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Discussion in 'Other Off Topic Forum' started by Artherd, Dec 1, 2003.

  1. Artherd

    Artherd F1 Veteran

    Jun 19, 2002
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    I've been kicking around with the idea of launching a line of T-shirts for some time now, but never wanted to risk all the upfront $ in inventory and fufilment.

    Tonite, I went from 30% of an idea, to an offered product. No time like the present!

    http://www.cafeshops.com/neversurrender/

    The margins aren't great, and they charge for anything but their stock store design, but they do offer more than just shirts. Pretty amazing setup guys, check it out.

    Only 2 desings are available so far, many many more to come.

    And the beauty of it all is that it's here. Today. Now. And it wouldn't be otherwise.

    Best!
    Ben.
     
  2. Doody

    Doody F1 Veteran

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    be advised that cafe press basically creates iron-ons that are then attached to the shirt. it's not screen-printed. as a result, they fade rather quickly. all in all, a sub-optimal product with a short lifespan at a premium price.

    that said, i'm unaware of any other alternative except having it "done right". this will cost you 3-5 bucks per shirt if you find a good to-the-trade shop plus printing costs, which aren't very high.

    in fact, if you seek out the screen printers in your area, they can usually do basic design work and sometimes fulfillment for you.

    g/l

    doody.
     
  3. wax

    wax Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Yup - Iron-ons don't match up with shirt background colors, either. Make sure graphics are good and T-shirts are of high quality - none of that thin crap.

    Remember the Cuban cigar logo T-shirts that were kinda hot oh, 7 years ago? Got several straight from the guy who did them. Along with sharing the same advice as posted in the above reply - he imparted this other bit of wisdom as to why Cuban cigar logos were chosen - "I don't gotta pay Fidel Castro any fees or penalties for copyright infringement." Brilliant, huh?
     
  4. Gilles27

    Gilles27 F1 World Champ

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    There's always eBay. There are plenty of people infringeing on copyrights over there, and nobody seems to do anything about it.
     
  5. Artherd

    Artherd F1 Veteran

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    lol wax! Great story.

    Iron-ons are crap, looks like it's back to square one.
     
  6. BrentC

    BrentC Formula Junior

    Aug 13, 2003
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    Ben,

    Are the shirts at the link you posted your design? Or is that just the website for the company that markets them? In any case, good luck. It's always cool to find out about other people's experiences starting business ventures.
     

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