On A Starry Night
The app literally deleted itself from my shopify after I spent time and energy on listing 41 products. Got an order somewhere between installing and it deleting itself, it sat around as if no one saw it and i check into it and it's connected to absolutely nothing. So I reinstalled it, remade the 41 products I'd lost (because for some reason SPOD thought I was new - I literally have two welcome emails from them to the same email address, one July 18th and the second July 30th after the reinstall). So we troubleshoot, then place a dummy order to see if everything is connected - try and cancel and it won't let us, so now I have a shirt I don't need coming to me. I then place the order manually for the customer who is still waiting for that original order before the app deleted itself, and I get 5 emails in rapid succession from SPOD that there's no address associated with the order. Uh - yes, there is, it's in there.
Now the shipping profile I made specifically for it after I reinstalled it using their guidelines deleted itself, as well.
This entire thing is the biggest headache.
SLP Sippy Cups and More
I like the ease of designing my products. I have tried to place two sample orders, but have been unable to do so. I have reached out to customer service multiple times on each order. The second sample order I have reached out 3 times with no response. If I cannot get a response on a sample order, why should I continue to use SPOD for my business?
Hello SLP Sippy Cups and More,
Thank you for your honest feedback, we're sorry to hear that you had such problems with the sample orders and with reaching customer sercive. At the moment, it can take up to 4 business days for our colleagues to get back to requests since we still have a very high intake of emails and calls every day. We try to be transparent about this in our designated update page: https://faq.spod.com/hc/en-us/articles/360012726799-COVID-19-Updates-#article
Also, I could see that after the two sample orders that didn't work out, the customer orders shipped already and you have a new sample order from yesterday that is already being produced. It seems that you are still willing to be using our services, so we hope this cooperation will work better from now on.
La Petite Mort
I've found some disturbing images in the design section while creating products. Such as a radio labeled as "Ghetto Blaster" and a hooded man with a handgun labeled as a "Rapper". This is clearly labeling stereo types and depicting negative ideas to a culture that you don't understand nor represent. I will be posting pictures of the said images to those that can create change on this site or have them removed.
Hello La Petite Mort,
Thanks for your feedback about our design tagging - we take your claims very seriously. Our selection of free designs and their tags were purchased from a 3rd party business. Upon closer review, Ghetto Blaster is a common term used to describe a boom box / portable stereo and we see no negative intent in tagging this design this way. The design with a hooded individual and gun is a common description of a gangster rapper, and while we understand not all rappers use guns in their imagery, we also saw no ill intent here. We will however review the tagging of rapper to avoid any misconceptions.
We're sorry that you are unhappy with our service due to this issue, and hope that the background and our review will change your mind about using us in the future. If you come across any other tagging/content issues, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll take a look.
HUGE - WASTE - OF - TIME! After weeks of populating my Shopify store with designs created especially for clients to add customization with the SPOD Customizer tool, I find out that the Customizer tool does not add the correct markup to customized products. Instead of getting paid $19.99 for a basic t-shirt that has a markup of 150%, I would get paid $15.99. I ended up wasting another few days trying to get help from SPOD support. While they claim to know about the problem, they are not inclined to help correct the issue because they claim to be busy!
Here is the product owners reply...
Sorry, it is rather busy here we have an incredible amount of contacts to get through.
I am aware of the issue you are talking about, and that is a flaw for some users of the customizer.
However, the technology behind the customizer is extremely complex and I can't bring a change to the pricing any time soon. So I cannot offer a date of when this will change.
I am. sorry I cannot say more,
Product Owner "
Thank you for leaving your honest review although we are sorry that you were so unhappy with us and our services.
We did reach out again to you to explain how the pricing works, as it seems you found it difficult to understand from our first explanations.
Also, we did agree with you that the pricing could be handled differently, and we do see people reaching out about this.
However, the fact is that this behaviour is not a bug, it's the whole concept of how the pricing works in the Customizer, so it's complicated to make profound changes to it especially keeping in mind that we have to try to cater to different needs
As we wrote to you: we plan to do a further iteration on how the Customizer works, but this will take some planning from our designers to try and fit the tool to work for as many users as possible.
We hope that it is more understandable now how the pricing works in this case.
The Only Standard
Print quality is trash. I ordered a shirt with a PINK graphic and received a shirt with a faded white graphic instead.
Edit: I've already contacted support with pictures and have yet to receive a response.
Hello The Only Standard,
Thank you for giving us your honest review, we're so sorry that the print quality did not match your expectations. Please reach out to our customer service via email@example.com with a picture of the print so we can find a solution for this and also find out what went wrong.
It's crucial to us to have this kind of feedback with pictures so we can improve our service, otherwise we cannot do this. We see that you have another order with us that is still being produced, we hope this one will meet your expectations.
It's important to keep in mind that, due to the print on demand nature of our business, we are printing with DTG and not screenprinting. Let me send you our FAQ article on what this means in terms of how a DTG print will look: https://faq.spod.com/hc/en-us/articles/360019511033-Differences-in-Colors-Monitor-vs-T-Shirt#article
Gorilla Vibe Apparel
This app is NOT usable if you already have products and have spent months building up SEO rank and reputation for your listings. There is no way to import your existing products and there is no manual fulfillment option on the backend so that you could keep your listings and just fulfill manually as a temporary solution. I wanted to love SPOD because pricing is great and the app works well but this really misses the mark on what store owners need. Please fix this as soon as possible I would have been happy to move over 5000 skus over to SPOD but I can not lose the many months of work already put in.
If you already have a store with products you will be sadly disappointed. If you are just starting this might work for you. Its really a Shame I have two brands and two different stores I wanted to switch over to SPOD. I will have to go with Shirtly or someone else who allows business owners to not throw away months maybe even years of work just to use you guys. I hope you guys will take this into account and find a way to help existing brand owners.
Hello Gorilla Vibe Apparel,
Thank you very much for your honest feedback and sorry to hear that the app doesn't meet your needs so far. I can see that you still have some orders with us and it would be great if we could find a way of working together. Therefore, we would be happy to get detailed feedback on what you need from us via firstname.lastname@example.org so we can forward it to our app development team to review and maybe find a solution. Thank you!
The prices are great but it has taken too long to complete orders and respond to my question via the support channel. My customers all said and I have seen with my own eyes the quality of the shirts. The design is too small and has the faded look and the shirts were wrinkled.
Hello Trinity Mom,
Thank you for giving us your honest feedback, we're so sorry to hear that you were unsatisfied with our services.
We did struggle with reduced capacities in our production facilities over the past weeks as well as a very high backlog of emails and calls in our customer service which is why we had to up the production and response times.
On June 24th we were finally able to reduce production times to 4 business days for ca. 50% of the orders and 6 business days for ca. 90% of them. Also, we now have more people helping out our colleagues in customer service and try to get back to all requests within a maximum of 4 business days.
We know that this can still be frustrating for our merchants and try to be transparent about this and to update our merchants as best we can on the following FAQ page: https://faq.spod.com/hc/en-us/articles/360012726799-COVID-19-Updates-#article
I can see that your store is closed now, perhaps you would still consider sending us pictures of the orders that were not to your satisfaction to email@example.com, so we can try and find our what went wrong and maybe still offer you a solution for compensation.
This company has the worst customer service ever! I called in to their department and they said they could not help me with my request. They sent my customers wrong packages and also packages that contained nothing! USPS and my customers contacted me and told me the packages arrived empty.
I’ve sold a lot of products with them and I should have switched to a new service a long time ago. Sent it two emails and called over 7 times and nobody has answered my emails it’s been 3 days now.
To be honest it’s actually disappointing.
Hello Official Teamize,
Thank you for your honest feedback, we can completely understand your frustration and are very sorry that you had troubles with both the orders and getting in touch with our customer service.
At the moment, we are trying to tackle the huge amount of emails and calls coming in, but are still trying to get back to merchants as quickly as we can.
We will get in touch with our colleagues to take another look at the orders that were faulty to see if we can find the best solution for you (if not already happened) and understand what went wrong internally and how we can fix it.
Thank you again, feedback like this is always valuable to us as we're constantly striving to improve our services.
Customer service is terrible and even though my shop is marked to stop selling an item that is out of stock, SPOD sold it anyway and then tagged it as out of stock with no option to change to a color in stock. Insteand I have to cancel an order or wait....unacceptable for a first time shopper to my store. and the rollover rep who took my call was terrible sounded so annoyed from the get go and definitely didn't go the extra mile. Told me all about the limitations of her job. So why bother with this spod? I have purchased alot but I am done...sorry you should have done better when there's more choice out there....gotta work harder for my business!!
We appreciate your honest feedback, and it is true we have had some delays in responding to customer service inquiries. We are experiencing a huge influx of new sellers that have pushed our Customer Service team to the limit. We now have additional staff in the team and seem to have reduced the backlog.
We are sorry to see this feedback as we have produced 12 orders for you over the last seven months without any issues.
We cannot import an order without stock as SPOD has live stock states in your Shopify store, I can have one of our engineers look into the logs of your store to see what happened with your order.
We wish you luck with the future of your business and sorry it did not work out this time.
Terrible customer service. Impossible to get a hold of over the phone and takes days to reply to emails. We understand there are delays but communication is key, would not recommend.
We are sorry to hear you had not had the experience you expected with us. We have been in contact with you over the last few days and have explained our backlog in Customer Service. Our phone lines are extremely busy right now so it can be difficult to get through. We now have many additional people working through the contacts we are receiving and we have reduced the backlog. We wish you luck with your future business. You can see our COVID-19 updates here about our current situations - https://faq.spod.com/hc/en-us/articles/360012726799-COVID-19-Updates-#article