On-demand Printers or Local Printers? See What’s Right for You.
It's exciting to start an online merchandise store, but you may be wondering what the best way is to get your product into customers' hands. Not only that but what works best for you financially? Normally store owners have used a local printer for their clothing needs and then ship out the orders themselves, but with the emergence of drop shipping and on-demand printers, the game has changed. Does that mean you should change it? Find out below.
Pros: On-demand printing is all about convenience. If you're not wanting shipping boxes and tissue paper to clutter your room, plus the time spent on taking orders to the post office, then on-demand may be the option for you. It's also super easy to attach your cool designs to countless merchandise options like shirts, hats, hoodies, and more. Then you would integrate whatever on-demand printer you use to your store so every time someone orders your product it'll automatically be sent to them for you hassle-free.
Cons: On-demand printing can be funky, mainly because you're flying blind and trusting the company can produce quality merchandise for you. It's better to order one sample for yourself to see if the quality holds up and if the design is where you want it. It can also be a headache for those who aren't too tech-savvy and don't want to go through the process of combining their store with an on-demand printer.
Pros: If you're thinking about using a local printer, then you may like the more hands-on approach. Not only do you get the personable connection of a local printer but you can build up your relationship with your own customers too. Sure, packaging everything together may seem like a hassle, but your customers may like the sentiment especially if you add thoughtful items like a handwritten thank you note. Thank me later.
Cons: There's always a chance you could find the wrong local printer and things could get hairy. This would stall your productivity and peace of mind. Luckily, with 101 Custom Prints, you wouldn't have to worry about that. As mentioned before, this method could take more time out of your day with the shipping and handling but again, if you manage it right, the extra effort could resonate well with your customers.
Your secret third option: What about both?
That's where we come in. 101 Custom Prints not only offers the convenience of on-demand printing but adds to the trustworthiness of a real printing company partnership. How do we do it? We offer customized web storefronts with personalized branding and hands-free shipping and handling. Not only that, but your merchandise will stand out amongst the rest with quality material and care. We want you to love your merchandise, whether it's for a store, your construction crew, a flag football team, or just one cool shirt you thought of making for yourself. If that's through on-demand printing or another local printer then great, but if not, we'd be happy to assist you. Make your decision easy, and get the best of both worlds with 101 Custom Prints. Reach out or give us a call at 402-360-7645 to get started today!