One of the most popular business models is print-on-demand (POD). What’s great about it is that it prints your designs on a wide selection of products – whenever you need them. Compare that with traditional printing manufacturers, which, more often than not, only let you print your items in bulk. That can be bad for your business in the long run. It’s a good thing that POD exists to counter any potential problem that may come your way.
When it comes to delivering top-notch POD features to a variety of clientele, Printify is one name you may probably recognize. If you’re not in any way familiar, Printify lets you create good quality products at a reasonable price. Printify is not the only POD provider that offers the same services. We’ll be comparing them all in this article!
For those of you who prefer a more visual experience, here is a video review by Alex from afbelardi’s YouTube channel. To get a comprehensive overview of Printify, you may still want to check out our article below.
Printify: A Quick Overview Printify Vs Beneath The Skin
Printify allows freelancers and businesses to sell a variety of products in fully customizable designs. T-shirts, clothing, bags, hats, and mugs are among the products the platform offers, as well as other valuable items such as those for home decoration, paper stationery, jewelry, and even footwear. Printify’s powerful yet simple design editor allows users to choose from a variety of built-in fonts and shapes, or import pre-made designs that they can place where it suits them best. Print-making is provided for by the platform along with its long list of over 90 partner manufacturers in the US and beyond.
Printify seamlessly integrates with many e-commerce services like Squarespace, Shopify, Etsy and Shopify. An API tool and WordPress plug in are available for custom integrations to third-party apps not listed on the list. Access to much of Printify’s basic features and tools is easily within reach as it comes with a Free plan, a perfect fit for beginner merchants. For those who are already well-established in the market, there are paid subscriptions available starting at $24.99.
Printify is widely praised for its simplicity and convenience, from the interface with the designer to connecting with external platforms. Printify is also free and offers faster product services than some of the other competitors we will be using. However, there are a few things that Printify may be lacking, such as support for a few files, particularly Illustrator (.ai) files; varying degrees of quality; and poor return/refund handling.
Printify is a great tool for helping your business grow, despite some setbacks. If you aren’t convinced yet, these are four other options you might consider. Printify Mock Up
Printify vs. Printful
Printful is Printify’s closest competitor in terms of POD services. Like the latter, the former allows users to sell custom-made products of different kinds, such as t-shirts, clothes, bags, accessories, and home decorations. Its clothing collection is what makes it stand out from the rest. It doesn’t end there. Printful has many more functions and features than others. With Printful, all orders are printed in-house with its own print manufacturing factories. A select few inventory warehouses located in the US and Europe are also provided by the platform.
All made by Printful
There are plenty of benefits to having in-house product-making facilities, and one of those is the assurance of getting high-quality prints. To compare, POD platforms that outsource third-party printmakers – like Printify – may usually have recurring inconsistencies with product quality. One product may come with a stellar quality print, while the other may end up looking haphazard. Aside from having in-house facilities, Printful has tons more options to choose from and utilize, from wide file support coverage to a twice-as-long integration list with tons of e-commerce apps, among other things. In addition, just like Printify, Printful offers an accessible API tool. Printify Mock Up
High-End Rates and a High-End Price Range
Printful is easy to use and offers quick product turnaround. Printify is almost exclusively focused on the US, but Printful’s shipping speeds are much faster and come with lower, more affordable shipping rates. Printful also has a wider global reach. Printful seems to have the advantage with more features and higher-quality products. However, some tools are only available in Printful’s Pro plan. It costs $49 per month, the amount twice as high as Printify’s $24.99/month Premium plan.
Printify vs Teespring
Teespring, also known as Spring, is similar to Printify in that it provides a platform for merchants and manufacturers to market custom products. Teespring has an in-house printer, just like Printful, which can print high-quality products without having to outsource. It also ships the items on your behalf. Teespring has been a big help in providing merchandise for a wide range of creators from YouTubers like Justin Whang and Lily Hevesh to well-respected musicians such as Queen and Freddie Mercury.
Help Is Within Your Reach
There are plenty of interesting things that make up Teespring, such as its training center – apart from the usual FAQ, users get more hands-on knowledge on how the print-on-demand industry works and what to do in it. Teespring also offers design resources where users can find inspiration and get helpful feedback. Users can also hire freelance designers. This is a great way to get beautiful-designed items, but aren’t sure how. What’s awesome about this is that all of these are available for free – no other charges but product and shipping rate, and no hidden fees!
More than just POD
Teespring isn’t just a POD service. Teespring also offers an ecommerce marketplace that allows products to be sold once they have been approved by the design editor. Compared to Printify and Printful, there’s no need to connect to major marketplaces and other e-commerce platforms just to get your products across. The only downside, though, is that the integrations here are far more limited, and if you do wish to connect to a traditional online marketplace or website, the Spring API is probably the best thing you could find. Teespring integrates with streaming video services like YouTube and Twitch. This makes it very user-friendly. The product selection is very limited with just 50 options.
Shopify vs Printify
Shopify may be a brand you’ve already recognized. This article may also have mentioned Shopify. You may wonder, “Why Shopify is being compared to Printify all of a sudden?” In theory, the former should have ready-made tools for POD like other members on this list. But the way Shopify operates is completely different – it wasn’t originally planned to operate as a fully-fledged print-on-demand business. Shopify was designed to sell everything from cakes and artworks to other products, so the POD aspect may be an afterthought. However, with a few adjustments and a little more effort, selling POD products on Shopify can be possible.
Start a POD Store with the Help of Shopify’s Apps
It can be difficult to create a POD-focused storefront. This is because it involves searching for the right tools and reliable POD services. Shopify offers an app store that allows users to download and integrate different business solutions into their websites. A wide array of POD-related services is available on its app store; these can range from product design-builders to printing and shipping providers. Printify and Printful already offer Shopify apps. Both are free to use and simple to integrate.
The Premier E-Commerce Platform for Businesses
Shopify comes with three subscription tiers, with the lowest being at $19 per month and the highest at $299/mo. The platform is ideal for merchants looking to set up their own POD store. The platform offers advanced marketplace tools, detailed analytics and unlimited integrations that can be used to increase traffic and convert customers. Shopify is not like Teespring, where you can easily create a storefront. Instead, you will need to build it from scratch. Printify Mock Up
Printify vs Redbubble
Redbubble is a popular POD fulfillment platform for artists. But for the uninitiated, it’s one of today’s popular POD fulfillment platforms, boasting a rich product catalog and a lucrative network of merchants. It operates similarly to Printify in terms of offering POD-related tools, and like Teespring in that there’s a dedicated built-in online marketplace where goods can be sold. What makes Redbubble unique is its focus on visual artists. And the amount of provided features and services show that it cares about the diverse creative community it serves.
An artist-first platform
Redbubble’s Partner Program lets artists and designers create their works and sell them on the marketplace in the form of t-shirts, clothing, accessories, posters, stickers, phone cases, and much more. They get to earn royalties as well as profit once their products are sold. Through the partnership with popular brands and media franchises like Adult Swim’s Rick & Morty and Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, they can also create official fan artwork. With Redbubble, you don’t just get to sell physical merch, as you can also sell pre-made designs for buyers to customize according to their liking.
Free POD Tools and Top-Notch Quality
Redbubble is totally free, so merchants won’t have to pay anything other than the products they sell or the fees associated with them. They also get full control of their profit margins and receive the best help they could ever get with the service’s wide range of customer support options. Printify is not perfect, and the quality of the products can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. However, it is reliable and sturdy overall. While the experience is generally positive, it’s still important to consider these things that may eventually be sacrificed, such as lack of integration offers with third-party apps, virtually non-existent merchant protection policies, and limited branding customization.
Final Thoughts Printify Mock Up
Printify is still the best POD service available. The answer will vary depending on your personal preferences. If you believe it’s not the right fit for your business, you may want to consider any of these instead:
- Printful is perfect for those who want an upgraded Printify-like service at an upgraded price.
- Teespring is the best choice for both established and aspiring content creators and influencers.
- Shopify is a great platform for those wishing to create their POD store from scratch.
- When it comes to offering solid POD tools for a wide range of creative artists, Redbubble is highly recommended.
But if you’re still sticking with Printify, that’s something worth trying out. Printify is a great option if you are looking for a platform that allows you to design on a variety of products, print quality items with reliable manufacturers, ship them within days, integrate seamlessly with third-party platforms, and offers premium solutions at an affordable price.