In recent posts I mentioned that Cafepress had released new embroidery products and there has been a heated debate going on ever since. (See here and here) Is it embroidery? Is is not embroidery? I can understand the worry from people in the embroidery industry. Imagine someone came along and said they could do your job cheaper and better. You’d be worried too. To be honest I have no opinion either way as I don’t know anything about the embroidery business and I don’t really know what to do with these new products at Cafepress. I heard a rumor that Zazzle may also be introducing embroidery products and that perhaps this was a pre-emptive move by Cafepress. Given the luke-warm reception of these new products Zazzle may well hold off until they feel they can produce a better product.
It doesn’t take very long for Cafepress shopkeepers to embrace new products and release them for sale and below you can find a selection of these new products from various shopkeepers. I didn’t mention it before but Cafepress released pet bowls at the same time as these new embroidery products. They come in two sizes and have a base price of $16.99 and $19.99. I know you can pay a lot more for pet bowls but they seem pretty expensive to me and that is before the shopkeeper makes any profit. You can get plain pet bowls near here for 100 yen which is about a dollar. Maybe I should go into the pet bowl POD biz myself. Anyway, check out the innovative designs by Cafepress shopkeepers below.