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.