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Sell Goods with CafePress

September 10th, 2007 posted by · 2 Comments

Blogging ShirtI remember years ago before internet marketing hit big when people would create their own custom products advertising their website or product.  Heck, people still do this, but it doesn’t get much attention these days.  Back in 2001 I opened up my first store on CafePress.  I started out small selling only t-shirts promoting the site I was managing at the time.  I ordered 7 of them for myself so I could wear one everyday without smelling away potential visitors.  I got a lot of questions about the design, especially from the Starbucks crowd who were already online while sipping on a cup of Joe.

The point is, this traditional method of advertising isn’t dead yet and it’s booming!  Think of a fun, quirky phrase or unique design to promote your product and it may just intrigue someone to check out what you have to say, sell, preach etc. 

It’s also not all about advertising… there’s a huge market for uniquely personalized physical goods.  Opening up your own CafePress store can be extremely profitable if done correctly.  Create your own design, or hire a freelance graphic designer to draw up some sketches for you to use.

One graphic that always cracks me up when I see it on clothing is the :eek3: symbol, made widely popular by internet forums.  Create your own look and start selling!

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  1. YC MyAvatars 0.2

    I’ve thought about printing tees – and it’s really cheap to do so nowadays in bulk. 🙂

  2. Matt Wolfe MyAvatars 0.2

    T-Shirts are a great idea. I used to be in a band and we’d wear our band t-shirts everywhere and we constantly got people asking us about them. Great for self promotion.