What's your opinion of Cafe Press?

ebensorkin's picture

What's your opinion of / experience with Cafe Press?

Stephen Coles's picture

Fabric prints (tee shirts) not so good. I haven't seen their paper goods.

Greg Stanton's picture

I say, buy this shirt:

www.cafepress.com/scnkills

Wear it and walk up and down Hollywood boulevard. Hilarity ensues!

ebensorkin's picture

Thanks Stephen!

blank's picture

The quality of CafePress stuff is nothing to write home about, but they’re fast and don’t screw up much. When I last used it (In November) shirt designs still had to be uploaded as RGB raster files; you know what that does to the output. Also, the CafePress t-shirts are apparently sized for a universe in which all Americans are direct descendants of Divine; my medium fitted shirts could easily be used as nightgowns by most adult Americans.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

I once ordered a Susan Kare design on a t-shirt, and I agree with Stephen and James: while the quality of the shirt wasn't great, the delivery was prompt and hassle-free.

ebensorkin's picture

Yes. It stands to reason that it wouldn't be high craft. Thanks for your info Richard & James!

russellm's picture

They owe me a buck fifty.

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eliason's picture

Any comments good or bad on rival outfits? zazzle.com? spreadshirt.com?

ebensorkin's picture

Yes, good question!

Dan Gayle's picture

Typophile uses BigCartel, what about them? I worked for a client that sold tons of stuff through them.

Alaskan's picture

CafePress isn't great quality, not terrible, but I've had serious issues with getting paid. They screwed up my profits by posting negative numbers instead of positive. When I called (repeatedly) to straighten it out, they were VERY unhelpful.

I've spoken to at least five people at CafePress, including three managers, and they all *see* the problem, but nobody can fix it. Two managers told me they'd fix it and call me back, and neither did. I finally just gave up. I roll my eyes every month when they email me telling me I've earned "negative dollars" this pay period, even though I've taken all my designs down.

I don't recommend them, obviously.

ebensorkin's picture

Dan have you personally seen the Big Cartel stuff? Do you know what Typophile stuff was made by them? Nice suggestion!

Alaskan, that is gruesome tale indeed.

Stephen Coles's picture

The Typophile tees were printed here in San Francisco at Ape Do Good Printing. I think Big Cartel is just an online sales facilitator.

Dan Gayle's picture

I only worked on the CSS for my client's Big Cartel storefront. Now that you mention it, I guess the shirts etc., were done in-house. Seems like a nice service though.

A website that I write/design for has some stuff for sale on a Cafe Press page. I didn't even find out that they were going to do it until I received a thong in the mail with my design on it. Talk about a surprise.

russellm's picture

They owe me a buck fifty.

Well I have to take that back - out of the blue the other day, I received a cheque for $17.30 from Cafe Press

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cerulean's picture

Spreadshirt is outstanding quality, arguably better than screenprinting for vector designs. Their base prices are more reasonable, and there are no surprises lurking in the terms of service.

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