Archive for November, 2005

Empowering Contributors

November 28, 2005

Contributors are the magic behind the wonderful products you can find at Zazzle and we are always excited to see the new products that have been added each day.

bulb_card_sz150.jpgWe want to provide contributors with the tools to share their creations with others. Features like email-a-friend, gallery & product links, the associates program and more are all a step in this direction but we have much more to do. Our efforts with the Zazzle newsletters and our marketing efforts are steps we have taken to provide contributors with a larger audience and a way to be noticed.

Recently, Zazzle Contributor gingerbloke (a.k.a. Justin Hill) was approached by a Florida-based company to create screensavers and wallpaper for mobile phones. They saw his gallery on Zazzle and knew it would be a perfect fit.

snowman_stamp_sz150.jpg“Thanks to Zazzle, I am now a licensed artist,” writes Justin. “In 25 years of drawing and creating art, this is the first time anything like this has happened to me … so a big thanks goes out to you and the Zazzle team. I couldn’t of done it without you.”

The Zazzle Team wishes you continued success, Justin! Thanks for being such a great part of the Zazzle community! See Justin’s products.

- Zazzle Community Team

Zazzle Your Holidays!

November 24, 2005

holiday_card_sz150.jpgToday, we launched a simple and easy way to find the perfect holiday gifts for your family and friends. Quickly browse through a huge selection of shirts, posters, stamps, and cards with a single click of the mouse. Shop from amazing collections like Disney, Star Wars, Family Guy, Build-a-Bear, Neopets, Marvel Comics, and much more!

snowman_stamp_sz100.jpgLooking for gift ideas? You can also search for products that match specific personal interests. Explore categories like “Sport Nut,” “Couch Potato,” “Star Gazer” and “Hipster” for creative and unique gifts that you can customize to add that personal touch to your holiday shopping.

One more item to note is the spread of the “flippy” from the Zazzle Shopping Cart to the Gift Center. The flippy is a tool the Zazzle Engineering team created to enable an easily visible refresh of content, in this case the text for the title and number of products in the scrolly. Enjoy!

Check out the gift center and click on a special collection or interest to view products from that category!

- Zazzle Product Team

What’s your superpower?

November 23, 2005

badge-marvelnew.jpgDecide for yourself! For the first time ever, Marvel fans can customize apparel and prints with the Super Heroes of their choice. Choose from hundreds of awesome images featuring Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and many others!marvel_poster_sz150.jpg


Select shirts and posters from a variety of available styles, sizes, and colors. Personalize each creation with names and cool phrases. With Zazzle, you now have the power to choose your favorite Super Heroes and make them your own. Get Started Now!!!

marvel_shirt_sz150.jpg- Thor
- Silver Surfer
- Dr. Doom
- Human Torch
- Invisible Woman
- Mr. Fantastic
- The Thing

- Zazzle Special Collection Team
Note: TM & © 2005 MARVEL. This announcement is produced under MARVEL license.

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing®!!

November 23, 2005

ims_shirt_sz150.jpgGentlemen, Start Your Engines®!!! The Indianapolis Motor Speedway® has partnered with Zazzle to offer you the ability to customize shirts and prints featuring official logos from your favorite races including the Indy 500® and the Allstate® 400 at the Brickyard®. Add names and phrases to the posters and play around with sizes and fonts until your shirt or poster is just the way you like it. Ladies and gentlemen, The Greatest Spectacle in Racing® has arrived. Make it your own!

…this is one race you don’t want to miss.

- Zazzle Special Collection Team

Breaking news – $0.39 postage is now available!

November 22, 2005

On November 14th, the Governors of the U.S. Postal Service voted to increase postal rates and fees with the change taking effect January 8th, 2006. The new rates are viewable on the USPS website.

coolest_couple39_sz200.jpgHere at Zazzle, we know that many of our users are preparing for the holidays and since customized postage makes such a great gift, we wanted to make sure that you would be able to purchase ZazzleStamps with the new postage rates in place. After many hours of hard work, the team has finished the changes to the site and starting today, we are proud to be the first licensed vendor of Customized PC Postage to offer denominations of $0.24, $0.39, $0.52, $0.63, $0.87, $1.11 and $4.05.

For a limited time, pricing for a sheet of $0.39 customized postage will be the same as for a sheet of $0.37 customized postage. A complete list of the new postage rates and cost per sheet is available as well.

Get started on making a ZazzleStamp (real U.S. Postage!) and visit our Holiday Card Center.

- Zazzle Website Team

Flock Postage Design Contest!

November 18, 2005

Since the launch of ZazzleStamps in July, we have been excited by the opportunity to create new avenues for users to make and share their custom postage creations. Through our partnership with Flickr, we were able to bring postage customization to an environment rich in tagging, group sharing and blogging.

flock_design_a_sz200.jpgWe knew that new ideas would emerge and sure enough, the folks at Flock, the Social Browser of the Web 2.0 movement, have created a postage design contest to create the first Flock-inspired postage.

Chris Messina, a member of the Flock team, writes, “So how about this? You design some kind of way cool Flock-inspired postage stamp and we’ll print it. I can’t say how many we’ll print, but chances are it’ll be a few (since we’ll need stamps to send out the shirt we’ll give you in exchange for your entry!).”

flock_design_b_sz200.jpgThey have extended the contest until the end of November so be sure to check out the existing submissions and enter your own design! On flickr, use the tag “flockstamp” to ensure your submission is visible in the contest. Flock is an exciting new application that merges functionality from social bookmarking (Del.icio.us), blogging and photosharing into the browser. Click here to learn more about the contest.

- Zazzle Community Team

Adopt Stewie for Thanksgiving Contest

November 14, 2005

The Zazzle team loves Family Guy! To celebrate the upcoming holidays, we joined forces with Fox Licensing and Merchandising to create the “Adopt Stewie for Thanksgiving” Contest.

Fans who participate in the contest can design t-shirts carrying individual or group photos to see if they could be the lucky bunch to take Stewie home for Thanksgiving. Once a design is submitted, visitors to the contest page can vote one through ten on the designs depending on the type of home they think the new family would offer Stewie.

Winners of the contest will receive free shirts from the Family Guy Special Collection and copies of the latest Family Guy DVD. While one draw is definitely the prize, the real draw is rating the photos and seeing how Stewie feels with those ratings. Check-it out for yourself. Click through a couple of the designs or try your luck and enter the contest!

In Stewie’s words, what the deuce are your waiting for?!

- Zazzle Special Collection Team

Zazzle Goes Dark!

November 7, 2005

We’re thrilled to announce our brand new process for printing full-color designs directly on dark apparel. Check out your design on black, navy blue, red, deep forest and dark grey t-shirts. Check out Dark Apparel!

- The Zazzle Product Team

Scooby-Doo Mystery: SOLVED!

November 4, 2005

Scooby_Longshirt_sz125.jpgZazzle has sleuthed out the mystery of where to find custom fashion Scooby-Doo products by introducing, for the first time ever, The Scooby-Doo Special Collection. Scooby-Doo fans can now customize apparel with their favorite Scooby-Doo characters and phrases—and then some. You can choose from Scooby, Daphne, Fred, Velma, Shaggy, the Mystery Machine and more!

Scooby_shirt_sz125.jpgIn addition, we have launched the Big Fan on Campus Sweepstakes which anyone can enter! The prize is free customizable shirts and video games for your child and 24 of his (or her) classmates. Scooby-Doo is ready for the custom generation!

- Zazzle Special Collection Team

Star Wars!

November 3, 2005

The light side or the dark side? Decide for yourself! For the first time ever, customize apparel and posters with your favorite Star Wars characters. Star Wars fans can choose from a variety of galleries featuring Darth Vader, Yoda, Anakin and Obi-Wan among others. You can personalize each shirt or poster with the names of your choice and a wide selection of phrases.

Here are some of our favorites!

Sith: Seeking an Apprentice
Clone Troopers: Cloned to Be Wild
Chewbacca: I’d Just as Soon Kiss a Wookiee
Darth Vader: World’s Greatest Dad
Yoda: Judge Me By My Size, Do You?
Obi-Wan: Flying is for Droids

May the force be with you!

- Zazzle Special Collection Team


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