Selling your Art on POD Websites – RedBubble Edition

Selling your art on POD websites Redbubble edition

Hello fellow starving artists!  Today I am sharing some info about selling your art on POD (print on demand) websites, specifically Redbubble.

Some of you may have seen my past post about selling your art on POD websites where I compared the pros and cons of using Zazzle and Society6 to sell art online.

In this post I will be giving a review of my experiences with Redbubble where I have been selling my art for almost a year now!

So read on to learn more about selling your art on Redbubble!

Store Front

My first impressions when landing on the Rebubble homepage is that they are artist focused, cater to a trendy audience and have a sense of humour.

Their website layout is sleek and relatively easy to navigate. There are rotating featured artists and art works that are updated daily.

Individual store fronts are easily customized with a background, profile photo, bio, optional journal entries, and collections.  Your latest art works are also shown on the landing page.

On the design pages there are tabs which show which products are available with that design, reviews (of the product, not your art) and also comments.  Pro tip – leaving comments is a great way to connect with other Redbubble artists!

You can also “like” other people’s designs and “follow” other artists, which I definitely recommend doing.

Products

In terms of products, the range is similar to Society6, and includes apparel, various electronics cases, and home decor items. The price points are about on par with other online POD stores and they often offer 20% off or other promotions.

Redbubble offers some unique products that are not on Zazzle or Society6, such as mini skirts, dresses and scarves among others.

Below is a picture of a scarf I purchased of my Blue and Gold Mandala Pattern.

scarf from redbubble

I love this scarf, the print turned out beautiful and the fabric is really nice and soft. I find it is well made.

I have also purchased a hoody, t-shirt and stickers of my own designs.  All are good quality and I have had no issues, however I did find the t-shirt a tad large for a size small.

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A really popular product on Redbubble are stickers.  I usually sell a few every day, mostly of my Rose Gold Mandala design.  Below is a picture of several stickers I have purchased of my designs. They are super cute, and cheap too!

giveaway stickers

Ease of Upload

Redbubble’s uploading tool is by far my favourite out of all the POD sites I’ve tried.

I find it quite efficient because you can upload your main design and then resize it straight in the browser for each product type, rather than having to resize and upload your image multiple times.  There are also 2 tiling options, or you can replace the image entirely if neither of those options work.

You can also change the background colour straight in the browser too, which can be very handy when working with designs that have transparent backgrounds.

Earnings and Payment

It took about a month after opening my store before I saw any sales, but since then I have been getting relatively small but consistent earnings every month.  (I should note here that I was lucky enough to have a design featured on the front page which boosted my sales a lot.)

It’s not going to replace my day job any time soon, but any amount of extra cash is always welcome!

You can adjust the markup for individual products (in Account Settings), but it is automatically set to a generous 20%, which is better than some of the other sites I’ve found.

Earnings are paid out automatically around the 15th of every month (to Paypal, or direct deposit), and there is no minimum threshold so you are paid whatever you made in the previous month.

I don’t believe that Redbubble has an affiliate program like some of the others do.

Marketing

The folks at Redbubble are pros at marketing themselves and driving traffic to their website (through Instagram and Facebook ads, etc), so it’s just a matter of getting your own designs out there (which is easier said than done).

Check out my post on Social Media Marketing Tips for Artists to learn more about how to do that.

If you’re lucky and get featured on their front page, then you’re golden.

You can also find some nice promotional tools on the Redbubble blog, for example, fun marketing templates like this one:

doughnut pillow mock upShipping

Redbubble has headquarters located in San Francisco (U.S.) and Melbourne (Australia) so the products are shipped from one of those areas depending on your location.

I have found they offer reasonable shipping costs to Canada, and even more reasonable within the U.S.  The shipping is generally pretty quick, and you can choose a faster shipping method if required.

Also, you get a free random sticker with every purchase! 

Summary

In sum, I highly recommend Redbubble for selling your art online!

If you have any questions, or if you want to share your own experiences with Redbubble please feel free to leave a comment below.  I hope you have found some useful information here!

Cheers!  Have a great week.

 

Julie

 

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