Subliminator , 114 reviews

Overall rating
Counts per rating level
  • 71% of ratings are 5 stars
  • 7% of ratings are 4 stars
  • 3% of ratings are 3 stars
  • 4% of ratings are 2 stars
  • 16% of ratings are 1 stars
December 31, 2022

Do not use subliminator. Orders are taking forever and promised refunds don't get paid. Here are 5 reasons why you should not use Subliminator:
1) Since they upgraded their app mid December they are dropping the ball significantly. I have 3 orders from 22 days ago still not being processed for production. Also, who updates their app in the middle of the busiest season. Clearly not very smart.
2) To make it worst, I got lied to by their customer service team for days on end and never got a clear answer what is going on. They always say that they will contact the factory but they never follow-up or provide an update.
3) I just happened to see an announcement on their Facebook page that there are now 4-7 extra days of delays. No email was send out so you could only find out by going to their Facebook page. You would think that this was important during the peak holiday season.
4) They promised me a refund on the worst delayed orders but I still have to receive that. They keep telling me that they will refund but no money has been received 10 days after being promised. I refunded all my customers already so I am negative on these transactions.
5) Customer service is absolutely clueless and offer no help so do not bother asking them anything.

Starcove Fashion
United States
Time spent using app: Over 3 years
Subliminator replied March 23, 2023

Hi there!

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your recent experience with Subliminator. We genuinely apologize for any inconvenience you've faced, and as a long-standing customer, we appreciate your loyalty and candid feedback. It seems that during the good times, our dynamic duo of you and Subliminator were too busy making magic happen to stop and pen a review. But now, let's tackle those concerns of yours with some wit and wisdom:

1 - Our app update timing may have resembled a fruitcake during the holidays: unexpected and perhaps not entirely welcome. We promise to plan future updates with the finesse of a perfectly timed holiday toast.

2 - We're sorry if our customer service team left you feeling like a detective on a wild goose chase. We'll sharpen our communication skills and strive to be more like Sherlock Holmes—minus the pipe, of course.

3 - We slipped up on announcing delays through more direct channels. Next time, we'll make sure the news reaches you faster than a reindeer on a sugar rush.

4 - Ah, the elusive refund—caught in the grasp of an intermediary bank. While we can't control their processing time, we'll work on our end to ensure future refunds are as swift and smooth as Santa sliding down a chimney.

5 - We hear you on the customer service front, and we'll polish our skills to provide support that shines brighter than the star on top of the tree.

In all seriousness, we do apologize for any inconvenience you experienced, and we are committed to learning from this situation. Your feedback helps us grow and improve our services. Should you have any further concerns or inquiries, please don't hesitate to reach out to us directly.

Warm regards,


November 26, 2022

Terrible customer service! Please don't use this app, shipping times are terrible as well. Try Printify instead.

2nd A Apparel
United States
Time spent using app: 16 days
Subliminator replied November 27, 2022

Hi there!

Thank you for your review. Upon further investigation with our support team I found out that:

1. You reached out to our support team asking for help with your Shopify store shipping profiles, after which a team member redirected you to contact Shopify support, as shipping profiles are related to your store settings, and not Subliminator

2. You installed the app 2 weeks ago, and have NOT placed any orders so far.

So while we're not entirely sure why you would leave us such a dishonest review, we do wish you a successful ecommerce journey. And if you change your mind along the way, you're more than welcome to try us out the next time.

October 7, 2022

Had an absolute order disaster with Printify, so we tried Subliminator. Everything comes directly from China - which we didn't like, but we were in a pinch and were severely limited in suppliers. We talked to Subliminator EXTENSIVELY before order a few thousand dollars worth of product. Subliminator said that they absolutely would have no problem meeting the deadline for the products. It turns out, they were lying. They are actually on "holiday" and can't meet the deadline. But, they're really sorry - NEXT time they'll meet the deadline. I've dealt with China for decades. There is ALWAYS habitual lying. Unfortunately, Subliminator just proved that theory right once again. We're actively looking for American companies that don't purposefully lie to get a sale. Maybe if people just stop doing business with people who lie, they will go out of business and find something they're good at.

United States
Time spent using app: 13 days
Subliminator replied October 20, 2022

Hi there!

I'm sorry to hear about your experience.

I checked into this for you, and according to our data, even with our small (planned) holiday, this order was still fulfilled and delivered within the timeframe estimates that were discussed with you?

Order placed: September 24
Order delivered: October 17

And while you might have had past bad experiences, lying is not part of our business.

So I'm not entirely sure what went wrong here to deserve a 1-star review from you, but I do hope the products were up to the quality you were expecting.

Edited September 28, 2021


Rice & Tees
United States
Time spent using app: 11 months
Subliminator replied September 30, 2021

Hi Rice & Tees,

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry to hear about your bad experience on shipping. Unfortunately we don't have much control over the speed of regular shipping, as there could be many reasons why a delivery can take a little longer than usual, even up to the last leg of the journey where the local post might be over capacity or any other reason for it to be delivered slower than usual.

However, we do offer express shipping for this specific reason, to allow our clients to be able to receive their products much faster at a small up-charge. I'm not sure if you're familiar with this already, but you can check the details on that over here:

Either way, your feedback is appreciated, as it helps us to keep improving upon our services and to give you and your customers a better experience.

Edited July 15, 2021

So far not super happy so far. Might change this when the product arrives. So far, when I asked for status I was told to it can take up to seven day, in other words dont ask until the time is up. Then the product wasn't finished on time. Now I cant get the DHL tracking number from their customer service. It says it right in the app it shipped via DHL and USPS. But they give you some random tracknator number that is their way of masking that the product comes from China. This is useless for me. I have asked 4 times. Hopefully the sample is good, if not I will be done with them. Updated 7/15. The product finally arrived after 34 days. Not great, would give it a 2 of 5. The shirt was too shiny, too thin and seemed to have a bit of strange cut. It wasn't the worst thing I have ever seen, but would only upset my customers if this is the quality they receive after waiting over a month (which nobody wants in this day and age). They did eventually refund my purchase after I got shopify involved. That said, none of the tracking ever worked until after the package was delivered which defeats the point of a tracking number. I found them difficult to deal with, they never accepted any responsibility for anything. The item shipped late and took longer than expected to arrive. They say that is because of the pandemic, and that they changed shipping companies. If that is truly the case change your website to show what we should expect. Its been a more than a year, you can change that info on your site to reflect current turn times and shipping issues. Bottom line, if you respect your customers avoid this app.

Topography Golf
United States
Time spent using app: About 2 months
April 11, 2021

Product of very low quality considering their prices (in CAD). They custom every order/pieces with expectations to receive quality. Instead your material is cheap and not well stained. The material is cleary white before you change its colour but by doing that parts of the material looks faded and it is pulled due to bad stitching. You see the white A LOT !! Im very unhappy with your results and your apparel. I will not be using your website moving forward. I ordered dog clothing and matching sweater but not worth the quality and definitely not the price.

Time spent using app: Over 1 year
Subliminator replied April 12, 2021


Thank you for your review. Sorry to hear you weren't satisfied with your samples. From your feedback it seems it is your first time working with sublimation printed products?

With sublimation the base fabric is ALWAYS white. This will be the same with every other vendor you will use. On that white fabric is where the print gets sublimated.

About the fabric being pulled, I'm not entirely sure what you mean. But if you haven't, make sure you reach out to our support team. If it was a quality issue, we can definitely refund or resend it, as that's our policy.

Additionally, depending on the fabric you chose (we have "Athletic" and "Fashion" fabrics), the outcome can be a bit different with colors. If you used mainly solid colors, we always advice to use the "Athletic" fabric over the "Fashion" fabric, because of the fabric characteristics.

I hope you can give us another try, and perhaps the above feedback can be helpful for you. If not, we understand. Either way I'll wish you the best on your business.

Edited March 7, 2021

The app is actually good. The design tool is great, I love the customization, the mock ups,.... BUT... It's Customer Service, and VERY log wait times. 3-5 weeks is typically expected. Their website says 6-9 Business days Production, and another 5-7 days shipping. That should be less than 3 weeks but the MINIMUM is 3-4 weeks. I had an order that was taking forever, and the customer requested a Refund, Support offered to change the address to mine, so I could issue a refund to the customer. I Gave a refund to the customer, AND THEY STILL SHIPPED IT TO THE CUSTOMER!! I lose significantly $100-200/month from extended wait times, sometimes Stained clothing, Exchanges, ETC. And Support does not offer ANY Refunds EVER. I have stopped using them because of this, and they are very condescending when they "try" to help you...................................................................... UPDATED MARCH 7th: I have a Customer order 3 different items from 3 different suppliers on February 5th. One of those items was a Hoodie from I paid for $10+ for express shipping for,... The other two items have arrived, but the 3rd item(from Sub) still has not arrived. Their reasoning they will respond with is because if Chinese New Year, but the other two items were shipped from China also. Not sure if that makes sense. Maybe next time offer a refund to unsatisfied partners, or partial credit, or use a different excuse.... or just do better. Because there are other options out there, I have Items ordered 32 DAYS AGO....., That still has not arrived. But, they had Chinese New Year,.. That's what they tell you.... So put your Expectations of arrival 5+ weeks and HOPEFULLY you will still get sales.

Hoodie And Tee
United States
Time spent using app: 4 months
Subliminator replied March 7, 2021

Thank you for your review Daniel.

This matter has been discussed publicly in our Facebook group already where you addressed your concerns. But for some reason, when we presented you with the facts, you just left the group. And instead came here to leave us this bad review, that you have been adjusting for about 7 times now according to the Shopify notifications we received. :)

However, as we mentioned before, and how all our merchants were aware: We have mentioned our Chinese New Year closing date well in time. We did this through email as well as in our Facebook group. You missed this, which isn't very fortunate for you or your customers.

If you have orders that show issues with the tracking number, reach out to our support team. It can happen sometimes that a shipping partner changes the tracking number.

I hope this helps.

Edited April 30, 2021

Had more than 70 orders with them so far, 5 orders lost, 2 orders shipped back to China 5 weeks after the orders are placed, and still waiting to be reshipped. Most of the orders cannot be shipped within 4 weeks, unless you pay for an express shipping. They refuse to reproduce or refund any order unless it is proven to be lost after 60 days!!!! They always say delays during shipments are beyond their control. However, whenever they choose to work with Ding Hong as their shipping partner, there's always a problem. I do believe it is their fault by working with unreliable shipping companies and their refund policies are ridiculous. I stopped all facebook ads to promote their products. I believe they don't care to loose a small business seller like me, but I cannot afford to loose even one more customer. ***UPDATE*** One typo on above comment, I said most of orders are not "shipped" within 4 weeks, I meant not delivered after 4 weeks it is shipped. And that happens to the majority of the orders unless I pay for the express shipping. And the developer argues that they don't work with "cheap" shipment partner, but as a matter of fact, there are too many delays, lost packages, and sending back to China for a reshipment. By "too many" I mean about 15% of total orders. Two orders placed respectively 5 weeks and 4 weeks ago are still on their way back to China for a reshipment. I request for free reproduction and I would love to pay for an Express shipping for these orders, they said they cannot do that, I have to pay for the products again, because those packages are not lost yet. No customer in the world can wait that long. I am loosing more and more customers because of the shipping company that Subliminator works with. From my experience, every time I find my order was shipped with Ding Hong, there' highly possibly a problem!

Sienna Prose
United States
Time spent using app: 6 months
Subliminator replied January 30, 2021

Hi there,

Sorry to hear about your complaint. Have you reached out to our support? If a product has a defect that was sent out by us, and you provide clear photos of this, we will ALWAYS give you a free reshipment or a refund. That's our policy.

But in this case it seems that you haven't taken the time to reach out to us, but instead taking the time just to write us a bad review based on a single order? Surely no company is perfect, as long as you will allow us to make it right for your customer.

Please reach out to us on and we'll get this sorted for you.

**Update on your last review update: Unfortunately we're still in a pandemic. And yes, packages can unfortunately get lost at the local post office because they are understaffed and overwhelmed by the increase in online orders.

But let me assure you that we never choose "cheap" shipping partners as you're suggesting. So your assumption there is off I'm afraid. But as in any business and with anything, mistakes can happen. But if the mistake is on our end, we always make up for it, even if it is something that is beyond our control of the local post loosing a package. Even then we end up refunding or reshipping your order.

Your remark about orders not being shipped within 4 weeks makes absolutely no sense. Our production time average before an order is shipped out is currently at around 7 calendar days. We've never had an order in production for 4 weeks ever, unless we were unable to ship it out because of an incomplete shipping address.

All in all I'm not sure why your review keeps getting updated with information that is not realistic or factual. I do hope that the majority of your 70 orders did end up getting delivered with your customers within our estimated time frames.

And every business owner, small or big, we never want to see anybody leave. Your success is our success, as we can only do this with people like you.

January 8, 2021

There was a very serious error with a client of mine in the production of a product model, the delivery of products purchased by this client also delayed 25 days.
The order came completely different from the layout made in the software they present.
End of story I lost an excellent customer who bought a lot at my online store.

NPN Lifestyle.
United States
Time spent using app: About 1 month
Subliminator replied January 15, 2021

Hey NPN Lifestyle,

I'm sorry to hear about the issue. I looked a bit into this, and from what I can tell, 2 hoodies in that order didn't come out as expected. Our support has followed up with you by the time of writing this review, and I believe it has been resolved. You've recreated those 2 products, and the cuffs print looks to be correct now, and the reshipment order for this will be handled and shipped by us asap.

I hope this gives you the impression on how we handle orders. No business is perfect, and mistakes can happen. As long as you know that we will always take care of our merchants if the mistake is on our end.

So I hope you can reconsider the 1-star review, and even if you think it's fair, we still appreciate your feedback and we will keep improving upon our services.

July 20, 2020

This 1 star rating would be a 0 if possible, I have contacted support about missing product that was tracked to the US, and DHL delivered to a "facility" but no response after waiting days for a response, they leave you no phone number for contacting customer service or anything to make orders correct. if you want a successful business journey where you can rely on your partners don't partner with them. Horrible experience and urgently looking to change who I go through.

Murk Gaming
United States
Time spent using app: 9 months
Subliminator replied July 20, 2020

Hi Garett,

I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Although I'm not familiar with the support issue in question, I've just checked the pending orders that you have and I can see that you've had 2 orders with us of which 1 was delivered, and of which 1 is still in the USA to be delivered.

If the issue is regarding the order that still needs to be delivered (as tracking shows it's arrived at the DHL partner facility) you have to understand that shipping times can vary per area/destination within the USA due to the pandemic. Your second order was indeed delivered faster than your first, which related to the fact that certain areas are simply slower right now with local delivery. This part is beyond our control, and there is nothing we can do to speed up this process.

Of course, we do offer the ability to upgrade your orders to express shipping which will result in a much faster and more reliable speed. This has proven to be an effective choice of shipping during this COVID-19 pandemic.

In the defence of our support team: We have to get in touch with DHL to find out about a status of a package that's in the USA, and we don't always get a direct response on this. Which then results in a delayed response to you as our customer. From experience with a status that says "arrived at partner facility" on the tracking, it will get delivered in due time. DHL Ecommerce is one of the best shipping partners to have for regular shipping, and even they have hurdles to overcome during these challenging times.

So I hope you can reconsider a 1-star (or 0-star as you mentioned) review on us as company, while the world is currently experiencing major logistical challenges that go beyond our control. As this does in no way reflect the services of our company, the quality of our products, or the shipping speed we have in normal circumstances.