Print-on-demand services have gained popularity in recent times. This e-commerce business model’s popularity can be cited in the easy way it is to operate and does not need any significant capital to start with. Print on demand enables you to sell branded products like t-shirts, hoodies, clothing, coffee mugs, phone cases, accessories, and anything you would wish branded without owning an inventory or stock on your side. It is basically what the name says, “print on demand.”
Gooten and Printful are two popular services in this space.
How it Works
So, these two platforms allow you to create your logo, branding, or slogan, which you upload in their various platforms. These platforms have a variety of items stocked in their stores already. When a customer purchases one of the items, they can choose your logo to be branded on the thing they want to buy. Printful and Gooten, in this example, then brand the product with the selected logo and ship the product to the customer. Printful and Gooten are also drop shipping companies. They handle all the inventory from their side, leaving you with no work on your side other than profits.
So how do you make money then?
Good question. Here is how you make your profits.
Products are priced a bit less without the branding. But when a customer picks your logo to be printed on the product, an extra cost is added, say $5. So, the markup cash on top of the original product is your profit. Notably, keep an eye on the markup since shipping fees may still be charged from there, leaving you with fewer profits than projected initially.
For buyers, these two services are excellent. Having the degree of freedom to choose a given type of branding for your products is a fantastic thing. This enables you to have your unique products.
In this article, we compare the two print-on-demand services to help you decide what works better in your perspective. Or which service is better than the other.
Summary: Gooten vs Printful
Print-on-demand services have boomed in the recent past, and the potential is still there. Printful and Gooten are some of the two significant print-on-demand services on the market. In this article, we compare both Printful and Gooten to help you decide which service is a better choice. Spoiler alert – Printful is the winner.
And here is why we say so;
Printful offers more products on its catalog, supports many integrations natively both e-commerce and online marketplaces, has more dedicated customer support channels, cheaper shipping fees, and even offers free delivery on some products and has its dedicated printers, so printing quality is a bit of assured.
1. Products Available
Gooten offers a range of products in its stores. You can shop from different categories, including accessories, home & living, print products, wall art, and even pets. In total, Gooten says they have over 140 products available. Here are some of the goods available at Gooten
- Journals & Notebooks
- Travel and Leisure
- Totes and Bags
- Home & Living
- Living Room
- Holiday Decor
- Outdoor Space
- Office Supplies and Tech
- Print Products
- Wall Art
- Leather Wraps
On the other hand, Printful also does have a robust product catalog like Gooten. Printful currently stocks over 160 different products on its platform.
Products categories available on Printful include the following;
- Men’s clothing like hoodies, t-shirts, jackets and more
- Women’s clothing like sweat pants, crop tops, shorts and more
- Kids and Youth’s apparel like hoodies, leggings, baby suits, etc
- Accessories like bags, flip flops, phone cases and more
- Home & living like pillows, towels, wall arts and more
2. Countries Available
The availability of the two print on demand services could also influence your choices.
Printful does ship products internationally except in a few places. Printful does not ship to Cuba, Iran, Crimea, Syria, and North Korea, which the company explains is due to legal restrictions or shipping carrier limitations. Gooten also does internal shipping, but of course, shipping costs will be much higher. Besides, international shipping may experience hiccups like slow delivery times. It can take up to 21 business days as a result of customs delays), plus not all products have consolidated shipping when shipping internationally. That means you may end up paying more.
3. Order Fulfillment
Printful is top of the edge in terms of order fulfillment. When you make an order on the platform, Printful will either make the product at one of their plants in North Carolina or Latvia. The second way is the company will get the products printed by one of the reliable, well-known brands. Printful has four different fulfillment centers; two in the US, one in Europe, one in Mexico.
Prinftul contender Gooten, on the other hand, outsources its products from different manufacturers around the world. So, some goods are printed in the USA while others are printed in other places like Asian countries or Europe. Because items are outsourced from different locations, consolidation may not be possible always just like Printful.
4. Shipping Costs
Gooten has a slightly sophisticated method for pricing their shipping rates. The platform has categorized shipping costs depending on the various products you’re buying. A hoodie, for example, will cost you $6.59 to ship to the US under the standard shipping method. Still, each additional item will cost you $1.99 more. To ship internationally or in Canada, Gooten will charge you $7.99 for standard shipping and $4.00 more on each additional item. For faster shipping like overnight shipping, you will have to cough out more cash. Gooten uses shipping companies like UPS, FedEx, USPS, Royal Mail, DHL, DPD, and India Mail. Gooten under standard shipping methods will ship your items in 5 to 12 business days (although it usually takes 3 to 5 business days). Some faster shipping methods like overnight take about 1-2 business days, but shipping costs are high between $35.99 to $41.99.
Printful shipping rates also vary depending on where the product is to be shipped to. Before we have a look at the shipping rates, methods, and how they work, Printful also takes time to create the products. Usually, the company takes between 2–7 business days to create products. So, on top of these, add the shipping times now. Speed and price depend on product type and destination, however.
Now that we have already bashed Gooten of their complex shipping rates, wait until you hear what Printful says. Printful ships products from either the United States or Europe. Products from any of these locations have different shipping rates. Plus, the shipping rates also depend on the product type — Printful charges between $3.50 and $10.00 to ship to the USA. To ship products to Canada, it will cost you between $3.75 to $49.00. Some products are free to ship, though, like jewelry, but additional items will attract a small fee in cents.
For international shipping, products from the USA costs about $3.75 to ship to as high as about $50. Products from Europe are a bit cheaper to ship, requiring a minimum shipping cost of $3.75 to around $25. Some products are exclusively made and shipped from the USA, so you might not have the chance to choose where you want your products to be shipped from. Printful also relies on global carriers in shopping like DHL, UPS, FedEx, and dpd. Shipping time ranges from 1-3 business days for express shipping, while no rush method can take up to 20 business days.
5. Printing Quality
Quality is an important aspect. You would not wish to have your products printed shadily. Printing quality may be one factor that we know many will base on in the judgment of who wins this one on one comparison between Printful and Gooten. Sincerely, we cannot be able to judge this on our own. So, we went online, took a jab at some forums to search for reviews on the quality of the two print-on-demand services. We found out a mixed reaction on both services so that we won’t dwell on that. However, many concerns primarily arose on Gooten for its nature of outsourcing products from different manufacturers, which can be a downside on product quality.
6. Orders Fulfilled
Gooten says to date the company has sold over 4,000,000 products while Printful has sold twice as much. Printful says they have sold over 8.22 million products delivered to customers
Small Table Comparison
Who is this for?
Print-on-demand services apply to everyone. We all sometimes want to have unique printed designs or products in our possession. Ranging from phone cases, hoodies, mugs, t-shirts, among other accessories pretty much everyone can find something to be printed with a unique logo. For sellers, Gooten and Printful prove to be beneficial for your dropshipping business and custom printing. No inventory needed, no warehouse to store your products, tell us what else could give you more peace other than that.
Pros and cons
- No monthly fees
- No minimum order
- Few native integrations
- Supports many integrations
- No monthly fees
- Wide range of products
- Some products have a high startup price
Pricing: Gooten vs Printful
Using Gooten or Printful doesn’t cost you anything. The two platforms have no sign-up fees or any monthly charges. You get started in a few minutes with their streamlines sign up process like any other online services.
Both Gooten and Printful are easy to use. You don’t need some tactics to sign up for the two platforms. Getting started is as easy as pie. Additionally, using the API shouldn’t be an issue. Both platforms provide you with a step to step guide if you want to integrate with your e-commerce shop.
Both Gooten and Printful support eCommerce integrations. Gooten can be integrated with a couple of e-commerce solutions including the following;
Furthermore, Gooten API is also freely available, so you can still integrate with other services as well.
Printful supports many integrations by default. These integrations range from online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay to e-commerce platforms like Shopify.
Integrations supported by Printful include the following;
- Big Cartel
Besides, Prinftful also has an open API so you can plug the platform into your e-commerce store, too.
Support is key to any business. It is normal that not every service or product purchase will turn out as expected. We often incur hiccups once in a while, maybe often sometimes. That is why every company needs to provide support for its customers. Gooten and Printful are no different. Printful includes customer support via many channels like email, instant chat, and phone support. The company says their support team is there to serve you 24/7 throughout the year. Additionally, they also have a help center equipped with several frequently asked topics for self-support.
Gooten also offers a well-organized knowledge base that is quite enjoyable to maneuver around. Topics have been well arranged, and you can easily find what you’re looking for. But this is not enough; the company also offers human support. You can reach the support team via email by filling contact forms embedded on their website. There is no phone support here.
However, both companies have been rated to offer excellent customer support in various online reviews we bumped into. It may be not surprising if things might be different in a real situation. But if phone support matters to you as much, then Printful should be your go-to service.
Final Verdict: Gooten vs Printful
With all the comparisons done, it is clear who wins in this comparison. Printful, of course. Printful has many benefits that edge out Gooten. Some of the advantages of using Printful include the following;
Printful has more products on its catalog than Gooten. It supports many integrations natively both e-commerce platforms like Shopify and online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay, has more dedicated customer support channels, cheaper shipping fees, and even offers free delivery on some products. Besides, Printful also has its printers, so rest assured quality is assured, but we cannot ascertain the same for products from third-party manufacturers.
Gooten, on the other hand, packs some excellent features but falls short in terms of native app integrations, and there is no phone support. Gooten also has its advantages, some of which include lower prices of products, and that is something worth paying attention to if you are on a tight budget.