When bumper sticker, button and t-shirt corporation CafePress announced back in April that come June 1 it’d hike prices to customers and cut payments to designers, designers expressed great fury. A number of designers said they’d boycott CafePress and simply stop uploading designs to be sold as a way of punishing the corporation. But measurements of uploads to the CafePress Marketplace system showed no sign of slowing then.
When I noted this, more than one individual said Aha, Just You Wait until June 1, when the changes were scheduled to go into effect. The idea was that people would keep going up until the pay changes went into effect, and then additions to the CafePress Marketplace would drop off.
Well, June 1 is here, and the price hikes for customers and pay cuts for designers have gone into effect. Regardless, new additions to the Marketplace are proceeding apace. These are my personal observations of the statistics reported on cafepress.com’s uploading system:
On Monday, April 6 of this year between midnight and 10:13 AM, 2057 new designs were uploaded to the CafePress Marketplace.
On Monday, April 27 between midnight and 10:05 AM, 2195 new designs were uploaded to the CafePress Marketplace.
This Monday, June 1 between midnight and 9:44 AM, 2010 new designs were uploaded to the CafePress Marketplace.
If anything, one ought to expect this Monday to be slower, considering that some people are coming off a late Memorial Day-ish weekend and presumably less likely to be logging on. But the rate of uploads on these three Mondays is roughly the same. People seem to be sticking with CafePress in similar numbers; to the extent anyone is leaving CafePress in disgust, someone new seems to be arriving to take their place.