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Another California-based company that launched a similar service to Cafepress in 2003 and has a substantial share of US market. Again pricing is only available in US Dollars. And while Zazzle's range of garment colours is stronger than Cafepress, printing on black or dark shirts is still not supported.
Zazzle does not charge a monthly fee but webmasters will find it rather more difficult to integrate their shop into look and feel of their own site.
This one looks interesting. Spreadshirt was founded in Germany in 2002 and boasts over 60,000 partners across Europe, winning Hewlett Packard Business Innovation Award in 2004. Unlike its American competitors, Spreadshirt caters for both European and US customers, using regional shipping companies and allowing webmasters to price products in Euros, Sterling, or US Dollars. Shops can also be automatically translated into eight languages.
Spreadshirt has also solved thorny "black shirt" issue, offering over 50 products in a full range of colours. However, it's probably different printing options that sets service apart. In particular, Spreadshirt's "flock" printing – creating a raised felt finish – produces a result much more impressive than regular digital print.
Finally, hats off to Spreadshirt for managing to keep its branding on product but still allow webmasters full control over look and feel of their shops. Already a dominant force in European market, Spreadshirt could be set to give Cafepress a run for their money in US.
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EShirt is another European company – this time Italian-based - providing an almost-identical product range to Cafepress ie no dark shirts. Euro, US Dollar and Sterling pricing is available. However, only print option available is digital hot press printing – not longest lasting technique.
The most inconvenient aspect of EShirt's service is shop integration. You must register as a Tradedoubler affiliate before you can even apply for an EShirt shop. And even then, it is not possible to recreate look and feel of your own site.
Suzanne Power is the editor of GrandWebDesigns.com