Which Is Better: Dropshipping Or Print On Demand?

Which Is Better: Dropshipping Or Print On Demand?

I get asked this question on a almost daily basis. I’ve done both very successfully, selling millions of dollars of dropshipping & print on demand products. These days I prefer print on demand. However its my personal choice. I’m friends with & also have a number of coaching students who are very successful dropshippers.

Any new marketer thinking about getting into ecommerce and creating their own store will be aware that there are two prevalent approaches to this business model:

1. Dropshipping

2. On-Demand printing (POD)

There is much disagreement about which method is superior, with some praising dropshipping and others claiming that print on demand is a more dependable long-term choice.

The truth is that neither one is superior than the other. What is important is that you select one that works for you. Each has perks and cons.

Which model you choose will be determined by your experience, tastes, money, and a number of other factors. In this essay, we’ll examine the benefits and drawbacks of both dropshipping and POD so you can make an informed decision.

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Dropshipping

Dropshipping may certainly appear to be the easiest option if you’re a newbie – and it is.

The business model is straightforward. When someone orders a product from you and pays you, you’ll use a portion of that money to pay the dropshipper to deliver the product – and you’ll keep the rest.

There will be a time of trial and error where you will advertise and promote several products until you locate a winning one. (This trial-and-error approach also applies to print-on-demand products, where you must find a design that resonates with your audience and sells.)

If your commercials convert successfully, you’ll be able to easily cover your advertising costs while generating a sizable profit.

With dropshipping, you’ll have a LARGE selection of things to promote. Marketers frequently utilize sites like AliExpress.com to find products to dropship.

Dropshipping can some times be faster than POD because the products are already made and ready to ship.

Dropshipping is also less expensive because you will not have to pay a designer. When it comes to product creation, you don’t have to spend any money.

You’ll discover that things supplied through dropshipping frequently meet people’s needs. For instance, posture correctors, support pillows, sticky tape, and so on. These products are beneficial and aid in the resolution of problems. As a result, they are relatively easy to sell.

Dropshipping, on the other hand, has several drawbacks.

The shipment time will be the most difficult issue for marketers to deal with. It takes time to ship things from China to the United States.

Even if ePacket delivery times are pretty quick, they are still slower than shipping from the US, which is what most POD firms do.

While you may be able to find dropshippers in the United States, the profit margins will normally be lower.

Another thing to consider is that the product quality may be questionable. Dodgy dropshippers can send inferior quality products to increase their profits, and you’ll be none the wiser unless you order a product for yourself and inspect the quality.

When it comes to dropshipping, there is certainly a lot of competition.

The minimal entrance barriers make this company model appealing to a wide range of people. As a result, you’ll be competing with a lot more marketers – not to mention that sometimes product suppliers in China will advertise and compete with you.

Another thing that is sometimes overlooked is that dropshipping is not a particularly transparent process. The buyer is frequently unaware that the vendor is not the developer of the product and that it is made and sent by a different company.

While the business strategy is legitimate and lawful, there is little doubt that many buyers would be put off if they realized they could get the goods for dirt cheap costs on AliExpress.

Some people may not wish to buy things from China at all. This is one of the “darker” aspects of dropshipping.

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Print-On-Demand (POD)

The POD model is straightforward. You’ll develop eye-catching graphics/quotes/designs and upload them to print-on-demand websites like Custom Cat, Printify, Moteefe, Printful, and others.

These designs can be printed on a variety of items like hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, stickers, phone accessories, tote bags, and much more. POD firms have hundreds of possibilities that you should investigate.

Despite the huge range of products available with POD, they pale in contrast to dropshipping products. However, in terms of branding, you’ll be light years ahead.

Because your designs will be proprietary and only you will be able to utilize them, competition will no longer be a problem. This is OUTSTANDING for branding. If someone tries to rip off your product, you can always go to court to get them to stop their deceptive behavior.

If you look at the items marketed using POD, you’ll notice that the majority of them don’t actually solve any problems. Rarely, if ever, would a neck collar/brace that reduces neck aches be sold alongside POD. However, there are a plethora of similar products available through dropshipping.

What exactly does this mean?

It means that POD products are emotionally appealing. People buy t-shirts, hoodies, and other items with designs that appeal to their interests. Beer drinkers will purchase t-shirts featuring amusing beer quotations.

Republicans will buy caps with slogans like ‘MAGA’ emblazoned on them. Christians will purchase wall art with bible verses printed on it.

These are hobbies and interests that people are enthusiastic about. That is what drives print-on-demand purchases. As a result, you must be cognizant of how you promote to various audiences. You cannot and should not adopt the same strategy.

The POD model requires more time to implement than dropshipping, but it is generally more reliable and has a longer lifespan. Unless you design everything yourself, you’ll also need to spend money hiring graphic designers to produce appealing designs for you.

One amazing advantage of POD is that shipment is substantially faster because most POD firms are situated in the United States.

So, which way do you prefer?

If you’re a novice searching for a low-cost, flexible, and quick ecommerce business model, dropshipping is the way to go.

If you have a little online experience, like to focus on branding yourself from the start, and have sufficient funds to spare, the POD is the option for you.

Having said that, you can have a ‘flex store,’ where you can sell both POD and dropshipping products. They are not mutually exclusive; you can sell both types of things in the same store.

So, don’t put yourself in a box too soon. Try out both online business models and decide which one you prefer. Both ways work!

Don’t hold back, start planning your new online venture and tap into the multibillion-dollar ecommerce sector!

Got any questions about dropshipping or print on demand? Then contact me and ask them! If you’d like to get some step by step print on demand training & group coaching that will help you start (& also grow an existing POD biz) a print on demand business from your kitchen table or a bar in Bali then check out my highly popular eCom Vantage program!

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