My experiment with Zazzle has come to an end. It seemed like a good idea, but it hasn’t really worked.
The principle is sensible. I upload a picture, and “place it” on one of their products, and then the article is ready to be purchased by anyone using their shop. They print to order, and despatch it straight to the customer. When they sell one, I get a commission.
But there are various problems:
- They are based in the US, so postage costs are high, and shipping times are long.
- Their selling prices are a tad on the high side, unless you have a voucher code. My plan was to keep an eye out for these codes, and tweet about them. Somehow, I never seemed to manage that. I often don’t notice the email telling me about an offer before it expires.
- They recommend that you post products on social media at least twice a day. So I gave it a go. My twitter following had been steady for a long time, but since I started tweeting about Zazzle, the total has gone down by about 80.
So I’ve done a bit of research, and found Two Fifteen, a company based in Blackpool. It is broadly similar, except I list the products on my Etsy shop, and when someone orders one of those items, Two Fifteen print it and despatch it. The end result is much lower prices and faster shipping.
I tried using the same photographs for these new products, but the new system warned me that some were not of a high enough quality for printing in the relevant size. Which suggests that the quality of the product should be better.
Just one gripe so far. Etsy has space for up to 10 pictures per listing, but this system only provides one mock up of high quality. For some products there are alternative views, but only lower quality pictures can be uploaded to Etsy. Which is a bit ironic, isn’t it?
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