THE SUBBLY CONUNDRUM

I have never been a person that was good with coding. I remember copy+pasting code in the old MySpace days when I wanted a sticker or a gif on my profile, but making a website is hard work. Especially when you’re a business.

If you’re starting a new subscription based service, then Subbly might be the right fit for you. They’re a one stop shop that takes care of most of the delivery and site process. They help you design your online store, upload product pictures. They manage your payments and billing and automated emails. In short, they do all the work.

Subbly, unlike GoDaddy or Squarespace, takes care of the whole thing. From shipping to payment, you just pay a (kinda) small fee.

Now if this seems like an ad, it isn’t. We are getting zilch for this. Because of that… here comes the moment when I shit on Subbly.

Subbly, while having an amazingly smart name, (seriously, its adorable) is a service that seems incredibly expensive. In its preview video, the service goes as high as 200-ish dollars. I know startups, I know people who are developing these ideas, I go to school with business students that are doing this kind of stuff (Go Bearcats!) and they cannot afford this. The way the service works, the more subscribers your business has, the more they’ll pay for this. Which I guess makes sense if you have a lot of subscribers but at the same time, this is a considerable amount of money.

While it seems like an all-in-one platform changing service, it might not allow businesses to break even at that high of a price. What they plan to do is great but might be a little too ambitious. Buying a book on coding doesn’t cost more than 10 dollars, and postage is so cheap. I know people say that its getting more expensive, but is it really?

Now if I were a small subscription business service that could afford this, I would take advantage of the all in one service.