If you just had a look on the shop before reading this, you probably noticed the variety of items on offer. Besides the many printable files that you can just download for free, you may also have seen posters and mugs of many topics and sizes. If you come back in a few months or weeks, you'll probably find much more stuff.
What is on-demand manufacturing?
Before anything, you must know that all products offered on this website are manufactured on demand. That means that there is no previous stock of the many different items, and they are simply produced automatically once someone requests it.
In other words: every time you purchase a product, a fulfillment centre takes charge of manufacturing it specially for you. Basic products, such as blank paper sheets or mugs, already exist in manufacturing centres that Printful has distributed across Europe and the US. They simply take care of printing the requested designs on them. These logistic centres are also in charge of sending your purchase to wherever you are.
Benefits of on-demand manufacturing
Manufacturing items under this system can lead to high production costs. Most of the times, this has a direct effect on the product's final price.
Nevertheless, this production method has many benefits: first of all, a vendor doesn't need to have large quantities of items before starting to sell. In consequence, this is specially advantageous for small businesses and also for people who are starting an activity whose economic viability is still unknown. With this method, the business owner doesn't need to worry if a product doesn't perform well, nor should he or she worry about having enough stock if a specific item surprisingly has more demand than expected.
For the same reason, this system is also more respectful with the environment, since there is no need of producing items that may not be sold in the future.