On-Demand T-Shirt Printing Review – Part 3

by liz on July 23, 2008

in reviews, t-shirt printing

Jumping into the middle of things? Don’t miss part 1 and part 2.

SpreadShirt
www.spreadshirt.com

To my understanding, Spreadshirt has slowly been taking the world by storm though I don’t want to make too many such comments as they are a German based company.

Their site is nice.

While I haven’t felt the need to mention account creation in my reviews of the previous sites I must say something here. They ask for too much information. We haven’t even gotten to first base yet and you want to know all of my prior flings? Hold on now. If you are a web based business, why do you need to know where I live? This is the 21st century. I could be on any continent running a business. My address shouldn’t matter, but I digress.

Needless to say, the shop creation took a bit longer with these guys than with Cafepress or the ultra speedy Printfection. You do get some nice premium level features for your shop though including: eight shop themes and multiple language/currency support.

When it comes to shirts and colors, Spreadshirt has the most options I’ve seen so far. When choosing shirts, you get to encounter one of the two unique features that Spreadshirt has made their name on… personalized commission percentages.

Want to make 100% commission off of each shirt? No problem, though the price of the shirt does magically double for your customers when you do that… weird huh?

I mentioned that Spreadshirt had two unique features didn’t I? You wouldn’t call me a liar would you?

Seriously though, if you are a designer that has no want to sell shirts but simply wants to sell your designs, Spreadshirt is the place for you.

What does that mean for budding designers? It means that you can make money selling other peoples designs. For some reason that makes me feel dirty.

Going to shower now…

I’m back and feeling much better.

Ok, so besides the Open Source use of designs, what else makes Spreadshirt special? Well they do more than Digital Printing. Great right? Well maybe.

They use flex (aka Vinyl) and Flock (similar to Vinyl) and heat press them. What does this mean to you the budding designer? It means that if you don’t want to go down the Digital Printing path, you are limited to three color designs. Unless you want to use their writable flex (why god? why?) or specialty flex (glow-in-the-dark or glittery) where you only get one color.

If you are into vinyl (the safe word is banana) then this site may suit your needs, otherwise I would suggest that the serious designers move along.

Pros

  • They do more than just digital printing with the addition of flex and flock
  • Some Premium Level shop features come free-of-charge
  • Almost every shirt color imaginable
  • You don’t need to BYOD (Bring Your Own Design), they have lots to choose from
  • Lets you make money when other people sell your designs

Cons

  • Weird site navigation
  • Account creation requires too much information
  • Flex and Flock, while another option for designers, is not suited to designs with high color counts
  • The lack of shirt vendor choice makes me sad across all of the sites thus far

Stay tuned for tomorrow, when we take a look at Wordans!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jana Eggers July 29, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Hi, Jason,

First, thanks for this series. The folks here at Spreadshirt have enjoyed it.

Just wanted to clarify a couple of things.
* Yeah, I know we get personal. The reason is that we pay you. Most Web sites/companies don’t. Because of this we have some legal requirements that they don’t. We have thought about waiting to gather this information when you have some money to be paid, as then we wouldn’t be so forward, our relationship would have progressed. ;-)

* Digital printing is great, and yes, it has full color. But Flock and Flex offer the best quality (in terms of durability) and vibrance by their nature. This is why serious designers love these materials. So, we’ve found that serious designers stay with us, because we can do digital printing and plot printing both. And keep an eye out, as we will continue to add more!

* Can you tell us more about what you want for shirt choice? We push to have the largest selection available, and we want the feedback. To give you an example, for men’s short-sleeve tees alone we have 11 styles from 7 vendors. For women, it is 14 styles from 8 vendors. And those are available in more colors than I could count.

* As far as uniqueness, we look at our focus on apparel, our strength in customization of shops, our diversity in options (marketplace, shop, direct, digital, plot, etc.), our passion for creativity and design, and our outstanding customer service as our strengths.

Again, thanks for the reviews!

Best regards,
Jana
CEO, Spreadshirt

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Jana Eggers July 29, 2008 at 11:51 am

Hi, Jason,

First, thanks for this series. The folks here at Spreadshirt have enjoyed it.

Just wanted to clarify a couple of things.
* Yeah, I know we get personal. The reason is that we pay you. Most Web sites/companies don’t. Because of this we have some legal requirements that they don’t. We have thought about waiting to gather this information when you have some money to be paid, as then we wouldn’t be so forward, our relationship would have progressed. ;-)

* Digital printing is great, and yes, it has full color. But Flock and Flex offer the best quality (in terms of durability) and vibrance by their nature. This is why serious designers love these materials. So, we’ve found that serious designers stay with us, because we can do digital printing and plot printing both. And keep an eye out, as we will continue to add more!

* Can you tell us more about what you want for shirt choice? We push to have the largest selection available, and we want the feedback. To give you an example, for men’s short-sleeve tees alone we have 11 styles from 7 vendors. For women, it is 14 styles from 8 vendors. And those are available in more colors than I could count.

* As far as uniqueness, we look at our focus on apparel, our strength in customization of shops, our diversity in options (marketplace, shop, direct, digital, plot, etc.), our passion for creativity and design, and our outstanding customer service as our strengths.

Again, thanks for the reviews!

Best regards,
Jana
CEO, Spreadshirt

Reply

Caza Creations December 6, 2008 at 6:19 am

Good of you to reply Jana. I might have to give my long-neglected Spreadshirt shop another look.

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Caza Creations December 5, 2008 at 11:19 pm

Good of you to reply Jana. I might have to give my long-neglected Spreadshirt shop another look.

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