- November 14, 2007 at 1:46 am #254264
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
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
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
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
> 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?
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