Print On Demand (POD) Platform Pros & Cons

Direct-to-garment print-on-demand t-shirt printing options are fantastic. Back in the day only screen printing was available. And to get a good prince per t-shirt I had to buy 12, 24, 100 tees.

Print-on-demand means I don’t have to purchase in bulk and I don’t have to carry any inventory. From a designer’s point-of-view, each POD platform has their pros and cons:

  • RedBubble:
    • This is great: RedBubble has human models modeling the t-shirts.
    • Not so great: Cannot select which garment colors go with which artwork. This means site visitors see dark-colored art on dark-colored tees and light-colored on light-colored tees. This makes the user experience (UX) ugly.
  • Spreadshirt:
    • This is great: I can select which garment colors go with which artwork.
    • This is great: Spreadshirt has human models modeling the t-shirts.
    • Not so great: Gotta wait for a human to approve my artwork.
    • Not so great: Artwork is placed on each garment at 50-70% the size of the original artwork. This means you have to adjust the size and placement of your artwork on EVERY SINGLE PRODUCT. This is a real nightmare.
  • TeePublic:
    • This is great: Allows me to choose which garment colors go with my artwork.
    • This is great: Artwork is placed at 100% size on the product and is pre-aligned at the top of the print area. This is awesome and something I wish Spreadshirt did.
    • Not so great: TeePublic has no human models modeling the t-shirts.
  • Threadless:
    • This is great: Allows me to choose which garment colors go with my artwork.
    • Not so great: Threadless has no human models modeling the t-shirts.

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