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Founded in 2002 by Lukasz Gadowski, Spreadshirt offers an online shopping site where users can purchase shirts designed by either Spreadshirt or the community in its marketplace. Spreadshirt also offers a t-shirt creation application for potential buyers where the user can write text on a shirt or pick from different graphics and designs.
With its nearing 300 current employees, Germany based Spreadshirt, plans to use the funding to add new products and capabilities to its online platform and also begin to tap into the US market where it will be going heads up against, San Mateo, CA, based Café Press, which offers basically the same service. Spreadshirt currently has offices in Germany, UK, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Ireland, France and the USA.
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Founded in Germany by graduate student Lukasz Gadowski, Spreadshirt is an online platform for apparel merchandising that allows internet site operators to create their own online shops for free and sell customized products. Spreadshirt makes it possible for private and commercial internet site operators to market their homepages quickly, simply, and independently. Internet site operators can create an online shop with individually created products and connect it with their homepage within minutes. To operate a Spreadshirt shop, you just need Internet access, your own designs or logo, and to market your shop online. Spreadshirt will take care of the rest from payment processing, production, and shipping to after-sales service.
There are already more than 300,000 existing Spreadshirt shop owners. These consist of private individuals, companies, organizations, bands and artists. We have over 80 printable products available to you. The use of our designs and setting up a shop is free. As a shop owner, you can earn commission (individually determined) on every order through your Spreadshirt shop.
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CafePress.com is an online marketplace that offers sellers complete e-commerce services to independently create and sell a wide variety of products, and offers buyers unique merchandise across virtually every topic. Launched in 1999, CafePress.com has empowered individuals, organizations and businesses to create, buy and sell customized merchandise online using the company's unique print-on-demand and e-commerce services. Today, CafePress.com is a growing network of over 6.5 million members who have unleashed their creativity to transform their artwork and ideas into unique gifts and new revenue streams.
Our members have created over 150 million unique products on customizable merchandise ranging from apparel, home and office accessories to music and data CDs and books to prints, posters and cards.
Powering independently-run shops as well as syndicated and corporate stores, we manage every aspect of doing business online, including storefront development, site hosting, order management, fulfillment, secure payment processing, and quality customer service - enabling anyone to open a free shop with no upfront costs and no inventory to manage. CafePress.com is a privately owned, profitable company based in Foster City, California.