Printful is a popular print-on-demand dropshipping service that integrates with online stores. Here is a beginner’s guide to using Printful for the first time to outsource order fulfillment and printing for your ecommerce business.

What is Printful?

Printful is a print-on-demand dropshipping service that handles printing, warehousing, packing, and shipping on behalf of online sellers. Key features:

  • Integrates with ecommerce platforms like Shopify, WooCommerce, and Etsy
  • Print a wide range of products including t-shirts, hoodies, hats, mugs, posters, and more
  • Handle warehousing, picking, and shipping orders to customers
  • Automated order syncing with your online store
  • API capabilities for developers

Printful essentially enables you to run an online print shop without handling production or fulfillment yourself.

How Printful Works

Here is an overview of how Printful integrates with your ecommerce store:

  • Add Printful products to your online store using their app or API
  • Customers place orders with you as usual
  • Orders automatically sync to Printful
  • Printful prints products, packs orders, and ships to customers
  • You keep the retail markup amount

By handling production and fulfillment, Printful enables you to run a lean ecommerce business without lots of overhead or manual work.

Getting Started With Printful

It just takes a few steps to set up Printful with your ecommerce store:

  1. Create a Printful account
  2. Install the Printful app on your ecommerce platform (Shopify, WooCommerce, etc)
  3. Browse Printful products and add them to your store
  4. Set your pricing markup for each product
  5. Activate automated order syncing
  6. Start selling! Printful handles the rest.

You can be up and running with Printful integration in under an hour if you follow the setup guides.

Printful Product Offerings

Printful offers printing on a wide variety of products including:

  • T-shirts
  • Hoodies and sweatshirts
  • Hats and beanies
  • Mugs, bottles, and drinkware
  • Totes and bags
  • Posters and art prints
  • Phone cases
  • Face masks
  • Magnets
  • Stickers and labels

New products are continually added as well. You can request custom products not currently listed.

FAQ About Printful

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Does Printful integrate with Shopify?

Yes, Printful offers direct Shopify integration through their Shopify app. All orders sync automatically.

Can I set my own prices?

Yes, you can set your own retail pricing markup on top of Printful’s base manufacturing pricing.

How long does printing and shipping take?

Average production and shipping time is 1-7 business days for most products.

Does Printful handle returns?

Yes, Printful has a return and exchange policy. They handle customer returns just like a normal ecommerce store.

Does Printful offer phone support?

Yes, Printful provides 24/7 online chat, email, and phone support in multiple languages.

Get Started With Printful Today

Ready to outsource printing, fulfillment, and shipping for your online store? Sign up for a free Printful account and connect it with your ecommerce platform. The integration makes running an online print shop easy.


  • Gio Watts

    Gio Watts brings over 10 years of digital marketing experience to his role as marketing manager at Walletminded. In his current position, Gio oversees brand marketing, campaign management, and audience growth initiatives. Prior to joining Walletminded, Gio held marketing roles at several ecommerce and SaaS startups, most recently serving as senior marketing manager at CloudTable Inc. There, he specialized in paid social advertising and content marketing. Gio holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from the University of Oregon. He is a certified content marketing specialist and frequently guest lectures at his alma mater. When he's not devising omni-channel marketing campaigns, you can find Gio coaching youth basketball and indulging his passion for live music.

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