[Foundation-l] Alternatives to Cafepress
cbrown1023.ml at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 11:25:53 UTC 2007
This sounds like a pretty cool idea. :-)
On 8/28/07, Sage Ross <ragesoss+wikipedia at gmail.com> wrote:
> Perhaps we could arrange a Wikimedia "Loves Threadless" competition to
> generate some more T-shirt designs worth buying. There seems to be an
> extremely active community of artists who participate in these design
> competitions, especially for organizations that have large fan-bases.
> For example, the recent "Gmail Loves Threadless" competition generated
> over 400 designs, many of them quite good:
> I'm not sure how the sponsors for these competitions are selected and
> whether/how much the sponsors are paying for the privilege, but it
> might be worth looking into.
> -Sage (User:Ragesoss)
> On 8/27/07, George Herbert <george.herbert at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 8/26/07, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > On 26/08/07, Brian <Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu> wrote:
> > > > I've been wearing my Wikipedia golf shirt, purchased I believe at
> > > > Press, for three years. It is as white as ever and has not suffered
> > > > quality.
> > >
> > > The main problem with the CafePress process (and that used by most
> > > one-off printers) is that it's basically laser-printing to a shirt,
> > > i.e. toner particles melted into the fibres. This can work very well
> > > indeed, but is not going to be as good as silk-screen printing, which
> > > becomes cost-effective at a few tens of shirts or so.
> > For most of the fabrics, it's actually inkjet to a transfer "paper",
> > which is then ironed on to the clothing item. Attempting to
> > direct-print to fabric is problematic at this time.
> > My wife has had stuff on CafePress for many years and has been active
> > talking with them about technology on and off. She also does her own
> > stuff, for items where CafePress doesn't produce that type of item,
> > using a decent home inkjet printer and commercial iron-on transfer
> > material.
> > > Of course, the other thing you're buying from CafePress is having
> > > someone do all the ordering, packing and posting backend - not just
> > > making sure you don't have a stock of maybe-saleable shirts.
> > Right. This is the big reason to use Cafe Press or its ilk; they
> > don't just produce the items, they have the "Store", and you don't
> > have to be in the "Store" business. Just send them the design, and
> > collect whatever royalties the sales earn.
> > There are plenty of screen print T-shirt companies, some of which can
> > do all sorts of other stuff, and plenty of other companies that can do
> > logos/artwork to mugs and so forth. But very few of them will do the
> > online store thing.
> > --
> > -george william herbert
> > george.herbert at gmail.com
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