hello! I've been looking for a manufacturer that can print my art on phone cases, and I was just wondering if you could tell me about any experiences you've had with alibaba. I read some of your posts and you mentioned "braving" alibaba, so i'm not sure if it's a good idea for me to continue searching on this site. I'm from canada and I just want to order a small quantity of cases, but most of the manufacturers on alibaba seem to have minimum orders of 200 pieces or more. Any advice? Thank you.
Kiriska: Alibaba connects you with overseas manufacturers, so there’s often a language barrier involved when ordering. A lot of artists have managed orders without issue, but naturally, this isn’t and won’t always be the case, and a lot depends on individual manufacturers and the type of good they’re producing.
But if you only want a small number of cases, it’s much easier to go through a print-on-demand type site like Redbubble or Society6, in my opinion. The pricing won’t be as good, but those sites are much easier to “brave,” and there’s little to no direct communication required.