Welcome to my Printful Review.
I'll be sharing some tips from my trial and error, as well as a general overview.
It’s pretty risk free getting set up. You choose a product with a set production cost, upload your artwork, and you mark the price up so that you set your own profit. You only get charged when Printful receives the order (usually 10-30 minutes from order placement time for me with Etsy). Then of course, you get paid the full amount by your selling channel, (with my Etsy it’s a day later).
I create the designs on Printful's website and after navigating a few self-explaining menus, it syncs directly to my Etsy account with a stock of 999. I can edit the designs on my Etsy directly, and it reflects those changes. You'll want to follow the steps with Printful to sync your Etsy and they have plenty of resources for this so I'll spare you that. Now, to put it simply:
• it is (honestly) risk free for someone starting out with apparel because there is no up front cost.
• they use drop shipping so you don’t have to pay ahead for tons of materials/items that may not sell.
• there’s a set production cost for each item and you can “mark up” to whatever you want. You pay the set cost directly, but once you get paid it makes up the difference. I’ll elaborate:
• if a shirt costs $8 to make and I sell it for $18, Printful charges my credit card the $8, but Etsy pays out $18 to me a day later. (It’s easy to get behind on something like this so be careful!) customers pay shipping and shipping costs sync automatically for which item you are listing. More on this later..
• you can order discounted samples to try out the look of something and also take merch photos at home, but they offer stock images, too!
• very easy to sync with Etsy, not sure about any other platforms.
• shipping costs are pretty high... to combat this, I mark my items with a free shipping coupon through Etsy and “mark up” the difference preemptively. (Sweatshirts are $8 shipping and tees are $5 shipping). I noticed an upswing in sales when I offered free shipping on the items, even though people were paying the same amount, (free shipping is just appealing — $8 shipping for a sweater, not so much).
• it takes a little leg work to get started.
• it is probably more expensive to buy yourself stock to sell at cons/bazaars. I usually have shirts up and redirect to my store which isn’t as ideal as having them on hand.
• it would absolutely be less costly per unit to buy in bulk, but (see pros).
Do I recommend Printful?
Absolutely. Knowing I can offer shirts in my shop and not even have to pack/ship them is a relief. The peace I have knowing I’m not going to buy and sit on 200 shirts I may sell 15 of is also great. If a design doesn’t work out, no biggie. I don’t have to offer it anymore.
Please reach out with any questions!
Thx for reading.
Coral Witch Co.
I became interested in Lo-Fi Hip-Hop when I began drawing more routinely to help me get in a particular "mood" to relax and just take things as they come. The original fulfillment for this was the youtube channel that lots of folks are probably familiar with, found here.
I've developed somewhat of an adoration for this mood and I find myself constantly trying to achieve, (as silly as it sounds), a sort of "zen" that is associated with it. My fondest recollection of this is sitting near a window, snow falling outside, no obligations for the day -- hot coffee nearby, wrapped in blanket with either a book or my iPad. Now that may sound very specific but it is easier to achieve that you might think.
This playlist is being updated with new songs almost constantly, but it is the same at its core.
Feel free to give it a listen here.
Playlist image is fan art of Mushi-Shi by Ilya. Playlist title also inspired by the anime.
This playlist is one I have been building and mending for several years. It was inspired by a like playlist called "Young Witch In Training" that I came across on 8tracks internet radio. A few tracks from that set became the foundation of my playlist.
The tracks on my playlist, "TENDER SPELLCASTER," have been collected over the years from my favorite artists. These particular songs take me far from where I am and what I'm doing. Songs with such great imagination that I cannot help but imagine myself mixing potions and bundling herbs for drying from the rafters of a tiny kitchen.
If you would like to follow my playlist, it can be found on Apple Music simply by searching the title or by following this link.
Playlist cover photo is from the anime, Mushi-Shi. Image pulled from this blog.
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.
Welcome. Everything that you see here, I have spent lots of time and effort in the late hours of the night (usually following, or prior to, a 9 hour work day) to create. Coral Witch Co. was built as a vehicle for my art and the culture that encompasses it.
When I'm not working at home in a bundle of blankets, or at my overcrowded desk, I can be found in a coffee shop -- especially if it is raining, and especially if it is early in the morning.
WHAT TO EXPECT.
I want to create and sustain a gentle, tender culture. I want CWC to express that it is okay to be kind and honest. There is a great optimism within being genuine. Everything that I create -- all of my products, images, and posts are a reflection of that.
Of course my color scheme is a ripple of that as well, a tender, blush pink - soft, but striking and effective. It carries a message -- it conveys the importance of self-care. It is okay to be vulnerable, because if you can feel vulnerable, you can feel comfortable.
But with a great, looming wall of gentleness, there is cast an intimidating shadow.
There is great effort in defeat. It is okay to feel defeated. But it is important that you don't lose your momentum. There are certain things that fortify a person when they can poke-fun at their struggles without devaluing them. Illustrate your confidence by saying, "NOT TODAY DEMONS."
That is what Coral Witch Co. is all about: enchanting and enriching lives with witchy, kitschy goods.
That's all for now.