The other day, I said I was bullish on e-commerce startups, as I suspect that there's been a dearth of innovation in this sector: Amazon has been unassailed for too long, and surely there's more to winning the game than low prices and big selection... right? I listed a few of them above.
Anyway, Peter Kafka reminded me of another example: Threadless, the kind-of-hip but also kind-of-not-hip online T-shirt company. The smart twist: users can submit t-shirt designs and others can vote on them. IAC-owned BustedTees also lets folks submit T-shirts (for a chance to win $150!) but I don't think they have the voting part. Plus those guys are pretty clever, so probably no need to crowdsource the design.
Personally, I'm rather resentful of all the online T-Shirt companies cause they never take any of my ideas like:
-- Capitalists do it with arbitrage.
-- Fronton! (with a drawing of a jai alai player flinging the ball)
-- My Boss is a Jewish-Vegan Carpenter (picture of Jesus... yeah, yeah I know)
-- Yes Virginia, There is an Establishment Clause
Their loss, no?