Are you a Shopify store owner using Teespring for custom apparel products and fulfillment? If yes, unfortunately Teespring is pulling the plug on their Shopify app integration.
Here is the recent message to Shopify store owners currently utilizing their app:
After careful consideration we regret to inform you that as of January 31st, 2017 we will no longer offer our Fulfillment by Teespring for Shopify service. With the ever changing environment of e-commerce, we have decided to allocate resources to other initiatives within Teespring. We are dedicated to creating a world class platform that will allow you to grow and position your brand for success. In order to provide such support, at this time we are unable to continue offering Fulfillment by Teespring for Shopify.
The application will be shut down on January 31st, 2017. No pending orders will be submitted and processed after that point. We ask that all orders be fulfilled before then. To assist with transitioning your business away from our application, we will continue to offer customer support for your buyers.
We’d like to take this time to thank you for your understanding and for your continued support of our platform. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Please direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s a big “ouch” and Shopify store owners using “Fulfillment by Teesping” in their store have every right to be pissed. Taking a look through some of the posts in Teespring-related Facebook groups, it’s clear current users are most pissed about the short notice. Now existing users have to worry about not only running their existing business but scrambling to find a new solution to replace all of their current inventory they added to their Shopify store through the Teespring app.
So, why would Teespring turn their backs on Shopify? We can sit around and speculate all day, but here’s a comment directly from Teespring founder Walker Williams from their “Teespring News” Facebook Group:
As you can see, Teespring’s focus is on their new “T2” product, which will attempt to compete with Shopify as their own ecommerce platform. Teespring simply does want you on Shopify, they want you on their platform.
While that’s understood from a business perspective, Nick Fielding and I won’t be leaving Shopify anytime soon.
Best wishes, Teespring!
So where does that leave you if you’re now stuck between a rock and a hard place as a result of Teespring’s decision?
Fear not. While there are other alternatives available, the CustomCat Shopify App (what Nick and I both use in our stores) is the clear-cut favorite for more reasons than I’ll go into here (and that’s only because you can discover everything you need to know at the link below).
One particular feature, however, that will be critically important for you making the switch is CustomCat’s “bulk upload” feature. If you already have several designs in your store you added from another solution, the bulk upload feature will allow you (or your assistant) to completely replace all of your products in less than a day.
While it is a premium (paid) app, the good news is you can now take a full 30-days to decide if the CustomCat Shopify app is right for you and your business, HERE.