I have been a member of cafepress since 2005. I went from making thousands to hundreds and now I barely get $300 per month from Cafepress. Traffic is lower now, and I know this from collecting 5 years of Google Analytics reports and tracking. My fan portal designs outperform all my designs in total by 87%. I understand the company must stabilize during weak economic times but you can’t take away the incentive for us shopkeepers to want to willingly continue to design new art at cafepress. Going from 20% in 2006 to 15% in 2009 to 10% in 2010 and now being told 5% is wrong, plain and simple. All your competitors are handing out 20-30% commissions to shop keepers. I understand the competitive market but the recent business strategies are killing the income of the people who are designing the products for you to sell. My primary business model is fan portal shirts from movies and tv shows. Doing a flat 5% for fan portal and name brand products are giving us all pay cuts and you know it. I understand there is a higher cost for attaining licenses from license companies who own the movie and tv show properties. Do like the plus size apparel though, and charge those products are a higher cost, not effecting our commissions. There have to be more alternative choices to make.
There’s no more motivation for me to continue making new products or designs in my shop. I’m not sure you are aware of the ripple effect this will cause to us, the people who even give you a job. Please reconsider your new commission rates and if anything, raise the product prices and give us the power to control our own commissions again. This is an outrage, please don’t do this to us.
Happy St Patrick’s Day! Make sure you grab yourself a pair of shot glasses today. It’s a FLASH sale at Cafepress! Get a FREE shot glass when you buy one shot glass in the Cafepress Marketplace. Use code “SLAINTE” at checkout. Browse some of KaptainMyke’s retro vintage Saint Patrick’s Day themed apparel and gift item ideas, while you’re at it! Bottoms up!
MySoti (bold colors and larger printing across front)
Redbubble (great service, bold colors, high quality prints)
Skreened(2nd pick, offers a much larger graphic screenprint t-shirt)
Zazzle (best alternative to Cafepress, cheaper prices, great selection, super fast shipping, too.)
You can find most of the links at our Main Site New t-shirts are added daily to the different websites. Some carry different styles and colors. Some offer different shipping rates and bulk discounts. Many offer a variety of different sizes and plus sized apparel, too. Be sure to check out all our many online galleries before you make a purchasing descision.
Remember, if you don’t see a t-shirt graphic screenprint offered at an online gallery just email us and we’ll put it up at the other sites within hours.