Print-On-Demand Stores Review: RedBubble

About: Redbubble was founded in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia.  They have an office in San Francisco, United States as well.  They have distribution centers in the United States, Australia and Great Britain.  Their website has won numerous awards.

Products: They currently offer 53 products. Their product line is currently limited to the following: 

  • Clothing: unisex t-shirt, women’s t-shirt, lightweight hoodie, pullover hoodie, classic t-shirt, tri-blend t-shirt, graphic t-shirt, women’s chiffon top, tank, graphic dress, a-line dress, women’s fitted scoop neck shirt, women’s fitted v-neck shirt, leggings, scarf, mini skirt, kids, lightweight sweatshirt
  • Wall art: poster, canvas print, photo print, art board, art print, framed print, metal print
  • Everything else: Cell phone cases, iPad case and skin, laptop skin, laptop sleeve, throw pillow, mug, clock, acrylic block, wall tapestry, duvet cover, travel mug, totebag, studio pouch, drawstring bag, sticker, greeting card, spiral notebook, hardcover journal.

New products are added sporadically.

Seller Interface: Very easy to use. Upload one image and it is placed on all products. The product design is all on one page, and each image can be resized and moved on each product. You do not have to create each product individually, but you can upload a higher resolution image or a different image for a particular product if you need to. All products with a particular image are all grouped on that image’s page. The title, tags and description only need to be typed once for each image. The image file is able to be changed even after a product is published.

Product Statistics: You have the ability in your dashboard, through the Manage Portfolio section,  to see product statistics such as how many times a particular design has sold and been viewed, number of comments, and number of times it has been favorited.

Royalty: You can set your own royalty percent.

Membership Fees: Free.

Promotional Tools: Google Analytics, widgets you can add to your website or blog, ability to share via social media.

Affiliate/Referral Program: Yes, Redbubble has an affiliate program, but it uses a third party website called ShareSale.  I have not used it.

Storefront Layout: You are not able to fully customize your storefront.  However, you can add a banner and type a bio, and add external links such as social media. You can group your images into galleries. If you want multiple stores, you have to open a separate account for each one.

Community: You can add your works to group, and groups have contests. You can add works to your favorites and follow a seller, the ability to leave comments on products. They have a journal (blog) so you can write articles. They have their own email system called BubbleMail. There is an Activity page listing all the activity from the people you watch and the groups you are a member of.

File Size Limits and Types: They accept PNG and JPG.  File size is limited to 300MB, which is plenty.

Conclusion:  Redbubble is a solid POD with a great interface.  Overall, my income from their store has not been significant, but it remains fairly steady.  I have been a member of Redbubble since 2008 and I have had a good experience with them.  Although there is a wide variety of artwork on Redbubble, they tend to favor graphic design, as opposed to photography or fine art.

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