What do you see when you look at this package? Here’s what my eyes jumped to: Given the vaguely fleshy color of the contents underneath the text “100% human,” I just couldn’t bring myself to pick up the darned package. Design matters.
Proper Cloth doesn’t admit that its outsourcing practices are cutting corners, of course. They prefer to use terms like “supply chain and logistics” and “streamline operations” to “deliver a better value” to refer to the way that they outsource work to foreign factories with sloppy standards.
CafePress has done it again. CafePress announced last week that designers who choose to retain a place on the CafePress marketplace will now only receive 5 percent of the profit from the sale of its gear. That’s a 50 percent pay cut.