Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Cafepress Rips Customers Off Now Too!

I hate doing this. I don't want to turn my blog into a diatribe about Cafepress but this news story hasn't hit the news yet. Have you seen it on 60 Minutes? I haven't. If those of us close to this mess don't report on it how will people know?

The latest news is that Cafepress has fixed prices in the Marketplace, shopkeepers do not set the prices there anymore, only in their private Cafepress shops. In the past shopkeepers could choose between a set percentage of their choice or one of Cafepress's predetermined mark-ups of Low, Medium, High, and Premium. What is Cafepress choosing now that they set prices on their own? 10% higher than Premium.

That means customers are being charged more, much more in many cases, than they used to be charged and shopkeepers are receiving far less. Case in point, Paul pointed out to me that we were selling a long-sleeved T-shirt for $24 or $25 and got about $5-6 per sale. Now Cafepress is selling the same item for $28 and we get $2.80. The customer pays more, the designer gets paid less. aaargh!

Now it is completely possible that Cafepress will lower prices at times, too. They claim to be experimenting with their pricing now. Going through a period of seeing what the public will bear and how it will affect their bottom line. All companies do that, fair enough. But in the meantime, if there's something we do that you like please buy it directly from our shop and not the Marketplace. With 450 designs to transfer elsewhere we can't close that shop right away so take advantage of the lower prices we offer while you can. Thanks a lot!


libu said...

have you looked at Zazzle.com..havent looked at both to compare.. just mentioning it..
too bad :(

Sheryl Karas said...

Yup, see the blog entry below!

Anne Vis said...

I so agree with you! I think with this development it would be appropriate if CP would at least stop charging artists for a premium site. I too have so many designs on CP, it would take weeks to create a new site somewhere ...