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CafePress has been around since 1999. They did well initially, but there’s one sentence in this story that really hit me hard:

CafePress’ biggest problem is that building your own ecommerce store isn’t as hard as it used to be.

Isn’t that the truth?!

There are a variety of ways that you can now build your own e-commerce store. All the popular CMSs have plug-ins that allow you to add a store to your site. WordPress has a come a long way in this regard. Joomla was one of the early forerunners.

You can also add a store to your Facebook page. And of course there are Etsy and eBay. You can even sell items through Amazon, the largest online retail department store.

Then there’s CafePress.

I don’t want to knock them. It seems that they’ve made some great strides recently by adding new features. For starters, if you have a CafePress store, you can make it more design-oriented. Also, it is much more social now, which is a good thing. Without social media commerce abilities CafePress would get left in the dust.

If you’re looking for a new way to sell your custom-made items, try CafePress. It’s the same site with and updated twist. Maybe they’ll stick around for awhile.

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