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CafePress Custom T-Shirt Review

by Amy_F on April 11, 2013

Amy In Custom CafePress

When I was offered another custom t-shirt review to do, it seemed to be the right fit for me considering I’ve already done several others, like Wordans and Zazzle.  This time though it was for CafePress, and I was thoroughly surprised, because I know a lot of people that use CafePress for getting custom promotional items and are always very pleased with the results.  However, just because the promotional items are well done, doesn’t always mean the custom t-shirts are going to come out all that great – so this was my time to investigate!

CafePress has everything (and I mean EVERYTHING), literally from customizable iPhone cases, aprons, mugs, jewelry cases, t-shirts, hoodies, baby onesies, home and office decor, stationary, wall art – should I go on?  I mean, the list is endless, which is quite amazing.  There’s obviously no shortage of customizable ‘stuff’ on CafePress’ website.  My interest was in customizing a t-shirt though, so I went right into the Women’s Custom T-Shirt section and started searching for my style.

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So here’s my first issue, CafePress has such expensive BLANK t-shirts, that even though I was given a gift certificate to complete the review – I was even being money conscious while shopping.  I honestly don’t understand why they’re charging $17.99 and upwards for blanks, and this is way before you even get to customizing it.  A custom dark t-shirt is $32.50, a custom white t-shirt is $17.99 – that’s odd, right?  Like I said though, I was given a gift certificate, so I went for the custom white, because I’m stingy with my ‘non’ money.  Let me note that most of these customizable clothing websites have very poor photos of the blank garments which makes it difficult to choose what style you want because you don’t really know how it looks on a person.  CafePress has simple stock photos of the blank garment on a white background.  It’s hard to tell the shape of the shirt, the length or the fit.

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Moving on, when you get into the Design Center, as I like to call it, they give you a big cheesy image/drawing of the shirt on the background and a box in the center of the shirt to show you where you can design.  CafePress allows you the option of designing on the front, back or the pocket area of the shirt.  The area they give you allows a decent amount of space to place wording or an image, which I liked.  It wasn’t too small or too high near the collar of the shirt.  They allow you to choose from many different fonts, select an image from their gallery or upload your own, and they give you the option of adding shapes; which is a new one for me, I don’t recall having seen this option before on other websites.

My problem is there’s always so much to choose from and play with that I get overwhelmed.  I’ve tried several different ways of customizing on the other websites, so on CafePress I decided to go with the ‘clip art’ from their design gallery.  They had a great selection of black and white and colorful images to choose from, which left me excited because I like to sometimes overlap 2 clip art images on these customizable tees and make my own brand new image.  After playing with that for quite a while, I decided to go with a simple image (just 1) and put it right in the center of the chest area.

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You can obviously rotate the image, flip it, enlarge or even shrink it.  So once you get all that set and decide on how you want it to look, you go over and click “I’m Finished” in the upper right hand corner to move on to the next page.  The following page will now lead you to the beginning of the check-out process which is fairly self-explanatory and simple.  Select your size, confirm the color of the t-shirt you want, click ‘Add to Cart’ and then enter all your personal info to purchase the product.

It's Here

Now that we’ve gone through the process, I will let you know how the final product came out.  I was delighted when it arrived in a custom mailer that ironically read on the front “It’s here!”  The packaging was easy and friendly – a no hassle package is a good package!  Inside was my shirt folded up with a few goodies to Thank Me for shopping with them and my receipt.  The shirt came out great and the print was pure quality.  It was a soft shirt that fit me perfectly – however remember I guessed on the style from the poor image, so I was pleasantly surprised when it fit perfect!

Amy's Custom Tee

The print was not rough or raised, it blended into the shirt and was just as soft as the tee itself.  The shirt still had it’s original American Apparel tag inside – which now explains a little why the price was so expensive.  The other thing I took a look at while shopping on CafePress was I noticed they had bulk options so I went to check out the bulk pricing – which I might add was again quite ridiculous.  Sometimes us clothing companies take for granted these easy-to-use online shops and printers, so I always like to go ahead and research and check them out.  There’s been a few times I was pleased to see the pricing AND quality was much more affordable than going through a regular printing company and working hands-on with them.  Unfortunately, I thought I’d be more pleased with CafePress’ pricing, but I wasn’t.  Their quality however, was definitely superior and the entire customization process was easy and simple.

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Would I shop with CafePress again?  Yes, I definitely would, but I think they should reconsider their pricing strategy.  There are quality products that aren’t American Apparel that will draw in more customers because they’re more affordable (we’re still in a recession people).  I loved how many options they had on their website because now I know I can go to them for really anything I need, which is always great to know!  The design and checkout process was not at all complicated, it all went totally smooth and the t-shirt literally arrived to me with normal shipping in a matter of 3 days (or less).  They’re quick, easy and produce a great product!

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Thank you CafePress for allowing me the pleasure of reviewing your Custom T-Shirt process.  If you want to check more out about CafePress, head over to their website and remember they’re on Facebook and Twitter too!

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50+ Hunger Games T-shirts

by Andy on March 26, 2012

50+ hunger games t-shirts

The Hunger Games was one of the most anticipated movies of the year with some people describing it as ‘the new Twilight’ (in terms of popularity, and it opened this weekend at cinemas across the US to take in $150+ million in ticket sales, for the 3rd biggest opening weekend of all time(!). I know that the books are aimed at people slightly younger than me (I’ve taken seeing 16-18 year old girls reading it as a sign it may not be a book for me), but the movie certainly looks a lot more appealing than the Twilight series, and I’m definitely going to be checking it out.

I’ve seen and written about quite a few Hunger Games t-shirts in the daily roundup posts over the past few months so I thought I’d put together a nice and epic list of tees for you all to enjoy. With Hunger Games being a fairly new phenomenon I’ve found that a lot of the usual players haven’t yet caught onto it’s popularity, leaving the print-on-demand sites, most notably RedBubble (even though they have been removing copyright infringing designs lately), to lead the way in terms of apparel for fans of the series. I’m sure this situation will change in time and more brands will release Hunger Games t-shirts, and when they do I will try and update this list.

As ever with these lists, they do take quite a lot of time, so if you could be so kind as to share them with your buddies via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other medium that would be truly fantastic. Enjoy!


1. Let’s kick things off with this ‘74th Annual‘ shirt from BustedTees – $20


2. “Keep Calm and Call Finnick” T-Shirts & hoodies by ReadingFever | RedBubble – £16.68


3. “The Hunger Games – Finnick, Katniss, Peeta, Johanna.” by mioneste | RedBubble -£16.68


4. “The Hanging Tree” T-Shirts & Hoodies by nellmeowmeow | RedBubble – £16.68


5. “The Pony Games” at WeLoveFine.com – $25


6. “I Am the Muppetjay” by bananna620 | RedBubble – £16.68


7. “Mellark Bakery”by PEZRULEZ | RedBubble – £16.26


8. “Cinna Panem Fashion (Black)” T-Shirts & Hoodies by PEZRULEZ | RedBubble – £16.26


9. T-shirt Laundry have a superb Hunger Games ‘Victory Tour’ t-shirt for $18.


10. “Gale Has Game” by 4everYA | RedBubble – £16.68


11. “Mellark Bakery” T-Shirts & Hoodies by FAMOUSAFTERDETH | RedBubble – £16.99


12. “District 13 Mockingjays” T-Shirts & Hoodies by Tom Ledin | RedBubble – £17.67


13. “Golden Mockingjay” by Happy Goat T-shirts – $10.99


14. “The Hob Trading” by PEZRULEZ | RedBubble – £16.26


15. “Anger Games” by pixhunter | RedBubble – £16.68


16. “Hunger Games Stay Alive” by mbecks114 | RedBubble – £16.68


17. ‘Mockingjay’ all-over print t-sihrt at Newbury Comics – $19.99


18. “The Hanging Tree” by ratgirlstudios | RedBubble


19. “Farewell District 12″ by FAMOUSAFTERDETH | RedBubble


20. “Tick Tock” by ashedgreg | RedBubble – £15.38


21. ‘I bread Peeta Mellark’ by alliecatisallama at MySoti – $24.96


22. “The Boy With The Bread” by Leah Price | RedBubble


23. “Mellark Baked Goods” by Joviana Carrillo | RedBubble – £15.38


24. “Everdeen Hunting Co-operative” by PEZRULEZ | RedBubble


25. Hunger Games ‘Steak’ t-shirt previously on sale at Tanga.com


26. “Hunger-lympics” by WinterArtwork | RedBubble – £17.38


27. “Stay Alive” by kt1171 | RedBubble – £16.68


28. “Fabulous The Capitol” by bananna620 | RedBubble – £16.68


29. District 14 Taco shirt formerly available at Shirt.Woot, unknown whether it is currently available elsewhere.


30. “Peeta Cares” by bananna620 | RedBubble – £16.68


31. “Everdeen’s Wild Game” by bananna620 | RedBubble – £16.68


32. “Peeta Has Croissants – Yellow” by 4everYA | RedBubble


33. ‘Team this is not Twilight’ by alliecatisallama at MySoti – $22.55


34. “Property of District 12″ by teddanza | RedBubble – £14.60


35. “District 1 Souvenir Shirt” by MeteorMuse | RedBubble – £16.68


36. “District 4 Souvenir Shirt” by MeteorMuse | RedBubble – £16.68


37. This fantastic design was previously available at TeeFury but I don’t know if it has turned up anywhere else since then.


38. “District 12 Souvenir Shirt” by MeteorMuse | RedBubble – £15.99


39. “District 11 Souvenir Shirt” by MeteorMuse | RedBubble – £16.68


40. “District 12 Miners” by pixhunter | RedBubble – £16.68


41. Fan made Experimental Jetset style design.

And now for a great series of tees by Rachel Thomas


42. “The Capitol” – £16.68


43. “District 1″ – £16.68


44. “District 2″ – £16.68


45. “District 3″ – £16.68


46. “District 4″ – £16.68


47. “District 5″ – £16.68


48. “District 6″ – £16.68


49. “District 7″ – £16.68


50. “District 8″ – £16.68


51. “District 9″ – £16.68


52. “District 10″ – £16.68


53. “District 11″ – £16.68


54. “District 12″ – £16.68


55. “District 13″ – £16.68


56. “The Districts of Panem” at BustedTees – $12.99


57. Here’s something a bit different, custom Hunger Games footwear.


58. There’s lots of official Hunger Games merchandise on Cafepress, to be frank most of it isn’t interesting.


59. “Career Tribute – District 1″ by PEZRULEZ | RedBubble – £16.26


60. “Career Tribute – District 2″ by PEZRULEZ | RedBubble – £16.26


61. “Career Tribute – District 3″ by PEZRULEZ | RedBubble – £16.26


62. This design (which I don’t believe is for sale yet) turned up on Reddit.


63. Funny fan-made shirt that another Redditor made for when they went to watch the movie.


64. Hungry Hungry Games at snorgtees – $19.95


65. Tributes by fishbiscuit at Tshirt Contest.


66. “Hunger Weapons” t-shirt at Blue Butter – $24


67. How-To: Hunger Games Mockingjay T-Shirt @Craftzine.com blog

That’s the list for now, I will be adding to it as more companies release their shirts to celebrate the books, and also a huge film (3rd biggest opening weekend of all time). I do hope to make the list less reliant on RedBubble shirts as I’d like there to be more variety, hopefully tee companies feel the same way. If you enjoyed the list please do share it around and let people know about it, or leave a comment, and if you know a good tee that I’ve missed from the list be sure to let me know about it in the comments, or via Twitter or Facebook.

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Robot Heads T-shirt by Retrolicious

by Andy on September 7, 2011

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It’s very, very rare that I link to a t-shirt on CafePress, but it’s also rare someone that has a Cafepress shop e-mails me (I think they fear a severe tongue-lashing). However, a good design is a good, design, and I think that this shirt featuring retro robot heads is exactly that.

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cafepress fashn

This is some surprising news. Design By Humans are known for a quality product (though I did have to return an order to them once, they thought the tees were fine, I did not because I don’t like messy printing), CafePress… ummm, not quite as much. I think that CafePress is fine for a 1-colour, text print and that kind of thing, but get technical with a print and you’re just asking for trouble. So when I read that DBH were going to be selling tees at CP I got a bit concerned that the quality just wasn’t going to be there, because whilst it’s no bad thing that they’re exposing themselves to the millions of people that visit CP, they could really hurt their rep by dropping their usual standard. However, my concerns were misplaced, for a change a thread on Emptees provided actual information rather than lolcats and insults, as famed tee designer Jimiyo let it be known that DBH were printing the tees (though they would be printing them onto AA blanks since the CP community know and trust that brand), so hopefully this will be a nice way for DBH to get their name out there and sell more tees.

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point click apparel

POD (Print-On-Demand) companies have been around for a while, and they are a great idea, but it’s always hard to tell if what you put on the screen is going to look any good when it’s in your hands, so thankfully Point Click Apparel has arrived to make that choice easier. Site creator MJ (whose well known in tee-circles) has tested several of the major POD players, giving a good critique of each of them, and crucially she is testing them all with the same prints. She gets a regular print done, and a photo print (since all of them print using DTG, which is the easiest way to make a full colour print) and then tells us what she thinks of them. Here’s a list of who she’s tested so far:

Cafepress
Mysoti
Printfection
RedBubble
Skreened
Spreadshirt
Zazzle

It’s a really useful resource, I’ve always hoped someone would do something like this, I’d have done it but I’m far too lazy. So, if you’re using a POD for your printing needs, check it out, because there may well be a better option out there for you.

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Exploded iPhone t-shirt

by Andy on January 13, 2009

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I seem to be loving the work of other tee bloggers at the moment, because I’ve been stealing finding a lot of ‘inspiration’ from their posts for a few of my own entries recently, and this tee is no exception. Liz from Pop Culture Tees claims that this tee is doing the rounds on the ‘net, but I haven’t seen it anywhere else, and I’d like to think I keep my ear to the ground when it comes to my beloved iPhone (even if it did get too cold to work when my van broke down last week). Oh, and sorry that I didn’t post about this earlier, you could have been the coolest guy/gal at Macworld with this tee.

As a warning to all you Cafepress haters, this tee *might* be supplied by Cafepress, as the website links through to an ‘Exploded Items’ store (though there is just the phone on there) on Cafepress.

Costiness=$19 Buy it at ExplodedPhone.com

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Love and Hate on Valentine’s Day

by Andy on January 11, 2009

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[You don’t want to know what happened next]

According to our man in Japan (who, by the way, is in now way ‘ours’), the guys over at Spreadshirt are all about the love, holding a contest with for lovey-dovey designs, with 2 $500 prizes up for grabs. You have until January 15th to get your designs in.

In contrast, the Cafepress crew are bitter and presumably have no one to wine & dine on Valentines (not that I do either, mind you… ladies of Philly, interested?), and are holding an anti-Valentines design competition, with a total prize fund of of $400 worth of gift certificates and an American Express Gift Card up for grabs. The competition is open to US residents only (boo!) and submissions need to be tagged by January 22nd.

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Irregular Times, who don’t appear to spend all that much time talking about tees normally, have taken a look at print on demand companies and judged them based upon where the stock tees come from, and how ‘ethical’ those suppliers are (American Apparel = good, Gildan = bad, for example) . I don’t know if its the best metric for judging where you set up your virtual shop, but it is certainly something that you should think about when using a POD website.

Irregular Time: Review of Eleven Websites To Design and Sell Your Own T-Shirts, Considering Shirt Source [via that other t-shirt blog]

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FFFFOUND! by ummm… FFFFOUND!

by Andy on February 22, 2008

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Ok, I know that I pretty much never post anything from Cafepress shops, but since FFFFOUND! provides so much eye candy every day I thought I’d give their tees a shout out, even if I’m sure that there’s enough creative talent amongst their members to muster up something .

Costiness=$28.99 Link

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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:

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