Top 5 best print on demand partners for Shopify sellers
If you're a designer or creative entrepreneur looking for the best print on demand companies to partner with your Shopify ecommerce store, you'll be struck by the sheer scale of providers on offer. From the UK to Australia, Canada and America, there are dozens of potential partners offering global dropshipping for bespoke printed products. But which is the best fit print on demand supplier for your online shop?
We've done an overview of the top Shopify print providers to help you navigate the options and find the right fit for your business.
|Shopify print on demand app? Ratings on 19 Nov 2020||Yes [Rated 4.4]||Yes [Rated 4.3]||Yes [Rated 4.3]||Yes [Rated 4.0]||No|
|Other ordering options?||Yes [Manual order form, CSV bulk order importer & full API integration]||Yes [Manual order form & full API integration]||Yes [Manual order form & full API integration]||Yes [Manual order form & full API integration]||Yes [Manual order form & full API integration]|
|Free service||Yes||Yes||Yes [Basic service is free but an upgrade fee is payable if you want to access the best pricing]||Yes||Yes|
|In-house print?||Yes [Focus on Giclée fine art and sublimation printing]||Yes [Focus on DTG and sublimation printing]||No [Outsourced print model, quality controlled by Printify]||No [Outsourced print model, quality controlled by Gooten]||Yes [Focus on Giclée photo and sublimation printing]|
|No. of print on demand products||2000+||200+||300+||1500+||1100+|
|Avg production times As of Oct 2020||1–2 working days||5–7 working days||2–7 working days||3–6 working days||5 working days|
|Samples offered?||Sample pack plus 50% off your first sample order||20% off your first sample order||No discounts available||No discounts available||25% off first five samples|
|Custom branding options?||White label [Some free custom options such as flyers]||White label [Product & product branding for an extra cost]||White label [Optional neck labels]||White label [Custom neck labels & branded packing slips for an extra cost]||White label [Some custom branding options (logo stickers, flyers) for an extra cost]|
|Global distribution||Yes [50 print labs located globally]||Yes [8 print labs located globally]||Yes [90 print labs located globally]||Yes [65 print labs located globally]||Yes [10 print labs located globally]|
|Customer service||24/7 customer service [Avg response time <3h]||24/7 customer service||24/7 customer service||24/7 customer service [Avg response time <72h]||8am–5pm PST, Mon–Fri [Try to respond to all enquiries <24h]|
|Pricing Most affordable t-shirt as of 1 Oct 2020||$6.79||$7.95||$5.25||$6.90||Apparel not sold|
The great thing about working with a global print on demand provider — no matter who you choose — is that you can rely on having a low risk, low cost business model that can be scaled. This is an ideal arrangement for Shopify sellers, as you are free to test your artistic ideas to experiment with different designs and creative concepts.
There is no upfront investment in stock, so the only commitment you need to make is your time plus the advertising spend to promote your custom products.
Your print on demand company can do all the hard work for you, leaving you to focus on customer service, sales and building your brand. As and when your business takes off, you'll already have the systems in place to scale up without having to worry about manufacturing and logistics.