I have been a POD shopkeeper for a couple of years but I have just recently noticed that these shops and the shopkeepers are making the news more and more. Today I came across an article on CNBC which mentioned both shops again with regard to political t-shirts. It said that Cafepress, which is probably the largest POD company, say that recently 20% of sales are political merchandise. That is a lot of political merchandise. Cafepress also has a meter showing the per-candidate sales and puts Barrack Obama at about 60%. A quick piece of math will tell you that 12% of Cafepress’ sales are generated by Barrack Obama. Wow.
On the CNBC web page there is also a video where many t-shirt vendors shirts can be seen but it definitely focuses on Zazzle and Cafepress. I also noticed a brief image of one of Rude Retro’s Client 9 t-shirts at the beginning of the video and as it doesn’t have an embedding feature I took a screen capture.
This is the second time that I am aware of that Rude Retro’s t-shirts have been in the news. The first time was also regarding Eliot Spitzer.