April 24, 2017

19 Custom Printing Services as an Alternative to Amazon Merch


Recently Amazon introduced Merch, a service that allows independent designers, including small businesses, to upload logos and other designs for t-shirts and have Amazon sell them for a share of the profit with no initial investment.

However, this service is far from new. There are many similar services out there. So, if selling on Amazon isn’t your thing, or if you just want to see what else is out there, check out some of the alternatives listed below.

CafePress

CafePress allows users to add photos, logos, text and other design elements to t-shirts and similar products and then either purchase them or sell them in your own CafePress online shop. The amount you can make per order depends on your items and how many sales you’ve made.

Society6

Aimed specifically at artists and designers, Society6 produces and ships a huge variety of customized products on behalf of their artists. Using this platform, you can have your designs printed on everthing from gallery quality art prints to iphone cases and even shower curtains.

Threadless

Threadless is a platform that hosts various challenges for designers to submit their work. Customers can vote for their favorite designs and the winners get printed and sold. It’s also now giving artists the ability to reserve their own online stores to sell their designs, which Threadless will produce and ship starting this fall.

CustomInk

CustomInk is known for being easy to use, especially for those who aren’t professional artists or designers. You can use the site to add text and basic design elements to t-shirts and various other clothing items. Then you can invite people to order the products you’ve designed right on the CustomInk site.

Zazzle

Zazzle allows designers to upload images or designs onto products ranging from t-shirts to posters and then earn royalties from each sale. But the site also offers a platform for makers to sell their own made-to-order goods.

Vistaprint

Known in the business community mainly for business cards and other paper products, Vistaprint will also print your logo and other designs onto clothing, signs, stationery and more. The company also offers a ProAdvantage membership program for creative professionals who regularly sell printed materials.

Allied Shirts

Allied Shirts offers a variety of different shirt styles that you can add your own designs to. Or you can use one of the site’s templates or design services to make the process even easier.

Apliiq

While Apliiq doesn’t handle the shipping and logistics that some others do, it does give aspiring designers the ability to create their own labels and designs. You can then order a sample or an entire line and ship them out to your customers.

Printfection

Printfection will print your logo or other branding materials onto t-shirts, mugs and similar products and then ship them to you, with pricing based on order size.

CreateMyTee

CreateMyTee allows you to select a particular garment, add some design elements and then order your product for yourself or a group. Those who want to sell their designs can order items in bulk and then ship them out to each customer.

UberPrints

UberPrints has an online design tool to help even non-designers create professional looking shirts that they can wear or sell. The site allows you to order shirts, upload images, and even save designs for later.

TeeSpring

With a variety of different t-shirt styles and other clothing items to choose from, TeeSpring tries to make it as easy as possible for designers to create and sell their work. You can upload artwork, add text and design elements right on the site, and then let TeeSpring produce and ship your creations.

Underground Printing

Underground Printing offers a variety of different printing options including screen printing, digital printing, embroidery and more. You can have your logo or other designs prited on shirts, pants, hats, office supplies and even novelty items.

Print Aura

Print Aura allows artists and designers to submit orders of their designs on t-shirts and have them printed and shipped on demand. There’s no minimum order size or membership fee involved.

ooShirts

ooShirts allows you to order custom printed shirts with full color printing and free shipping on any sized order. The company also offers wholesale printing with discounted prices for bulk orders.

Skreened

Sellers on Skreened can set the amount of commission they want to make on each shirt they’ve designed. Skreened handles the production, shipping and customer service for each order.

Printful

Printful allows you to have orders from your store, which can be hosted on other platforms like Shopify, automatically sent to them. Printful will then handle the production and shipping to customers. You can also use the site to design and order your own shirts.

Vacord Screen Printing

Vacord Screen Printing allows you to design and order custom screen printed shirts, hoodies and other apparel items. Prices are determined based on order size, design and garment type.

Imprint

Imprint allows you to add your logo or other designs to things like T-shirts, sweatshirts, pins, buttons and banners. You can order items in bulk or just one at a time, with free shipping on orders of three or more.

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  1. If you would prefer to work with a local apparel decoration professional, I can practically guarantee there is at least one in your hometown or in the next town over! Email me and I can connect you with them in a jiffy. 🙂

    • Hi jenny i have 17 designs on Amazon merch but no sales yet, the pricing of each tee is about 19$ what i am doing wrong i also tried to advertise on facebook ads but still no luck, Please assist me into this..

      • You probably aren’t doing anything wrong. Facebook is over-saturated with ads and advertising is not a one-shot deal. It still takes a lot of hard work and TIME. I highly recommend these three books. Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth, Social media is Bullshit, and Guerrilla Marketing in 30 Days. All the best. Cheers.

      • Vincent Marmalade

        I would try going Hyper-Local by designing T-Shirts that are applicable to a small group in your vicinity. Schools, churches, businesses are always touting one cause or another that they wish to publicize. Once you have your design, order one for yourself to wear around town. Be prepared to direct people to the purchase link.

  2. And in Australia’s we’ve launched the first print-on-demand fulfilment service at http://www.ogo.com.au

  3. The T-shirt is the undisputed king of promotional products equating to $2.9b in revenue generated in the promotional industry in the US and over 48% of US consumers own logoed t-shirts.

    • Amazon Merch is lying to it’s “designer’s”
      They are pretending to revamp, and get rid of bugs, etc…
      Really, they are phasing out about 70% of the people that signed up.
      That is their prerogative. However, it is cruel to keep these dreamers hanging!

  4. I have been getting blank apparel from The Adair Group. I love creating my own designs.

  5. I had no idea that custom printing was such a big business. I also had no idea that there were so many different companies out there that are trying to compete with each other. More competition means better results for the customer though, so that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Does anyone know if there are any sites like these that also customize pocket knives, multitools etc? I have a camping blog and I would love to be able to put my logo on one of those.

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