In the previous post I mentioned that there were things happening at Design by Humans. The first thing that I noticed was the Cafepress Design by Humans collaboration. I did not see that coming. I don’t really know what’s going on there but recently Cafepress announced that they would start selling Design by Humans t-shirts from the Cafepress website. They are competitors in that they both sell t-shirts but they are in different categories and in general sell t-shirts that are not sold on the other sites. Check the two sites out for yourself and you will understand what I am saying.
Of course they are both hoping this is a mutually beneficial arrangement. Perhaps Cafepress think that they will get some of the talented designers from the Design by Humans stables to set up shop there but I guess they are just getting a few dollars commission on each shirt sold. The same shirts are a dollar or more expensive on Cafepress than on Design by Humans. Depending on the coupons you can get though you might be able to get a better deal on Cafepress. Who knows? From the Design by Humans side I guess they are just looking to boost their numbers but it is possible that they will get some more talent from the Cafepress pool. Before you say anything, yes, there are some amazing designers at Cafepress too.
Another sign that DBH may be looking for alternative ways to increase sales is that recently they seem to have come across a way to reduce costs. I noticed that the last week or so of new t-shirts used photo mockups rather than real tees. Someone suggested a possible reason is to save money on models.
And there’s more. Design by Humans recently announced that due to customer feedback that they would be releasing some shirts on American Apparel tees again. As well as printing on American Apparel they will be printing on the new DBH Premium Tee. I’m looking forward to checking that one out. I really don’t like the shape of the mens DBH Perfect Tee. You can read more about that in the DBH forums. I believe that this may also mean a change back to printing the shirt details on the inside of the tee (for the Premium Tee) which is much better.
On more thing. Don’t forget that the DBH sale is still on with all t-shirts just $15 until April 11th.