade or something like that.

    hope this helps :)

    Redboot Solutions

    Mr. Buyot Orgy Observations

    KJROLLERS Malaysian Rollerblading

    • 10 posts
    December 18, 2006 4:34 PM EST
    Does anyone have any sort of metrics on the success of CafePress stores? Even anecdotal stuff would be interesting.

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