I’ve finally received my own T-shirts in the mail in the last few days and it’s made me go into the room full of mirrors and take a long hard look.
I ordered a charcoal colored dark tee and an UrSaab polo because I wanted to assess the quality of the two products – something I should have done before offering them for sale. I had ordered from Cafepress before with great results, so I placed my faith in them with these. Whilst only feeling slightly let down myself, the kicker for me is that I’ve offered them for sale.
I ordered the polo in too large a size and the print has ended up near my shoulder rather than on the normal pocket area around the left pectoral (do we guys have ‘breasts’?). The image quality is actually very good and I have no complaints about that at all. The shirt is quite comfortable, too. Good value from that standpoint. But the image placement is a cause for concern. I think it’s caused by the fact that it’s an oversize shirt (I got a XXL thinking in terms of sizes for clothes made in China). Stretch the shoulder area out and it looks like it’s placed OK, but the way it sits when I’m wearing it is a little annoying.
The dark tees are a beta product from Cafepress and while I’ll happily keep mine, the print quality isn’t as good as that on a white shirt. I asked PT what he thought of his and he was honest enough to give it a 7 out of 10 and I’d have to agree. And that’s not good enough if I’m asking you to spend money on them.
If anyone out there has any problems with the print quality of their shirt and it looks like a manufacturing issue, Cafepress have a pretty decent returns policy and I’m sure they’ll be open to hearing what you have to say. I’ll happily reimburse you for any freight costs incurred as a result. But that’s not all….
I will not have people being inconsolably unhappy on my account. If anyone is unhappy with the product, can’t resolve it with Cafepress and wants their money returned then please email me. I’ll keep your request in fullest confidence. You can keep the shirt and there will be no hard feelings whatsoever.
I really appreciate the fact that people have thought enough of this site to support it with some of their hard-earned. I think the print quality issues will mainly be confined to the Viggen dark tee, but I’m opening this up to anyone who’s bought a shirt and is unhappy.
No questions asked and please don’t be bashful. I can’t stand the thought that someone’s got a dodgy product from me and my reputation (and your happiness) is much more important than a trip to Sweden.
I’m looking into sourcing shirts through Spreadshirt. They have a more complex system that provides for a better print for things like the Viggen, UrSaab and 900 logo designs.
Ivan has been helping me in the last 24 hours, getting the designs in the right file format and I can’t thank him enough for his assistance. The other added bonus with Spreadshirt is that they have operations in the US and in Europe so it’ll cut the cost of freight for Europeans as Cafepress was US based only.
I’ll be ordering a sample this time around and making the shirts available as soon as I’m satisfied with the results.
The cafepress stores remain open in the meantime. As mentioned, I’m quite sure that the items printed on white should be OK.