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« on: February 21, 2007, 10:34 »
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I think I heard someone mention Zazzle in one of the threads. Curious so went to take a look. Looks like a thriving website. Would like to ask if anyone has experience with it as it is for selling custom tshirts, posters, mugs, cards etc. Sounds interesting but only get 10% commission it seems.
Can someone with experience at Zazzle give feedback? Thanks!

http://www.zazzle.com/mk/welcome/home


« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2007, 11:07 »
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Can we add Cafe Press to same question?  I think you can set your own price there and they give you the difference.

Thanks for asking Peiling - I'd wondered myself.

« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2007, 13:03 »
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Haven't registered at zazzle, but recently opened some shops at CafePress.  Haven't uploaded too much yet but I've had 6 sales total and 5 on this image http://www.cafepress.com/babyyorkie  (a microstock reject :D).  You can set your own price. 

« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2007, 17:15 »
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I have a couple of items at both Zazzle and CafePress.  No sale.  I haven't dedicated them much attention yet, though.

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2007, 18:01 »
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My wife has a Zazzle site and she does okay.  We're not going to be retiring  and buying the cabin in the mountains yet... but it's like anything else.  Once you put the items up there, in time they sell.  I have read experiences of some folks who make a good living on Zazzle and Cafepress.  But these have to make it a fulltime job and they have hundreds of items for sale and also, many link-out to other sites they are involved with.
   My son (adult) has a Cafepress site. He does fair as well. He sells graphic design tee's. All original art he's knock out on adobe. Most of his work is outdoors related, kayaking, whitewater and canoeing...  For him it is only a fun thing.  He sells a tee and some misc items weekly.  Again, not big money, just fun money.  I've tried to encourage him to put some of his designs up on the micros as illustrations.
  They are both like any other type of site,  you do have to put some work into it.  And like micro, you need to keep adding fresh material to keep in the public eye.  I don't know the exact terms, but I'm pretty sure you set your own price for the items, they take their managing cut.  I think my kid clears 4 and 5 bucks for each tee. .....

The wife has been on a few different sites like that. She tried her photography (mostly landscape, b&w) on Art Wanted.  But that turned out to be pretty much a 'buddy club'. She'd actually get mail from others on the site bargaining and bartering for comments on each other work....  she tired of that phoniness real fast and dropped out.    8) -tom
               

« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2007, 18:17 »
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It would be great if some of you could provide links to your (or your relative's) work so that we can see what sells on those sites.

« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2007, 22:09 »
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Yes but

Cafe Press -> You need to pay some kind of monthly fee  plus the content seem to have quite a lot of junk and I am not willing to pay any fee esp not knowing how productive it is.

Zazzle -> From what I see and read is free to join. The content seem to be of a higher standard than Cafe Press

Spreadshirt -> I just found it on one of the links in a website and I just joined last week cos its free to join and it looks quite good. Not sure of how successful it is though. But I have always been keen to sell my works as shirts and tshirts etc. (Problem is they have high cost for product so I think I need an alternative with lower product cost. Zazzle seems promising so I am asking for feedback.)
https://www.spreadshirt.net/shop.php?sid=220276
« Last Edit: February 21, 2007, 22:31 by Peiling »

« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2007, 07:21 »
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Would anyone know of a site like this that would have ORGANIC Ts, caps, etc..? I haven't found any yet. Most of them have the one organic T by AA but I would like more variety.

« Last Edit: February 22, 2007, 07:38 by kosmikkreeper »

« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2007, 08:19 »
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Yes but

Cafe Press -> You need to pay some kind of monthly fee  plus the content seem to have quite a lot of junk and I am not willing to pay any fee esp not knowing how productive it is.

Peiling, I don't believe there is a monthly fee at CafePress for basic shops.  There are fees if you choose to open premium shops.  I've only uploaded a few images in basic shops and so far , my earnings are more at CafePress with a few sales, at a decent markup, in a short period of time than on some micros that I've had hundreds of images online for awhile.  Yes, there is a lot of junk there, but that also means you're free to upload what you want and what you think will sell, unlike microstock.  Like I said in the earlier post, the image that wasn't considered stock worthy, brought in 5 quick sales at CP so far, at a payout much better than microstock.

« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2007, 15:20 »
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Kiya,

If I remember it right, you can only have one item of each type in the basic store, that is, one print, one greeting card, one black t-shirt, one white t-shirt, and so on.  Am I right?

This profitable image, for instance, what kind of item were you seling it as?

Zazzle is indeed much more flexible.  The other day I took a look there and couldn't find my stuff, just the images, but I had set up some cards and prints.  I have to go back and check it better.

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2007, 17:33 »
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Kiya,

If I remember it right, you can only have one item of each type in the basic store, that is, one print, one greeting card, one black t-shirt, one white t-shirt, and so on.  Am I right?

This profitable image, for instance, what kind of item were you seling it as?

Zazzle is indeed much more flexible.  The other day I took a look there and couldn't find my stuff, just the images, but I had set up some cards and prints.  I have to go back and check it better.

Regards,
Adelaide

Adelaide,

You can sell any product that you chose in a particular store.  Then you can open another store, or as many stores as you want, to sell additional products with different images.  I've used whatever products the particular image looks okay with and have had multiple sales for some of the same products.

« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2009, 15:29 »
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GeoPappas
Here is a link to my store, so far

http://www.zazzle.com/cathysphotos

« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2009, 16:41 »
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It's a beautiful calendar, the cover image is simply amazing.  BTW, I don't see an option to customize it nor your other products.

« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2009, 19:02 »
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I posted my Zazzle site in the other forum thread, but here it is again for shameless promotion:

http://www.zazzle.com/toontopia

As far as success, I can't say I do all that well with it. I get sales every month, but it usually adds up to less than $10. I probably could do a better job of promoting it. I also had a Cafepress premium store for a few months, but I didn't sell anything. I ended up closing it. I suppose everyone's experience will be different though.

« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2009, 19:41 »
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This is mine, growing very slowly: http://www.zazzle.com/madelaide

« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2009, 19:50 »
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An old thread is revived. Great products Cathy!

I only had one sale so far, I setup my store a couple of months ago:

http://www.zazzle.com/goldenangelphoto


« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2009, 20:54 »
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I've put you in my Fan Club.  This is so much fun!   ;D

What do you sell best?  I sold one card twice (this one), but last time it was a set of 10.

Do you keep your share at the default 10%?

« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2009, 02:31 »
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There isn't much in mine.  I have sold a couple of calendars and a few prints in the past 2 years.  It is one of several projects I want to work on but microstock takes up most of my time.

http://www.zazzle.co.uk/UKimages

« Reply #18 on: August 18, 2009, 03:45 »
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Thanks Adelaide! I didn't even know about fan clubs on Zazzle! I joined yours, too :)

I sold a set of stickers so far (this one). I was greedy and increased my percentage to 20% :), which is the maximum not to get charged the credit card processing fees.

Fotonaut

« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2009, 03:57 »
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I have been doing these for some years, but can not say the money is big. All over I sell about one T-shirt a day.

I started only with Spreadshirt with my own brands and did a lot of marketing. I just made enough to pay expenses. Then Spreadshirt open a marketplace and I expanded to use Zazzle and CafePress as well.

Personally I like Spreadshirt best. They are cheaper on some products and premium accounts allow to remove their branding. One has more options with printing and placement, even for customers with designer shops. But both CafePress and Zazzle is bigger, so you have to use their marketplaces to get some volume.

Some of my shops:

Nautee Norway
Autonaut master home
Autonaut @ Zazzle
My CafePress stuff combined in one premium account
Nautee Amerika @ Zazzle
« Last Edit: August 19, 2009, 03:59 by Fotonaut »

« Reply #20 on: August 19, 2009, 06:56 »
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I have an account on Zazzle. http://www.zazzle.com/azurelaroux

It's a bit of a mess. I put all of a my ideas in one place so my stuff doesn't really have a focus. I also wasn't bing on marketing the project so I've had very few sales.


« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2009, 07:03 »
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Would anyone know of a site like this that would have ORGANIC Ts, caps, etc..? I haven't found any yet. Most of them have the one organic T by AA but I would like more variety.




Zazzle has a section of items that are organic. They don't have a monthly fee. You set the royalty amount you want over their minimum of 10%. You can read about it here. http://www.zazzle.com/sell/products/nameyourroyalty

« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2009, 08:59 »
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I'm glad this thread got revived too. I would like to go check out all of your products. Will join all of your fan clubs.

I haven't had a chance to do too much with my whole site. Lost my regular job, moving to SC, leaving tomorrow. So I have been packing and moving stuff to storage. Once I get to SC I will be looking for a full-time job and getting back to adding products and promoting, etc.

edit: Thanks for all the compliments on the calendar cover. That is my horse, or was. I gave him away to a good home after having him for 22-1/2 years...didn't want him to have to make the SC move with me. He is in a nice facility with a barn stall and a 10-year-old girl spoiling him and riding him. I have lots of pictures of him on microstock, so he will be well-remembered. I have seen him in magazine ads, etc.

That was really a lucky shot. I had just gotten my camera, went out one morning and click. No filters, no photoshopping of colors. Straight out of the camera.
« Last Edit: August 19, 2009, 09:04 by cclapper »

« Reply #23 on: August 19, 2009, 09:20 »
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I bumped my royalty up to 15%. After a time, if nothing sells, I'll go back down to 10% and see what happens.

I checked out the posted galleries, very nice stuff! I must work on my site. I like the link to istock you did, azure.

« Reply #24 on: August 19, 2009, 10:19 »
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I would like to add the flash panel of my products to the top of my gallery. I created the flash panel and got to the area where you copy and paste the html. I know where to put it in the code on my personal website because I built my own website.

But after looking at the Beta Advanced tab on zazzle where you can really customize your page using css and xml, I'm not sure where to insert the flash panel code. Can anyone help with that? I don't know why the last button you click on the flash panel creation area isnt "insert this flash panel into my home page" for those of us who aren't experts at website building!


 

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