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Are Premium Print On Demand Subscriptions Worth It?

Are premium subscriptions from Printify or Printful worth the cost?

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Some print on demand vendors have started adding “Premium” subscriptions, offering additional features for an up front fee. But not all of them live up to their premium status.

Is the Printify premium subscription worth it?

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The Printify premium subscriptions costs $29/month or $299.98/year (two months free). The subscription is pretty simple with only two benefits: 20% off most products and up to 10 synced stores instead of 5. The cost benefit analysis on this one is pretty simple – if you buy at least $150 worth of products a month (across all stores), then you should buy the premium subscription. There’s no reason to buy it just for the additional stores, because if you aren’t making $150 in sales from five shops allowed on the free account, then there’s no need to open another five! Get your first month of Printify Premium free with promo code ThePODFiles.

Is Printful Plus or Printful Pro worth it?

Printful offers two upgrade options – Plus and Pro. Printful Plus essentially gives you additional design tools for creating custom mockups and promos. At $9/month the cost is not bad, but if you just need design templates for social media, you might as well get Canva Premium for the same price. Canva also includes an image background remover, as well as other features that Printful Plus does not have.

While I don’t think Printful Pro is worth it for the clipart or premium images, or even the Keyword Scout (if it helps sales so much they’d make it free so you’d make more sales), but there is one instance where you might want to upgrade to Printful Pro. If you sell personalized embroidery – where most of your files are unique to a customer – then the free digitization feature alone makes a Printful Pro account worth it, assuming you’re digitizing more than 7 files a month.

Printful Plus

$9/month or $99/year

  • All the features of Free
  • Create custom mockups
  • Remove image backgrounds
  • Create marketing promos

Printful Pro

$49/month or $539/year

  • All the features of Plus
  • 480+ exclusive clipart
  • Keyword Scout for Etsy
  • Premium Images at no extra cost
  • Free embroidery digitization
  • Carrier-Based Shipping

If you’re just getting started, I don’t recommend upgrading your print on demand subscriptions. Wait until you reach a sales threshold at which the discounts are more than the cost of the subscription. Other features like designs and promo makers are just fluff that can be found free elsewhere.

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My Favorite Printify Products (That Aren’t Shirts)

My Favorite Printify Products that aren't shirts

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When it comes to print on demand, I consider a good product to be one that:

  1. customers want
  2. is priced low enough for me to profit at market rates
  3. has quality manufacturing (both my the print and the blank)

I want all of my products to represent my brand well while also making me money. The bulk of my sales are t-shirts and hoodies, but everyone sells those, so I thought I share some of my favorite products from Printify that aren’t shirts.

Black Mugs

Photo of a black ceramic mug with an intricate and colorful mandala design.

I love black mugs and so do my customers! Available in both 11oz and the larger 15oz size, the black ceramic makes any artwork just pop, with a sublimated print that is sharp and colorful. The best part is that these mugs are both microwave and dishwasher safe, making them great gifts.

There are now several manufacturers of the black mugs, but the original black mugs by MyLocker have always been great for me

All-Over Print Totes

The utility of tote bags plus a reasonable price point make the AOP Tote Bags by MWW a customer favorite. The all-over print gives you way more options and a higher quality print that the canvas tote bags. I’ve heard that sellers also have success with the Weekender Bag and backpacks, though I haven’t tested those myself yet.

I’ll also note that one frustrating holiday season when all printers were running out of the most popular shirts causing massive delays, MWW had their AOP products shipping out in just a few days.

Fanny Packs

Photo of two fanny packs with custom artwork printed on them.

Not gonna lie, I did not think that the high price point on the fanny packs would allow me to sell many, but they are really popular! The useful interior pockets and large adjustable strap, combined with unique artwork make these a custom favorite. I have a feeling they’ll be even more popular this summer as people start going back to events like music festivals.

Kiss-Cut Stickers

Due to their low market price and high shipping cost, print on demand is usually not the best option for stickers. This is especially true for sellers who include shipping in their pricing. However, there are two exceptions to this – large stickers and sticker sets. While I can’t sell a single 4-inch POD sticker to save my life, customers are willing to pay the higher prices for a 6-inch sticker or for multiple designs on a 6-inch sheet. For both of these I use the Kiss-Cut Stickers by SPOKE. If you do multiple designs in your artwork, make sure to order a sample to make sure you left enough space for the borders to cut properly – don’t rely on the mockup! I’m speaking from experience here.

Want more ideas of products to sell in your print on demand shop? Check out Printify’s Best Sellers page for more.

Printify Review: My favorite print on demand products that aren't shirts! Background photo is a colorful mandala printed on a custom black ceramic mug.
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