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Sellit ADPAK: 7 Days, 18 Visitors, 4 Orders, $7.07 in the Hole

We are reviewing the CafePress advertising module called the Sellit ADPAK by using it. In advertising, unlike so many other aspects of life, what really matters in the end is the bottom line.

We spent $14.99 for one month’s worth of advertising (15,000 ad impressions) for bumper stickers and buttons regarding a hot topic, health [...]

Better Socialized Medicine Than Anti-Social Insurance

Socialized medicine? You mean a society that takes care of the sick? It sounds a lot better than the anti-social insurance companies we’ve got now. [...]

Testing Sellit ADPAK for CafePress: 5 Clickthroughs in 2 Days, $13.83 in the Hole

Last week, “Katie Fox” posted a fawning message here at Irregular Times, a message that began, “we respect your influence in the POD community.” This was my first hint that we’d been subjected to cut-and-paste spam. Indeed, you can find Ms. Fox’s canned message spread all over the internet on websites related to CafePress, a [...]

Why Announce Your Heterosexuality Before Supporting Homosexual Rights?

The right wing argues that same sex marriage will destroy heterosexual marriage. When heterosexual married couples point out that it’s no skin off their noses if gays and lesbians marry, it strongly undermines the right wing’s arguments. [...]

Gingrich-Ensign 2012: Bible-Thumping Wife-Swappers for America

Newt Gingrich for President and John Ensign for Vice President in 2012: it’s the choice ticket, a perfect representation of Republican moral values in statement and in practice.

There’s synergy in the pairing: I mean, they could cheat on each other’s wives with each other’s wives! It would save them time that they could otherwise [...]

CafePress Goofs With Squidoo Module Interface

There are a lot of Squidoo pages that had been directing traffic to CafePress, but aren’t any more. It’s likely that many CafePress shopkeepers who had maintained CafePress modules at Squidoo pages are feeling too disenchanted with CafePress to repair these modules, and may work with plain text modules linking to alternative print on demand companies, such as Skreened, instead. [...]

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 [...]

Confirmed: New CafePress System Raises Prices for Customers, Cuts Pay to Designers

CafePress is a “print on demand” corporation. What that means, practically speaking, is that they have a set of printers in a handful of factories in the United States. The CafePress corporation uses those printers to put images made by graphic designers onto a variety of products, including bumper stickers, buttons and shirts. Because it [...]

CafePress Announces Big Price Hikes for Buyers, Big Commission Cuts for Sellers

CafePress may try to dress up today’s announcement with a barrel full of hand waving, a slapdash cloudiness of vocabulary and a few other mixed metaphors’ worth of dazzling PR-speak, but what their news release all boils down to is this:

1. Come June 1, the print-on-demand corporation CafePress will increase the prices shoppers pay [...]

Which Print On Demand Service Will Close First — CafePress, Zazzle or Skreened?

As the economy implodes, I’ve been watching my mailbox fill with more, and more, and more offers from the services that print bumper stickers, buttons and t-shirts with various designs on demand. These offers promise me $5 off a purchase of $20, free shipping, extra business cards included, even a chance to win a prize… [...]

Post-Election Best-Selling Political Buttons and Stickers (That Aren't About Barack Obama)

After the election of Barack Obama on November 4, people understandably ordered a large number of Obama buttons, magnets, bumper stickers and such in celebration. But if we cancel out that wave, what other hopes and concerns and angers are people feeling the need to express? To provide some glimmers of an indication, here’s a [...]