Using Print-on-demand dropshipping to sell your own Merchandise
This article gives you an overview of the most popular printing service and dropshipping suppliers for your t-shirt business.
T-shirts aren’t just a staple of casual wear, but articles of clothing that often reflect our personalities, interests, and identities. Because of this, t-shirts have become one of the more popular things to create and spread your own message and sell online, especially for entrepreneurs and artists looking to explore a relatively low investment business to start.
With the popularity of t-shirt businesses, there’s no doubt you’ll be facing some competition. But by building a brand for a specific audience and creating the kinds of t-shirt designs that your customers want, you can find your own success online.
If you’re one of the many people aspiring to go into the online t-shirt business, you’re in the right place. The industry is fast growing and is expected to trend upward for 2019 to 2025.
So let’s take a closer look at the following 20 T-Shirt printing companies.
Redbubble is very hip amongst designers. They support designers giving them the possibility to showcase on their worldwide marketplace which is a plus. If you want to have your designs as an external product in your woocommerce store though, you have to find other ways. They don’t support the import of your designed products into your woocommerce store with a plugin, but there are plenty of ways to do this such as with zapier, by having a plugin created with a service website or by the good old manual way. They offer you to create your favorite designs of officially licensed brands, so you can offer them on the marketplace.
Their user interface is very easy, and you can begin right away after opening of your account. A good thing is the protection of your designs by adding the watermark on your image, you can also disable right clicking in your account settings.
If you’re into serious t-shirt selling, Printful is the one for you as it is made easier specifically for entrepreneurs. They offer print-on-demand (PoD) which lets you create a design, and they will print them for you and drop shipping services which basically means that Printful will store your products for you and ship them to your customers.
Set is free, there are no monthly charges, and no minimum purchase required. You have control of how to earn money as they let you set the price for everything in your store then pay for production when they are purchased. Although one of the top ten sites to sell t-shirts, their selection is quite limited which can be frustrating for some shoppers.
Just like any other online t-shirt store, Teespring lets designers list their creations on the site. They, in turn, will take care of the printing, shipping, and customer service. You can also design and sell items such as hoodies, mugs, leggings, or phone covers.
Their design platform is easy to use, and you’ll get paid for every t-shirt that you sell. Joining is free, and they have a training university wherein you can learn about how to promote your products. Although Teespring handles most of the work, it’s up to you to do the advertising. I have written a post about my Teespring store, read more here.
You have the option to set up your online store with Spreadshirt or sell your products on their marketplace. It allows you to customize your shop to match your website’s overall tone and theme.
One of the cons that most artists on Spreadshirt find wanting is the choice of colors. There are only certain colors of ink that you can use for your designs which can be limiting to some.
Pixels have offered their services since 2006. They say that they have one of the largest Network and offer to fulfill your print demand all over the world. Their printing fulfillment centers are around the globe from the US, Canada, UK, Europe an Australia depending on what your choice is. You can choose from many products that you can print your design on. From Apparel to Beach Towels, Phone Cases, Tote Bags, Pillows, Mugs, Duvet Covers, Shower Curtains and much more. But they are also great on printing your Art on Canvas, on Wood, Metal, Framed on Acrylic prints and as Posters. You can browse on their website and will find fantastic art that you can order right away. So, that said, you can offer your art there too. You can sell your design right away by opening an account. They offer a free and a premium account. The Premium account costs 30 USD per year and you can sell your art on your website by embedding the store into any website or you can create a website under hood of white-label flags of pixels. You can sell your designs easily via social channels like Instagram and Facebook and even on your YouTube Merch. Pixels offers you to sell your art through retail stores throughout the US and Canada. What else are you looking for?
Vistaprint exists since a couple of years already and belongs to one of the best online business card printing services. They offer a very good quality at reasonable prices. Their user interface is easy to use, and you are setup with your new design in very short amount of time. They offer their website around the globe and in your language and they mainly focus on marketing material for your business. But that is not all, you can also design apparel on their website and have it printed for you.
If you’re into pop culture, you should start selling your designs to Textual Tees. They have products in these categories: sci-fi, sports, TV/film, science, zombies, geek nerd, among others. They offer a return and replacement policy that works smoothly for both sellers and buyers.
The sad thing with them is they’re not big on promos or discounts. They don’t accept Paypal payments and offer no free shipping.
Probably the most popular online shop for t-shirts, Merch by Amazon has a very wide reach and offers ease and convenience for designers/sellers as they do all the dirty work. You create your design, they take care of printing, packaging, and shipping. They do not have a limit on how much time you can list your items so you can expect to earn from t-shirts that you have listed a few months earlier.
Signing up is quite simple but you need to wait for them to send you an invitation, and the wait could take long.
The Threadless website works differently from all the others on this list. When you submit your design, it won’t automatically go up for sale. The only time you can start selling is when the Threadless community votes on it. But once you get the go signal, setting up your shop and selling is easy.
Their services include free hosting, font editor, MailChimp integration, and site analytics.
Reading the reviews will tell you that people are generally satisfied with Sunfrog’s services. And what’s not to like? They offer a wide range of high-quality media where you can print your designs on. So, if you want your designs on mugs, sweatshirts or hoodies, you can make them here.
A $20 shirt yields you a profit of 5.5% or $1.10, not bad, especially if you didn’t create the design yourself (SunFrog Affiliate commissions are around 35% of the sale). If you’re a designer and you love all of your designs, the site will keep them there forever! However, if you’re one of those who are very particular about their brand identity, this isn’t for you. You just won’t be able to do that on your website.
If you’re addicted to gaming, tech stuff, and these brands: Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Harry Potter, this is your store! Design By Humans is a haven for rabid fans of these famous brand names and more. They sell apparel for every age and gender, a variety of tech accessories, as well as art prints.
The online t-shirt business website has its few unsatisfied customers, but that didn’t stop them from being one of the most popular. T-shirt designers love the weekly competition they have for the best designs. Also, they take pride in ethically sourcing their products using environmentally friendly methods.
Created by artists for artists, Teefury specializes in limited edition t-shirts. They have been in business for a good decade, and throughout that time, they have showcased a multitude of limited-edition designs. The designs stay for a limited time, but once the 24 hours is over, it goes straight to their gallery for viewing. The designs will be brought back if it gathers enough votes from customers.
From hoodies to leggings, to pop art prints, Teefury boasts of beautiful designs focused on pop culture and iconography. For artists that want to bring their designs to the whole world, this is an excellent place to showcase their work.
Printify has simplified the payment scheme by offering a fixed-price rate. This makes it easier for merchants by allowing them to know precisely what they’re paying for. They also let you set the price on your own products. They have a wide range of products from dog tag to pet bed, to a variety of blankets like a duvet cover or comforter and many more. They are not offering a marketplace where you can showcase your product to a larger community, however they give you the possibility to integrate your shop into your website into your Shopify, Etsy, Ebay, woocommerce store.
Yet another platform for print processing is Print Aura. If you look at their website, you will see their large range of apparel you can choose and for sure there is something for you too. They don’t have a marketplace but they offer the possibility to showcase your designs at shopify, etsy, woocommerce, storenvy or open cart store. If you are a designer, you are in good hands because you can leave the printing process and logistics to them. Your customer receives a print package slip with your branding and you are also able to put your stamp on the t-shirt itself with a label. Print Aura offers high quality printing technology so that your design is in good hands.
Kite offers a wide range of products, from T-Shirts and Hoodies with various fabrics, to Phonecases, Homeware to Prints and Magnets. What is interesting is their range of Fine Art Print offers. If you are an Artist and want to sell your Paints as Print, your Photoshop Art or your Photographs, then this is certainly a solution. You can have more than 20 sizes to have a poster of your art printed in museum-grade quality. The choice is yours from Canvas to Framed and Mounted Prints. The shipping of the high quality art printings are from UK, US, Australia and Netherlands.
The printing fulfillment for clothes will be from the UK. Other Apparel come from UK, US and India.
They offer Website solutions with Shopify and BigCommerce. Unfortunately the Woocommerce Plugin from Kite.ly was closed two years ago and is no longer available.
Gooten has yet another approach to being a Printing Fulfillment company. The offer flexibility in the printing, like on demand, their range of products like Travel Bags, Yoga Mats, Bath Mats and Pet Beds, Ottomans and Carpets, Pyjamas and Notebooks things that you don’t find in every Print Store. You can add them to your Shopify Store, your Woocommerce Shop and Etsy Store. They offer an API for those that are into techy a little more and want to make your own tweaks at their website. Overall the company has a very appealing approach to have your designs printed.
Cafepress offers you to print your designs on apparel, stationary, jewelry, Flip Flops and other Accessoires. So if you want to sell specific drinkware products with your print on it like a Flask or a Beer Mug or a Sports Bottle you are in the right place. For all dog lovers you can have your dog shirt printed here. Like many CafePress offers a return policy, if you are not satisfied with the product. You will earn 5% – 10% on products listed on their marketplace and your earnings can be paid out via paypal or check. Don’t worry about your content, it stay yours after uploading it to their website. The company is US Based with international fulfillment centers allover the world like Australia, US and Canada and Worldwide, UK and Europe.
Custom Ink offers you a wide range of products from a good quality. Choose from different sets of Polo Shirts, branded Shirts like Nike, Tommy Hilfiger or North Face and more. If you are not a designer but want to sell your brand or spread your message, then browse on their website and you will find many t-shirt designs you can choose from. They also offer a Fundraising functionality where you can start yours for your community from the website.
Zazzle offers you a wide range of products you can choose from. If you are not a designer yourself, you can choose one at the zazzle marketplace. You can customize existing designs or you can upload your own design. They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee which means that you can return the product within 30 days of receipt.
They offer a wide range of products in apparel and bags. So if you are looking for a Polo Shirt it is not just one but seven designs you can choose from. They might be a bit more expensive than others for individuals and small entrepreneurs.
This overview of places where you can get your T-Shirts printed should clarify some questions for you. Check out the ones you feel are the closest to your needs. Compare the prices and the usability of their user interface. If a marketplace is important for you then choose those like Red Bubble, Zazzle or Spreadshirt. If it is important to you to include your designs into your website, then compare what you need like Woocommerce or Shopify, or if you can connect to your Etsy Store or build a YouTube Merch.
By choosing your Print Partners don’t forget to check out how their quality is, their return policy and last but not least how much you can earn for your work.