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December 8th, 2006
05:46 pm


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Printfection t-shirt scans, black and white.

T-shirt print tests from Printfection arrived today! The CafePress ones will be here next week. Click for larger views...

As you can see, the color on white came out GREAT. The black one has fairly clear whites with speckles, and the colors came out sort of pastel compared to the white t-shirt. I'm still deciding if I like it enough to sell shirts on black -- I LOVE how my colors typically look on black, but then again this doesn't print my typical colors...

I'll bring them over to twoflower's tonight for his expert analysis. (Edited to add: Twoflower et al. at my parents' house agree that the black shirt looks great despite looking different, as does flyingcar. So that's a relief. I'm definitely warming up to it.)

I haven't done wash tests yet. If I see a major difference, I'll scan after that too.

I did some CafePress test shirts last year, but it was very early in their beta black and direct printing era, so I don't want to compare with those older ones. However, Printfection does have one major advantage I know I like already -- they can print up to 13.5 by 16.5 on a shirt, compared to CafePress's default 10 by 10.

But on the downside, Printfection doesn't have the vast variety of other products CafePress does. CP has lots of things OTHER than garments, like magnets, buttons, mugs...

In other related news, I worked up some nice rectangular magnets in CafePress. Alas, they are out of stock... but the magnet previews look good! If I can get them in time, I'll send these to the magnet-requestors from my previous entry. Ve vill zee.

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Date:December 8th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
Good luck with cafepress. I just had to close my store - their quality is spotty at best, they don't pack correctly, and they screwed up an order to one of my customers (send her the completely wrong order). On the plus side, they seem to be ok for magnets. Cafepress colors tend to be washed out.

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Date:December 9th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
Yikes. Yeah, I saw that you closed your store... I was hoping you'd have some feedback.

I'm thinking of doing my own shipping rather than having them drop-ship to the customer -- that way I can make sure the item looks good before I even list it on eBay. It's an extra cost but it might be worthwhile.

I'm glad these Printfection shirts look as good as they do. I'm starting to warm up to the black one, thankfully. :)
Date:December 9th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
That's a good idea for shipping. I'm not setting up anything anymore that I haven't seen in person myself. The problem with cafepress is their inconsistancy. But they're a huge operation I can't figure out why I'm having such bad luck. And I even had my files optimized properly - if you take a quick browse of the site there's all kinds of really amateur junk that must look horrible printed out. Just maybe your art is better suited because it's digital?

I dunno - years ago they used to print out a little thumbnail on your invoice, and the thumbnails were always bright and crisp and then the merch looked like crap. I noticed that lately they've switched to black and white thumbnails.

Some people have luck at zazzle.com. Their stuff is more customizable than cafepress, and I've heard the quality is better. You know what a row of "fish eating fish" would look awesome wrapped all the way around a mug.

On the plus side, I've had really good luck with cafepress magnets. They're really nice, and the quality is good.

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Date:December 9th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Whoops, that was moi. I have about $60 in cafecash pending (from last months sales) when it finally clears I may buy some magnets of yours.
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Date:December 9th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
Oooh... I like how those look. Can't wait to see more.
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