Is Viral Style A Scam?

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Viral Style Review

Name: ViralStyle
Website: https://viralstyle.com/
Price: Free to start
Owners: Tom Bell
Overall Rank: 7.5 out of 10

ViralStyle, Product Overview

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What is Viral Style? Is Viral Style a scam? Can you make money with Viralstyle? In this review of ViralStyle, I hope to get to the bottom of what this company is about and learn if it’s possible to make money from this Company.

May I also suggest you read my reviews on other T-shirt companies here,

What the heck is Viralstyle? Well, Viralstyle is a unique crowd-funding and print on demand custom apparel and merchandise business. It allows entrepreneurs, a place to easily create and design t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, phone cases, jewelry, hats and now sublimated socks too. Where I think the main focus is selling T-shirts. Who doesn’t like a great T-shirt? Everybody has a bunch of them. They really have simplified the operation, by eliminating the struggle of the fulfillment of products, printing and keeping inventory.

It was created by Tom Bell, who was a Teespring user and wanted a better system for providing a place for entrepreneurs to create and design products with better support and opportunities. He saw a need and took action.

Viralstyle – A Crowd Funding E-Commerce Platform from ViralStyle on Vimeo.
It used to be you would pay money upfront for inventory, not knowing if your product would even sell. Then add in how many sizes to order and what colors, you can get over your head in a hurry. But Viralstyle helps eliminates those problems by being a print on demand type of business.

Once you sign up, you will be taken to ViralStyle Dashboard. Here they suggest you watch three videos to get yourself informed. Then after that, you can start creating a shirt to your liking, letting the creative side and your imagination take over.

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  1. Find a niche.
  2. Create designs and upload.
  3. Create a Facebook fan page & Pixels.
  4. Target and launch.
  5. Assess and optimize ads.
  6. Scale.
  7. Relaunch and repeat.

Launching A Campaign (the basics)

Launching a campaign is a process of designing a product and then set the time frame for that item to sell in. They have over 20 different products to choose from. Shirts, tank tops, hoodies, and such. Viralstlye also has a menagerie of brand names of clothing to choose from. Take for example they have seven different brand names of t-shirts to choose from. After that, you choose the colors and text, and artwork. You can upload your own design. It’s all very intuitive and simple to understand. When launching a campaign, you can also offer more than one product.

All the while, Viralstyle shows you the base cost of your current design, basically the more colors, the more money it cost. Base cost includes merchant fees, printing, fulfillment, and customer service. To better understand what base cost is, it’s any amount over base cost is profit for you.

Important note about colors, if you have over ten colors within a product, it goes to Direct To Garment (DTG) printing prices, which basically means it costs more. So a simpler color scheme is cheaper. Also if you sell less than ten products, it’s also DTG pricing. DTG is a more cost-efficient method to screen printing for low volume orders.

Then click Next, and this is where you determine the selling price. The prices are auto-filled but feel free to change them to meet your needs. Prices can go up to $50.00. Profit is also determined by the actual number of products sold.

Then name the campaign and fill in the description. Then fill in tags for placing them in stores and for Viralstyle to do targeting ads for your specific campaign.

After that, you choose the end date for your campaign. They typically run from 3 to 21 days. You can also have up to two upsells per campaign and even account for a discount to come in to play when purchased.

Viralstyle competitors are Represent and Teespring. They have their own rules and prices, which differ from Viralstyle’s.

The Good & The Badbig

The Good:

  • If your good at designing and graphics, what a great way to get involved in a business.
  • Just added a new product 9/23/2016 high-quality Sublimated Socks, which you can design and sell your own.
  • Great way to raise money for a fundraiser.
  • No upfront cost. Removes the risk.
  • Gives you a free online store.
  • No financial risk. It cost nothing to start a campaign.
  • Ships directly to buyers anywhere in the world.
  • Viralstyle handles all of the customer services!
  • Carry a vast amount of different brands of shirts: Spectra, Hanes, American Apparel, Next Level, Anvil, Gildan, and Canvas.
  • Can Upload your own designs. They accept PNG, JPEG, and EPS files.
  • Allows you to both prints on the front and back of shirts.
  • They have Pixel which is a tracking service that allows you to track who has visited your campaign page and to possibly market to other groups of people that seem interested in your product.
  • Viralstyle has a referral program. Here is my Viral Style Referal link, if you found this review helpful, please sign up to support my site.
  • If you have a fan base, it’s a great way to earn money.
  • Can put designs on front and back of T-shirts.
  • They have a training program called ViralStyle University. They break it up into 3 courses: Audience, Design, and Advertising. Basic but will get you to steer in the right direction.
  • Very upfront about what you will make, nothing shading. It’s all very clear.
  • Flat fee for selling shirts.

The Bad:

  • Some people complain about T-Shirt sizes run on the smaller size so get the next size to be safe. I think it depends on the brand.
  • You must sell at least ten shirts in order to get the cheaper price. If you don’t sell at least ten shirts, you will pay the DTG price.
  • Basically a time limit. If you can’t reach your goal for your campaign, your items won’t ship, and the people that ordered won’t be charged. So it’s a wash, but you’re free to try again.
  • Must use original designs unless you have the designer’s written permission. No Copyrighted logos or slogans or artwork.
  • High Competition. If your slogan sells, expect it to be used by someone else or multiple people. Subjected to Being Copied.
  • Expect to spend money on advertising on Facebook. Can add up quickly.
  • No Marketing training provided at Viral Style. Bummer, as this very important for someone getting their feet wet for the first time and would be very beneficial.

Update 7/05/2016

Apparently, there has been spying on Viralstyle from other users using spy tools according to Client Support at ViralStyle. Either stealing their sales information or ideas or both. Viralstyle has taken measures to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Some people are getting an unfair advantage.

Who is Viral Style For?Viral

Anyone looking to make money, be their own boss, or has that entrepreneur spirit. It would also be beneficial to have some graphics and design skills.

T-shirt selling is an impulse buy, so you have to cater to that to sell your product. You have to make it funny or witty. Sexual innuendoes do really well with t-shirts sales. Catering to sports teams without using the team name but the name of the city is often used for the sports market. Then finding that specific phrase or phrases that you can scale over thirty teams and then maybe do that for a totally different sport. All you have to do is change the colors and the name. Imagination is the key to key to finding the right graphics and slogan.

In order to be able to sell in quantities, you must create a Facebook fan page or sell on Shopify. From there you can reach certain demographics to increase sales.

Tips For Using Viral Style

Read my post on Tips For Designing T-Shirts And Selling Them Online. Chock full of important tips.

Take a look.

I highly highly recommend this!!! Something that took my t-shirt designing to the next level was purchasing graphics and fonts from Creative Market. Did I mention, the prices are cheap. Yeppers.  Well worth taking a look-see. So many bundles.

Alternatives To Viral Style

There are many websites and companies that are very similar to Viral Style, below I highlight a few of them.

ViralStyle Tools & Training

They have their own training which seems pretty in-depth at their Viralstyle Academy.  They try to direct you past potholes and fast track you to earning money fast by teaching you the steps to be successful. It’s broken up into three sections: Audience, Design, and Advertising. On top of this, they have Getting Started walkthrough videos to better help you get the general idea of it. Along with the videos they also an extensive How-To section for specifics, so they don’t leave you hanging out there, wondering wtf. They provide I believe adequate training.

Viral Style Support

Viralstyle has a pretty comprehensive methods of support that include: Help Center, FAQ, Track Order, Returns, Phone Number, Live Chat, Order Status, and Contact Us. Which I applaud, easy to find, and plenty of ways to get a hold of someone at Viralstyle.

My Final Opinion of Viral Style

This goes back to my original question Is Viral Style A Scam? For a creative, marketing-driven entrepreneur, I think Viralstyle provides a great vehicle designed to get you generating money in a highly competitive market of basically T-shirt sales. They provide the proper price structure and support to get you fast-tracked to being profitable. I do believe there is a lot of hard work involved to continue to find that catchy phrase. But once you do and you start selling a lot of merchandise expect competition. As they will start using your slogan, so you need to be agile and willing to move on to the next campaign. I also believe you can make some decent money doing this, as there are quite a few people online showing what they make a week at Viralstyle.

So join up and Get Creating a Great T-Shirt!
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ViralStyle at a Glance…

Name: ViralStyle

Website: www.viralstyles.com
Owners: Tom Bell
Price: Free to start
Overall Scam Rank: 7.5 out of 10

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58 Comments on “Is Viral Style A Scam?

  1. Hi Dan,
    It sounds like a good venture for someone like me who want to work online, my only challenge is that i don’t have the graphic design techniques.Is their training for free or there is a fee?

    • As of right now, they do not have training for graphic designing. But they do have tools for creating your design there, with over 100,000 icons or many different fonts. The training is completely free. If you have a idea but don’t have the design technique you can always go to https://www.fiverr.com/categories/graphics-design and pay $5.00 to have it done up for you.
      Hope this helps you.

      • Hey Jake, if charging $10.00 more for a hat is your opinion of a scam, I would have to disagree, it might be slightly higher than what you pay elsewhere but it is by no means a scam. I have bought hats all my life and have paid anywhere from $20.00 to $35.00 for a MLB hat. I have over a hundred hats. I don’t a have a problem paying $25.00 for a hat but that is up to each individual to determine that. I think a fairer statement is that you think Viral Style overcharges for hats. But I appreciate your comment, it’s nice to know that you can buy cheaper hats elsewhere. Thanks.

        • Do not buy I bought a labyrinth T-shirt with Ludo riding a dinosaur the shirt looks nothing like the photos at all it’s a lines through all the design little so dark he doesn’t even have a good form the shirt is crap and the customer service is he a worse it’s a scam. I plan posting this to every review site

          • Thanks, Jenice for sharing your unfortunate negative experience with Viral Style. As I always welcome positive and negative experiences.

    • Hi Lucia,

      My name is Jay and im very excited about this platform however, i have never been into selling stuff and im not sure if i can sell one despite of my Expertise in Graphic Designs, Illustrations, and Multimedia. If you wanna Collaborate with me please reach me on my email smilestudios@yahoo.com .. i can do all the designs you can take care of the rest.

  2. Hey Dan,

    Great review on viral style. I personally had a go with viral style and found the hard way how fierce the competition really is. As soon as you create a design and market the product within social media a lot of copies begin appearing. Which becomes really frustrating. Do you find that you always had to stay on step ahead of the trend?

    • Hey Vinnie, Thanks for compliment. Yeah, the competition is pretty prevalent, especially with a great design and slogan. It goes back to the saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, as it really applies in this field. Yes, you have to stay very much on top of the field to remain on top of it. You have to be able to design and market fast. To reap benefits, then to find the next thing when it has run its course.

  3. This is the first time I have heart of Viral Style. I like the idea that it is little or no risk starting out. However, I find it a bit hard to believe that you can make significant money by selling tshirts. What percentage of sales do you get to keep as a designer? I am sure viral style keeps a huge piece since they are providing basically an all-inclusive service.

    Also, do they give any marketing training? I know you mentioned Facebook Ads, but I have found those to be low converting. I just feel like there are better marketing methods out there.

    Great review,
    Erin

    • Thanks for the feedback and concerns you mentioned, I understand your fear and concerns dealing with Viral Style, as you bring up legitimate concerns. As far making significant money, there are plenty of examples online of people that make money selling T-Shirts. https://youtu.be/THAGe6Y9GPU Here is Peter Chan from YouTube, I suggest you check it out. Peter for example had almost $5,000.00 in profits for 2 weeks from Viral Style, and shows screenshots and everything in the video. Not only do regular people use this service but famous athletes as well, as seen on their homepage. Famous football players and basketball players and more, as they use Viral Style to also make money.

      Everything is upfront and clearly shown to you on what you make and what they make during the creating a campaign steps. I think they keep a reasonable amount of money for their services nothing outrageous with plenty of meat on the bone for you. It is also a flat fee. No hidden fees, which I like a lot.

      They currently do not have any marketing training and is a big downfall for newbies, that don’t know where to market their shirts. It seems some people do have great success with Facebook, but yeah there are other methods to get your product out there. Thanks for the great questions, Erin.

  4. From a customer standpoint, it is a scam. Twice I’ve ordered from them and both times they did not ship until after I had to file a dispute with PayPal for non shipment. They are extremely slow to ship, over a month after the campaign ends and I’m still waiting on my second order (the first was ordered in early March and received late April). If you don’t mind them taking your money right away and having to beg for your order then they’re great, but if you want to use the item as a gift, order at least a year in advance and you might get it on time.

    • Hey Dee, sorry for your negative experience with Viral Style. Seems like it takes way too long to get your merchandise after ordering it, that’s unacceptable. I think that’s good advice for people that want to order something from them, to remember the long lead times and order very early. If I continue to receive complaints about Viral Style, it will be added to the review. Thanks for letting me know about this.

    • Hi Dee, I am having the same issue. Ordered a clock from them, it’s been nearly two months and it’s still in the “printing” phase. Emailed them and got a very confusing reply. Tried to get clarification and nothing. I don’t have any experience with them as a designer, but yeah from a customer’s standpoint they completely suck.

      • I ordered one of the dog tags with a quote for my husband. There’s no way to track the order and I wish I had read reviews on their fb page before i ordered.i still have not received my order and want my money back. You can’t get in touch with these people through their customer service number or through there on line help. Nothing!!!!! They are selling thin plastic dog tags with plastic chains. Something you can buy at a dollar store. They are to be metal. Not worth the 32.00 dollars I have given them. And have found out that the item isn’t even made in the US! They ship to Florida and then it’s shipped out. I have started a investigation on this and will get my money back. A scam for sure. They have so many people that have gotten pieces of crap. I will never order off this sight again. I will be very careful from now on where I order from. Ordered my item in December. And the aight doesn’t say anything. Not that’s it’s been printed or anything. Scam….