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Reason #62 not to Sell on CafePress Marketplace: Must You Sell CafePress to your Friends?

For some time now, we have recommended that conscientious Americans stop selling items on the CafePress Marketplace. Why? The online print-on-demand venue takes the image you have created and reserves the right to sell it on sweatshop-made crap — without telling you. Say it three times: “CafePress Marketplace = Sweatshop Crap.” Two more times now […]

What the CafePress Merch Meter Didn’t Predict for the 2012 Elections… And Why

Direct-to-Garment printer CafePress has a “Cultural Barometer” of sales records it’s been using to track trends of support for 2012 Republican presidential contenders. Here are the CafePress Barometer’s readings from November 14 through December 31 of 2011.

Just a few days after the point of last tracking, the 2012 Republican Caucuses in Iowa reported […]

With New Terms, CafePress Seizes Effective Ownership of Designers’ Content

Today, an American corporation dominated by Sequoia Capital seized effective ownership rights over millions of images, but you won’t hear a peep about it.

CafePress is a print-on-demand corporation that works by building relationships with people in two ways. The first is familiar: CafePress sells products, including t-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers. The second relationship […]

Is CafePress Opening Shops and Selling Items Without Asking You? Find Out.

Without asking, the print-on-demand corporation CafePress has opened a shop on Irregular Times’ account and started selling items with our pictures on them. First, let me show you what’s happened, with screen captures for purposes of documentation. Then, let me explain why I’m upset about it.

CafePress administration opens a mystery shop on Irregular Times’ […]

A Year After Designer Pay Cuts, No Slowdown at CafePress

Last year, when the print-on-demand corporation CafePress introduced higher prices for buyers and lower compensation for graphic designers, many outraged designers for CafePress reacted by declaring their intention to leave CafePress behind and take their activity elsewhere. The call went out: Boycott CafePress!

A year later, however, there’s no sign of decreased activity by designers. […]

Drawing Mohammed is a Crime at CafePress (but not here)

To the right you see stickers we designed in response to calls by fundamentalist Muslims for a ban on images of Mohammed. The fundamentalists’ ban is not just intended for Muslims who agree with them, or not just for Muslims in general, or not just in countries under Muslim law; it is to be a […]

Tip Whiner David Sax Gets a 20% Tip on Third World T-Shirts

David Sax has got a lot of nerve.

The coiffed, snazzy-dressing author of “Save the Deli” calls himself “underpaid” for earning $500 for every article he writes in a paper, the poor dear, then goes on a rant against people who earn minimum wage or less in restaurants and ask for tips so they […]

CafePress Enters Period of Deferred Maintenance, Disabling Newsletter

A classic sign of trouble for an institution — be it educational, religious, governmental or economic — is a pattern of deferred maintenance in which easily fixed problems remain unfixed. Deferred maintenance can be a sign of bureaucratic inattention or poor leadership, but it can also be imposed from outside an institution by external conditions. […]

Cheech and Chong Design Contest: No Drug, Sex or Language References, Please

As part of its effort to “stay fresh,” t-shirt portal CafePress is holding a Cheech and Chong design contest. There are only a few restrictions:

No references to drug use. No references to sexuality. No naughty language. No use of trademarked phrases. You can’t refer to any of the lyrics of any of their songs, […]

Sellit ADPAK: 26 Days, 76 Clickthroughs, 9 Orders, $13.61 in Profit

For the past 26 days, Irregular Times has departed from its practice of not taking out advertisements in order to transparently test Sellit’s “ADPAK.” The ADPAK is a $14.99/month advertising program that designs and places an advertising widget for clients on various websites. In this case, we asked Sellit to place widgets advertising our health […]

Zazzle Widens Lead Over CafePress After CafePress Disrespects Designers

June 2009: CafePress revokes graphic designers’ ability to set commissions for items featuring their designs on its “marketplace” search engine. Designers’ new mandated commissions are lower than before. At the same time, CafePress raises prices on customers. CafePress increases its own corporate profit margin per item at the expense of both customers and designers.

July […]