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CafePress ShopBot Prohibits Sale of Human Body Parts

In the print-on-demand industry, there is a constant competition to find the latest piece of garment, gadget, geegaw, or gizmo on which images can be sold. CafePress just rolled out a stylistically conventional but ethically dazzling set of black-shirts made sweatshop-free in the USA. Skreened has got five kinds of baby onesie and a tote bag that, unlike other sellers’ bags and baby clothing, is made sweatshop-free. Spreadshirt now can print your design on a line of mittens and knit caps from Vermont… if you can figure out how to get your design uploaded and put on a mitten, that is. For the fourth year in a row I’ve tried to create and edit a shop on the Spreadshirt platform, failed, tried again, failed again, banged my head on the table, and gone off to the freezer to find a bag of peas. Zazzle is going super-nichey with its San Francisco-produced set of skateboards with customizable skateboard-toppey-thingamabobs.

Well, what will they think of next? What new object will the print-on-demand industry find that it can feed through its printers?

I have no idea what the answer to that question is, but I can tell you for sure what the next object won’t be: CafePress, for one, seems to have drawn the line for future product development at… human body parts.

I kid you not. Here are the details: SellIt is a company that has partnered with CafePress (and only with CafePress) to offer a “ShopBot”: an online gizmo that will put…

your very own CafePress store in multiple locations. The Sellit ShopBOT gives any merchant the ability to post their store in multiple locations simultaneously across websites, blogs and major social networks, like MySpace, Facebook, and Bebo. Why limit your store to one location, when you can have hundreds?

As with any company trying to sell a thing that does things to other things that sell things, Sellit has a few terms and conditions about the sort of things it will let you actually offer using its CafePress interface:


Human parts: Organs or other body parts; body fluids; stem cells; embryos

Get that right through your thick skull, designers everywhere. You will NOT be permitted to sell your image on body fluids, stem cells or embryos! At least not through SellIt. Unless the Terms of Service Change.

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