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Overview

At the moment we don't have any channel through which we can sell PostgreSQL-branded products. We also don't have the resources to manage stock and dispatch units ourselves, so we are looking at 3rd-party online stores to produce and sell PostgreSQL-branded stuff.

As this will be for the European demographic, the store would ideally take payment in GBP and EUR, and also be available in several European languages.

Our options are:

I also checked out tshirtstudio.co.uk but they appear to be UK-centric and their site was painfully slow during the day.

Available Products

The following compares the availability of various products across all 3 stores.

Zazzle.co.uk Cafepress.co.uk Spreadshirt.net
Apron Yes Yes Yes
Baby creeper Yes No No
Baby t-shirts Yes Yes Yes
Bag Yes Yes Yes
Bandana No No Yes
Banner No Yes No
Bathrobe No No Yes
Bib No Yes Yes
Blanket No No Yes
Boxer shorts No Yes Yes
Button Yes Yes Yes
Calendar No Yes No
Cap Yes Yes Yes
Clock No Yes No
Frosted Mug Yes No No
Greeting Card Yes Yes No
Hat Yes Yes No
Hoodie Yes Yes Yes
Keychain Yes No No
Kid's shirts Yes Yes Yes
Lanyard No No Yes
Magnet Yes No No
Men's jumper No No Yes
Men's shirts Yes Yes Yes
Mittens No No Yes
Mousepad Yes Yes No
Mug Yes Yes Yes
Notepad No Yes No
Pet bowl No Yes No
Pillow No Yes No
Postage Yes No No
Postcard Yes Yes No
Poster Yes Yes No
Scarf No No Yes
Shoes Yes No No
Shorts No No Yes
Skateboard Yes No No
Sticker Yes Yes Yes
Teddy bear No Yes No
Tie Yes No Yes
Tile coaster No Yes No
Travel Mug Yes Yes No
Umbrella No No Yes
Water bottle No Yes No
Women's jumper No No Yes
Women's shirts Yes Yes Yes

Delivery Costs

Cafepress

  • £5 for first item, £2.50 for each additional

Zazzle

  • £2.98 for most items, 99p for each additional
  • £1.99 for 1-9 sticker sheets, buttons, keychains and magnets, £3.99+ for 10+
  • £2.49 for 1-9 cards, 10+ is £6,99+
  • £3.98 for non-canvas prints, 98p for each additional
  • £3.98 for mousepads, 99p for each additional
  • £5.98 for sweatshirts, £1.99 for each additional
  • £6.98 for dark t-shirts and mugs, £1.99 for each additional
  • £18.98 for shoes, £27.97 for 2 lots, £36.96 for 3 lots

Spreadshirt

Europe except Germany

  • £2.00 for value up to £16.90
  • £4.00 for value up to £350
  • Free over £350

Germany

  • £2.00 for value up to £16.99
  • £2.70 for value up to 39.99
  • Free over £40

Pros and Cons

Cafepress

Pros

  • Wider range of product types, although most of those we wouldn't be interested in anyway
  • Accepts both GBP and EUR
  • XML API available (although doesn't appear to provide the functionality to allow users to buy products through it)

Meh

Cons

  • Quality of products is dubious
  • Only available in English
  • Delivery times are 11-15 business days on cheapest option
  • Commission only paid by cheque

Zazzle

Pros

Meh

  • 7-12 business days for delivery
  • Has an API but which only appears to allow the creation of products
  • Payment available through Paypal or Cheque

Cons

  • Only available in English and German

Spreadshirt

Pros

  • Quality of products is apparently good
  • Site languages include English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch and Polish
  • Accepts payment in local currency matching each language above
  • Lowest delivery costs of all 3 (see #Delivery_Costs)
  • Apparently there is seamless integration into other sites
  • Order are processed within 24-48 hours
  • 20% commission on affiliates scheme
  • Payment direct into bank account

Meh

  • Option for Premium account to remove adverts from shop and spreadshirt logo from shipping.
  • Maximum commission of €15/£10 per item

Cons

  • Lack of non-clothing items


Designs

Some intial design ideas:

2-tone men's t-shirt

Tshirt front Tshirt side Tshirt back

Hooded top

Hoodie front Hoodie side Hoodie back

Women's t-shirt

Womens Tshirt front Womens Tshirt side

Football shirt

Football shirt

Bag

Bag

Mugs

Mug front psql mug Element mug
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