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What you need to know about print on demand

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Are you an artist, designer or entrepreneur looking to sell your products online without having to worry about inventory or shipping? Look no further than our print-on-demand services!

What is print on demand?

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Print-on-demand (POD) is a convenient way for you to by-pass the time, investment and risk associated with having inventory on hand when you are launching your business. POD ensures that you can create and sell your products online at a fraction of the cost, with minimal overhead costs. With our guaranteed no minimum custom printing, what's not to love?

 POD services are great for a number of business ventures such as:

  • Exploring a new business idea risk free. (eg. Launching a new product line, without the worry of inventory if the product doesn't take off.)
  • Creating one-of-a-kind products for a niche market. (eg. Custom apparel showcasing your artwork.)
  • Selling your photos online with no minimum poster, or canvas prints.
  • Easily printing one-off items such as T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Tote Bags, which are unique to individual customers orders.


How does print on demand work?

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With POD, your products are only produced only once a sale has been made. This ensures that you are not carrying costly inventory, thus reducing any risk of not selling the stock you have on hand. Once an order is placed, you can sit back and relax as we take care of production and ship the order direct to your client.


How to start a print on demand business?

The best way to start your POD business is choose your niche and which products you would like to offer. If you are unsure of where to start, try making a list of all the things you like. Some examples of this may be cats, sports, comic books, etc. The niche you choose to focus on should be specific enough to focus in on a core set of customers, while also being attractive to a wide audience.

Once you've decided on your niche, do a quick search online to determine what people online are saying about this particular niche. If there is little conversation online about this niche community, there may be little demand for this business, and perhaps you should revisit your list and focus in on another niche instead.

Once your niche has been finalized, you are ready to source your POD product ideas within that specific niche. Some popular print-on-demand products include posters, canvas prints, t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, stickers, magnets, etc.

After you have decided on the products you'd like to offer you are ready to set up your designs & upload them to your website. This is the most time consuming process, so don't be discouraged if this takes you a bit longer than anticipated.

Once your website is up and running, you must work to promote your store so that customers are aware of your product offerings. Some ways you can best accomplish this would be through social media, SEO, using testimonials, and writing blog posts to direct people to your page.

As people begin purchasing your products, it is important to constantly be re-evaluating what products are selling and what are not. The beauty of POD is that you are not directly involved with the production of your orders, which allows you to easily test and modify your designs and product offerings without any major financial risk.


What is drop shipping?

Drop shipping is the process by which products and shipping are all handled by a third party. This allows you to take the shipping and fulfillment process completely out of your hands. Drop shipped orders are typically in unbranded boxes, so your customers will not know that their order was fulfilled by a secondary party.

When you partner with us, we print, pack and ship directly to your customers eliminating long wait times and costly shipment fees.

Would you like custom packaging to be included with your POD orders? Contact us for custom requests, and our customer service team would be happy to help!


What makes Comtix different from other print on demand websites?

At Comtix we pride ourselves on offering our quick, personable and affordable print-on-demand services. You will be connected with a customer service representative who will work with you one-on-one to answer any questions you may have about the fulfillment process.

We are a proud Canadian company which has been around for over 25 years. We offer our customers contact-less local pickup within Toronto, as well as free drop shipping available in Canada and the USA for any orders over $19.98 before tax. Worldwide shipping is also available for an additional cost.

Are you searching for a product that you cannot find on our website? Feel free to reach out to our customer service team, and we will work with you to try and find a solution to suit your needs.


Comtix re-seller program

Comtix offers two exclusive re-seller programs to ensure you are getting the most bang for your buck through our POD services!

We offer at FREE Membership, which offers our members 15% off all products, regardless of the number of products you are ordering. This membership also includes drop shipping, email and phone support (M-F from 9am-5pm EST), and discounted shipping rates.

Our PREMIUM Membership can be joined with a small one-time fee of just $60! This membership unlocks 30% off all products, with no minimum purchase required. Our premium membership also offers the exclusive access of blind shipping & white labeling, as 50 Free Business cards & 50 Free 1”x1” decals you can use to brand your orders. Email and phone customer services, as well as discounted shipping rates also apply to our premium members.

Sign up for one of our memberships today to immediately unlock these savings!

Have questions? Contact us and our friendly team would be happy to answer any questions you may have.