How much does it really benefit you to list your artwork at on-demand products sites? I ran across a detailed and insightful complaint about OD products giant CafePress. Though it has
the ring of truth, I’m sure CP can benefit you depending on what you promote and on how many items. Will it be worth it,…
…however, for what you get in return? I never used my CP account that I opened years ago. There have been too many changes to their TOS that seemed to me to adversely affect the artist. Read that interesting post at anti-state.com.
Custom Dropshipper claims to have an alternative plan that offers what CafePress, Zazzle and others don’t. They are free for the first 30 days. They then deduct one of three types of monthly fee plans from your PayPal account.
DeviantArt offers all registered users the opportunity to sell their artwork prints on t-shirts and other products. Their instructions on submitting images and setting up your print products can be found here. Many other OD products hosting sites I reviewed were more for corporate promotional and incentive products, rather than for artistic print products.
Whether it can be lucrative or lame to list prints for on-demand products is up to you. Investing time to upload and format hundreds, and even thousands, of designs for which you only get $1 per sale may be lame. Highlighting five of your easily recognizable designs, on a handful of popular items, may be worth the meager returns for the additional web presence. You could move on to other things, update your profile periodically, and reap the rewards of increased exposure.