A Digital Printing Network
I have gained enough experience to quote on site or what I want to do a particular job - that will handle that part of the question. As to the other part - I have an online program for design shirts that I might put in the shop and go from there. As far as offering online - I often get designs that are designed on other sites and brought in for quotes and end up with the job. my HO.
We have looked at several of these, but most of them are either really expensive upfront (thousands) and then a couple to a few hundred per month or they are inexpensive upfront (a couple of hundred dollars) and then they add a small monthly fee ($60 - $100) PLUS a percentage of your sales (3-10%)! I think the percentage scheme is non-sense myself since I don't see why it is their business what I am charging for the product being designed with the tool that we are producing.
We are strongly considering developing our own system to do this, but would like to gauge the interest first. If anyone has any input on what they would like to see this do, feature-wise, and what price point is being sought, feel free to let me know and we may move this forward sooner than later.
I have been watching the development of this open source designer add on for websites.
The designer has it in beta right now. The guy that is writing this software writes macros and design add ons for CorelDraw. He has released a design base add on for free and you then add art packs for a fee.
I think we are following the same thing here. On t-shirt forums these is a member advancedartist that is developing a ope source program. bet it the sameone.