Print On Demand (POD)

Our full-service dropshipping platform gives you the ability to sell your ideas, designs or merch without any expenses or storage needs. We'll do all the heavy lifting while you focus on building your brand. 

  • Set your own prices
  • Choose your own profit margins
  • No capital needed, it's all positive cashflow
  • Secure hosting included
  • Domain included or use your own

Brisbane Birds Glossy Black Cockatoo fundraising campaign, 2020

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No minimums

Every order gets printed! No minimums or maximums with this service

Fast 3-8 day turnaround

All Print-On-Demand orders are shipped with tracking code within 3-8 business days

25% OFF everything

We give our POD stores a wholesale discount of 25% OFF our customisable range

Eco-inks & packaging

We use water-based inks for DTG, naturally-sourced rayon thread for EMB, and ship in home-compostible packaging

No waste or storage needed

No more guessing games, you only print what sells, so there's no stocking and most importantly, no waste

Full-feature website

Our inbuilt web-builder packs a whole range of features for an effective web presence, without the need for coding

We've got a warehouse full of custom-print infrastructure and have spent years refining our processes. Print-On-Demand (POD or Dropshipping) means access to our award-winning print facilities and expertise—no financial risk, staff management or late night experiments. You can focus on developing an engaging business, brand, charity or idea and we'll take care of the production and logistics.

Full-colour, photorealistic prints using cutting edge, Kornit DTG printers. Waterbased inks & pretreatmeant. 

Digital accuracy and wide range of rayon thread; consistently intricate & stunning results.

Option A

New POD website with our internal platform

TPB Dropshipping Platform

We've got our own full-featured website builder and secure eCommerce platform that doesn't require any custom code. You can create unique products, tell your story and make sales, and our platform is 100% free.

Use our domain; e.g. something.theprintbar.com or BYO; e.g. theprintbar.com. 

To learn more about our internal Print-On-Demand platform, keep scrolling!

Option B

Link our POD service to a new or existing website

Printify Dropshipping Integration

Available for: Shopify, Etsy, WooCommerce, eBay, PrestaShop, BigCommerce & Wix Stores.

Our integration with Printify allows you to sell custom-printed products from a limited selection of our printable range through any of the platforms listed above.

For more info on Printify, click here.

Option A

Let's talk dollars and sense.

Our platform is 100% free. Whenever you make a sale, we deduct the cost of the garment and production from the sale price. Simple. You set your own prices on each item, and our costs don't scale, only your profit margins. 

Scalable commissions means the sky's the limit! Let's say you sell a digitally-printed AS Colour Staple tee with our Print-on-demand platform. Our production costs to cover the garment and printing are discounted for POD stores, so for example, if you're selling a digitally-printed AS Colour Staple, you'll only pay $18.75, which means everything else is profit.

Profit projections per sale

█ Retail    █ Production    █ Profit

$25.00
$18.75

$6.25

$30.00
$18.75

$11.25

$35.00
$18.75

$16.25

$40.00
$18.70

$21.25

$50.00
$18.75

$31.25

Citrus Daze merch for The Merch Desk, 2020

Step 1:

SETUP SHOP

Set up and style your free online store. No coding experience needed; our web-builder is pretty straight-forward. You can use our domain (e.g. somethingsomething.theprintbar.com) or you can use your own.

Step 2:

CREATE PRODUCTS

Upload your designs, choose either digital printing or embroidery, and pair your ideas with items from our range. For example, 

Step 3: 

PROMOTE & SELL

Get the word out, and promote your online business. Build your brand and your audience.

We don't have any minimums on orders, so everything you sell goes to print! 

Step 4:

MAKE BANK

As you sell products, we print, package & ship them direct to your customers on your behalf.

You set your profit margins, and you get paid commission on every sale!

Consistency is your bread and butter

Gather your ideas, create some designs, and get your products in front of your immediate networks; your friends, colleagues, family and of course, your target market. Putting yourself out there is the first step, and research, refining and honest feedback are crucial elements in the growth of your online business or fundraising platform. 

This can be pretty fruitful as a side-gig, but the more time and energy you put into creating unique products with strong concepts, networking, marketing and social media, the more potential you have to develop a formidable online income. We've got some Dropshipping clients making well over $3000 per month.

Infinife Designs, 'Save Our Symbionts', 2020

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Our Print-On-Demand platform helps you monetise ideas, fundraise, or build your brand.

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Or keep scrolling to learn more about our Dropshipping service.

No minimums & no costs

Because we print every order on demand you don't need to pay for anything upfront. It's literaly free, including the website. This is a great option if you're a designer, artist, in a band or have your own small business and want to generate income with minimal effort and zero cost.

Easy & quick to set up

The great thing about dropshipping is that you can go to market very quickly. This means you can react to trends and utilise social media to grow your business lightning fast.  Most people are up and selling their own products within the same day.

Retail quality & award winning printing

We use some of the best printing equipment in the world and have the people and processes to match, which is why we've won awards doing this. 

Fast turnaround in Australia

Orders for our dropshipping clients are ordered, stocked, printed, packaged and shipped to your customers within 3 to 8 business days. 

Huge range of personalised items on offer

We can print mugs, t shirts, tote bags, cushion covers, tea towels, pillow cases and so much more. If there's anything we don't have, let us know what you're after and we'll try source it.

Make money with dropshipping

Most of our stores sell printed t-shirts for $30 to $40, which is up to $20 profit per sale. You can sell higher or lower as value your efforts; you've got complete control of your pricing, and our costs are sharp enough that you can make a tidy margin on your sales.

Sell your own merchandise easily

We've made it really easy with our online dropshipping platform; quick setup and risk-free. You can offer a wide variety of our stocked items which gives you an ever-expanding edge in a fluid market. 

We've been a part of some great success stories when our shop owners get to focus on what really matters; developing ideas, and growing your business, brand or charity.

We handle the logistics and nitty gritty, while you take care of the ideas and marketing. 

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Getting Started

Initial considerations

Before you get started, it's important you know what you want to do with your online store. Do you want to set it up as a retail brand, selling set products? Or do you want to sell artwork that people can choose to print on shirts or other items? You can pick one style or offer both.

Signing up

1. Head over to the signup page here

2. Fill out the forms and choose a site name (don't worry, you can change this later)

Creating your first product

Go to decorated products

  • Click on create decorated products

  • Choose a product to start with

  • Click Save and Continue.

  • Click Add Design and upload your artwork. (see here for artwork recommendations and tips)

  • Ensure your artwork is the size you want it printed at. It's best to use a ruler in real life on any garment that you have to double check the measurements ie.

    • left chest pocket designs are usually best at 8.5cm wide

    • standard centre chest prints are best at 25cm wide

    • large designs are best at 32cm wide

  • Click Save and Continue.

  • Type in a name for your product

# there’s an option called Append Product Name which will automatically add the name of the product next to the name you gave. We would advise against this, perhaps naming your product "my design name mens tee" or “my design name unisex tee” for example.

# there’s an option to allow users to customise the design or not. We recommend selecting ‘do not allow users to customise the design’ for retail stores.  

  • Add a product description talking about the design and also the material and size info of the product you chose.

  • Choose a category or make a new category. Some examples could be; new arrivals, winter, popular, mens, womens or anything you want. You can edit and change this later.

  • Click Save and Continue.

  • The next page lets you choose if you want to have multiple colours available for this design you’ve created. Leave it as if you want to allow all the colours available or if you want to only have 1 colour available just untick the all colours box and select the colour you want.

# Be careful that your design looks nice on all colours, i.e a white design will look good on a dark garment but might not look nice on a white t shirt.

  • Click Save and Continue

  • Next check your pricing and you’re done!

#you can edit your pricing by unticking use store markup and typing in the sale price you want (see How to set your selling price for more detailed information)

Repeat this process for each of your designs.

Other tips for creating decorated products

Ticking the featured product checkbox will put this product in the featured product widget, which you can add to your page from the edit website section. 

You can use related products to suggest other items for customers to buy, and this displays below a certain product that customers are viewing. To enable thiis on a product, just go to configure product and click related products.

To rearrange the order of products in your store, click on sort/categorize.

Using your own images for products

You can change the default image that shows up for your products easily. To do this you;

  • Go to decorated products

  • Click configure

  • Click listing image

  • Upload a photo

Artwork recommendations

The key to getting a quality print is your design file. It needs to be high-res and crisp. The way to check this is to zoom in on the design on your computer monitor so the design is as big as you want it printed in real life. If it looks neat and crisp (not pixelated) then it will print well. Make sure your files are at least 300dpi, and if that doesn't make sense to you, ask a Graphic Designer to help prepare your files. If you are ever unsure if something will print well or not you can always email the design in to us to check here.

  • 300dpi png files

  • a transparent background

  • Cropped / trimmed to the image

  • Make the image size the size you would like it printed in cm and use a ruler to double check this (you can always call us for advice once you've saved the product)

Adding a custom domain name

1. Register a custom domain name with a hosting provider

2. Point the domain to our server using the below DNS settings

Using www.herenowwherenext.com.au as an example:

Record Type

Hostname

Value

A

@

65.39.250.34

CNAME

www

store.deco-apparel.com


Make sure to add your domain twice onto your site, once with www and once without. So that both herenowwherenext.com.au and www.herenowwherenext.com.au work when they are typed into a browser. You should then set the one with www as the primary.
 

Once you've done this, log back into your website and;

  • click domain settings

  • Type in your domain name and click add

Now your custom domain is all set up and ready to go.

If you already have a website and just want to create a subdomain on your current website such as shop.herenowwherenext.com.au then you can follow the below steps instead.


Sub domain DNS records

When setting up a subdomain for a site, you'll need to add a single DNS record with your desired subdomain set as the hostname.

Record Type

Hostname

Value

CNAME

shop

store.deco-apparel.com

 

Once you have done this, then log back into your website and;

  • click domain settings

  • Type in your domain name and click add

Now your custom sub domain is all set up and ready to go.

Make your site SSL secure

It's important to make sure your website is SSL secure before you start selling items and there are a couple of free and easy ways to do this.

1. If you have a custom domain (as per the instructions in the previous section) follow these instructions.

  • go to the Domain Settings tab on the left

  • to the right of your domain name click SSL and you're done!

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2. If you don't have a custom domain name you need to follow these instructions

  • go to the Domain Settings tab on the left

  • go to the Add custom domain name field 

  • type in your website address into this field but with www at the front. ie www.yourwebsite.theprintbar.com
  • scroll up to the Existing store domains section
  • click Make primary
  • click SSL
  • click Save

And your site is secure and ready to launch!

Editing the website layout

Click on edit website on the left side of your admin screen. From here you can change the branding, colours, text and themes for the entire website by clicking Design. To edit a website individually you just click on the page you want to edit from the pages tab or create a new page or clone an old page. To add photo's, text boxes, banners or video's you click the widgets button on the left.

Editing the menu and removing options you don't need

The templates have all Print Bar's selling options on by default when you start your website. You may want to remove some of the options such as; allowing customers to upload their own designs, swithching off Print Bar's default design gallery, hiding pages, etc.   See this video and the below instructions for turning off some of the features if you want your website to have more of a retail label focus.

To delete the default designs the Print Bar has available

Click on Store Designs, then go to the category you want to delete and click 'delete' or 'make private' if you want to keep it available for the future. Also if you want to only show decorated products and not show the designs separately you can go to the 'edit website' section and navigate to the Designs Page and turn off this page.
 

To turn off or hide menus

To hide menu options and pages such as 'Quick Quote, Designs, Create, Designer, etc' you navigate to the page in the 'edit website' section and then untick the 'Show in menu' button. 
 

To switch off the custom design app

Click on Designer Settings, then navigate to 'Allow Online Designer', select 'No'.

Making bank

The best part of our online ecommerce platform is that you're in control of how much you make per shirt. 

You set your own sale price above our 'wholesale' prices which are 25% less than our online prices. For example if you sold your garments for $40 it would look like this;

$40 (sale price) - $25 (cost of t-shirt) + $6.25 (25% wholesale discount) = $21.25 profit

Setting your selling price

You can set a default markup storewide by going to Price Settings, most of our stores set this at a fixed amount of $17.04 which makes the AS Colour branded t shirts sell for $40 each automatically. But you can also override this price on a per product basis. This is the final step you go through when you create a product. To change the price you untick use store markup and type in the “ex gst” price. If you want to sell for $40 you need to make sure the ex gst price is $36.36. There’s a handy calculator here to help.

Changing the price of a product

To change the price of a product you need to follow these steps:

Log into your website

  • Click decorated products
  • Find the product you want to change the price of
  • Click manage
  • Click configure
  • Click costs

Change the retail price to what you would like to sell the items for.

Or you can change all the pricing for your store products at once (unless they have a custom price) by changing the default markup. You can do that by following these steps:

  • Log into your website
  • Click Price settings
  • Change the default markup to what suits you

Common questions

When and how do I get paid?

We pay you commissions that you earn from every sale once per month. This gets paid directly into your PayPal account. You'll see a tally of your sales and outstanding commission payments when you log into the dashboard of your online store. To make sure you receive your commision payments you need to set up a PayPal account and enter the details into the store by following the below steps

  • Click commissions

  • Click PayPal commision settings

  • Enter your PayPal address


How long does it take until my customers get their products?

Your clients will have their items in 7 business days from placing their order.


How do the garments get shipped out?

We ship our products out in plain packaging.


Will my customers know it's from The Print Bar?

No, because we ship our products out in plain packaging your customers won't know that it came from us.


Who handles customer service?

When an order is placed your customers create an account. When they log in to this account there is an online portal where your customers can enquire about their order and our Print Bar sales team will help them out. So you can focus on growing your business and leave all the hard work to us. 


What if I have an existing website?

Our system is a completely free hosted website platform with ecommerce. But you are welcome to keep your existing website and there are 3 ways to do this. 

  • Embed our store into your website using an iframe (note we do not integrate with Shopify yet but we are working on this) 
  • Use a subdomain for the shop. ie. shop.yourdomain.com.au
  • Or use a reverse proxy. See the post about adding a blog to your website for information on how to do a reverse proxy.


How to add a blog to your site?

If you want to add a blog (or any website) to your site and have it display under your domain name, you can by following these steps.

  • Click on Website Pages
  • Click to create new page
  • Click on Advanced Settings down the bottom
  • Click "Page Status"
  • Select "Embed External Website"
  • In External Site URL put the full URL of your external website. i.e. www.wordpress.com/herenowwherenextblog
  • In Your Site URL put the URL that the external website content will appear on your site. i.e. "blog" for www.herenowwherenext.com/blog 
  • Check both Rewrite Links and Rewrite Javascript Links to ensures links in your external embedded site work within our site
     

It's important that you now block google from indexing and being able to search the original website. This will avoid your SEO being affected by duplicate content. 

You need to ensure the original source website is set to noindex i.e. <meta name="robots" content="noindex, follow">. With WordPress this can be done via a plugin or by WordPress settings.

You then want to "remove" that tag from the content shown on our website. Therefore, you go back to Advanced Settings add the following rule in the next section Content Rewriting Filters:

Find: <meta name="robots" content="noindex, follow">
Replace: (leave blank)


Can I sell other items in my store that I've already made?

Unfortunately, we don't offer this service for the time being. 


Do you offer free shipping?

We used to, but we've restructured our POD pricing recently to be lower, with shipping at a constant rate.


Can you do custom promotions for my store?

Yes we can create a 10% coupon code for you to do a promotion. Just email [email protected] and let us know your store name and what you would like the coupon code to be.

Do you do samples or prototypes?

The way to order prototypes is to place and pay for an order through your store by temporarily making your store markup $0. That way you pay for samples at cost price.


What happens when Print Bar is out of stock of an item?

We take items that are out of stock off the website. In the rare occasion an item is out of stock it is typicaly out of stock for 2 - 3 weeks.


Do you have any examples of stores that we can see?

Yes check out;

criticaltrip.com
studio-iso.com.au

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