CafePress.com and Stamps.com Join Forces to Bring PhotoStamps to the Millions of Members in the CafePress Marketplace
Los Angeles and San Leandro, CA — July 18, 2005 — Stamps.com® (Nasdaq: STMP), the leading provider of Internet-based postage services, and CafePress.com®, an online marketplace, today announced a partnership to bring PhotoStamps™ – the popular form of postage that lets consumers turn their digital photos, designs or images into valid U.S. postage – to CafePress.com’s millions of members.
Beginning early next month, PhotoStamps will be a customization option for CafePress.com’s shopkeepers and members. Each shopkeeper will be able to provide unique PhotoStamps designs to customers via their individual shops. Shopkeepers will be able to customize the images on the PhotoStamps to reflect the overall theme of their individual shop. Customers may then simply order PhotoStamps from Stamps.com through the regular CafePress order process.
Since 1999, CafePress.com has built a community of more than 2 million people from around the globe who have expressed their creativity on a variety of more than 70 items ranging from t-shirts to bumper stickers to mugs to postcards. Currently, close to 10 million unique products are available through the CafePress Marketplace.
“By joining forces with CafePress.com, we’re able to bring PhotoStamps to a new and extensive network of consumers,” said Stamps.com President and CEO, Ken McBride. “Being able to customize products is something that consumers have embraced rapidly. It’s a trend that we expect will continue to grow, making this partnership a great opportunity for both companies.”
“We’ve always been committed to bringing the public greater freedom of choice and personalization through the CafePress.com Marketplace,” said Fred Durham, co-founder and CEO. “Through the partnership with Stamps.com, clearly the leader in online postage services, we are able to take personalization and customization to an entirely new level by offering shopkeepers the opportunity to send their expressions on PhotoStamps.”
Through the partnership between Stamps.com and CafePress.com, customers will be able to create customized PhotoStamps with images that each CafePress shopkeeper makes available, including pets, vacations, celebrations, events, hobbies and more. PhotoStamps can be used as regular postage to send letters, postcards or packages, and are currently available for the most common mail rates in denominations ranging from $0.23 to $3.85. Each sheet includes 20 individual PhotoStamps.
CafePress.com is an online marketplace that offers sellers complete e-commerce services to independently create and sell a wide variety of personalized products, and offers buyers unique merchandise across virtually every topic. Launched in 1999, CafePress.com is the intersection of entrepreneurship and self-expression – enabling consumers to create their own businesses without inventory or investment and empowering them to express their individuality. CafePress.com manages every aspect of doing business online, including storefront development, site hosting, order management, fulfillment, secure payment processing, and quality customer service. Additional information about CafePress.com is available at http://www.cafepress.com.
About Stamps.com and PhotoStamps
Stamps.com (Nasdaq: STMP) is a leading provider of Internet-based postage services. Stamps.com enables over 375,000 customers to print U.S. Postal Service-approved postage with just a PC, printer and Internet connection, right from their home or office. The Company targets its services to small businesses and home offices, and currently has partnerships with companies including Microsoft, CompUSA, EarthLink, HP, NCR, Office Depot, Vendio and the U.S. Postal Service.
PhotoStamps is a patented Stamps.com product that couples the technology of PC Postage with the simplicity of a web-based image upload and order process. PhotoStamps was extremely popular during the initial market test which was announced on Aug. 10, and ran through Sept. 30, 2004. During that 7 1/2 week period, more than 2.75 million individual PhotoStamps were ordered. PhotoStamps is available under authorization of the U.S. Postal Service for a second, year-long market test that began May 17, 2005.
“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release includes forward-looking statements about our partner’s and our anticipated availability of products that involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors, including the Company’s and our partner’s ability to complete and ship products and obtain or maintain regulatory approval, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, are detailed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission made from time to time by Stamps.com, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Stamps.com undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
Stamps.com, the Stamps.com logo and PhotoStamps are trademarks or registered trademarks of Stamps.com Inc. CafePress.com and CafePress are registered trademarks of CafePress.com, Inc. All other brands and names are property of their respective owners.