What do you do for merchandise, if anything?

(Jonathan Hardesty) #1

What do you guys in the Stareable community at large do for your merchandise, if anything? Is there a store service you use/prefer? Ones to watch out for? Where do you get the best bang for your buck with these services?

Curious what people do in this regard.

(Jonathan Kaplan) #2

Killing it! is doing some screenings coming up and we have merch. We are making buttons, magnets and posters. We are not sure how they will be received but you gotta try things in this life!

(Bri Castellini) #3

The only consistent site I’ve used is CafePress, which has a lot of products to choose from but very little control over the design itself- you just gotta hope that whatever logo or art you’re putting on their thousands of products looks good without any futzing, because futzing is hella limited.

My CafePress stores:

I’ve tried using Teespring (and Stareable is currently using Bonfire to sell FORGET THE BOX TEESHIRTS EVERYONE GRAB YOURS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!) but I’m not a huge fan of having a time limit on merch (especially because you often have to completely recreate the listing to renew the design) even though the merch is higher quality by far. It’s just not a good fit for small time creators, and a pain to have to constantly monitor.

(Meg Carroway) #4


(Bri Castellini) #5

Sadly, that’s not a great seller. YET.

We did sell a baby onesie though! To our director’s niece… but still!!

(Carlo Delmar) #6

Have you tried Zazzle?

(Ghetto Nerd Girl) #7

I haven’t ordered much but I’m happy with the stuff I ordered from the following sites.

Wristbands - http://www.wristbandconnection.com/ - reasonably priced and bought in bulk 5 years ago and I still have a lot. Although I don’t sell them I use them as a promotional tool.

Stickers - https://stickerobot.com/ Same. I use these to post around cities as promo tools, but I absolutely love how they came out!

(Bri Castellini) #8

For stickers I’m a big fan of Sticker Mule but I’ve never heard of Sticker Robot! Will have to check them out

(Emma Drewry) #9

Bringing this back-- has anyone tried using RedBubble? I’m looking for a low maintenance host, essentially, for our show’s merch, not something that I have to do myself because lord knows I don’t have time lmao

(Ghetto Nerd Girl) #10

UPDATE: I just bought t-shirts! I got a discount through my job. Finally where I work is directly benefiting my web series. I will be selling these as a fundraiser for Season 3, if anyone is interested.

(Steve O'Reilly) #11

We’ve been doing teespring.com for most of our Merch. I would say that in terms of a passive income revenue stream teespring seems like a great option. However, I would definitely hire/find a friend that is a real designer, so that you are really pushing designs people want to buy as well as pushing your webseries. There are more cost effective methodologies, but if you are pressed for space and don’t want to hand ship/ stamp/ mail your merch yourself (which I’ve always done in the past) this is a brainless/ stress free alternative.
Here is an example of a quick merch page that I think works, but won’t be winning any awards. That said, merch upgrading is not hard to do (just not yet on the front burner), so when it is updated with new Merch… I will repost.

Good luck.

(Amanda Taylor) #12

I just made myself and my production partner @kaileecristina sweatshirts because we’re the most excited and deserving of Apple Juice Productions swag. But these suggestions are great!! We hope to do merch in the future.

(Emma Drewry) #13

what type of cut do you get from teespring? we’re in the process of setting up a shop on RedBubble, but the markup there is about 20% (adjustable, but we don’t want to price our merch out of our audience’s scope).

we do have an on-staff graphic designer, but definitely don’t have the capacity to ship things ourselves!

(Ghetto Nerd Girl) #14

UPDATE: GNG t-shirts are now on sale online! The cyber week sale push went well. :slight_smile:

(Ian David Diaz) #15

Well, we have superfans for our web series Rebecca Gold and these have been surfacing, Funko Pop of Rebecca. Don’t know about you but I think it’s awesome!!!

(Alicia Carroll) #16

Hey does anyone have favorite merch shops or vendors that let you purchase per item rather than buy in bulk? Looking for stickers, tote bags and enamel pins!

(Melissa Malone) #17

I’m WAY LATE to this post (not sure how I missed it) but thought I’d share in case anyone is still looking for some info! lol

We have tons of merch we use for comic cons, etc. Mostly I use Vistaprint. They have amazing deals, speedy delivery and fab customer service. We use them for our postcards, posters, t-shirts, hoodies, pens, stickers, tote bags etc with a per item cost. They also have a promotion page where you can buy tons more stuff for promotion booths- some have a min, some don’t.

For buttons we use Just Buttons and really like them. They give you the option of splitting one order with up to 3 different designs which is super helpful for when we do character buttons.

Wristbands we get from Imprint. We love the glow in the dark options!

As far as for people purchasing our merch on their own online, we use Cafepress. The amount of merch is insane and pretty easy to set up (plus they make and ship everything for you). Downside is you only make whatever you price you choose to increase the purchasing price to. This usually means making very little off the sales, or making your merch very expensive… neither are fantastic options.

(Carlo Delmar) #18

Some of this has been mentioned earlier in this thread, but let me summarize what I have discovered.

For 2D art, there are some companies that will fulfill orders on a print-on-demand basis. They buy various blank merchandise (apparel, mugs, smartphone cases, etc.), print the art onto it, process the order from the customer, package it, and ship it. In other words, they do all the fulfillment. All the artist has to do is set up their account and upload the artwork. These services are free, and the artist collects their copyright royalty when units are sold.

I would need to investigate how these companies handle multiple copyright owners, like group authorship, or derivative works like fan art.

The companies that I have come across so far that offer these types of services are CafePress, TeePublic, Redbubble, Teespring, SunFrog, and Zazzle.

For 3D printed art, Shapeways does print-on-demand and order fulfillment.

(Kate Hackett) #19

I’m going to pop in here with:

No merch.



There’s probably a point of return when it’s worth it, but I have yet to encounter a situation in which it makes fiscal (and emotional) sense to deal with ordering, mailing, customer servicing… etc.

(Romane Orlando Robb) #20

T-shirts, sweaters, socks, pillows, mugs, etc.