Anyone experienced in Print on demand?

Where can I find a low-cost but quality print on demand website? I'm looking at putting original designs on t-shirts or sweatshirts. Is there good profit margins?


Answered 7 years ago

POD author here!

Yes, there are good profit margins. Let me know if you'd like to talk! I've published about 5 books and brand catalogs using POD.


Answered 7 years ago

POD Expert, hope your business is going well! If you need help you can call.
Best regards
Nagy Roshdy

Answered 4 years ago

Print on demand, as the word explains, these are sites where printing is done in small quantities based on the order. Unlike publishing houses and garment companies which print books or apparels in bulk; print on demand sites & services are more customer need based. You can print books, clothes, mugs, mobile cases, home décor et all in these sites. Let us look at some of the important websites that will help you in a major way:
1. Printful: Printful is an old player of the game. It is also my favourite print on demand service. They have been in business since 2013 and have a slightly different model compared to other portals. The site works better for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs advertise their products on other e-commerce sites. When an order is received they communicate with Printful who print and deliver the product to the consumer. What can I print at Printful: clothes for all ages, wall art, accessories like tote bags, phone cases, décor items like pillow covers, towels.
Printful stands out as one of the top prints on-demand sites for these reasons:
1. Custom branding options: everything is printed and shipped under your brand with custom labels and pack-ins among other options
2. No minimums: Everything is printed on-demand, so you get to order however much you need without keeping inventory
3. Free signup without monthly fees: Only pay when an order is submitted, and only for products ordered
4. 4 fulfilment locations: Printful is in strategic spots including North Carolina, Charlotte, and Rigia or Latvia in Europe so you can be closer to your customers
5. Automated order import: Orders received from your online store are imported automatically into the Printful system and sent to fulfilment
6. Low shipping rates: Printful partners with global carriers like FedEx, DHL, USPS.Com, and APC Postal Logistics, so you can get more reliable and affordable shipping options
7. Friendly support: Printful’s support team is ready to answer all your questions any time
Printful integrates with more than 14 platforms including but not limited to: Shopify, Etsy, WooCommerce, Amazon, eBay, and BigCommerce.
2. Printify: Printify, an 80-person start-up, is reimagining print-on-demand (POD) business, such that Ecommerce business owners no longer must create customized products to sell on other platforms. Today, they can sell them directly on their own stores online. The on-demand printing business based in Riga, Latvia, allows merchants to build their own brand, as they benefit from its low-cost, fast-printing, and high-quality platform. This way, they can create their own micro-brands. Founded in 2015, Printify, which continues to raise seed funding to date, now operates as a B2B marketplace, connecting ecommerce stores and manufacturers. They take away the hassle of handling mundane tasks like order fulfilment, billing, manufacturing requests, and shipping. As a store owner, this allows you to focus more on building your brand, unlike other platforms that do not do as much, only allowing you to sell your wares. Printify caters mostly to designers and artists, political campaign employees, ‘hustlers’, and influencers, or self-taught pros in digital sales management. The platform has a fixed pricing scheme so store owners know just what they are paying to Printify, but they can price their products with flexibility. This is different from other first-wave platforms, which do not give merchants the leeway to set their own profit margins. Instead, they give merchants a small portion of revenue share. Printify does things differently. Merchants pay a small fee, but eventually realize high profit margins. The POD platform enables online store owners to create their products and sell them, using a third-party to deliver on order fulfilment, so merchants can focus on brand building and selling.
Printify has three packages:
a. Free $0/month, for 5 stores per account, and unlimited designs, for merchants starting a business
b. Premium $29/month for 10 stores per account, and unlimited designs, for merchants with growing sales
c. Enterprise, which has custom pricing for unlimited stores per account and unlimited designs for merchants with more than 10,000 orders a day
3. Zazzle: Zazzle USP is its customization capacity which is incredible and unique. At Zazzle you can create 1300+ items and then further customize them to make them. One can choose art of an artist or design something themselves. The website is extremely popular and has close to 30 million visitors each month. What can I print at Zazzle: t-shirts, buttons, tote bags, invitations, mugs, stickers, business cards, kid’s clothes, kid’s pacifiers and more.
The Zazzle Difference
a. Free sign up: Zazzle is free to join and set up your store to sell a wide variety of products.
b. Variety of design options: Upload your designs and sell products using Zazzle-provided options, or using designs uploaded by other members on your products.
c. Zazzle Marketplace: This is a platform on which you can make your own designs available for others to sell. You set your pricing on your items and earn huge discounts (volume) based on monthly sales.
d. Customization options: Zazzle members enjoy store customization options over and above other Zazzle benefits.
e. Frees you to focus on sales: Zazzle handles production, payment processing, shipping, returns, and customer service so you can focus on creating and selling your products
f. Name Your Royalty: This is a Zazzle program that lets you set your own profits.
g. Promotion and Reports: Zazzle offers helpful promotional tools, plus useful tracking reports
h. Customer support: A dedicated support team is always on hand to help with your questions via email, online chat, or call.
i. Knowledgebase: Zazzle’s help centre is extensive with answers to frequently asked questions so you do not have to contact support on every minor issue. It offers information relevant to all three account types: sellers, makers, or designers

4. Redbubble: Redbubble is an online marketplace for several products. The artwork is submitted by a diverse community and they remain a big player in the game. It is a loved site and has a big consumer base. What can I print at Redbubble: A wide variety of merchandise like t-shirts, skirts, notebooks, duvet covers, postcards, hoodies, scarves, stickers and more.
The Redbubble Difference
a) Simple and straightforward: Redbubble’s user experience can be used even for newbies. The platform is easy to navigate, though uploading designs and deselecting items may take some getting used to. It also offers self-explanatory features and buttons.
b) Variety of products: Redbubble ensures high standards of quality are met for the products offered.
There’s a wide variety to choose from with multiple variants including men/women/kids and baby items, stickers, home dĂ©cor, wall art, device cases, bags, gifts, stationery and more.
c) Shipping: Redbubble doesn’t ship for free, but their service is high quality.The costs also vary based on type of shipping and location.
d) Customer support: a highly responsive and dedicated support team is available with a 4-hour response time. Live chat, email, Twitter, and other options to contact support are offered.
e) Knowledgebase: A help centre is available for sellers and buyers to get answers to their questions.
f) Payment options: these are done via direct bank deposit (select countries) or PayPal within each payment cycle from 15th of a month to 15th of the next month.

5. Fine Art America: This is one site that does not print apparel. This is a platform that is heavy on art. One can see many paintings and images of paintings, but few digital art images found commonly in other sites. So, true lovers of art this is the place for you. What can I print at Fine Art America: wall art, home décor like cushions, shower curtains, bath towels, Tech products like chargers and phone cases and select beach gear.
a) Set your own prices
b) Can sell for free
c) License your artwork or sell the rights
On the flip side, though artists can set their sale price they do not get to know the final price of the product. So, the profit margin that Fine Arts America makes remains unknown to them.
6. TeeSpring: Like Zazzle one can either choose an existing design on the portal or create one of your own. Teespring however has a minimum quantity requirement for printing. Also, here an artist needs to meet the minimum sale requirement and promote their product to get paid. What can I print at Teespring: T-shirts and other apparel, home décor, mugs and gift items.
a. Good client base
b. Excellent training at the Teespring university
c. Set your own prices
7. Society6: Society6 has no geographical borders. Artists across the globe can upload and sell their art. The niche area for Society6 is Art prints. This makes them unique. Apart from this they also have other products to choose from. What can I print at Society6: Apart from products like apparel, gifts, furnishings one can also order art prints, framed art prints and stretched canvases.
a) Lots or products to print on
b) A great place for art lovers
c) Set your sale margin
d) Sometimes difficult to put up art because each item has a different size specification.

8. Sunfrog: They are famous for their shirts and t-shirts. There are several categories one can choose from. Given the wide choice, Sunfrog has good customer traffic. Their products are printed in the USA but shipped worldwide. What can I print at Sunfrog: As mentioned earlier t-shirts, shirts, hoodies apparels of all sizes for various moods and occasions.
a. Vast choice of designs
b. Good pricing for consumers
c. The Sunfrog academy is one of the best for artists
9. Teefury: This portal is all about high quality t-shirts, hoodies, and posters.They have kept it simple and stuck to a limited choice in products. The site has a unique marketing strategy. Certain designs are made available for a limited time period for as low as 11USD.This helps them get good customer traffic. What can I print at Teefury: T-shirts, hoodies and posters.
a. Diverse collection of their merchandise
b. Offbeat designs
c. Not an artist friendly marketplace
10. Threadless: This site has a unique way of working. An artist can submit their design, but the design is available for sale only if it is voted by the threadless community. So, there is a stringent selection process before the design is made available to the consumer. They also ship worldwide. What can I print at Threadless: Apparel for all ages, home décor and accessories like phone cases, hats, notebooks, beach towels and much more.
a. An artist can set up shop at Threadless
b. Original designs and exquisite talent
c. Artist’s designs can be customized

11. Design by Humans: This is a community of artists, gamers, designers and youtubers. This portal is home to some of the greatest pieces of art on the internet. Shirt competitions which are mostly themed take place almost every day. The winning designs are sold at discounted rates. An artist’s commission increases with the sales that happen. What can I print at Design by Humans: Apparel for all ages, accessories like mugs, buttons, hats and Art by itself in prints of various sizes.
a. A supportive community with one common goal that is to empower artists worldwide.
b. Good profit margin for artists
c. Best marketplace to find prints

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Answered 4 years ago

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