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Dropship T-shirt Printing: How to Design & Dropship Custom Printed T-shirts

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Drop-shipping is a word that is being thrown around a lot at the moment. You might be aware of what it actually is (if you don’t you can find out more here), but that doesn’t necessarily help you with how to get started. As print-on-demand specialists with over a decade of experience, we’ve embraced this new way to sell t-shirts. We’ve put together this handy drop-ship t-shirt printing guide to help you get up and started with your own dropship shirt printing business.

What you’ll need to start a custom shirt dropshipping business

  • A Shopify account: If you don’t have one yet, you can check out this handy guide
  • A linked Contrado account: Again, if you haven’t set this up we have a super helpful guide
  • Some great designs that you want to use for custom t-shirt printing, dropshipping and starting your own online shop business. We can’t help you with that one!
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We have made uploading your designs to your Contrado account as simple as possible. Use our intuitive design tool to upload your designs from your local files, or from an Instagram or Facebook account. Once your design is in the interface, you can move, resize and position it onto your t-shirt exactly as you want it. We have a real-time preview which will show you all of your changes, live, as you make them. When you’re happy with your design, you can save it to your products and add it to your Shopify online store.

Print T-shirt > Dropship – A Two-Step Process

Believe it or not, it really is as simple as that once you have all the cogs in place. The relationship between t-shirt printing and drop-shipping is pretty seamless, and we are here to help you with this process as much as possible.

Once your design and dropship t-shirts are in your Shopify store, your customers can start browsing and – more importantly – placing orders. They create an order with you and make their payment via your Shopify store. That order is then created on our Contrado order system for you, automatically, and we will send you an email with all the details and a request for payment. We apply a wholesale discount to the order, so you only pay our exclusive drop-shipper pricing. This means that the profit stays in your pocket right from the outset.

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The Dropship T-shirt Printing Process

We’ll then print your design and dropship t-shirts using our state-of-the-art printing techniques. We use a digital printing method called sublimation printing. We use water-based inks to permanently bond your design to the fabric. This process uses no gas, and no added water and is an entirely print-on-demand service, making it one of the more eco-friendly printing methods. This results in a glorious, high-definition, all-over print that is entirely textureless. You can choose whether you prefer a white-label or private label approach, as you are creating your very own custom brand.

Extra Drop-Shipping Services

Once your t-shirt is printed, we pack and ship it directly to your customer. We only charge the shipping costs that the courier charges us. We can send your products and designs anywhere in the world. Not only do we deal with the print and ship mechanics of your t-shirt business, but we have a dedicated multi-lingual customer service team. They are here to help with any queries you or your customers might have.

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Why use Contrado as your printing company?

  • All-over print, front and back
  • Live updates in real-time preview
  • Sublimation printing methods
  • Cut and sew, handmade to order
  • White or private labelling options
  • Multiple fabric choices, cotton and poly
  • No hidden fees to pay, no minimum orders
  • High-quality POD t-shirts (print-on-demand)

Why use a custom dropshipping business model?

  • Minimal risks
  • No initial outlay
  • Smooth process
  • No stock holding
  • Time-saving

How easy is it to set up?

Honestly, we can’t stress how simple to set up this is, if you don’t believe us then just check it out for yourself in our handy video tutorial.

What are you waiting for? Start Dropship T-shirt Printing

Platforms like Shopify make starting your own e-commerce store more of an attainable goal and much less of a pipe dream. Contrado makes your print-on-demand dropshipping UK based with worldwide reach. So what are you waiting for? Sign up and start t-shirt dropshipping with us. Become part of the t-shirt printing industry today.

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