As a Shopify merchant, you are likely familiar with the cost of printing. You may also be familiar with the term “print on demand” (POD). In this blog post, we will explore what POD is and how it impacts your business. We will also discuss some of the Pros and Cons of using POD printing for your business. After reading this article, you will have a better understanding of the costs associated with POD printing and which services might be best for your business.
What is the Cost of Print On Demand in Shopify?
Print on demand (POD) is a printing service that allows customers to order prints directly from a printer, without having to first create an online store. POD printers can be expensive, and there are several costs associated with using POD in Shopify.
The biggest cost of POD is the upfront fee charged by the printer. This fee varies depending on the printer, but it’s typically in the range of $50 to $200. Once you’ve paid this fee, you’ll also have to pay per-print fees (which can be as high as 50 cents per print), which add up quickly.
Another cost of POD is shipping. If you order prints from a remote printer, you’ll have to pay for shipping both ways. And if you’re ordering prints from a local printer, you’ll likely have to pay for shipping both ways plus taxes and handling fees.
Finally, there’s storage space costs. If you store your prints in digital format, then POD won’t be an issue. But if you want to keep your prints in physical format, then you’ll need to factor in storage costs (which can be anywhere from negligible to prohibitively expensive).
How to Enable Print On Demand in Shopify
Shopify offers a print on demand service that lets you order prints from third-party printers in advance and have them delivered to your store directly. This is a great way to save on printing costs, and it’s also a great way to get custom prints made just for your business. Here’s how to enable print on demand in Shopify:
1. Navigate to the Shopify Settings page.
2. Under the “Shop” section, click the “Print On Demand” button.
3. On the “Print On Demand” page, click the “Configure” button.
4. Under the “Configure Print On Demand” heading, set the following options:
-Enabled: Check this box if you want to enable print on demand in your store.
-Printers: Enter the name of one or more printers that you want to use for print on demand orders.
-Order Form: Set this option to “Yes” if you want Shopify to generate an order form for each print order that you place.
5. Click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page.
What are the Different Types of Print On Demand in Shopify?
Different types of print on demand in Shopify include digital printing, thermal printing, and traditional offset printing.
Digital printing is the most common type of print on demand in Shopify. This process uses software to create a digital file of your printed product, which you can then send to a printer. This process is fast and affordable, but you may not be able to customize your product’s design.
Thermal printing uses heat to create prints on paper. This process is slower than digital printing but more expensive. You must order custom sheets or rolls of paper from the printer, and the prints will usually not be as customizable as with digital printing.
Offset printing is the oldest type of print on demand in Shopify. This process uses large plates that are placed over an image on a printing press. The plates are then moved around until they have printed the image onto the paper below them. Offset printers are slower than other types of printers and can be more expensive, but you can typically customize your product’s design more thoroughly with this process than with other types of print on demand.
How to Setup Your Print On Demand Order in Shopify
Setting up a print on demand order in Shopify is easy. Once you have created your shop, go to “Order Details” and click on the “Print On Demand” button. You will then be directed to a page where you can enter the details of your print job.
To create your print job, first decide which product you would like to print. If you are printing a single product, select that product from the dropdown menu under “Item.” If you are printing a collection of products, select the parent product from the dropdown menu and then select each child product in turn.
Next, enter the quantity of each item that you want printed. You can either enter a number or use the slider to specify how many copies of each item you want printed.
Lastly, enter the cost per copy of each item. This cost includes both the price of the product itself and any shipping fees that may apply. Click on “Create Print Job.”
Your print job will now be created and will be available for purchase in your shop’s “Orders” tab. You can find all of your print jobs in this tab by clicking on “Print On Demand” in the header and filtering by “Job Name.”
If you need to make changes to your print job’s details, such as changing the quantity or cost per copy, simply click on the job name and then edit its details accordingly.
Shopify offers a few different print on demand services that can help you get the most out of your marketing budget. Whether you need to produce a small number of high-quality prints or need an all-encompassing solution to get your products into stores, these services offer everything you need and more. In this article, we’ll take a look at each service and provide an overview of what they include. Ready to dive in? Let’s go!