On-Demand T-Shirt Printing Review – Part 5

by liz on July 28, 2008

in reviews, t-shirt printing

Zazzle Review – Better late than never, right folks? Well it’s a few days late, but here’s the final part of our 5 part review of On Demand T-Shirt printers. If you missed any of the previous articles, you can get links to them all by clicking here.

Zazzle
www.zazzle.com

I think everyone has heard of Zazzle; they are the Pepsi to Cafepress’ Coke. I can understand why. This site is designed mainly it seems for people who want to create their own product and not so much for sellers, while it is offered.

The link to access the selling side of things is way at the bottom and says ‘Publish Products’. Wow, why not give it a button at the top so people can more easily find it?

Anyway, I would have to say that the Zazzle interface is the most unintuitive of all the interfaces that I’ve used. During one part of the process I thought to myself, “Ok, my design is ready so I can push the little button that was at the bottom to sell the design and I clicked on a button to select the tee type and the button disappeared completely.

I then went to the main page and lost my design only to find it as an unfinished design. Once I went back in, I was able to click the button and get the thing up and running.

I have to say that setting up a shop on Zazzle is only enjoyable if you enjoy pain. And while I like a little roleplay as much as the next guy, the repeated spankings from their interface got a little old. Getting back to the site, they have lots of shirt colors and they also have the ability for folks to add their designs to the site and make money off of them. Not so unique now huh Spreadshirt?

These guys do digital printing only, no flex, flock, or screen printing here. The file formats that they allow for designs are JPGs and PNGs. Once you accept that you’ve been a Baaaad boy and work your way through their interface, you can customize your gallery (note that they do not call it a shop so pain must be a part of the gallery experience).

You have a Comment Wall where people can talk about your designs and you with them. A cool idea, though I’m suprised that the quotes don’t consist of “ZOMGWTF HOW DID U FIGUR OUT HOW 2SETUP UR SITE?”.

Anyway, other features for your gallery include, a fan club which lists people that love your designs (pretty useful actually), 20 different themes or your own custom one, you can decide which side to put your navigation on (in case you’re a lefty that wants to stick it to the man), and much more. While the site seems very social networking-esque, there isn’t much here for serious designers.

Pros

  • Some premium level features that the other guys don’t offer (comment wall and fan club among them)
  • Lots of shirt colors available
  • You can use your own design or someone else’s
  • Designers can make money here
  • I am in ur site social netwrkng wit ur ppls

Cons

  • Holy crap-tacular interfaces batman!
  • Some additional premium shop features would be nice (No Seriously, like an easy way to set one up)
  • Only Digital Printing here though you could make a nice coffee cup for grandma
  • Do I need to bold the first one and increase the font size or what?
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Gavin Smith July 29, 2008 at 12:25 am

I think the most interesting thing about zazzle, is their approach to the officially licensed product like Star Wars, Disney and others. It probably means that there is a fair degree of “market place leakage” where a shopper comes for something well known and stumbles across a more indie design.

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Gavin Smith July 29, 2008 at 12:25 am

I think the most interesting thing about zazzle, is their approach to the officially licensed product like Star Wars, Disney and others. It probably means that there is a fair degree of “market place leakage” where a shopper comes for something well known and stumbles across a more indie design.

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Gavin Smith July 28, 2008 at 5:25 pm

I think the most interesting thing about zazzle, is their approach to the officially licensed product like Star Wars, Disney and others. It probably means that there is a fair degree of “market place leakage” where a shopper comes for something well known and stumbles across a more indie design.

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Caza Creations December 6, 2008 at 6:31 am

You really have to do a lot of self promotion too if you want to make sales consistently. Like Gavin says,they are more interested in the big Corporate accounts than promoting the little person. There are some questions also about how well the associate program works. I feel though that they are not as stagnant as Cafepress and introduce new products and services on a regular basis. Unfortunately with that also comes a lot of bugs and I mean a lot. It is probably Zazzle’s biggest flaw.

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Caza Creations December 6, 2008 at 6:31 am

You really have to do a lot of self promotion too if you want to make sales consistently. Like Gavin says,they are more interested in the big Corporate accounts than promoting the little person. There are some questions also about how well the associate program works. I feel though that they are not as stagnant as Cafepress and introduce new products and services on a regular basis. Unfortunately with that also comes a lot of bugs and I mean a lot. It is probably Zazzle’s biggest flaw.

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Caza Creations December 5, 2008 at 11:31 pm

You really have to do a lot of self promotion too if you want to make sales consistently. Like Gavin says,they are more interested in the big Corporate accounts than promoting the little person. There are some questions also about how well the associate program works. I feel though that they are not as stagnant as Cafepress and introduce new products and services on a regular basis. Unfortunately with that also comes a lot of bugs and I mean a lot. It is probably Zazzle’s biggest flaw.

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Diesel Laws July 15, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I have to agree. After using Redbubble.com for over a year now I still don’t get the hype for Zazzle. Obviously their marketing is going well, but most designers that use DTG (on demand) should be looking for ease of use, simple instructions and quality products. Sounds like I work for redbubble or something haha but its just that its a far better system IMHO.

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Diesel Laws July 15, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I have to agree. After using Redbubble.com for over a year now I still don’t get the hype for Zazzle. Obviously their marketing is going well, but most designers that use DTG (on demand) should be looking for ease of use, simple instructions and quality products. Sounds like I work for redbubble or something haha but its just that its a far better system IMHO.

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Diesel Laws July 15, 2009 at 6:49 am

I have to agree. After using Redbubble.com for over a year now I still don’t get the hype for Zazzle. Obviously their marketing is going well, but most designers that use DTG (on demand) should be looking for ease of use, simple instructions and quality products. Sounds like I work for redbubble or something haha but its just that its a far better system IMHO.

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dinesh October 5, 2009 at 1:24 pm

yes………………………………

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dinesh October 5, 2009 at 1:24 pm

yes………………………………

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dinesh October 5, 2009 at 6:24 am

yes………………………………

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ZazzWipe! April 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

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Printing Leeds September 6, 2010 at 11:42 pm

T shirt printing with quotes are extremely cool for teenagers now a days, well zazzle has several issues to fix but at least they manage to be quite ahead of their competitors.

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