Artist resources masterpost
Last updated: Jul 9, 2019
These are my personal recommendations for getting merch produced and printed! (Please note that since I’m based in the U.S, these will primarily apply to U.S. sellers.)
🌸 = My personal overall recommendation
🌱 = Conscientious or environmentally friendly company
General Pricing for Arist Alley Merch — An extremely useful Facebook note from AANI. Don’t know how to price your merch? This lists accurate market prices for merch like charms, prints, buttons, stickers, and more.
How to make a website without dying — My tutorial on everything you need to know about getting a domain, web hosting, and content—good for people looking to start an online blog, portfolio, or shop.
Business Cards and Postcards
Moo — Luxurious and premium, but expensive. The Apple of business cards.
Overnight Prints🌱 — [Will test]
Printrunner🌸 — Most affordable option if you’re ordering in bulk (500 or more units). Free U.S. shipping on orders over $39.
Vistaprint🌸 — Affordable; great prices without sacrificing printing quality. Often have sales and great for basic cards.
Lulu — Print-on-demand service. Good for short-run books or selling just a few copies.
Mixam — [Will test]
PureButtons🌸 - Solid and speedy button production that is very affordable even for small quantities.
Acorn Press — High-quality and crisp printing with a friendly staff, but slow and prone to delays.
Chilly Pig🌸 — High-quality and vibrant printing; image quality trumps the other vendors I’ve tried. Prompt, friendly staff, and great products. A little on the pricier end.
Vograce🌸 — Alibaba manufacturer. Affordable prices, fast and decent printing, and the widest variety of options. The only option that assembles charms for you (with straps, keychains, etc).
Enamel Pin Factory — Due to a negative experience with this company, I can no longer recommend them in good conscience.
Catprint🌸🌱 — Vivid and gorgeous printing with a variety of beautiful stocks. Pricey for business cards, but good price for art prints.
Clear Bags🌸🌱 — Offers a huge variety of clear poly bags, including an eco-friendly option.
EcoEnclose🌸🌱 — Focuses on environmentally-friendly packaging and shipping supplies. They specialize in boxes and mailers. More on the pricey side.
PaperMart — Offers some poly bags, padded mailers, boxes, tissue paper, and more. Big variety of shipping supplies with good prices and products.
Pure Labels🌱 — Offers compostable and biodegradable labels and stickers.
ULINE — Made for bulk orders or big companies, but they’re great if you need a lot of one product.
Stik2it — Quality bulk sticky notes, best in quantities of 250 or more.
Catprint🌱 — [Will test]
StickerApp — [Will test]
Sticker Mule — Great printing on vinyl stickers. Fast service with a variety of products. On the pricier end unless you’re ordering bulk.
Websites and Services
Carbonmade🌸 — Beautiful and affordable option for those who want a more dedicated portfolio site. Very easy to maintain, with great customer service. Paid plans starting at $6/mo.
Carrd.co🌸 — Most affordable option. Great for a simple, clean, affordable portfolio. Free, or paid plans starting at $9/yr.
Portfoliobox — Decent, affordable option for a portfolio. They also offer online shops and blogs. Paid plans starting at $6.90/mo.
Tumblr — Free, large variety of themes, and a wide range of flexibility. As a blogging-style platform, it’s difficult to organize things.
AND CO — A robust tool for full-time freelancers. Manage proposals, contracts, time-tracking, invoices, tasks, and expenses. Free plan, and paid plans starting at $18/mo.
Bonsai — A robust tool for full-time freelancers. Track time, create and send legal contracts easily, draft professional proposals, manage projects and expenses, and send invoices. Paid plans starting at $16/mo.
Commiss.io🌸 — An all-in-one slot organizing system, messaging system, and invoicing system for handling commissions. Free with 5% transaction fee or paid at $10/mo to remove transaction fees.
Cushion🌸 — A tool for full-time freelancers. Track time, forecast your workload, plan financial goals, and send invoices. Paid plans starting at $8/mo.
Big Cartel🌸 — A beautiful, simple option for when you want to get your store up and running with as little work as possible. No transaction fees. Free for stores less than 5 products, then paid plans starting at $9.99/mo.
Ecwid — A fully-featured online store solution. You can embed your store in your own domain. No transaction fees. Free for stores less than 10 products, then paid plans starting at $15/mo.
Gumroad — A simple online option that’s great for small shops, digital products, and simple purchases. Free with transaction fees, or a premium plan at $10/mo to eliminate transaction fees.
Shopify — A fully-featured online store solution. Expensive, but has everything you’d want in an online store. Paid plans only, starting at $29/mo.
Storenvy — Lots of features and affordable pricing. Personally, I’m not a fan since they have a lot of hidden fees for both artists and customers, but if you do your research then they can be a great option. Free with transaction fees.
WooCommerce — If you have your own web hosting, you can use this extension for Wordpress to form your own online store. It’s flexible and you don’t have to pay any fees, but you will be responsible for customers’ online financial security.
Zibbet🌸 - Great alternative to Etsy with no transaction or listing fees.. Paid plans only, starting at $5/mo per sales channel with a minimum of $10/mo.