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Hey all - no secret Teespring is all over the warrior forum. Very popular now, the flavor of the month. And I'm sure some are doing well. I have had a little success with Zazzle, quite by accident as I never promoted any designs or products. On Zazzle I can sell 1 shirt; Teespring I don't think this is the case. On Zazzle my design can be on other products as well. The question is this: which one is more profitable? Are the margins the same? Why choose one over the other? Any insight welcome. thank you very much.
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  • Profile picture of the author workoutstuff1
    TeeSpring is more popular right now because there are more "how to make money" programs that focus on TeeSpring. Also, Zazzle is more varied, and much more complex than TeeSpring and has a steeper learning curve to use their creative interface.

    Zazzle is like MySpace. Started out as a really cool place until it let things get too complicated.
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    • Originally Posted by workoutstuff1 View Post

      TeeSpring is more popular right now because there are more "how to make money" programs that focus on TeeSpring. Also, Zazzle is more varied, and much more complex than TeeSpring and has a steeper learning curve to use their creative interface.

      Zazzle is like MySpace. Started out as a really cool place until it let things get too complicated.
      Funny! But very true in the sense that Teepspring is getting a lot of more clientele and shirt sellers simply because of the MMO niche selling products and WSOs on getting into it. I have just begun with Teespring, and I can say with confidence that it is better than Zazzle. Yes, Zazzle is like Myspace and TeeSpring is like Facebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author JCorp
    For direct marketing and creating surges of revenue in your business, teespring is the best choice.

    Then, you can take your original idea and place it onto zazzle if you'd like... I myself never do.

    The thing with teespring is that they themselves are all about conversions. They're always testing new things to help all of us increase our overall conversions.

    So if you've got a good tee design, and you're good at marketing, go with teespring.
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  • Profile picture of the author globalexperts
    Originally Posted by johnweyer View Post

    Hey all - no secret Teespring is all over the warrior forum. Very popular now, the flavor of the month. And I'm sure some are doing well. I have had a little success with Zazzle, quite by accident as I never promoted any designs or products. On Zazzle I can sell 1 shirt; Teespring I don't think this is the case. On Zazzle my design can be on other products as well. The question is this: which one is more profitable? Are the margins the same? Why choose one over the other? Any insight welcome. thank you very much.
    I have never tried Zazzle. But I'm simply satisfied with Teespring at the moment. Easy to use and very responsive support. Moreover, they also retarget your audience to get more conversions. And Teepsring keeps improving the platform.
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    • Profile picture of the author mrozlat
      Originally Posted by blackcollar View Post

      I think I'll try zazzle
      you can also try red bubble, cafe press, design by humans, spread shirt, thread less... etc...
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      • Profile picture of the author cmchan
        Having used both, I think they're both great for earning revenue.
        I have more experience with zazzle, so I'm more biased towards that.

        IMO, I would utilize both.

        Creating a zazzle store is like creating any other self-sustaining business. The more you put into it, the more money you'll make in the long-term. Zazzle has their own marketplace, so there's no need for marketing and promotion, though doing so does help increase your earnings via referrals. Eventually, once you build up enough products in your store, you can leave it alone and let the money generate itself while you focus on other things like teespring. That being said, the marketplace is often oversaturated with products, so it's important to choose a niche and to really populate that niche with as many of your own products as possible (while still following the rule of quality over quantity).

        With teespring, there is no marketplace so your earnings depend 100% on your marketing skills. The whole time constraint concept also provides some sales pressure for buyers into purchasing right away, so that's good.

        The way I see it, zazzle is a more long-term based approach, and teespring is more short-term. Both are profitable. Which is more profitable depends on how much time you can put into them, and how skilled you are in marketing/promotion.

        What I'm doing now, is I'm using some of my earnings from zazzle to fund my facebook ads for my teespring campaigns. The income I get from teespring will compliment my earnings from zazzle.
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        • Profile picture of the author banwork
          Zazzle and Cafepress are good if you enjoy making a few designs and having the chance to sell them without any extra effort. Good for a graphic designer that would enjoy having other people wear their products.

          Teespring is good for people that advertise online to sell a lot of shirts or artists with established niche communities.
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          • Profile picture of the author LittleLindaPinda
            I love Zazzle. The learning curve can be tough for some. It took me a while. I love the quality of the products and the printing is amazing. I am proud to give these as gifts as well.

            I've seen people promoting selling TeeSpring and it sounds like the per t shirt profit is higher than Zazzle but I also heard the quality of the shirt isn't very good. Just Hear Say, no real knowledge of them.

            I enjoy putting my designs on many different products. Zazzle is adding new products for us to put our designs on and I find that exciting. It gives me many avenues to write about.

            My business is growing, slowly, but growing.
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        • Profile picture of the author reycaribe
          Originally Posted by cmchan View Post

          Having used both, I think they're both great for earning revenue.

          With teespring, there is no marketplace so your earnings depend 100% on your marketing skills. The whole time constraint concept also provides some sales pressure for buyers into purchasing right away, so that's good.

          The way I see it, zazzle is a more long-term based approach, and teespring is more short-term. Both are profitable. Which is more profitable depends on how much time you can put into them, and how skilled you are in marketing/promotion.
          I couldn't agree more. Quality AND Quantity of designs will rule the day at zazzle. You really need well over a hundred (designs not products) to succeed. But, once done it's set and forget.

          Originally Posted by cmchan View Post

          What I'm doing now, is I'm using some of my earnings from zazzle to fund my facebook ads for my teespring campaigns. The income I get from teespring will compliment my earnings from zazzle.
          That sounds like an awesome idea as it is free to run a zazzle store and no paid advertising is really needed since it has a marketplace.
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  • Profile picture of the author sr.20
    Teespring, is very profitable if you have a good designer for creatings the Tees.

    Before this though i recommend creating some authority pages like in NFL, Motorcross, Basketball, Golf etc etc in areas were people are passionate and spending money.

    then split test custom audiences with Facebook - start small $50 a day budget, watch your numbers and test and tweek as you go
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    • Profile picture of the author Teesane
      Originally Posted by Clarke Hanna View Post

      Teespring, is very profitable if you have a good designer for creatings the Tees.
      This is a fantastic point. One of the issues we saw when developing our company, some people don't have time to design or just aren't artistic. That's why we made it a point to offer free design to our shirt sellers. Believe it or not, the one color *simple* designs out sell the multi color complicated designs 9/10 times! People like simple!
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  • Profile picture of the author chaksmiths
    i would vote for teespring
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  • Profile picture of the author Ginene
    You can do the same type of advertising for your zazzle store or individual items.
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  • Profile picture of the author missmystery
    I would rather make something once, then leave it for eternity.

    Teespring's limited product purchasing window doesn't work for me. But also, Zazzle can be annoying. I really wish they would implement better features for fast creation of products, quick create is okay, but there are things it could improve on. I also wish it would implement outsorcing user account areas.

    If you think you can sell a lot and fast, sure, do teespring.
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    • Profile picture of the author QTeeKitty
      I have been seeing ads on facebook lately of people selling with Teespring.


      I am a bit confused as to which one to go with.


      Does your design "expire" with Teespring? Is that what is meant by "limited time" and "limited products"?


      How do you build up a store and have a good variety of designs if that is the case?


      Does anyone know for sure what the print quality is between Teespring and Zazzle?
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  • Profile picture of the author itsajeepshirt
    Zazzle charges way too much... profit margins are slim to none, which is why I wouldn't use it.
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  • Profile picture of the author BionicMan40
    Teespring catching fire! All over Facebook! Since all these events been happening! People marketing there t-shirts on there.
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  • Profile picture of the author bleu
    teespring sucks because everyone has access to your design and they can copy at any time.
    How is that true?

    Also, I would never try Threadless (even though I have lol) because you waste your time. Everywhere else I sell every day. Not one winning design on Threadless.

    Zazzle is non-exclusive. Is Teespring? Because it seems strange to offer a design for a limited amount of time when it's definitely not only available for a limited time...
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  • Profile picture of the author missmystery
    Teespring is only worth while if you have a way to drive targeted traffic to your shirt, and fast. If you don't, it's unlikely you'll sell anything.

    I stand by "set and forget" T-shirt selling methods. If you don't know which one to use, sign up with both. Having used both, and knowing which method I prefer, I would never use teespring again unless I had laser targeted traffic on tap and planned.

    Teespring is a massive hit right now. But it's like trying to hammer a square peg into a round hole if it's not right for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnGravelle
    I have heard good things about zazzle, but at the end of the day, teespring is much more robust in comparison tbh
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