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i've had trouble pulling up Cafepress sites from time to time. often i can click on a CP store and it never sends it to the link. not as often, but still frighteningly frequent, it times out.

i asked friends and family to give it a try on several different CP stores, with similar findings.

what's with that? and does that spook any one else that the sell is most likely lost? most my target audience does not have the attention span to wait or try again.

#2: speaking of audience, mine are much easier to convince a color or more vintage styles on. i know expanding to such is in CP's plans, but does anyone know how soon?

from a company standpoint, i prefer CP. but the quality and styling makes me lean more towards Spreadshirt.
 

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thanks, Swing.

my site's not online yet. i want all my ducks in a row, first. in fact, several of the design factors are dependant on whether or not i wanna stick with just white T's.

it's the CP hangtime that's my biggest concern, and it's not limited to any particular store. i've got another page open right now, timing out on http://www.cafepress.com/

and if Spreadshirt had the marketing, exposure, bonus program, ease of use... i wouldn't be posting this thread at all. but they don't. and i don't have the capital or inventory room to put into even a 1/4 of my designs.
 

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i just spent all night browsing CP stores (and Spreadshirt stores), and i keep coming back to how little a plain white shirt with color attracts me. most of the shirts look cheap.

then there's the fact that a lot of my shirts are plays on words. if someone want to forego my design and just upload the same text on a Make Your Own at CP, they're only paying my base cost. that puts any profit into their pockets instead of mine--where i'd rather it be. at least Spreadshirt upcharges for text/image uploads, making my ideas competitive, if nothing else.

better yet, finding capital & keeping inventory may be back in the mix.
 

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it is a help. thanks Rodney.

i know you're right about marketing yourself. i just made some quick assumptions with the CP site's FAQs and such that they are proactive in some of the mktg efforts. i need to keep reminding myself how that does not equate to more sales. the best marketing in the world can do little for poor designs, and a few key visits can drive more people to you site even w/o mass mktg.

thanks again.
 
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