Spreadshirt vs. CafePress vs. Zazzle

by Andy on January 16, 2008

This oughta help settle a few bets, on a site called MacMerc.com, they’ve done something that one of us tee bloggers should have done a long time ago; compared the big three mass customisation/one-off tee producers. I found this link via the lovely Lindsay (rhyme!) on the Spreadshirt US blog, so you can probably imagine that they fared pretty well in the test!

Here’s a link to the post, and here’s the video:

  • http://blog.spreadshirt.com Lindsay

    Hi Andy,
    Thanks for mentioning the Spreadshirt blog and for sharing this video!

  • http://www.mingled.co.uk MiNGLED

    Useful comparison. You’re right, this should have been done ages ago. At least it confirms I made the right choice by going with Spreadshirt.

  • http://rickhenderson.blogspot.com Rick

    Great post, I have wanted to start a CafePress site for years but now I’ll jump right in to Spreadshirt!

  • http://www.cafepress.com/yojay yojay

    I’m not sure this is definitive, since they don’t get into much detail about what the microscope is actually showing. Plus, they didn’t show the same section of the design on the Spreadshirt shirt. A final price comparison would have been nice, along with annual shop fees, shipping & handling, etc…

    MiNGLED: I’m not sure how you can say this confirms anything. The Cafepress shirt they showed was a few years old. Show me a bright white on black on anything after a few years.

    To be transparent I will state that I have had a Cafepress Shop since 2004 and I am mostly happy with it. I am more frustrated that as of the time of this comment they still don’t offer 2-sided printing on dark t-shirts. I will keep searching for the definitive comparison, since my loyalties are for sale to the company that makes me the most money.

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  • j

    Man, that host needs to shut the hell up.

  • Peter

    Thanks. Another resource to sell my stuff.
    I have Zazzle, GCU, CafePress and Supprint.
    Currently Supprint sells more volume orders for me.

  • Juan Marcos

    I couldn’t in good conscience use Spreadshirt, knowing of the founders virulent anti-American leanings.

  • http://andrewbowness.com Andy

    Juan, how anti-American could Spreadshirt possibly be when the CEO of their company is American and they have offices in Boston? I’m genuinely interested to hear the reasoning behind your statement so if you do see this post again I’d appreciate a reply.

  • http://www.able2able.com Anara

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I started making some products in Cafepress because they are so popular in the Special Needs community and I want to keep my profit low so my items can be used for fundraisers. However, I am not enjoying the learning curve with CP and I don’t like not being able to afford to see my finished product. So glad I found your post before I invested more time in CP!

  • AKR

    I just deleted my cafepress store after weeks of getting no response from the help desk. No one’s ever on to chat either. I could never figure out how to add tags to images or text to products for searches. I also read enough bad stories about them to simply delete my account and find another place to do shirts at.

  • http://www.bettermeself.com Matt Davis

    Thanks for the tips.

    I’ll definitely be going to spreadshirt now…

  • R2

    What about Threadless & Combotique, though?

  • http://hideyourarms.com/ Andy (Hide Your Arms)

    Threadless wouldn’t be included because it isn’t a POD company, I presume combotique was’t included because it’s not one of the top 3 POD sites in the US.

  • Lisa

    Hey I am thinking of ordering just one shirt for my bestie for her birthday..would you recommend spreadshirt.I would hate to have to recieve a low quality shirt esp cs its for her birthday.Thanks so much for your help

  • http://hideyourarms.com/ Andy (Hide Your Arms)

    Hi Lisa, I don’t have first-hand experience of all three recently, but I have toured the Spreadshirt factory and can safely say they know what they’re doing.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/CTMVO2ZCIDDF5D5LGSXSPN53EE Anti

    Cafepress is not hard to setup, but their calendars were printed fairly crummy a few years back. They were decent, but not top of the line printing like you see on most racks.

    For t-shirts, go with Tless if you want to have your design ripped off from you by a bunch of scammers.

  • DD

    I’m sorry but the host talks too much.. allow the guest to talk! Shut up!

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