Have you ever heard of Redbubble? Well I am guessing that if you have found this Redbubble review, you are interested in learning more about this very cool platform.
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Who are they
The company was born in Melbourne Australia, and has been around since 2007. The platform has 3 co-founders Martin Hosking, Peter Styles and Paul Vanzella. They created the platform to help local artists and entrepreneurs sell their own designs. They provide an easily accessible marketplace for artists to upload and sell their own creations on a slew of products all around the world.
Redbubble is a POD (print on demand) company. This means that nothing is sitting in a warehouse already created. Nope! Once an order is placed from their website, the product is made and shipped out to the customer. Print on demand companies like Redbubble are able to provide the space, marketing and professional website to sell all these unique products for entrepreneurs.
Redbubble believes in unique and self expressive designs, that you won’t find anywhere else. This is easily achieved by relying on the huge group of artists that just need an easy way to sell their stuff, but can’t afford to do it on their own.
The collaboration or partnership works for both the artist looking to make some money, and the customer looking to buy unique and cool products that nobody else will have.
If you are an artist that has a ton of your own art work, but don’t have your own website to market them, you can partner with Redbubble. This partnership starts with you creating your own shop / account on the platform. Once your account is all set up, you can quickly start uploading your art designs.
The great thing about this model of selling is you don’t incur any costs to get your shop up and running. You can submit your entire collections to the platform for approval and once approved, you are good to go.
When it comes to pricing of the products, Redbubble’s has a very clear pricing policy. They only charges for the base price of any item. For example if a t-shirt has a base price of $5.00, anything price you choose that is higher then that as your mark up, all goes in your wallet. So if the shirt sells for $15. you would profit $10 for each shirt. This would be a flat pricing amount of markup.
You can also choose from a percentage mark up like 10% or 15%, instead of a flat fee per item. No matter what way you choose to go with your price, either option can be applied to an entire category like clothing, or applied per item. This flexibility is great, especially if one item or design is worth more to you then another.
Getting pay for your sales as an artist is done one of 2 ways, depending on the country in which you live. PayPal is of course on of the main ways that you can pay for your sales. The other is having them direct deposit the money right into your bank account. This absolutely depends on the country you live. Payments are made from a payment cycle fromthe 15th of the month to the 15th of the next month.
We have talked about how Redbubble makes it easy as an artist to sell their products, but what about as a shopper. What does Redbubble offer that makes so many people want to buy from them?
First of, Redbubble has so an enormous amount of choices of cool products to browse through. They aren’t just a tee shirt company, they offer many products lines to choose from.
- Phone cases
- Wall art
- Kids & babies
- Home & living
The sky is the limit when it comes to product lines. Inside each category, they are broke down into even more choices. Whether you are looking for a bath mat, toss pillow, socks or more, you will find it here. Not to mention the clothing section alone is filled with option. If you are looking for a t-shirt, you can then break that search down into themes like: Music, Movie, Sports, Games, Animals, Vintage and so on. The platform layout, makes it so easy for anyone to make their purchase, including the beginner online shopper.
You will be blown away by the options that you have within each category. Maybe you are looking for a vintage shirt, that you haven’t been able to find anywhere else. The selection at Redbubble is vast and unique.
As a huge online shopper myself, I am always looking for unique designs that nobody else has. Yes you can easily pop in a store and grab what you are looking for, but that purchase is going to be a dime a dozen. What I mean is that when we shop at big stores in person, we are getting the same choices that your neighbor is getting. They aren’t special or unique. I am all about standing out and having a product that people stop and notice.
Some of my favourite products they sell are the vintage category and of course TV shows. Friday Night Lights was one of my favourite TV shows and the fact that they have pages of design options to choose from had me bouncing off the walls.
Once you have found what you are looking for and are ready to buy, you select the size and add it to your cart. Then you complete your purchase at the checkout. At that time, you will be made aware of what the cost of the shipping will be. So there are no surprises.
Remember that when you place your order, the order needs to be printed, manufactured, and shipped individually for each product. The entire process can take 1-3 days.
As well all know with shipping, each destination can take varying times to arrive at your location, so there is not a specific timeline for it to arrive. You can however track it on the website under “Where’s my order”? Redbubble is committed to high quality shipping service.
Good or bad
Like any good review, you can’t just talk about all only the positives. A responsible review also includes the good or bad about a product or service. In the case of Redbubble, the platform positively speaks for itself, as you can see from the list of Pros below.
- No overhead
- Easy to upload as an artist
- You set the price margin
- Simple and easy to get paid
- 4 hour responsive support team
- Offers live chat support
- 70 million products to choose from
- Unique designs
- Ship to many countries
- Choose your speed of delivery
- Free returns
- 4 hour email response
- Offers live chat support
- No branding of your design
- No control over shipping time lines
- Lots of other artists designs to compete against
- Doesn’t support apps like Shopify or WooCommerce
- Every design needs approval
- Direct deposit may not be an option in your country
- No free shipping
- Each shipping timeline is different
- Product quality seems to vary
Whatever way you are planning on using Redbubble, you will find there are many more positive reviews then negatives. No platform is perfect, but weighing the good versus bad is always a good idea. Every person has their own personal experience with a company, and that is always a subjective thing. I prefer to always read a few reviews, and make my own mind up by experiencing it for myself.
Here are a couple of reviews for you to see.
Overall, I give Redbubble a rating of 4.3 or 5. They are a high quality platform that is a great way to buy local if you will. Remember that all of your purchases are designed by someone trying to create and cultivate their own business.
This far out ways the idea of supporting large box store companies who ultimately do nothing to help the little guy. They aren’t helping that hardworking creative artist trying to live out their dream of being an entrepreneur.
As a blogger entrepreneur who is working hard to live out my dream of having my own business, I know the struggle that they go through. I will always choose to support these type of businesses first, they are the heart and soul of our world. An entrepreneur could be your mother, brother, sister or friend. They are all people that we know. Think about that the next time you are looking for something unique and cool to buy.
I hope you have enjoyed my review of Redbubble and I would love to hear your thoughts below.