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[SPREADSHIRT] Spreadshirt did a horrible thing on its marketplace

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Old July 29th, 2017 Jul 29, 2017 2:55:34 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Spreadshirt horribly ruined their t-shirt marketplace

Recently Spreadshirt did a very nasty & brutal thing to all the people who sell designs on their marketplace. They created a separate custom creation area and they put up a lot of free clip art and t-shirt designs, because they thought they could sell a lot more t-shirts this way, at the expense of the freelance designers. This wiped out most of the sales and profits of the designers who sold on their marketplace. They're also pressuring the marketplace sellers to lower the prices of their designs by giving lower priced designs higher rankings in the searches. So basically they don't care about the designers and they don't think we need to make any money.

I'm going to move to a different t-shirt service and when I establish good sales again somewhere else, I will close my Spreadshirt accounts and never do any business with them again. I'm really mad at them. If I decide to open a t-shirt store, it won't be on Spreadshirt. Since they totally screwed over their marketplace designers/sellers, who knows maybe they will screw over their shop sellers too. I'm not going to deal with Spreadshirt at all in the future. Also, Spreashirt's t-shirt shop layout is dumb and bad and I always disliked it. I just looked at Shopify right now and it's much better.

Another thing: In 2013, everybody's Spreadshirt sales were mysteriously cut in half. Suddenly everyone lost half their sales. This happened to both the marketplace sellers and shop sellers. Spreadshirt never gave us any explanation for it. I could understand this happening to the marketplace sellers, since they did away with restrictions on new designs, it flooded their marketplace with far more designs. But I don't understand why the shop owners got their sales drastically cut too.

But this time it's obvious how Spreadshirt has cut the marketplace sales for the marketplace sellers: by massively promoting free designs and increasing the number of free designs. This is such a cold & nasty move on their part. This is the last straw and I seriously have to find other ways of making money online.

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Old November 19th, 2017 Nov 19, 2017 7:36:31 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Spreadshirt did a horrible thing on its marketplace

Hi Bougie - did you find another POD site that works for you? I've been selling on redbubble but they launched a half-baked, severely flawed site redesign a couple weeks ago and it's a mess, sales have tanked, and it's become unfriendly to artists and customers alike.

So I'm looking for another place to offer my wares with a good interface, nice variety of items, excellent quality & customer service. Curious what you came up with!
Old December 17th, 2017 Dec 17, 2017 7:42:12 PM -   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Spreadshirt did a horrible thing on its marketplace

I consistently sell stuff on Redbubble and CafePress.

I can't stand CafePress, though, because their margins are PITIFUL. 5% or less usually. Also, they are in the habit of randomly creating a new store, selling your stuff in it, and giving you an even SMALLER margin.

Redbubble's interface update means that if you find a design you like on a t-shirt, you can't easily get to "Women's Tanks" or "Acrylic Block" with the same image. It used to be very intuitive to find all other products with a given image. I'm guessing sales are being lost to customers thinking "oh, too bad, it only comes on guy's tees".

My experience with SpreadShirt is that nothing at all ever, ever sells. 10-15 sales a month on RB and CP, ZERO on SpreadShirt. I even tried ads on FB and AdWords. Zero traffic on Spreadshirt. I don't know what the problem is there.

I'm hoping you find something better, and I'm likely to follow your lead if you do! TeeSpring, perhaps?

Take care!
Old December 18th, 2017 Dec 18, 2017 4:52:21 AM -   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Spreadshirt did a horrible thing on its marketplace

I wish I had re-read this post before setting up on Spreadshirt. I do mostly text based or very simple graphics and didn't think through until adding about 40 items. It seems to be about $8 to $10 cheaper for someone to see a text shirt and then go create it for themselves. I didn't realize how much Spreadshirt actually competes with their marketplace contributors on basic and text only shirts. I've had one sale.

So far I've tried Zazzle and Spreadshirt and not wowed by either one. I've gotten sales on Zazzle but have never really figured out their pay structure with coupons, discounts, affiliate commission etc. which all seem to out of the designers cut. I've probably average about $1.50 per sale with an average ticket price over $20.

Most of the POD marketplace sites seem to pay higher to those that drive traffic to the site than the designers and that's the part I don't have time for, the social media, etc.

Not sure that there is a great option for marketplace selling. Of the two I've sold on I like Zazzle better but would need to up my commission rate. Interested to hear about experiences on other marketplace sites.
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Following. Doesn’t seem like the pool of reliable printers is as large as it once was
Old September 4th, 2018 Sep 4, 2018 12:53:42 AM -   #6 (permalink)
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any body have the old spreadshirt account to sell? i'm willing to buy it, im me asap
Old October 10th, 2018 Oct 10, 2018 7:01:36 AM -   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: Spreadshirt did a horrible thing on its marketplace

I've noticed a decline in sales since August as well. Whatever Spreadshirt did to the website strongly directs traffic to the shops where designers have created products. Now I don't know the numbers, but all of my images are on the marketplace where a customer can create a shirt....and my sales have gone from $150/month to maybe $25.

I don't want to make products in my shop on spreadshirt, as I have found my images stolen and sold at Teechip. I know this because my artwork is titled differently between the marketplace and my shop. The images found at Teechip where titled the same as my shop images.

So here I sit, hoping that my holiday season doesn't tank because of a revamped spreadshirt website.

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