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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Trombones13, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    Anyone using CafePress for their site/forum/service? I know it got brought up way back when people were discussing XenForo-branded t-shirts/mugs, but hadn't seen anything after that. I was thinking about doing the free, basic shop once my site's more popular (so it would actually be of use :p) to sell t-shirts and buttons and other fancy things. Anyone have experience with them, their quality, etc.?
  2. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    I have, they are great and have never had a problem with them.
  3. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    Thanks--have you happened to try Zazzle, Printfection, and/or Spreadshirt as well? I've been looking around and am hearing bad things about CP's printing quality in comparison to the other names I mentioned.
  4. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    I use Cafepress to print yearly calendars.
    As long as you are not using anything remotely trademarked, stay away from Zazzle.
    A chapter of a car club wanted to use their chapter logo on merchandise and despite multiple letters and emails from the organization governing the use, they refused.
  5. physicspirate

    physicspirate Well-Known Member

    Those sites look pretty cool. If I had any sort of brand established, or some users interested in buying something, I would totally setup something like that.
  6. Floris

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  7. mrGTB

    mrGTB Well-Known Member

    Na, I've always found those type of buy (mug/t-shirt) things a complete and utter waste of time. Reminds me of Blackpool in summer. There you can buy mugs and T-Shirts saying you visited Blackpool. :)
  8. Mikey

    Mikey Well-Known Member

    I got a XenFans mug from Cafepress. It's massive. here's a picture:
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  9. FredC

    FredC Well-Known Member

    Yes we do , and even have a cafe press widget in the sidebar.. Our yearly calendars are a big draw.
  10. ArnyVee

    ArnyVee Well-Known Member

    We've sold some items in the past using CafePress. Small profit margin, but even if you are coming out just a little bit ahead of costs, it helps on the branding side of things to have merchandise with your logo/information on them (y)
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  11. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    I've purchased a couple of mugs and a t-shirt from them for personal use. Did a Light It Up Blue mug.
    Nice company to work with.
  12. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I did some shirts a few years back, and members complained that half of them were poorly printed, or smelled like mold (There was an issue in delivery). I spent a about 2 weeks arguing to get them reimbursed or refunded, so I will not use them, nor buy from them now.

    I go through the same company as my friend now, and just have them printed alongside his orders.
  13. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Zazzle.com is a good company as well.
  14. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    Last night, I was reading some comparisons between the different ones and several complained that the shirts from CafePress were poorly printed.
  15. FredC

    FredC Well-Known Member

    I think it greatly depends on the quality of the graphics submitted. Could be totally off base though because ive yet to order anything from CafePress myself.
  16. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    A lot of the time it is CafePress, and the not the graphics. Several print designers I know stopped using them, and warn customers not to use them, as they had a batch of shirts that all came out like crap.
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  17. Fufu

    Fufu Well-Known Member

    How about a xenForo mug?
  18. -GR-

    -GR- Well-Known Member

    I suggest using a local screen printer for tshirts. We had 70 shirts printed which came out to be about $7.50 a shirt cost. Which is much cheaper then other places. Granted we don't have the tshirts marked up a whole lot but it is mainly to get the name out. We also had hats embroidered by the same guy, they worked out to be around $9.00 a hat but we also didn't get as many of those made. I plan on making a bigger order of hats because they seemed to be more popular.

    I would like do coffee mugs and pens at some point as well as a calendar.
  19. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    I started this not too long after the forum here opened, when I was on staff. But there wasn't much interest, so I dropped it.
    I'm not on the staff any longer, so it's not my place to do it now. :)
  20. AdamD

    AdamD Well-Known Member

    Regarding Cafepress, I haven't used them to sell website related stuff, but I did have them print off the nasa blue marble image on some coasters and a mug, came out lovely.

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