Recently I started a gallery on zazzle.com. I have been trying to add a small panel to this blog showing some of the products, but haven’t been able to do that yet. I think my web genius friend, Nadine, is going to solve this problem for me. I know just enough about websites to know that there’s tons I don’t know. Anyway, zazzle.com is a print on demand company that lets you put your own images and designs onto the products that they then print and ship. I was won over to zazzle by the fact that you can make your own SNEAKERS! In fact, I won a “Today’s Best Award” at zazzle for one of my sneaker designs that I made from a photograph of a zebra I took at the Oakland Zoo.
The other unique product you can make at zazzle is a tie. I ordered one for George, and wasn’t ecstatic about the quality. They’re polyester, and I’m used to my own perfect prints on silk or soft cotton, and I wasn’t impressed about the slight lack of sharpness they achieved with the polyester. But I’ll probably order another to make sure.
Otherwise, you can get the normal products that other print on demand services offer, including custom postage, cards and prints, mugs, t-shirts, buttons, magnets, etc. I’ve been very impressed with the quality of everything I’ve ordered other than the tie. I have gotten several t-shirts, mugs and postcards.
For me, the strength of the zazzle website is in instantly seeing how my designs look on different products. It’s incredible that you can just click the template for a product, upload your design, and see how it would work as a sneaker! Getting a gallery is free, and you choose the amount of the royalty you want to get from anything that sells. If you have a gallery and you order your own products you pay a basic rate. They have a somewhat complicated discount program that I’m not even going to try to explain.
Their customer service is incredibly good. I have called and emailed questions and get responses very quickly. I bought some of my own things to sell and wanted to use my tax exempt status, since they’re in California. They responded almost instantly with a clear and easy explanation of how I could do that. I remember trying to use my tax exempt certificate with smugmug about a year ago and being told they weren’t set up to handle it.