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December 14, 2008

Zazzle.com — Wave good-bye to custom T-shirt shops


Talk about a sea change.

Back in the day, I wanted to get a custom-printed T-shirt so I went to some shop near UVa that made them.

Cost about $40 'cause I only ordered one, took forever to get the exact style/typeface/color I wanted working with a stoner clerk, then I had to wait a couple weeks till it was ready.

Plus I had to pay for parking on the Corner twice — the trip there to order plus the return trip to pick up my shirt.

Only to find the real thing didn't look at all like the one I thought I'd ordered — and had paid for in advance.

Enter Zazzle.

In a little more than four minutes I picked out my shirt, chose what I wanted to appear on it along with typeface style, size and color, and placed my order for delivery right to my front door within 4-10 business days — for a grand total of $24, from the comfort of my own treadmill, without having to drive somewhere, pay for parking etc. etc.

How can any custom T-shirt shop survive this kind of competition?

Can't, seems to this TechnoDolt™.

December 14, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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How is this different from cafepress? I think they've been doing much of the same (with lots of different promotional products) for a while now. Anyone can create their own gear (shirts, hats, mugs, etc.) for a more or less reasonable price.

The best part is that you can set up a "cafepress" store, and sell your own designs to the public, for a profit.

Never used it myself, but have known about it for a while. Several of my co-workers use it for fundraising projects for various charities they are involved in.

Posted by: EEJ | Dec 15, 2008 5:04:24 PM

Absolutely none of my bidness, but I have to admit to being curious about what it was you wanted printed on that T-shirt from back in the day...

Posted by: Flautist | Dec 14, 2008 11:52:34 PM

If you've got a moment, check out Spread Shirt. I've found that they offer more customization options than Zazzle.

Posted by: Nikolas Schiller | Dec 14, 2008 4:31:58 PM

Ahead of you on this one. I was using Zazzle for campaign T-shirts during this summer to be different.
Created a coffeecup earlier in the spring for the workplace.

Posted by: guest | Dec 14, 2008 4:27:00 PM

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