I want to sell a few mugs & cards as merchandising for my site, but CAN'T find a suitable platform..

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  1. lyrications

    lyrications UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I was lucky enough to find TEEMILL.com for the t-shirt products that i wanted to sell. Job Done, Easy Peasy. Perfect

    Then, as they don't do mugs and cards I looked around for a platform for mugs and possibly cards.

    Shopify does not fit (too complex, too expensive, too involved)
    onshopprint (not helpful)
    printful.com (too complex)
    prestashop, bonanza, gumroad, squarebase, magento - all square pegs for my round hole.

    My requirements (i believe) are pretty simple.

    I want a printer or a platform connected to printing that:

    a) handles all the payment and fulfilment
    b) gives me the simplest of shop fronts - demo product + price
    c) is global

    I do not want to create a whole online store full of products with myriads of shipping options
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: lyrications Member since: Nov 21, 2020
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  2. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    So what are your competitors with the same business model using?
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  3. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Yes. But you need to pay for this simplicity. And it's unlikely to be cheap.
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  4. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Dont worry about the platform think about how you market it to get customers thats the real costs
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  5. lyrications

    lyrications UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hmmm the closest I can think of "The Daily Mash" and "Grandiloquent Word of the Day" seem to have close ties with a print house, or maybe even partnership with. I used to work for a digital print company that had branched out into online gifts and naturally they handled all their own fulfilment. Thanks for the advice though. I will investigate it a bit further
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: lyrications Member since: Nov 21, 2020
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  6. lyrications

    lyrications UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    That is not currently an issue as such. I have a website and an existing customer base. The site is designed to be inherently shareable and visitable. My concern is keeping my content interesting and hopefully that will be reflected in future sales
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: lyrications Member since: Nov 21, 2020
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  7. lyrications

    lyrications UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Teemill are free to use, and I may be not making as much profit per sale... However while i test the waters and expand I am happy to go with this and maybe think about other options further down the line
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: lyrications Member since: Nov 21, 2020
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  8. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    You will usually find it a lot cheaper to keep product and fulfilment apart.
    You are limiting yourself to one type. Try two.
    One (or more) suppliers to produce what you want. Another to do fulfilment. Being specialists they can each concentrate on what they do best.
    The payment side is easy and relatively cheap.

    So customer orders. You notify the fulfilment house (maybe even have software to do that for you but its just a few seconds job) and they send the product to the customer. Having weeks or months previous sent the stock in to the fulfilment house.

    And you have access to far more suppliers.
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  9. lyrications

    lyrications UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thanks Mr D. That is not QUITE what i think i am looking for, but, i see what you mean and will consider it from that angle...
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: lyrications Member since: Nov 21, 2020
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  10. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    But you now want a more complex and that costs more. Simple to describe but not cheap to provide.

    What is your budget? £50/month?
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  11. lyrications

    lyrications UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thanks for the reply fisicx

    I have seen things on shopify that are £20 a month, and to be honest, even that doesn't sound very appealing. If teemill can provide t-shirt printing for free (essentially) then obviously i would like to find something similiar for mugs and cards.

    I am not in the position of knowing whether my merchandise will sell in any volume...
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: lyrications Member since: Nov 21, 2020
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  12. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Yes. But you want it all in one package. And that’s why you can’t get it for free (or at very low cost).
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  13. lyrications

    lyrications UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I don't want to be seen to be spamming, but if it helps to see what i mean, my site is findable by just following common-sense and then using the shop link.

    Naturally, i would like to hit the christmas window and if i have to use a solution that is complex then that will effectively mean that the window is missed, the point becomes moot and i then am looking at integrating something but without the time-pressure (nor sadly the opportunity of the christmas period)
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: lyrications Member since: Nov 21, 2020
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  14. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Better be quick then, black friday is soon.
    You've missed 3 months of the Christmas market already. For online selling in UK there's less than a month left. For overseas sales you've missed some of that entirely.
    Add in Brexit impact on sales for overseas - and you have little time to get any overseas christmas sales.

    Get something in place quick. Then build on it as more options / solutions / better stuff becomes available.

    Have you looked at personalised momento company? Not ideal this late but something that could be put in place pretty quickly.
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  15. lyrications

    lyrications UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thanks that looks promising. I will be contacting them tomorrow
     
    Posted: Nov 22, 2020 By: lyrications Member since: Nov 21, 2020
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  16. Emre Eldar

    Emre Eldar UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Are you looking for a platform to sell things? Have you tried Poshmark?
     
    Posted: Nov 24, 2020 By: Emre Eldar Member since: Nov 6, 2020
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  17. lyrications

    lyrications UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thanks Emre

    That is not what i need unfortunately. I need someone who can print my own designs on mug products and do all the fulfilment, payment, shipping etc
     
    Posted: Nov 24, 2020 By: lyrications Member since: Nov 21, 2020
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  18. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Yes. And if you want this sort of fulfillment services you have to pay.

    A mate of mine uses a service like this. It costs him about 15% for each order. But he ships thousands of products each week so to cost is easily absorbed. He worked out it was cheaper than employing someone to do all the picking and packing and then getting a courier to do the pick up and delivery.
     
    Posted: Nov 24, 2020 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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