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What is exactly is print on demand? Print on demand is a process where you work with a supplier to customize products, like t-shirts, mugs, and pillows, with your own designs to sell on a per-order basis. Print on demand uses the idea of drop shipping, where the supplier takes care of printing, packing, and shipping the products. If you have some unique or catchy ideas, it’s a great low-risk way to sell custom products for some extra money.
Some of the benefits of using print on demand to sell products are you can create the products quickly, you don’t have to take care of the shipping and handling yourself, and there’s a low investment.
All of these great benefits do come at a price, though. Using print on demand means that your profits will be thinner, you have less control over shipping, and customization options may be limited.
There are a lot of print on demand options out there now, and these are some of the most popular services.
Printify allows you to pick the most suitable products to customize and sell based on the print provider location, fulfillment time, and price. Their Mockup Generator allows you to upload, adjust, and preview your products on high-quality images. You can also order samples of products from print providers to test out and find the right products.
Printify does not provide a customer storefront, so you need to integrate it with an ecommerce site like like Shopify, Etsy, or Wix, for example. When a customer makes a purchase, you get paid for it from the ecommerce site. The order goes to Printify and they charge a debit or credit card that you have on file with them for the product and fulfillment costs.
Printful is a popular choice for print on demand services because of the easy-to-use design mock-up tools and they have a wide selection of products and brands to put your designs on. You set the retail prices for your products, and Printful takes care of printing and shipping once someone makes a purchase. They also have a blog and YouTube tutorials to help with ideas for promoting and selling your products.
Just like with Printify, if you want to start using Printful, you have to first have an online store elsewhere. You can create a free Printful account and connect your online store with an ecommerce integration like Etsy, Shopify, WooCommerce, or Amazon, for example.
When a customer makes a purchase, you get paid for it from the ecommerce site and then Printify separately charges a debit or credit card that you have on file with them in your Printful Wallet for the product and fulfillment costs.
Gooten is similar to Printful and Printify in that you have to set-up an ecommerce site elsewhere for a storefront to sell the products. Gooten is somewhat limited in that they currently only integrate with Etsy, Shopify, and WooCommerce.
When a customer purchases a product from your ecommerce site, then the ecommerce provider will remit the sales price to you and Gooten will separately charge you for the actual product and fulfillment costs from your account with them.
Gooten does seem to have a longer fulfillment time than some of the other print on demand service providers, and they currently do not allow you to select which manufacturer will process your products.
With Spring, formerly known as Teespring, you can design products and create a custom storefront to sell them in for free. They also have a Digital Launcher where you can upload and sell digital content, like e-books, templates, and more. Their site has many information posts and resources to help get you going. They have a resources page filled with ideas of design tools to use to create your custom offerings.
As with the most of the other print on demand services, you choose your selling prices. When a product is sold, Teespring deducts the cost and handling of the product from the sale price. Once the order ships, your profit is available to you.
Since Amazon has cornered the market in so many areas, it should be no surprise that they also have a print-on-demand website.
A great benefit of using Merch by Amazon is that because Amazon attracts millions of daily visitors, there’s no need to market your products outside of Amazon.
There’s no cost to get started, but you have to submit an application before you are eligible to sell. Once approved, you upload your design onto their site and customize your product features, like description, size, price, etc. For getting paid for your product sales, Amazon pays a commission to your bank account after deducting their fees.