Zazzle is an online marketplace that allows designers and customers to create their own products with independent manufacturers (clothing, posters, etc.), as well as use images from participating companies. Zazzle has partnered with many brands to amass collection of digital images from companies like Disney and Hallmark. Zazzle claims to have over 300 million unique products listed on the site. This is likely possible due to the fact that items are only made when ordered.
Founded in a Palo Alto Garage in 1999 by Robert Beaver and his sons, Bobby and Jeffrey, the Zazzle website did not become live to the public until April 2003. In 2005, Google investors John Doerr and Ram Shriram invested US$16 million into the business. The site was recognized by TechCrunch as 2007’s “best business model” in its first annual “Crunchies” awards, and has been noted by industry experts, such as B. Joseph Pine, for its easy-to-use technology. In 2010, Zazzle was recognized as one of the “Hottest Silicon Valley Companies” by Lead411. It is based in Redwood City, California.
Zazzle.com offers digital printing, and embroidered decoration on their retail apparel items, as well as other personalization techniques and items.
Zazzle.com is a service which enables users to create their own products. Zazzle.com users can create virtually anything, from customized t-shirts to postage stamps. Users can also recieve a commission on products that they sell and design themselves. Zazzle is funded primarily by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers and Sherpalo Ventures, who in 2005 provided $16 million in seres A funding.
Major competitors include Cafepress, Spreadshirt. However, Zazzle’s patented color print technology allows them to manufacture multicolored items, especially t-shirts and other clothing items, for pennies at a time.
• loads of products to sell on
• large selling audience
• pricing is limited to a degree
• slow upload process
• no watermarking
Zazzle is the bargain basement store for selling art. It has so much terrible UGC from non-aesthetic people that the store is full of garbage. It's hard to see and be seen there. That with the frustration of actually trying to get all the products set, is a time consuming effort that is sometimes seemingly a waste of time.