Lately I've been trying out a site I've just found out about. It's called CafePress and is basically selling items through little "stores" on the site. You can sell clothes, cards, and a few other items, either with your own picture on them or a design you come up with yourself. Since I don't have a program like Corel or Adobe, I haven't been able to design anything yet, but I have been using some of my photos to customize the items. Here's My CafePress Store. The site seems like an interesting idea, we decide what we want the t-shirts or whatever to look like, and then if someone buys the item, CafePress prints the item out and sends it to the buyer, without the seller having to do anything. They call this print-on-demand or pod.
There are two levels of stores, a free, basic version, like I have right now, and a paid version, which allows the seller to do more, and that I've been considering. I haven't sold anything yet, so I'm hesitant to upgrade to a paid version, but might do it in the future. Since there's very little earnings on each item and it costs $7 a month for the upgraded store, I'm still trying to work out whether it is worthwhile or not.
One nice thing about the site is that Squidoo is set up to easily display the items in a CafePress store. In fact, that's how I got started with CafePress. While making Squidoo lens I kept seeing the CafePress module and thought that it was interesting.
I like the idea of being able to sell shirts and stuff with my designs on them and without having to keep a stock of already printed out items, dealing with selling them, then mailing them out, but am still feeling my way around. What do you think of the idea? Have you used CafePress? Have any hints on how to use it better?