I’ve been selling my designs on a Print On Demand website, called TeePublic for several years now. So, I decided to share my experience with you!
Read on to find out more about selling art on TeePublic and see if it might work for you!
First Impressions of TeePublic
- This POD is very T-shirt focused (it is TeePublic after all).
- Prices are comparatively very reasonable. Maybe your friends/family won’t pay $30 for your t-shirt but they might be willing to pay $14!
- Caters to branded and/or fan art. (Personally I avoid this because I’m not willing to have my stuff taken down due to copyright infringement)
- Punny and funny designs also seem to do well.
- Owned by Redbubble.
Ease of Upload
- Very quick and simple uploading process. Few steps.
- Intuitive tagging (suggestions come up even before you start typing)!
- Must use a .png image for the t-shirts (ie. no background).
- You can upload patterns for some products like pillows or totes, but you can only use one version of the image, you can’t upload a different file for the t-shirt (so in that case there would be no t-shirt for that design).
- As mentioned above, there is no ability to upload multiple versions of the same design to suit a different product type, so keep this in mind.
- You can resize and centre your design easily.
- Pretty basic. Focus is on the design and T-shirts.
- No models, just images of the products by themselves.
Here is a screenshot of my (old) store front:
T-shirt product page display:
Products and Pricing
- A fairly small range of products but they are quite affordable.
- Basic t-shirts are $14 for the first 3 days after upload, then they go up to $20.
- T-shirts go on sale for $14 at least 1x per month. (Other products go on sale too)
- A wide variety of shirt styles including hoodies and kids’ clothing are available.
- They also have stickers, totes, tapestries, phone cases, mugs, pillows, notebooks and prints.
- Prices in USD.
- Starts at $5.99 to the U.S. and Canada.
- Paypal or Payoneer payment options.
- Paid monthly on the 15th for previous month’s earnings.
- Affiliate program available, but you have to apply.
- They also have a “refer an artist” program, where you can potentially get paid if you refer someone to open a store and they make sales.
- There is a Facebook group but it isn’t very active.
- No obvious forum.
- Ability to follow other designers but not to like their individual works.
- Less sense of community than other platforms such as Zazzle or Redbubble.
- You will get an e-mail once a month or so letting you know about upcoming sales.
- In this email are links to download various advertisement templates catered to different social media platforms, which can be used and edited in Photoshop.
- Teepublic advertises their top design picks on the homepage and through e-mail campaigns so if you can get noticed by them, they’ll do the work for you!
- If your work is very graphic, and especially if you do fan art, TeePublic could be a great option for you.
- Their website and uploading process is simple and easy to use.
- Their affordable prices, especially $14 T-shirts, is an excellent way to entice buyers.
So, what are you waiting for?