Zazzle and Printfection. Why They are so Cool.

I started my Zazzle and my prinfection stores about 4 months ago and absolutely love them. I haven't made an extreme amount of money but like everything, it does take time. Although I have earned a lot more money on Zazzle and Printfection than I have on Squidoo or Hubpages. Which is fine I know that anything worth doing is worth waiting for. To me Hubpages is more of a release where I can exercise my ability to write and I am not holding my breath about money on hubpages.

Hubpages, however is a great forum for would be writers, and I know there is money to be had here as long as you write original content and are patient in getting there. I love hubpages and hope to be a success here. So far I have recognized that the people here are very friendly and encouraging to one another and that means a lot to me.

Some Zazzle designs

This is an example of my vintage image on stamps
This is an example of my vintage image on stamps
This is an image on a magnet
This is an image on a magnet
This is another style of magnet
This is another style of magnet
This is another magnet
This is another magnet
This is a coffee cup with the Titanic image which I have sold numerous of, especially on ties
This is a coffee cup with the Titanic image which I have sold numerous of, especially on ties

Zazzle, Zazzle, Zazzle

The great thing about Zazzle is that you don't have to be a great artist or even a great grahic artist. If you are however, more power to you and you can really show off your art on Zazzle.

How Zazzle works is that you sign up with an account there and it is very easy. Once you sign up then you can customize your store anyway you want. There are ready made templates that they offer or you can upload whatever images you want to decorate your store with. The more original your customization the better and it attracts more people to your store.

Once you have your store customized then you can start uploading your designs onto the products that Zazzle has to offer such as, coffee cups, magnets, greeting cards,keychains, t-shirts and many other products.

It really helps to have a niche for your products. I love vintage pictures, any vintage pictures will do for me. I have gone through countless places in order to find the vintage pictures that I want for my stores, but the thing is, it has to be an image that is not copyrighted anymore. Since all of my images were done way before the turn of the century or before, they do not have a copyright and are in the free domain, which means you can pretty much do whatever you want, non-commercially or commercially, whatever you want.

The only thing is you have to really read the fine print on most of these sights to make sure that they allow you to use the images commercially, sometimes they just want you to mention where you got the images, but still make sure you are not stepping on any toes because Zazzle will pull your image if it is still coyprighted.

The great thing about zazzle is that you just upload your image to whatever product and once you sell it, you get a commission of the sale and you can even set how much your commission will be, of course you don't want to price it so high that no one will buy it, you have to be reasonable so it sells. Once it is sold you do nothing, Zazzle prints it for you, sends it to your customer and your logo is printed on the package. Very easy.

This is another vintage picture that I use for several items.
This is another vintage picture that I use for several items.
This is one of my vintage designs on a cup
This is one of my vintage designs on a cup
This is my favorite design on a mousepad but I have used it on several items
This is my favorite design on a mousepad but I have used it on several items
This is an example of a t-shirt design
This is an example of a t-shirt design
I love this angel, its one of my favorites
I love this angel, its one of my favorites
This design is on a mousepad as well and the picture is circa 1900
This design is on a mousepad as well and the picture is circa 1900
Another vintage picture on the many totebags that they offer
Another vintage picture on the many totebags that they offer
I absoultely love the colors in the dress this vintage lady is wearing
I absoultely love the colors in the dress this vintage lady is wearing
This is an example of an old ad on a travel mug
This is an example of an old ad on a travel mug

My Printfection Store

Now Printfection is pretty much the same set up, you can use whatever design you want. Some people want to just sell t-shirts, some people just want to sell coffee cups, the whole thing is that you can do whatever you want to do and that is the beauty of it. Of course my niche is vintage items because they sell well and there are a lot of people out there like myself who love retro, classic, vintage images as opposed to more modern stuff.

Printfection works almost the same as Zazzle, although on Printfection there are different style of clothing and houseware items to print on. There are also some houseware items on Printfection that are very nice such as the totebags and the cutting boards and travel mugs as well as skeins. The both sights have many similar items to sell. Zazzle however has more paper items, such as stationary, greeting cards, postcards and stamps. EIther way, they both have a lot to offer and on Printfection you can also set the commission that you want to receive yourself. They also do the printing and they send the items to your customer and all you do is wait for the money to go to your paypal account. Easy. 

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

I love these vintage photographs and did my room in a Victorian them several years ago. I've never heard of Zazzle however...Thanks for the update, ladyjane!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

You are welcome Ann and if you are good at designing stuff yourself you have a better chance of selling your goods. But it is quite easy. Glad you liked it.


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Fitria Manggiasih 6 years ago from Surabaya, Indonesia

That sounds a great thing to be tried and it gave me new knowledge for me. By the way, i like those nice pictures.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Fitira I love those vintage pictures myself and they are very popular now. Hope you give it a try at zazzle or printfection they are so easy to use. Thanks for dropping by.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

Great information. I am bookmarking and sharing.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Tammy glad you found it informative.


Jenny 6 years ago

Thank you. I love it!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Your welcome glad you like it.


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Sounds like a cool idea, am glad you are makin a few dollars out of it but hey a smart chick like you, soon you will be a millionaire and then I am a comin to get ya ; )


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Sounds like a cool idea, am glad you are makin a few dollars out of it but hey a smart chick like you, soon you will be a millionaire and then I am a comin to get ya ; )


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

thanks dude and you are welcome to come get me! lol


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Belinda Hodge 6 years ago from Brisbane Australia

What a great idea you've come up with - I've bookmarked your stores for future gift ideas! Great work, and I wish you success!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Belinda for visiting my hub and I appreciate your comments and for bookmarking me a:)


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Bigtoad 6 years ago

well put together piece. i'm with Zazzle also and your points are well taken. My store needs a grand opening guess i need to get started. The art of that time is classic to say the least


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Bigtoad I appreciate you taking the time to read my hub and I would love to see what you have in your store feel free to send me your link.


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BrandyH 6 years ago from North Carolina

I am also a zazzle fan and am pleased to find another place that is similar. I'll be working on Printfection soon. I like your vintage images, they are quite nice.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

BrandyH thank you for your compliment, I think you would really like printfection as well, good luck with it.


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raemay38 6 years ago from Miami, FL

I bought christmas stamps at Zazzle.com and I went to post office and clerk behind desk said those were beautiful they really were. Best Christmas stamps but they cost more then regular stamps. If you want a classy stamp shop at zazzle.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you raemay that is nice of you to say I love their stamps as well and yea they are a little more expensive. Appreciate your visiting.


vins 6 years ago

nice article i like it very much


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Vins thank you for your kind comments.


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Steve 3.0 6 years ago from Cornwall UK

Like the old photos. I have a few of my photos on zazzle and had a few sales. Will have to spend some time uploading more there. Haven't heard of Printfection but will check it out now.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Steve thanks for reading. If you like zazzle then you'll like printfection as well. goodluck


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

I'm a fan - your selections are just lovely. I admire your presentation and I fully understand that it's a relaxation to present here on Hubpages without the pressure of needing to sell so much. You do gorgeous work!!!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Nellieanna you are a sweetheart I appreciate you reading my hub. You always have something cheerful to say, thank you. You once again made my day. Blessings.


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HubCrafter 6 years ago from Arizona

Hi ladyjane 1:

Loved your hub. The more I hear about zazzle, the more I want to try it.

BUT....being a creative type born without a marketing/networking/social bookmarking bone in my body (lol) ...I'm a little reluctant.

I'd love to hook up with another creative or marketing soul though....

HubCrafter


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

That may be a way to go for you. I promote my zazzle and printfection the way I promote my hubs and even take out as many free classified ads as I can and also use business cards with all my online business's and just tell everyone. I promote on facebook and twitter. There are many ways to promote your business. Im not an expert either and I haven't had my store very long but perserverance they say is the key, So good luck. And thanks for reading.


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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

I finally got a chance to read this hub....very cool and interesting stuff. I too have a zazzle store - it's so easy to set up. Thanks for sharing all this info. Cheers!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hello Whidbeywriter hope your zazzle store is doing well. cheers.


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LorriG 5 years ago from Oceanside, CA

Thanks for the information! I'm going to head over to Zazzle and check it out.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

LorriG thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy it. cheers.


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dsickels 5 years ago from Ohio

Great advice! I knew you could design clothing and coffee mugs at Zazzle, but I had no idea you could make any sort of profit from it!


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

dsickels thanks for visiting and yes you can make a profit. You are welcome to visit my site, the link is on my profile page. Cheers and good luck.


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superbob17 5 years ago

Very Nice Hub. This is helpful because I am just starting to get involved with Zazzle and Printfection myself.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

superbob thanks for reading and Im glad that you found it useful. Good luck with your zazzle store...cheers.


StiffyStyle 5 years ago

Ladyjane,

Your products are very nice! I use printfection and what I love about them is that you can completely customize your storefront farrrrr better than zazzle. I recommend that you look into doing the same if you really want to see a growth in sales because great products don't sell without great marketing (which needs personality!). If you want to see my customized store check out and let me know if you have any questions http://udayton.stiffystyle.com/

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