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  1. #1
    Dee Webber
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    I'm looking for some ways to supplement our income using my hobbies, one of

    which is photography, & am wondering if anyone here has ever used Cafepress to

    design & sell merchandise?

    If so what are your thoughts & opinions?



    Thanks,

    Dee







  2. #2
    herberkids3
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    I sell from about 6 shops on Cafepress and like it. The problem is-

    finding a niche to sell to. Your shop gets more views if it's a premium

    shop, but then it costs money to have the shop as a premium shop.



    The upside to premium is that you are able to have multiples of each

    item. In the basic shop, you get 1 of each item, so you can only have 1

    design on that item. In the premium shop, if you have 10 designs and

    you want them all available in the same shirts or magnets, you can

    offer it that way.



    Overall, I've had shops open for about 3 years through there, and have

    made about $150 over that time. You have to have at least $25 to cash

    out. It can take a while to earn, but the shops are low maintance after

    you get them going.



    One thing I found is that controversial shops tend to sell a bt more. I

    am a supporter of Gay/Lesbian rights, and I'm pro-choice, so I started

    a shop for both, and sell things out of them occasionally.



    I have a shop for the game my husband and I run, which does the most in

    sales. Two weeks ago, we had a festival online, and offered bonus

    points if people bought from the shop- I had 19 sales from the shop

    that weekend, and made about $25 from it.



    I just started a Red Hat Christmas shop, hoping it would get a few

    sales, but nothing yet.



    My next most popular shop is geared towards dancers (mostly Ballet),

    and I've had lots of sales out of that over the past few years.



    It's easy to set up, and again- very low maintance once it IS set up. I

    check in every few weeks to see if there are new products to add.



    I've also ordered from cafepress, and love the quality of the items.

    This year, with some of my "Cafe Money", I designed a round ceramic

    Christmas ornament with the family name on it, the year, and under it,

    all of our first names. It has a bright border around it, too. It

    should arrive soon, and be a great memory for years to come.



    I like the site. I definetly recommend it.



    Also, if you would like to see any of my shops before hand (or if

    anyone is interested in seeing them, for that matter), just email me

    and I'll send you the links. Also- if you don't have a referral and

    don't mind having one, I'll send you a referral email. It doesn't cost

    you anything, but on top of what you make, I would get a small bonus as

    well (I think it's based more on the item sold, not the price of the

    item, but I don't recall).



    As for the shops, you pick the item, then pick what you want put on the

    item. Some shirts allow a design on both front and back. You can

    control the size of what goes on the item, as well as positioning on

    shirts. For instance, on the maternity shirts, you can choose to have

    the design be a "pocket" design (going over the left breast, where

    pockets are in T-shirts), a front design (which goes kind of over both

    breasts, maybe down just a bit), or a belly design (which would go over

    the belly). On the back of the shirts that allow double printing, you

    can choose to have it be smaller, and across the very top of the back,

    or be a full back design, which is more centered.



    Some items have multiple colors, and of those items, you can choose

    which colors to offer. For instance, the dark shirts are available in

    dark grey, black, and brown. If your design doesn't look good on brown,

    you just unmark it, and it won't offer it in the shop.



    They store the images on their server- and the larger the image, the

    better the quality when it's printed. They have templates that will

    give you great DPI for it. The better the DPI, the better and bigger

    the picture will show up.



    You also set the prices. The way Cafepress works, is that they don't

    charge you a stock or shop fee, because they make the money off the

    items sold.



    Basically, it breaks down like this-



    Each item has a stock price. You can raise the stock price to a shop

    price. The stock price in full goes to cafe press. The dfference

    between the shop and stock price is what you earn.



    So, if you design a value shirt, it's $8.99 (I think). You want to sell

    it for $12.99, so every time you sell a value shirt, you earn $4 off

    the sale.



    For you to buy from the shop, though, you get all items at stock price

    automatically if you log into your account before buying.



    For marking the price up on items, you can set it manually as you

    design the item, or you can choose a more specific meathod.



    They allow you to choose a percentage mark up- say you choose 15%,

    every item in your shop will automatically be priced at 15% above stock

    price.



    Or, you can choose a set amount, like $2- this means every item will

    automatically be $2 above stock. Because some items are small and

    inexpensive, I don't recommend that way. You can mark items like shirts

    up by more than say a $1.50 pin.



    I can't really think of much else to say, but if you have any specific

    questions I didn't cover, please feel free to email me.



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, Dee Webber <dulcimer@...> wrote:

    >

    >

    > I'm looking for some ways to supplement our income using my hobbies,

    one of which is photography, & am wondering if anyone here has ever

    used Cafepress to design & sell merchandise?

    > If so what are your thoughts & opinions?

    >

    > Thanks,

    > Dee

    >










  3. #3
    Dee Webber
    Guest

    Default Cafepress



    Thank you for your very thorough reply! It has given me much to think about.



    Do you promote your shops through any links on blogs or personal webpages?



    Dee

    ________________________________

    > To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

    > From: herberkids3@yahoo.com

    > Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 14:33:24 &#43;0000

    > Subject: Budget101.com : Re: Cafepress

    >

    >

    > I sell from about 6 shops on Cafepress and like it. The problem is-

    > finding a niche to sell to. Your shop gets more views if it's a premium

    > shop, but then it costs money to have the shop as a premium shop.

    >






  4. #4
    herberkids3
    Guest

    Default Cafepress

    I promote our game shop through the website the game has, and will

    post about the shops from time to time on Gather, but otherwise, I

    don't do much promoting- which could be why I don't have great

    sales. But, I also don't really have many places where I can

    advertise them where it's appropriate.



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, Dee Webber <dulcimer@...> wrote:

    >

    >

    > Thank you for your very thorough reply! It has given me much to

    think about.

    >

    > Do you promote your shops through any links on blogs or personal

    webpages?

    >

    > Dee

    > ________________________________

    > > To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

    > > From: herberkids3@...

    > > Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 14:33:24 &#43;0000

    > > Subject: Budget101.com : Re: Cafepress

    > >

    > >

    > > I sell from about 6 shops on Cafepress and like it. The problem

    is-

    > > finding a niche to sell to. Your shop gets more views if it's a

    premium

    > > shop, but then it costs money to have the shop as a premium shop.

    > >

    >










  5. #5
    mparadisd
    Guest

    Default Cafepress



    Hi, My name is Marie and I know this sounds stupid but what is

    Cafepress?



    I haven't really asked any questions before so this is new to me.



    Thanks,

    Marie

    mparadisd@comcast.net










  6. #6
    herberkids3
    Guest

    Default Cafepress

    It's a website where you add your own designs and sayings to items like

    t-shirts, hats, magnets, pins, even underweare and teddy bears. You

    then sell them via the website, and earn money off the sales.



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "mparadisd" <mparadisd@...> wrote:

    >

    >

    > Hi, My name is Marie and I know this sounds stupid but what is

    > Cafepress?

    >

    > I haven't really asked any questions before so this is new to me.

    >

    > Thanks,

    > Marie

    > mparadisd@...

    >










  7. #7
    winnie295
    Guest

    Default Cafepress

    I checked out the website the other night. Can you tell me about

    your personal experience with it? How are you allowed to advertise

    to drive business to your shop? Do you make enough money from it to

    make it worth your while? It sounds like fun, but I would also like

    to make a few bucks doing it. Thanks for any info you can give.



    Doreen





    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "herberkids3" <herberkids3@...>

    wrote:

    >

    > It's a website where you add your own designs and sayings to items

    like

    > t-shirts, hats, magnets, pins, even underweare and teddy bears. You

    > then sell them via the website, and earn money off the sales.

    >

    > --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "mparadisd" <mparadisd@> wrote:

    > >

    > >

    > > Hi, My name is Marie and I know this sounds stupid but what is

    > > Cafepress?

    > >

    > > I haven't really asked any questions before so this is new to me.

    > >

    > > Thanks,

    > > Marie

    > > mparadisd@

    > >

    >










  8. #8
    herberkids3
    Guest

    Default Cafepress

    Any website that allows advertising you can advertise on. Or, on your

    own personal blogs or websites as well.



    I don't get rich doing it, but I make money here and there. I spend

    about 1 day every 2-3 months making new designs and updating the shops

    I run. I make around $100 a year from the site, and considering I

    only "work" 3-4 days a year, it's not bad. It's $25 a day, basically,

    so yeah, it's worth having. Since it costs $0 for me to run, there's no

    costs involved.



    You don't have to do anything from the manufacturing side. You create

    your shop, and advertise it. The manufacturing, the money handling,

    even the shipping is 100% handled by Cafepress, so there's no worries

    that you have to do running around for it.









    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "winnie295" <eddoreen@...> wrote:

    >

    > I checked out the website the other night. Can you tell me about

    > your personal experience with it? How are you allowed to advertise

    > to drive business to your shop? Do you make enough money from it to

    > make it worth your while? It sounds like fun, but I would also like

    > to make a few bucks doing it. Thanks for any info you can give.

    >

    > Doreen










 

 
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