Jan 13, 2021 - 08:02 PM
Started in 2011 by Walker Williams and Evan Stites-Clayton, TeeSpring has had its share of ups and downs but seem to have a consistent strategy--being a full ecommerce platform vs. being a place to "convert social capital to cash" (their old slogan) by selling t-shirts.
Here's a brief comparison between Teespring, Shopify, and WooCommerce. Let's look at some of their features first.
Image source: PixabayThe Good
• It is totally free to use their website as they take care of logistics so you just need to design then market.
• There's no need to source capital for inventory because everything's made to order (for the most common scenarios where you are selling apparel)
• They are fully integrated with YouTube so it's easy to market your merch there.
• They offer several guides and how-to resources so you can get set up fast and easily.
• Their website is easy to navigate and they have good options of products and designing.The Bad
• Their Android app is a bit glitchy sometimes and users have some difficulty uploading their designs.
• The app is also only available on the Google Play Store and isn't in Apple's App Store.
• Some people buying from them complain of receiving poor quality items.
• You cannot specify whether you want your design printed with DTG or screen printed.The Ugly
• Communication is poor when you're following up on an order you made.
• Sometimes the products are less than average quality with colors and sharpness of the design leaving room for improvement while the price is still a bit high.
Image source: PixabayTeespring Vs Shopify and WooCommerce
• Teespring has a really basic and simple design mostly because they have basic features. Shopify on the other hand is a bit more complex as they have a wider set of things they need to provide and are a full e-commerce store, and so is WooCommerce.
• Teespring offers limited options for optimizing traffic and conversion rates as well as getting a glimpse at analytics. This is in comparison to Shopify and WooCommerce.
• Teespring doesn't let you access the customer database so you have no way of knowing their personal information and therefore developing tailored marketing campaigns. With Shopify and WooCommerce, you have all this information so you know exactly who your customers are.
• Comparing Teesprings' support with Shopify and WooCommerce, you find that Teespring offers support during business hours. The others have support available 24/7 plus a wide base of online resources.
• Teespring is totally free because they make their money by taking a cut from your sales. All you need to pay for is marketing and advertising fees. With Shopify and WooCommerce though, there are different plans with different prices that you need to pay in order to use their platforms.
• While you only have a certain number of things you can design and retail on Teespring, WooCommerce and Shopify give you the ability to sell practically anything you can think of.