Japan’s GMO Pepabo launches marketplace for user-designed crafts



Japanese web hosting company GMO Pepabo Inc. (previously known as Paperboy & Co.) announced today it has launched a marketplace for user-designed crafts (such as T-shirts, iPhone cases, tote bags, and mugs) called Suzuri.

Since payment handling and logistics are provided by the marketplace, it means that amateur designers can start selling their crafts right away without any initial investment or inventory risk.

Using the site, sellers can drag-and-drop an image to easily preview how the product will look when printed, which is helpful when submitting an item to the marketplace.

In this space, we’ve seen already similar services in Taiwan, like as Fandora Shop and Pinkoi. Pinkoi raised funds from Japan’s Infinity Venture Partners last August and is expecting to move into the Japanese market in the coming months.

via TechCrunch Japan