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How To Make A Strong Case For Accessibility

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Getting support for accessibility efforts isn’t easy. There are many accessibility myths, wrong assumptions, and expectations that make accessibility look like a complex, expensive, and time-consuming project. Let’s fix that!

Below are some practical techniques that have been working well for me to convince stakeholders to support and promote accessibility in small and large companies.

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Launching Accessibility Efforts

A common way to address accessibility is to speak to stakeholders through the lens of corporate responsibility and ethical and legal implications. Personally, I’ve never been very successful with this strategy. People typically dismiss concerns that they can’t relate to, and as designers, we can’t build empathy with facts, charts, or legal concerns.

The problem is that people often don’t know how accessibility applies to them. There is a common assumption that accessibility is dull and boring and leads to “unexciting” and unattractive products. Unsurprisingly, businesses often neglect it as an irrelevant edge case.

So, I use another strategy. I start conversations about accessibility by visualizing it. I explain the different types of accessibility needs, ranging from permanent to temporary to situational — and I try to explain what exactly it actually means to our products. Mapping a more generic understanding of accessibility to the specifics of a product helps everyone explore accessibility from a point that they can relate to.

And then I launch a small effort — just a few usability sessions, to get a better understanding of where our customers struggle and where they might be blocked. If I can’t get access to customers, I try to proxy test via sales, customer success, or support. Nothing is more impactful than seeing real customers struggling in their real-life scenario with real products that a company is building.

From there, I move forward. I explain inclusive design, accessibility, neurodiversity, EAA, WCAG, ARIA. I bring people with disabilities into testing as we need a proper representation of our customer base. I ask for small commitments first, then ask for more. I reiterate over and over and over again that accessibility doesn’t have to be expensive or tedious if done early, but it can be very expensive when retrofitted or done late.

Throughout that entire journey, I try to anticipate objections about costs, timing, competition, slowdowns, dullness — and keep explaining how accessibility can reduce costs, increase revenue, grow user base, minimize risks, and improve our standing in new markets. For that, I use a few templates that I always keep nearby just in case an argument or doubts arise.

Useful Templates To Make A Strong Case For Accessibility
1. “But Accessibility Is An Edge Case!”

❌ “But accessibility is an edge case. Given the state of finances right now, unfortunately, we really can’t invest in it right now.”

🙅🏽♀️ “I respectfully disagree. 1 in 6 people around the world experience disabilities. In fact, our competitors [X, Y, Z] have launched accessibility efforts ([references]), and we seem to be lagging behind. Plus, it doesn’t have to be expensive. But it will be very expensive once we retrofit much later.”

2. “But There Is No Business Value In Accessibility!”

❌ “We know that accessibility is important, but at the moment, we need to focus on efforts that will directly benefit business.”

🙅🏼♂️ “I understand what you are saying, but actually, accessibility directly benefits business. Globally, the extended market is estimated at 2.3 billion people, who control an incremental $6.9 trillion in annual disposable income. Prioritizing accessibility very much aligns with your goal to increase leads, customer engagement, mitigate risk, and reduce costs.” (via Yichan Wang)

3. “But We Don’t Have Disabled Users!”

❌ “Why should we prioritize accessibility? Looking at our data, we don’t really have any disabled users at all. Seems like a waste of time and resources.”

🙅♀️ “Well, if a product is inaccessible, users with disabilities can’t and won’t be using it. But if we do make our product more accessible, we open the door for prospect users for years to come. Even small improvements can have a high impact. It doesn’t have to be expensive nor time-consuming.”

4. “Screen Readers Won’t Work With Our Complex System!”

❌ “Our application is very complex and used by expert users. Would it even work at all with screen readers?”

🙅🏻♀️ “It’s not about designing only for screen readers. Accessibility can be permanent, but it can also be temporary and situational — e.g., when you hold a baby in your arms or if you had an accident. Actually, it’s universally useful and beneficial for everyone.”

5. “We Can’t Win Market With Accessibility Features!”

❌ “To increase our market share, we need features that benefit everyone and improve our standing against competition. We can’t win the market with accessibility.”

🙅🏾♂️ “Modern products succeed not by designing more features, but by designing better features that improve customer’s efficiency, success rate, and satisfaction. And accessibility is one of these features. For example, voice control and auto-complete were developed for accessibility but are now widely used by everyone. In fact, the entire customer base benefits from accessibility features.”

6. “Our Customers Can’t Relate To Accessibility Needs”

❌ “Our research clearly shows that our customers are young and healthy, and they don’t have accessibility needs. We have other priorities, and accessibility isn’t one of them.”

🙅♀️ “I respectfully disagree. People of all ages can have accessibility needs. In fact, accessibility features show your commitment to inclusivity, reaching out to every potential customer of any age, regardless of their abilities.

This not only resonates with a diverse audience but also positions your brand as socially responsible and empathetic. As you know, our young user base increasingly values corporate responsibility, and this can be a significant differentiator for us, helping to build a loyal customer base for years to come.” (via Yichan Wang)

7. “Let’s Add Accessibility Later”

❌ “At the moment, we need to focus on the core features of our product. We can always add accessibility later once the product is more stable.”

🙅🏼 “I understand concerns about timing and costs. However, it’s important to note that integrating accessibility from the start is far more cost-effective than retrofitting it later. If accessibility is considered after development is complete, we will face significant additional expenses for auditing accessibility, followed by potentially extensive work involving a redesign and redevelopment.

This process can be significantly more expensive than embedding accessibility from the beginning. Furthermore, delaying accessibility can expose your business to legal risks. With the increasing number of lawsuits for non-compliance with accessibility standards, the cost of legal repercussions could far exceed the expense of implementing accessibility now. The financially prudent move is to work on accessibility now.”

You can find more useful ready-to-use templates in Yichan Wang’s Designer’s Accessibility Advocacy Toolkit — a fantastic resource to keep nearby.

Building Accessibility Practices From Scratch

As mentioned above, nothing is more impactful than visualizing accessibility. However, it requires building accessibility research and accessibility practices from scratch, and it might feel like an impossible task, especially in large corporations. In “How We’ve Built Accessibility Research at”, Maya Alvarado presents a fantastic case study on how to build accessibility practices and inclusive design into UX research from scratch.

Maya rightfully points out that automated accessibility testing alone isn’t reliable. Compliance means that a user can use your product, but it doesn’t mean that it’s a great user experience. With manual testing, we make sure that customers actually meet their goals and do so effectively.

Start by gathering colleagues and stakeholders interested in accessibility. Document what research was done already and where the gaps are. And then whenever possible, include 5–12 users with disabilities in accessibility testing.

Then, run a small accessibility initiative around key flows. Tap into critical touch points and research them. As you are making progress, extend to components, patterns, flows, and service design. And eventually, incorporate inclusive sampling into all research projects — at least 15% of usability testers should have a disability.

Companies often struggle to recruit testers with disabilities. One way to find participants is to reach out to local chapters, local training centers, non-profits, and public communities of users with disabilities in your country. Ask the admin’s permission to post your research announcement, and it won’t be rejected. If you test on site, add extra $25–$50 depending on disability transportation.

I absolutely love the idea of extending Microsoft’s Inclusive Design Toolkit to meet specific user needs of a product. It adds a different dimension to disability considerations which might be less abstract and much easier to relate for the entire organization.

As Maya noted, inclusive design is about building a door that can be opened by anyone and lets everyone in. Accessibility isn’t a checklist — it’s a practice that goes beyond compliance. A practice that involves actual people with actual disabilities throughout all UX research activities.

Wrapping Up

To many people, accessibility is a big mystery box. They might have never seen a customer with disabilities using their product, and they don’t really understand what it involves and requires. But we can make accessibility relatable, approachable, and visible by bringing accessibility testing to our companies — even if it’s just a handful of tests with people with disabilities.

No manager really wants to deliberately ignore the needs of their paying customers — they just need to understand these needs first. Ask for small commitments, and get the ball rolling from there.

Set up an accessibility roadmap with actions, timelines, roles and goals. Frankly, this strategy has been working for me much better than arguing about legal and moral obligations, which typically makes stakeholders defensive and reluctant to commit.

Fingers crossed! And a huge thank-you to everyone working on and improving accessibility in your day-to-day work, often without recognition and often fueled by your own enthusiasm and passion — thank you for your incredible work in pushing accessibility forward! 👏🏼👏🏽👏🏾

Useful Resources
Making A Case For Accessibility

“How To Make The Business Case For Accessibility”, by R Gregory Williams
“How We’ve Built Accessibility Research at”, by Maya Alvarado
“Designer’s Accessibility Advocacy Toolkit”, by Yichan Wang
“Making The Case for Accessibility”, by Susanna Zaraysky
“Making A Strong Case For Accessibility”, by Todd Libby
“Accessibility Case Studies and Success Stories”, by Deque
“Inclusive Design Toolkits and Templates”, by yours truly

Accessibility Testing

“A Comprehensive Guide to Accessible UX Research”, by Brian Grellmann
“Inclusive User Research: Recruiting Participants”, by Ela Gorla
“Testing With Blind Users: A Cheatsheet”, by Slava Shestopalov
“Mobile Accessibility Research with Screen-Reader Users”, by Tanner Kohler
“How To Conduct UX Research With Participants With Disabilities”, by Peter McNally
“How To Conduct Accessibility UX Research”, by AnswerLab

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20 Best New Websites, June 2024

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How Top HR Agencies Build Trust Through Logo Designs

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Inspirational Websites Roundup: Webflow Special #5

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15 Best New Fonts, June 2024

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VTEX vs Shopify 2024: Which Commerce Platform Do You Need?

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VTEX vs Shopify: Which is best? After reviewing both options, I think Shopify is the best solution overall. It’s far more flexible (and easy to use) than VTEX, and offers solutions for businesses from a range of different industries, alongside omnichannel selling capabilities.

VTEX is definitely a robust commerce platform, but it’s designed for larger enterprises with more technical experience. On the plus side it does have excellent omnichannel options, and features powerful AI tools to help boost your sales.

Shopify vs VTEX: The Pros and Cons

Shopify Pros and Cons

Pros 👍
Cons 👎

Pros 👍

Highly scalable solution for any business size
Easy to use interface for beginners
Fantastic themes and design tools
Omnichannel, and multi-currency selling options
Powerful AI capabilities for content creation
Extensive reporting and analytical tools
Great logistics, fulfillment, and inventory management

Cons 👎

Advanced features can be expensive
Transaction fees for using third-party payment processors

VTEX Pros and Cons

Pros 👍
Cons 👎

Pros 👍

Advanced omnichannel and multi-currency selling
Extensive reporting and analytics tools
Fantastic B2B business tools
Support for selling physical and digital products
AI-powered tools to help optimize pages
Pre-built components optimized for performance
APIs and robust integrations

Cons 👎

No transparent pricing
High learning curve for beginners
Not intended for smaller companies

Shopify vs Payhip: Overview and Pricing

What is Shopify? Pricing and Fees

Shopify is a versatile commerce platform, combining omnichannel selling capabilities, with a comprehensive website builder, and marketing, logistics, and business management tools. The platform can be scaled to suit any type or size of business, from people selling on social media, to large multi-national enterprises.

If you’re comparing Shopify and VTEX, the “Shopify Plus” plan, designed for enterprises is likely to be the solution you pick. It gives you the comprehensive freedom you’d get from VTEX to create highly customized and even headless commerce experiences.

However, it’s also Shopify’s most expensive plan, starting at $2,300 per month. If you don’t need comprehensive enterprise and B2B tools, I’d recommend starting with one of Shopify’s core plans, which still feature solutions for omnichannel selling, inventory management, analytics and more. Options include:

Shopify Basic: $29 per month (annually)

Shopify: $79 per month (annually)

Shopify Advanced: $299 per month (annually)

Shopify does charge transaction fees, but only if you don’t use Shopify Payments or an approved third-party payment processor. These fees range from 0.15% to 2%, based on the plan you choose.

What is VTEX and How Much Does it Cost?

VTEX is an enterprise-level commerce platform, designed to give B2B and B2C businesses all the flexible tools they need to create a comprehensive online presence. It’s an extremely flexible platform, offering access to a range of modular capabilities you can mix and match.

Like Shopify, VTEX allows you to sell a range of products, from physical items to subscriptions, and supports omnichannel selling with marketplace and social media integrations.

It also gives you a similar one-page checkout to Shopify, access to templates for building your own website, and various addons, like the “VTEX Live shopping” app.

Unfortunately, VTEX doesn’t list its prices on its website. Instead, you’ll be given a custom quote based on the specific needs of your business. However, from what I can tell the costs are likely to be a lot higher than what you’d pay for Shopify’s core plans.

Shopify vs VTEX: The Core Features

VTEX and Shopify actually have a lot of overlapping features, particularly if you’re comparing VTEX to Shopify Plus.

They can both support headless and omnichannel commerce, and both offer integrations with a wide range of apps. They also both give you the freedom to sell as a B2B or B2C business, and build a fantastic online store experience.

The Main Features of Shopify:

Flexible plans: Unlike VTEX, Shopify offers a range of plans to suit businesses of different sizes, with different needs. You can access most of the same features you’d get from VTEX on the basic plans, without necessarily upgrading to Shopify Plus.

Website builder: Shopify’s website builder is much easier to use than the one you get from VTEX, with a range of themes to choose from. You get an integrated SEO-friendly blog, and access to AI tools to help you create content.

Selling tools: Shopify offers users a world-leading checkout, integrated payment processing, and the opportunity to sell any kind of product across a range of channels, from social media to marketplaces. There’s even a built-in POS system for in-store selling.

Analytics and reporting: Shopify’s reporting tools are fantastic, and can help you track everything from conversions to inventory rates, and even taxes. On more advanced plans, you can even create custom reports.

Marketing features: With Shopify, you can create comprehensive marketing campaigns, and connect with customers through email and chat. You also have the opportunity to link your store to various marketing solutions, and automate workflows with Shopify Flow.

Business management tools: Shopify’s wide range of tools for inventory, order, staff, product, and customer management make it easy to organize your entire business. There are even tools available for shipping and fulfillment.

The Core Features of VTEX

Website builder: VTEX offers a comprehensive website builder, with solutions tuned to B2B and B2C businesses. You can access pre-built store components; buy you’ll need to dive into the headless environment to build unique shopping experiences.

Sales tools: With VTEX, companies can sell digital and physical products, as well as subscriptions, with a one-click checkout, PCI-certified payment gateway, and a range of shipping options. There are even financial reports available.

Marketing solutions: Like Shopify, VTEX offers access to AI tools for creating content, and merchandising campaigns. You can also run promotions with discounts and coupons, integrate with marketing tools and automate campaigns, and publish blogs.

Omnichannel and headless commerce: Similar to Shopify, VTEX supports both omnichannel and headless commerce. You can create multi-language and multi-currency experiences, connect to third-party marketplaces, and integrate POS systems.

Development tools: Alongside accessing APIs and integrations to transform store performance, companies can use the VTEX IO development platform to customize every aspect of their store, although it does require some technical knowledge.

When to Use Shopify and When to Use VTEX

When to Use Shopify

I’d recommend picking Shopify if you want:

A user-friendly website builder and omnichannel commerce solution that can scale to suit your business needs, without the need for comprehensive coding.

Affordable prices for smaller businesses with fewer advanced requirements.

An excellent app marketplace to help you boost the functionality of your store.

When to Use VTEX

Pick VTEX if you want:

A solution that focuses on headless commerce first, allowing companies to build highly customized B2B and B2C experiences.

Powerful AI tools, and marketing solutions to help boost your conversion rates.

A highly flexible ecosystem, with tons of API options and integrations.

Shopify vs VTEX: Final Thoughts

VTEX and Shopify can give sellers very similar experiences, depending on the plan you choose.

Overall, I’d recommend choosing Shopify if you’re looking for something that’s more user-friendly, scalable, and affordable.

Alternatively, if you’re a large enterprise investing in headless commerce, and want a flexible platform straight away, VTEX may be a good choice.

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Redbubble vs Merch by Amazon 2024: Which is Best?

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If you’ve been looking for an easy way to start selling customized products online, print on demand could be the ideal solution. However, not all print on demand (POD) solutions are alike.

Some companies still require you to set up your own ecommerce store, and manage numerous parts of your business yourself. That’s why I often recommend considering print on demand “marketplaces” to creators who want the easiest possible startup experience.

While marketplaces like Redbubble and Merch by Amazon (Merch on Demand) don’t give you all of the freedom and scalability you need for a growing POD brand, they’re excellent for beginners. Two particularly popular options right now are Redbubble, and Merch by Amazon.

So, how do they stack up? I experimented with both platforms (on a free plan), to share my behind-the-scenes insights, and help you make the right choice for your business.

Quick Verdict

While I love the fact that Merch by Amazon gives sellers access to the incredible fast-paced delivery speeds of Amazon Prime, Redbubble is definitely a lot more versatile. With Amazon Merch on Demand, you only get a handful of products to choose from, although you do benefit from high-quality printing. Redbubble offers access to dozens of different products.

You can also upgrade to higher “tiers” with Redbubble, to benefit from fewer account fees, a range of marketing tools, and even access to advanced customer and marketplace insights.

Redbubble vs Merch by Amazon: How the Platforms Work

Redbubble and Merch by Amazon have a lot in common, they both don’t require creators to design their own ecommerce website to start selling custom products online. Instead, you simply create a “storefront”, and sell your products on an existing marketplace.

However, there are some core differences in how the platforms work.

How Redbubble Works

Redbubble is one of the “original” print on demand marketplaces, created in 2006. It gives creators access to a full marketplace platform, as well as a range of tools for creating, promoting, and selling products.

You can sign up for an account for free, and use the design tools to instantly add your art to over 70 unique products. Once you create your storefront, you’ll be able to list your items there, and customers from all over the world can place orders.

Redbubble offers global shipping and printing services, and gives you full control over the prices you set for your items (so you control your profit margins), and even offers anti-piracy and watermark features for your design.

After a customer places an order, Redbubble prints and ships the products they want directly, and even handles customer service for you.

Notably, Redbubble recently introduced “tiered” accounts to its platform. Rather than paying for a premium tier, you’ll be upgraded based on your profile and work.

The more advanced plans eliminate account fees, give you advanced notice of product launches, and provide access to marketing tools, advanced market insights, and account management support.

How Merch by Amazon Works

Merch by Amazon is one of the simplest print on demand solutions I’ve ever used. To get started, all you need to do is create an Amazon account (or log into your existing one), then sign up for a “Merch on Demand” profile.

From there, you can upload your artwork, choose a product type and color, and write a description for what you want to sell. Amazon then automatically generates a product page for you on the Amazon marketplace, where customers can find your items.

Like Redbubble, Amazon handles the core parts of running your business for you. They’ll create your products, ship them to customers (with Amazon Prime), and handle customer service.

There are no upfront costs to worry about. However, like with Redbubble, you also don’t earn the “full profits” of every sale. Instead, you just get a royalty for every product sold.

On the plus side, Amazon does give you some handy analytical tools you can use to track the success of your best-selling items, which can give you a chance to increase sales in the future.

The Pros and Cons for Both Platforms

Every print on demand platform has its own distinct pros and cons. With Amazon, you get some great shipping support, but not a lot of variety. With Redbubble, you get plenty of variety, but the product print quality can vary drastically. Here are the pros and cons I identified for each platform.

Redbubble Pros and Cons

Pros 👍
Cons 👎

Pros 👍

Easy to use platform for beginners
Access to a thriving marketplace, full of customers
Options to set your own prices and profit margins
Account tier system with extra benefits for top sellers
Marketing and sales resources to help you grow
Useful design and mock-up tools
Anti-piracy and watermark features
Global printing and shipping for dozens of products

Cons 👎

Product quality can vary drastically (depending on a range of factors)
Lots of competition on the platform
Slow payout rates for some vendors
Limited packaging and branding options
No integrations with ecommerce platforms

Merch by Amazon Pros and Cons

Pros 👍
Cons 👎

Pros 👍

Huge worldwide market of customers
Prime shipping for rapid delivery speeds
Excellent quality assurance standards
Easy to use environment for beginners
Analytics and reports on top-selling products
Fast payouts
Good customer support

Cons 👎

Very few product options
Royalties don’t add up to much profit
Limited integration options
Not many options for branding and packaging

Amazon Merch on Demand vs Redbubble: Pricing and Fees

I know pricing is a major concern for most print on demand vendors, which is why it’s one of the first things I focus on when reviewing any new platform. The good news is that you don’t need to pay anything to sign up with either Redbubble, or Merch by Amazon.

However, while Amazon is completely free to use for creators, Redbubble does charge an “account fee” to sellers. This is basically a flat fee that varies depending on the number of sales you make during a specific period.

The fee is deducted from your payments (commissions from Redbubble), so you don’t pay it directly, but it can eat into your profit margins.

Notably though, if you get upgraded to a Pro or Premium account (based on the quality of your work and level of engagement), you’ll be able to sidestep those fees. You’ll also get access to a range of other bonus features, like a newsletter, potential account manager, marketing tools, and insights.

With both Redbubble and Merch by Amazon, there are also no “upfront” fees to pay for shipping or the base price of your products. That’s because you don’t buy items, ship them, and keep the profits, you just earn a commission or royalty on each sale.

This does mean it’s easy to get started with a POD account, but you might find it’s tough to maintain high profit margins. Keep in mind, there may be other fees to pay for certain things like marketing campaigns, product photos, and product samples too.

Core Features and Functionality

Amazon Merch on Demand and Redbubble do have some overlapping features. First, they’re both POD solutions, which means both options allow you to outsource the production and fulfillment of custom items to a professional third-party.

Although it’s worth noting that with Redbubble, you’ll be able to create a wider variety of products, whereas with Amazon, you can rest assured your products will be delivered to customers as quickly as possible.

Redbubble can take anywhere from 7 days to a few weeks to deliver an item, depending on where the customer is. With Amazon Prime, customers get their orders in a day or two.

Additionally, both platforms give you access to analytical tools. However, while you get those as standard with Amazon, you’ll need to be upgraded to a higher tier to access them with Redbubble.

Standout Features of Redbubble

Larger selection of customizable products.

Piracy and watermark protections for designs

Complete control over price customization

Global shipping and multiple currencies

Analytics on some tiers

Access to marketing tools on some tiers

Standout Features of Merch by Amazon

Comprehensive seller dashboard with analytics

Amazon prime shipping

Useful resources for beginners

Excellent customer service

Good commitment to quality assurance

Easy to use platform

Product Designs and Quality

Ordering samples is generally the best way to test the design and print quality of any print on demand solution you’re considering. Although reviews from other customers are helpful, it’s worth remembering that there are numerous factors that can affect just how well your prints turn out.

The good news is that Redbubble and Amazon both have quality assurance methods in place to help ensure your products meet customer expectations.

However, from what I’ve found, Amazon’s strategy seems to be a lot more effective. There are definitely fewer negative reviews from customers linked to Amazon’s products than you’ll see for Redbubble.

Redbubble does give you a lot more products to choose from, however, and more customization options, so you can really make your products stand out.

However, you will need to be extremely cautious (on both sites), to ensure that you follow the design guidelines set by the vendors. Uploading higher-quality images will hopefully ensure your prints don’t lose their impact.

One particularly useful thing to note about Amazon, is that they do handle customer service for you, so if your customers aren’t happy with the quality of a design (for any reason), Amazon can make sure they get a refund, or replacement, without you having to step in.

Redbubble vs Merch by Amazon: Integrations

If you’re looking for an opportunity to sell your products across multiple channels, or access tools to help you run your business (such as marketing or accounting apps), you may have an issue with both Redbubble and Merch by Amazon.

Redbubble doesn’t support any integrations with any other marketplaces or ecommerce platforms. You can include a link to your Redbubble storefront in your emails and social media messages, but that’s about it. This obviously limits your ability to scale your business.

As far as I can tell, there are no direct integrations available for Amazon Merch on Demand either. However, there are some platforms that integrate with Amazon, like Shopify, which may allow you to connect your Amazon seller account to another platform to a certain level.

Customer Support and Service

Finally, let’s take a closer look at the customer support options offered by Amazon, and Redbubble. The good news is that both companies do provide guidance to beginners. You can find resources created by Amazon and Redbubble online that should answer most basic questions you have.

There are FAQs, videos, guides, tutorials, and blogs available online, as well as various forums and social media pages where you can connect with a wider community of sellers.

If you need direct support from Redbubble, you can connect with the company through email, but I couldn’t find any chat or phone services. However, if you do upgrade to a higher tier on Redbubble, there’s the option to access an account manager for extra support.

With Amazon, if you’re looking for extra support, you can contact the team via phone, email, or instant chat, for general support. However, merch vendors are only directly supported through email, so even if you reach out on a different channel, you might be asked to send a message instead.

Redbubble vs Amazon Merch on Demand: The Verdict

Both Redbubble and Merch by Amazon have appealing factors. I like the fact that Redbubble gives you a lot of products to choose from, and rewards high-performing sellers with higher “tiers”, giving them access to various unique benefits.

However, Amazon has a better reputation for product quality, and can deliver products to your customers a lot faster – even if there are fewer options to choose from.

Of course, you could always consider using both platforms simultaneously, if you want to expand your reach, as neither platform has any upfront costs to worry about.

Further reading

Printful vs Redbubble (2023): Which Is Better?

Printify vs Redbubble (2023): Which Is Better?

Is Redbubble Legit? How Safe and Legit is Redbubble in 2024?

8 Best Redbubble Alternatives to Consider in 2024

Shopify vs Redbubble (2023): Which Platform is Right for You?

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Leveraging Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) for Enhanced Mobile User Engagement

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Discover how Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) enhance mobile user engagement with features like offline access, push notifications, and more.

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This finance app rebrand is painfully Gen Z (and I love it)

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Koto embraces “Life on Max”