The primary purpose behind Wild Raccoon Press gift shops is to create quote-based products. After using both platforms, I can honestly say Zazzle is significantly easier to use and creates a much better looking shop. While I have not given up on CafePress (yet), I fully understand why so many bloggers and artists are choosing Zazzle as their primary gift-shop platform.
Quote shirts (and gifts) are a mainstay of coffee shops and bookstores everywhere. Placing a selection of text, followed by the author and title, on an article of clothing or a coffee mug is a common gift-shop offering. As I delved into this area of creative design, I was surprised to learn that some quotes and authors are more likely to be censured than others.
For example, I posted quotes from World War Z by Max Brooks (made into a 2013 movie), M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman (no movie), Gold Runner by Tessa Gratton (no movie), and the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth (made into a 2014 movie with a sequel scheduled for 2016). The only quotes Zazzle removed for ‘breaking copyright policy’ were those pulled from the Divergent Series.
I guess some authors/publishers are more protective of their quotes then others. Or, maybe, it’s just timing – it’s possible the World War Z quotes would have been blocked back in 2013.
I really liked the attitude presented by the Divergent quotes, so I created a few ‘inspired by’ slogans. They are based on quotes previously posted to this blog, specifically: Preparation and Bravery and the Dauntless Manifesto.
I like them. If you see me wearing one, please tell me what you think.