I hope you’ve had a chance to read Part 1, but if not you can do so here.
Now, carrying on from where we left off….
On Zazzle you will get paid once your balance clears $50. You can request a payout to Paypal, or reach $100 to request a cheque.
Society6 pays automatically to Paypal, any balance on the 1st of the month following the 30 day clearance period. I am not sure if any other payment methods are available from them.
Quality of Products
It’s hard to compare the quality of items since I’ve purchased different types of items from each store. However, I think the products on Society6 look slightly nicer.
Society6 carries American Apparel brand, so their apparel is consistent quality but not *the best* in my opinion (shirts are a little thin). The cell phone case (see above) I purchased from them was OK, but didn’t provide much in the way of protection for my phone. The design looked quite nice and crisp however.
I ordered a biker tank from Society6 which has a nice image, but is very large (granted, it was unisex).
Zazzle’s t-shirts are nice quality but the print fades after awhile (after several washes), which is to be expected. Some mugs I received looked OK but the image was little fuzzy. This may have been my fault due to not uploading high enough quality images). The trucker hat (see above) I ordered was pretty nice and the detailed image came out clear.
Another point about Zazzle is that there are A LOT of products to choose from, and new items are added on a regular basis. This can be a little overwhelming. But, since there are so many options you can create niche stores for things like just t-shirts or baked goods or only home decor products for example. Personally, I am a little haphazard in my store and just make whatever my designs look the best on!
Society6 has a more refined list of products available in their store but they do add new products quite often. Their recently added throw blankets look really nice and cozy.
Marketing of Products
Zazzle takes the cake in this regard, for having the simplest marketing options available. They have an easy “sharing” section on the product page where you can copy and paste different links, share to social media, or select a nicely laid out clickable product image with options for both HTML or BBCode. You don’t need to know any coding or even have an image editing software in order to advertise your products.
Under Zazzle‘s Affiliates section you will find various sized banners which you can use to generate referral traffic. If someone makes a purchase through those links you will receive referral income. Keep in mind — you can also received referral income on your own products ON TOP of your regular royalty!
Society6 has a curator link (similar to an affiliate link) on each product page. You can receive royalty on your own products or anyone else’s using this link.
One marketing initiative that Society6 does well is they will send an email before a big sale, such as Black Friday for example. In this email they provide you with templates overlays to help you create ads for your store so they look nice and consistent.
Unfortunately the shipping costs to Canada on Zazzle can be pretty high. If you are in the U.S. however, then their shipping rates are more affordable. They even have free shipping promotions (only one time in a year did I see this promotion though).
Society6, on the other hand, often has FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE promotions. Sometimes the promotion is site-wide, while other times they give you a special link for just your friends and customers. However, not ALL products qualify for free shipping, like the framed prints. They do a promotion like this just about once a month though which is awesome.
Which one of these websites is better?
I think that is something you have to decide for yourself! There are a lot of factors to take into consideration such as your art style, how comfortable you are with HTML coding, and how much time you have to put the work in for designing and advertising your products.
In my opinion, if you’re trying to sell prints of your fine art then Society6 might be better for you. If you like design and making text-based graphic t-shirts and invitations then Zazzle will be your thing. Try both and see what works for you!
I hope you have found this guide detailing the differences between Zazzle vs. Society useful. Feel free to leave any questions or comments below, and follow my blog if you like what you’ve seen here!
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