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CafePress renegs on expanded ethical T-Shirt Line… Look for alternative offerings

CafePress, which to its credit already offers a line of ethically-made organic and non-organic cotton t-shirts from American Apparel, has promised us for some time that they’d be adding a set of black ethically-made t-shirts onto which we could slap some liberal political designs and get really nice and stylish. The promises have been coming for many, many, many moons now, and each time we hear from them, golly those shirts are just around the bend — the next bend.

Well, tonight, we just turned around the next bend, and wouldn’t you know it, but the American Apparel black shirts are going to be delayed — again — this time, until next calendar year, maybe.

You know, the CafePress folks aren’t stupid. They’re really smart. And apparently there are enough people out there willing to buy even liberal political shirts from questionable producers with sweatshop histories — like Hanes and Gildan — that it’s just not worth it to them to go the extra mile. Mile, nothing. They’ve already got a supply relationship with American Apparel. It’d be an extra six inches! But apparently the demand is not there.

Aw, h-e-double-toothpicks. We’re done waiting. We’ll do our bit to expand the demand ourselves by expanding the choices in what’s available for sweat-free shirts. We’ve already started a small shop of liberal American Apparel t-shirts in a variety of spiffy colors through the alternative producer GoodStorm. Look for us to expand our collection there by a bunch in the next coupla weeks.

Hey, CafePress, don’t say we didn’t give you a chance. When you finally get around to expanding your ethical shirt production, give us a ring. Maybe we’ll give you a call back — some time in the next calendar year. Or the spring after that.

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