Zazzle vs CafePress – I have made up my mind!
And the winner is … Zazzle! I will focus more on products for and promotion of my Zazzle shops. But there will be stuff in my CafePress shop too 🙂
I have SO much to say about these print-on-demand companies. But when it comes down to it, here are the reasons that I choose to focus more on Zazzle, but will still be selling a few items through CafePress.
- All shops are free.
- Lots of sales! These make it easier to purchase your merchandise – for quality control, or just because you want to.
- Set your royalty as a percentage of the final sale price. May be affected negatively by “sales” and referral fees.
- More customizable.
- Zazzle Black – about $10/year for free shipping on many items.
- $50 minimum payment threshold by PayPal. $2.50 fee for payments below this threshold.
$100 minimum payment threshold by check. $5 fee for payments below this threshold.
- Items found on Zazzle but not Cafepress as of October 13, 2012
- Playing Cards
- Dart Board
- Belt Buckles
- Tea pots
- Cake Toppers
- And they use to offer Ked shoes, which I was really excited about. I hear they will start offering another kind of shoes in the next several months.
Browse other gifts from Zazzle.
- Basic and Premium shops
- Basic is free, but severely limited
- Premium costs a monthly, yearly, or percentage fee. High volume sellers would do best to pay $60/year up-front. Low-volume and new would do better with the 10% of royalties fee, up to $10/month.
- Cool clipart, and I think they had more cool fonts?
- $25 minimum payment threshold. Money by check or by PayPal.
- Items found on CafePress but not Zazzle as of October 13, 2012
- Pillow Cases
- Shower Curtains
- Key Hangers
- Mylar Balloons
- Blanket Wraps (think snuggie)
- Throws / stadium blankets
- Dog hoodies
- Yoga Mat
- Similar base pricing on similar products.
- Standard print-on-demand items such as t-shirts, stickers, and greeting cards.
- Good quality.
Room for improvement
Both of these print-on-demand shops have room for improvement. I would love to see an option to make full-size images on shirts. Like make a pattern that will extend from the neck to the bottom. I can understand why this might be more expensive – but still hope to see it soon. I would also like to see the ability to list certain items in multiple categories within my shops. Sure, I could recreate that perfect shirt or poster. But if I have a picture of a puppy in flowers, why can’t I list it under pets AND under flowers?