CafePress.com has an interesting idea: let anyone, anywhere, sell mugs, T-shirts and other brandable items with no up front investment, no inventory and no risk.
You select which images appears where on which products using a simple, well laid out web-based application. They handle both the on-demand manufacturing and the e-commerce part of things — billing, customer service, shipping, etc. — and host your online store for you.
When customers buy products, they ship and you get a cheque every month. While you can set your own margins, to be within a reasonable range it’s not exactly a way to make a killing. But then again there’s no risk and next to no effort required.
I found CafePress.com by clicking on a link at the bottom of the Blogger store and was intrigued enough by their setup that I took 10 minutes this afternoon to set up a Reinvented Online Store. It’s an interesting experiment.
If I could find a wizzard to mash the ISN logo into something as cute as the reinvented logo I’d be all over kitch of every kind before your cash drawer finished its ‘ching-clsssssh-ding’
The products aren’t exactly of high quality, especially considering (as far as the consumer is concerned) the price. I had a little hip hop band a while ago and we sold shirt at cafepress (http://www.cafepress.com/cp/st…… The Mugs are great quality though,. I reccomend this fine rappers delight for the kids: http://www.cafepress.com/cp/st…