Printify is a business that sells customized shirts and other types of clothing. Its business model is called POD, which stands for “Print on Demand.”
As a POD company, it prints designs on shirts exactly how a customer wants them to, and it does so right away. One of the best things about Printify is that the customer doesn’t have to order in bulk. If the customer only wants one shirt, Printify will print it.
But does Printify work? In this review, we’ll talk about how the company works, how it ships items, if the service is free, and how to add it to your online store.
How do you use Printify?
Signing up for an account is the first step to being able to use Printify as a seller. We’ll talk about prices later, but before you can place orders in the Printify shop, you need to do this.
After you’ve signed up, you’ll need to start looking for things to sell. Printify has a huge selection of mugs, clothing like shirts and hoodies, phone cases, and a lot more.
You can choose to niche up or down, which means that your store can be about all of these products or just a few. For example, you can only sell clothes, or you can only sell things like coffee mugs as gifts.
All of these products are blank, which means there is no writing on them. You can come up with your own design, or you can use one from Printify’s library. Make sure you don’t forget to make your own logo. Whether you’re selling shirts or mugs, your logo and website address must be printed somewhere on the item.
In short, here’s how it all works:
- Create an account.
- Decide what you want to sell.
- Make the product on the platform and place an order for it.
- The product is sent by Printify.
When we talk about design, the platform will show you a blank shirt (or any other product you choose). To put your design on the shirt, just drag it and drop it. You can move the design left and right and change its size if you want to.
Once it’s done, send it to Printify for approval on the same platform.
This way of making a design is called a “mock-up.” Only Printify knows if the design is printable or not, so it has to be approved. If it’s too small, it can’t be printed, and if it’s too big, it might cost you more.
After your customer pays for the order, Printify will send the order to them. It usually takes at least three business days to ship something. Shipping can take between 5 and 7 days in the US.
What can I sell through Printify?
Printify has a lot of different products you can choose from. T-shirts and coffee mugs are the most popular.
Check out the list below to see what you can do:
- Long sleeves
- Tank top
- Clothing for kids
- Papers and office supplies
- Posters Wall décor Wall decals
- Case for a phone
Heavy cotton shirts, spiral notebooks, 11-ounce coffee mugs, heavy cotton blend hoodies, square polyester pillows, matte vertical posters, and AOP tote bags are some of Printify’s best-selling products.
You can also sell twill hats for both men and women, sublimation socks, pin buttons, and kiss-cut stickers if you want to.
Can Printify be used with Shopify?
Yes, Printify can be used with Shopify. You can buy the Printify app in the Shopify marketplace. After connecting the two platforms, you can go straight to your Printify dashboard from your Shopify store, where you can do the design work and also fulfill orders.
Printify can be added to your Shopify store in two ways:
- Sign in to Shopify and go to the app marketplace. Search for Printify and install it.
- Go to the Printify website, sign in, click on the menu icon in the top right corner, and then click on My Store.
If you did it on Printify’s website, the page would ask you if you wanted to add it to Shopify, WooCommerce, or Etsy. Click on the Connect button after choosing Shopify.
Now, the system will ask you for the URL of your Shopify. Type it in and click Continue. If your information is correct, the integration should only take a few seconds to finish.
After this, you’ll need to log in to your Shopify account and go to the platform from there. No matter which way you choose to link the accounts, they will work the same way.
You can only get to the app through your Shopify store, which is also where you make mock-ups and fill orders.
Can Printify be used with WooCommerce?
Yes, you can use it on your WooCommerce store, but it can be harder to connect your WooCommerce store to your WordPress store than it is with Shopify.
Here are some tips on how to do it:
- Turn on your WooCommerce plug-in’s REST API.
- Go to your WordPress Dashboard to do this.
- Next, go to WooCommerce > Settings > API > Enable REST API.
Once done, click Save.
Go to Printify’s website and click the menu button in the upper right corner. It’s the button with three little dots on it. Next, click on My Stores and then choose WooCommerce. Click the button Connect.
After that, the system would ask for the link to your WooCommerce store. Type that link in and click Continue. The integration should be done in a few seconds, and you can now use your WooCommerce dashboard to access Printify.
How long does shipping take?
Printify has several fulfillment centers around the world. Depending on where the order is going, it will be printed and shipped from a different country.
Printify also uses different companies to handle its printing options. This means that its partners, not the company itself, do the printing and shipping.
Here are some of these partners:
- Textildruck Europa is one of the biggest textile printers in Europe, and it has been in business for more than 50 years.
- OPT OnDemand was one of the first companies to do eco-friendly printing, and it has print shops in Europe.
- DTG2Go is a print-on-demand service that is based in the US and uses direct-to-garment technology. All of the products are printed in the US.
- WOYC is a company that prints phone cases.
On Printify, there are two ways to set up the shipping options. The first one is based on weight, and the second one is a flat rate.
Once the tracking number is ready, it should show up on your store, and you can give it to your customer.
In the United States, Express Shipping could take up to three business days. It can take up to 30 business days to ship something internationally.
One thing you should know is that not all providers ship worldwide. This means that when you choose the products you want to sell, you need to check to see if they can be shipped internationally, just to the US, or just to the UK.
How much will it cost to ship? The shipping fee is added automatically, and you can turn it on from the dashboard of your store. Once you’re done, the Printify app will figure out how much shipping will cost and bill your customer for it.
How do you feel about the customer service?
Reviews from customers say that Printify has great customer service. If you send them a message, someone will help you within 24 hours and give you useful answers. You can get in touch with them at any time.
Printify also has a very large database of information. There is a Help Center on the website where you can type in your question and get answers from the hundreds of tutorials on the site. You can find out more about fees, installation, shipping, and setting up your store in this knowledgebase.
Print out the price plans
Printify has a free account, and it also has paid accounts called Premium and Enterprise. Let’s look at each one.
You get the following with the free account:
- Bringing together five stores
- A lot of designs
- Mock-up generator
- Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Self-serve help center
With five stores, you can use your Printify account to connect to five different websites. This is great if you run more than one website, each of which has a different focus. One website, for example, only sells mugs, while the other sells clothes.
The monthly fee for the Premium account is $29. You can connect it to more than one store, just like with the free account, but you can only connect it to ten stores instead of five.
Here are some more things that the Premium account gives you:
- Self-service help center Integration with Shopify, Etsy, and WooCommerce
- Custom order import
- All products are up to 20% off.
You can sell personalized products that aren’t on the SKU or list of Printify because you can import customer orders. For instance, you can sell a group of clothes, which isn’t something you can do with the Printify app. With customer import, you can add that bundle to the list so that Printify knows about it, and then ship it as a bundle.
The last type of account is for big businesses. It doesn’t have a price yet because the company needs to talk with Printify’s management about how much it will cost. With an Enterprise account, you can connect Printify to as many stores as you want and sell as many designs as you want.
In addition to the features and benefits of the Free and Premium accounts, Enterprise accounts would get custom API integration, a dedicated account manager, and branded customer support, which means you can print your brand on the packaging.
If you’re just starting out with your e-commerce store, you have to use the free service first. Once your business grows, you can switch to the Premium service.
Printify Customer Reviews
Printify from Shopify has a rating of 4.5 from 1,419 reviews as of this writing. From all of these reviews, 26 people gave it two stars, 104 people gave it one star, and 1,170 people gave it five stars.
So, what do the people who aren’t happy say? Most of Printify’s unhappy customers say that customer service could be better. It takes a few days to get answers, and some of the people in charge don’t even try to fully understand the problem.
Some people have also complained about the quality of the print, saying that the mock-up generator and the finished product are not the same. People also say that the company can’t keep up with demand during the holidays, which leads to delays of more than 20 days.
Even so, there are still thousands of satisfied users, so you might as well give it a try and see if these complaints are just things that got missed.
Questions People Usually Ask
Does Printify print and make things on its own?
No, Printify works with more than one company. These companies make the products and also print them. Printify acts as a middleman between you, the seller, and the printers and manufacturers.
Some of these businesses are:
- MWW on Demand
- The Dream Jun
- Troupe Jewellery
- DTG2GO Inblocker
- My Locker
These businesses are all over the world, and they ship from their own countries to the country where your customer lives.
Are there names on the Printify items?
Yes, they do have a name. Some examples of brands are listed below.
- Fruit of the loom
- Next Level
- Rabbit Skins
- Next Level
- Hanes Anvil
Printify currently works with 15 brands, but the company is planning to add more in the future.
One of the best POD services you can use to sell things online is Printify. Its partners have been in the textile business for more than 50 years, and the company has made apps and plug-ins that make it easy to run your shop.
The best thing is that Printify is free. You can start running your POD store right away with a free account. All you have to do is choose between Shopify, Etsy, and WooCommerce to set up your shop.
Integration only takes a few clicks, and once the integration is done, you can go to your Printify dashboard.