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Merchandise Distribution Companies

Physical Merchandise Distribution Companies:

Lets start with Physical Merchandise Distribution Companies. Remember that with merchandise companies, if you order wearables in bulk, the purchase price goes down considerably. Each merchandise distribution company has unique strengths and you'll need to see which works best for your needs, but we've done some research and here are some companies our artists have recommended.

Jakprints –

  • 17 yrs of producing merchandise for companies like “Live Nation” to ‘MTV”
  • Jakprints has every classic artist/band merchandise item, from VIP passes to bumper stickers. It’s a huge company and gives you many distribution options with fine details. For example: embroidery to screen printing
  • The ordering process is more complicated as there are many companies they print with. The color of the shirt and how many colors used to print will also be considered for how much they charge
  • Jakprints is the most inexpensive and has the biggest price breaks the more bulk merchandise you order
  • Jakprints doesn’t however provide the amount of unique merch items that the companies below do and is more complicated to navigate
  • Jakprints has in house designers you can work with if you need help creating your logo or merch design. An in house designer is priced at $49.00 an hr.
  • An artist can also have their CD packaging designed and printed here

Zazzle -

  • This company has a user-friendly site which gives you the option of uploading your designs with ease. The ordering process is easy to navigate and track your order with
  • Zazzle's bulk pricing falls on the higher end of these comparing companies
  • Zazzle’s unique customized items including dog clothes, canvas prints, zippo lighters and Iphone covers
  • Offer 100% satisfaction guarantee with each item
  • They have a library of designers for different unique items

CafePress -

  • 400 + products to design
  • Offer 100% satisfaction guarantee with each item
  • Do not have in house designers
  • For trademark issues, as an artist you need to provide proof that you are the copyright owner of the design or logo you’d like to add to your merchandise

Sticker Mule -

  • Sticker Mule only produces buttons, magnets, transfer stickers and labels but they’re specialized and top of their game. They have amazing reviews, produce high quality products, and are often praised for early delivery
  • They offer free online proofs
  • Worldwide shipping
  • They have a quick 4 day turn around
  • They've been used by companies such as Google, Amazon, Nike and Netflix

Just like the companies you can use to produce your physical merchandise, companies that will aid you in selling your merch online have individual strengths. Again, we suggest that you do some research into which company works best for your needs. But to start you out, here are 4 digital merch companies our artists recommend.

Digital Merchandise Company Recommendations:

Bandzoogle -

  • Not just a store but an all in one SEO website platform with mobile friendly templates to choose from. Bandzoogle specializes in working with musicians and aids you in selling your music, merchandise and tickets
  • The websites they create are easy to navigate, high quality, and they have over 100 templates to choose from
  • The site tracks your inventory and lets you know when to re-order
  • You keep 100% of your sales
  • You have access to blogs, email marketing tools, interactive data reports, mailing lists, and a gig calendar
  • There is a 30 day free trail option and subscription start at $8.29 a month

Dizzyjam -

  • Dizzyjam is purely an online merch store
  • Free account and no subscriptions to purchase
  • They create you a unique URL for fans to access your store
  • You upload your design, they print and directly ship them to your fans
  • Does not have the option of purchasing downloadable products

My Minto -

  • Free beginning plan and the option of 3 paid subscription plans with more benefits and features
  • The free plan gives the artist up to 10 pages for a store and 100 products to upload and there is no contract involved
  • You keep 100% of your sales
  • The free plan does not have the options of digital product selling or a mobile store and the artist cannot use a custom URL for the store
  • This company is used by many artists but is not specifically made for artists

Shopify -

  • It’s extremely user friendly and easy to set up a store on Shopify
  • They have the option of a 14-day trial but you must continue with a paid plan to keep using their service
  • You can sell your merch, music and other downloadable products
  • You need a separate app to sell wearables with Shopify

Take your time and enjoy the process of scouting out the best merch avenues for you and your band. It'll be worth it when you see your fans connecting with your merch and you have more cash in pocket.

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