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No Sign of Any Dip in CafePress Marketplace Additions

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.

8 comments to No Sign of Any Dip in CafePress Marketplace Additions

  • Anonymous

    Im suprised this is the stuff you are working on today… Seems like Tiller would be a hot topic. In fact I have seen very little press over this. I would think this would be a very hot topic. Why is everyone so mum on whats going on?

    • You mean, I presume, the murder of Dr. Tiller. That’s an individual story that is just another example of hypocrisy of the so-called “Pro-Life” movement. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I don’t like to do the Nancy Grace sort of reporting which focuses on grisly crimes against individuals. I’m more interested in broader policies. More generally, I don’t see the value of little old me jumping up and down on a story that’s already front and center, except when I have an angle on it that isn’t being discussed. In this case, I don’t have an original angle at all. We don’t like to follow bandwagons here at Irregular Times.

      I don’t know why you’re talking about people being “mum” on this. Every index I look at shows it as one of the top five stories of the day.

      • Anonymous

        just stating that Im suprised. I am in Kansas City and it seems like there is very little coverage of this. I hate nancy grace type reporting as well but this seems to be more then a single assault. I guess I assumed an outcry from the prochoice movement. To be honest I almost assumed he would be made into a martyr for the cause… I figured this would be the worst thing possible for the prolife side, just my thoughts

        • Anonymous

          O, and this is the only site I go to during the day most of the time, so I havent checked the main boards. I just check here between work to see if anything catches my eye…

  • qs

    The press loves this abortion doctor murder btw. This happens every 5 years or so I think.

  • Jim

    Someone will likely take our place, but we’re not going to take part in the CafePress Marketplace anymore. Why sell our products in a place where people who want them will have to pay more? We’re keeping our shops where the prices are lower. We’re leaving the Marketplace, where prices for customers are higher, as of… now. Done.

    • Anonymous

      did you sell alot? Seems like this site has a decent following. Maybe it will take the larger customers to migrate else where to make a difference…

  • It would be interesting to see what the numbers are now, now that a large chunk of CP’s designers have moved elsewhere.

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