It’s been difficult to find a store that I want to settle into to sell my merch exclusively. So far, it’s been best to sell my shirts from Teespring, because they have some of the cheapest options. As with anything, however, cheapest is not always best. I often worry how long the shirts will hold up through washing, or how much people may have to pay in shipping charges when they order more than one item.
In my search, I stumbled across a site called Design by Humans. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to use it, because you have to be approved for it (unlike most other merch sites) and my merchandise is very niche to the FFTCG Community. I was approved in less than 24 hours though! We are a go!
Each store has it’s own ups and downs. Design by Humans seems to provide a lot more exposure. Similar to Redbubble, it does its own marketing and has a well-designed store front of its own to publicize my merchandise. This is the one thing that Teespring really lacks. DBH’s stickers are also die cut, vs. Teesprings large, awkward rectangles. (They are also cheaper.) Lastly, DBH’s hoodies are the bomb! Customers can choose whether they want my artwork printed on the front and the back, which is great for zip up hoodies, and they are VERY generous with the sizing! I think this is what excited me the most.
So what are the upsides to Teespring?
I’ll be honest, the pay is a bit better at Teespring. I get a bit more of the cut, and I can choose to take out my pay whenever I want. I’m paid out on a monthly basis at DBH. The analytics at Teespring are also really fun to watch and are helpful to know when I’ve made a sale or how many people have been visiting the site. I’m not sure how or why DBH hasn’t caught up on this yet. I had someone buy a hoodie earlier and have no way of knowing who it was to thank them. (I’m pretty sure I know who it is this time, but I won’t next time).
Overall, I need a bit more time to see which site does better. I’m definitely interested to see how the customer service, shipping, and quality fare for DBH in comparison to Teespring. So far with Teespring, I’ve had one customer receive the wrong shirt, and one shipment lost out of about 35 products sold.
Check out my shops here:
Design By Humans: https://www.designbyhumans.com/shop/kaylachristineart/
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