Have you ever sold T-shirts?

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If so, what is the best website for creating and selling T-shirts?
(If you've tried more than one site, please let me know that as well).

#sold #tshirts
  • Profile picture of the author Victor Edson
    I've worked with a few successful Tshirt sellers and each one I talked to did their own screen printing and networked with local organizations to print large orders. The secret to their success was they went for the large contracts.

    If you're looking at selling hipster stuff, it'd be a bit different.. maybe.

    I'd look into how you could design a few shirts and get them in with someone who does distribution to sell more than 1 at a time. I'd never recommend that route, but I'm sure it's worked for some others.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mrnace
    I gave it a go about a year ago, I designed a horror logo and tried to sell them on ebay, but it failed.

    It's important to get a nice t-shirt or 2 to sell, with really nice pictures of them too.

    If you can dropship with them too then even better, otherwise, like myself, you'll be left with a pile of t-shirts you might not be able to sell of get rid off.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    Cafe Press (Custom T-Shirts, Unique Gifts, Posters, & Personalized Mugs | CafePress) have a program where you can upload your designs and create a store for them. You only get about $5 per shirt sold, but you got no expenses other than your designs and a domain name. If you do your own graphics, then the domain is all you have to buy. I think they host it for you, but i would prefer to host my own sites.

    They sell a lot of stuff besides t-shirts, and so you have the capacity to put your designs on all kinds of things like mugs and other stuff.

    I know there are others that do this, but off the top of my head I don't know who they are.

    Tim Pears

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  • Profile picture of the author ParkerArrow
    Cafepress changed their terms for shopkeepers. Shopkeepers used to set their own prices. Now CP sets them for you and gives you a 10% commission. So for an $18 T shirt you get $1.80. Plus you still have to pay rent on your shop.

    Zazzle is the alternative lots of shopkeepers fled to after CP made this change. If you're new to T Shirts, I'd recommend Zazzle to get your feet wet with minimal risk.

    Later, when you know the game, you can do a lot better investing in your own printer and handling the production & shipping yourself. I might get back into that one of these days, tees are a great fun business to be in. Tough full time income, but nice for a hands-free residual trickle. Especially if you like to tinker with Photoshop/Illustrator.

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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      I've used both CafePress and Zazzle to good effect.

      Ultimately it's all about design. Get that right and you can succeed.

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    • Profile picture of the author James Liberty
      Originally Posted by ParkerArrow View Post

      Cafepress changed their terms for shopkeepers. Shopkeepers used to set their own prices. Now CP sets them for you and gives you a 10% commission. So for an $18 T shirt you get $1.80. Plus you still have to pay rent on your shop.
      Wow. That sounds... terrible.
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      • Profile picture of the author ParkerArrow
        Originally Posted by James Liberty View Post

        Wow. That sounds... terrible.
        Yeah, right? Especially when you consider that a) typical retail markup is 100-200%, b) Shopkeeper/Designers get 10% while affiliates get 15% (WTF) and c) you could print your own shirts for a few bucks and turn the rest into revenue. $1.80 is not easy to commit to for long.

        Oh, and by the way - Google sends searches to Cafepress' main marketplace and not to the individual shopkeepers pages. In essence, CP stopped sending traffic to shops and now mixes individual designs all together. If you want traffic to your shop, you have to get it yourself.

        Yeah they pretty much pissed off their own production base.

        In other words - if you have to do all the marketing yourself anyway, may as well spend $5 per unit (or whatever) and sell for $18. Also, you can offer a much wider print area than CP does, which is limited to a chest sized area front and/or back; or left breast pocket.

        Still I won't complain - the tees I made are still sending me the occasional check and I haven't touched the site in years. I still recommend it for beginners since they have a well-established community that will help tremendously with the Tshirt business learning curve. This is gold.

        So ok I would recommend Zazzle and Cafepress, and your own garage print shop.
        Printfection is another option, though none of my designs ever sold there.

        Oh, one more - if you're really artistically gifted, you definitely want to check out Redbubble. They also do bang-up framing work for art prints.

        The T shirt business is really fun, did I mention that? Just don't wait for rent. You can get there eventually but do not hold your breath. I would add that any kind of offline campaigning/networking you can do can be much more effective marketing than crowded online tee marketplaces. Beat the grass.


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  • Profile picture of the author marc@clickbitz
    Printfection.com has great print quality and you can set your own prices. You can also have your own website.

    You need amazing designs, superb marketing, and a lot of luck to succeed in the t-shirt business. It is very saturated because any artist can use POD to make shirts with very little risk.
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  • Profile picture of the author AJMontoya
    Go to thrift shops, find some vintage clothing, resell them in eBay. Works like a charm
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    • Profile picture of the author Biedec48
      Try teefury, your designs have to be accepted, and they're usually nerdy,but its a good site to start on.
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  • actually yes. I had a membership site and the members wanted tshirts. so I ordered them from a company in vancouver. also ordered a bunch of dog tags. Sold a few, but still have two big boxes filled with tshirts.

    PM Me Now!

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  • Profile picture of the author taxpayment1
    That's a great ? man. I have been looking for a good solid company to produce a few different style of T-shirts. To where I can customize my business logo, and change some colors on a few things. I hope you can help me man.
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