How to set up Shipping rates with Printful – 2019


Hey, everyone! It’s Māris from Printful. Let’s talk about shipping! In this video, we’ll cover: 1. What are Printful’s shipping rates and how
do they work 2. How Printful’s shipping rates are calculated
3. How to calculate shipping costs for your products
4. How to set up shipping for your online store So let’s start with the first topic—what
are Printful’s shipping rates and how do they work All Printful products have their own shipping
rates. You can see them on our Shipping page. These rates are fixed and calculated based
on the average shipping cost for each product and the shipping destination. The rates on our Shipping page are the exact
rates we’ll charge you to ship your products. Here’s how Printful’s shipping rates work
with your store: 1. You set up your own product and shipping prices
for your customers. 2. A customer, let’s say, Andrew, buys from you. 3. You charge Andrew the product and shipping
price you set. 4. And then Printful charges you for the product
and shipping to fulfill Andrew’s order. Next, let’s take a closer look at Printful’s
shipping rates and how you should understand them. As I said earlier, the rates you see on our
Shipping page are fixed and safe to use for setting up shipping costs on your store. Let’s see how the shipping cost varies depending
on: * shipping destinations;
* and product categories. Shipping destinations. Printful offers international shipping across
the world! Each part of the world has different shipping
rates, so we divided the costs based on orders going out to:
* the USA; * Canada;
* Europe; * and Worldwide. Take into account where your customers are
located, and set your shipping prices accordingly. Product categories. Printful shipping rates are calculated based
on product categories. All products in their shipping category have
similar dimensions, weight, packaging, and pricing. Colors and apparel product sizes don’t impact
shipping price. The shipping for a red t-shirt in size small
would cost the same as shipping for a black t-shirt in extra large. There you have it—that’s how shipping rates
change based on the shipping destination, method, and product category. Next, let’s dive into how to calculate shipping
costs for your products. We’ll talk about how to calculate shipping
costs for orders with: * one product;
* similar products; * different products;
* products that ship separately; * and products that you keep in Printful’s
warehouse. When it comes to cost calculations, the table
on our Shipping page is your best friend. Use the rates listed there to set up shipping
on your store. Our shipping rates may change over time. So always refer to the shipping page for current
prices instead of this video. Okay, let’s start with calculating shipping
costs for orders with one product. Orders with one product In our shipping table, find the product category
with your product. Take a look at the First product row—that’s
the shipping cost for an order containing only one product. For example, the cost for shipping one t-shirt
to the USA is $3.99. Easy! Now let’s take a look at how to calculate
shipping costs for orders with multiple products in one category. Orders with multiple products in the same
category Similar products are items that are grouped
together under one shipping category and have the same shipping rates. For example, hoodies and sweatpants are in
the same shipping category. Tote bags and fanny packs are all in one category,
too, and have the same shipping rates. To calculate the shipping cost for an order
with similar products, add the cost from the Additional product row to the cost you have
in the First product row. For example, the cost for shipping one t-shirt
to the USA is $3.99 which is the price in the First product row. Then if an order has 2 t-shirts, the shipping
for the second t-shirt will cost $1.25 which is the price in the Additional product row. All together the cost for shipping two t-shirts
to the USA would be $5.24. Next, here’s how to calculate shipping costs
for orders with different products. Orders with multiple products in different
categories The products that are not grouped together
under a category count as different products in terms of shipping prices. For example, hoodies and all-over print leggings
are in different categories with different pricing. To calculate the shipping cost for an order
with different products, find both product categories in the shipping table. See which of your products has the highest
shipping cost in the First product row and use that as a base. Then look at the Additional product row for
both categories and see which has the lowest price, then add that price to the one in the
First product row. That’s it! For example, to get the shipping cost for
an order with a hoodie and a t-shirt, see whichever one has the highest shipping cost
in the First product row and the lowest in the Additional product row. Shipping a t-shirt to the USA costs $3.99
and $1.25 for each additional product, and for a hoodie, it’s $6.50 and $2 for each additional
product. The highest price for the First product in
this example would be for the hoodie, so you should use that as a base price and add the
Additional product shipping cost of a t-shirt to cover that. All together, shipping a hoodie and a t-shirt
would cost $7.75 in this example. Now let’s take a look at how to calculate
shipping costs for orders with products that ship separately. Orders with products that ship separately There are some products that we’ll ship separately
due to packaging differences and you can see a list of them on our Shipping page. To calculate the shipping cost for orders
with products that ship separately, you’ll have to add the shipping price from the First
product row of both products. For example, to get the shipping cost for
an order with a t-shirt and a canvas, add the shipping price from the First product
row of both products. Shipping a single t-shirt to the USA costs
$3.99, we know that already. Now we just add the shipping price for a canvas,
let’s say for the 12×12 size. That’s $9.99, which is the price you see in
the First product row. All together, the shipping cost of an order
with a t-shirt and a canvas would add up to be $13.98. If you sell Printful products that require
separate shipping, we advise you to set the rates for these products using the costs in
the First product row only. This will ensure you don’t lose profit on
shipping. Lastly, here’s how to calculate shipping costs
for orders with non-Printful products kept in your warehousing inventory. Orders with warehousing products To calculate the shipping costs for your non-Printful
products, you’ll need to check how much our carrier partners would charge for orders containing
your products. Find a shipping rate calculator on one of
our supported carrier sites and add your product details there. You’ll see what the approximate shipping
rates for this product will be for different shipping destinations. Our shipping algorithm chooses the most cost
effective shipping option for each order. So for you to get the most accurate shipping
rates for your warehoused products, we suggest calculating the shipping rates with multiple
carriers and using the average. That’s it! That’s how you calculate shipping costs for
your products! The final part of setting up shipping on your
store is actually doing it. So here’s how to set up shipping for your
online store. Configuring shipping is different for each
platform. All platforms have their own shipping settings
from shipping by weight to shipping by region. We advise you to head to our Shipping page
and choose the integration you’re using, then just follow the on-screen guide to set up
shipping on your storefront. The most popular shipping settings you’ll
have to choose from are: * Free shipping;
* Flat rates; * Weight based rates;
* Live rates. The Free shipping setting is the easiest to
set up for your store. Offering free shipping to your customers is
a good selling point. However keep in mind that Printful will still
charge your for the order shipping, so make sure you include the shipping price in your
product price. This ensures you don’t miss out on your profit! The Flat rates shipping setting means you’ll
take the same rate for all purchases. It’s a good choice if you sell products of
similar shipping price. The Weight based rate settings allows you
to charge different shipping rates for products or orders of different weights. It’s the best option for stores that sell
products with different shipping costs, like baby clothes and framed posters. With Weight based rates, you can assign an
arbitrary weight for products that have similar shipping costs. For example, you can set the weight of your
t-shirts to 1lb and assign the shipping price of $3.99 for that weight. The weight you add won’t show up on your storefront
and won’t impact the shipping cost on Printful’s side—it’ll only be used to calculate and
display shipping costs for your customer’s order during checkout. Setting up Weight based rates is different
for each platform so be sure to browse through their resources! Some integrations support Live rates. That means your customers see carrier-calculated,
real-time rates during checkout. You can check out the ecommerce integration
comparison chart to find which integrations support live rates, link in the description
below. There are other ways how to set up your shipping
rates so be sure to take your time and figure out the best solution for you. For more information, check the FAQs for your
integration and reach out to our customer support team if you have any more questions.

14 thoughts on “How to set up Shipping rates with Printful – 2019

  1. 📍 Table of contents:

    00:00:21
    – Printful’s shipping rates and how they work
    00:00:56 – How shipping rates are calculated
    00:01:49
    – Shipping costs for your products
    00:06:11
    – Setting up shipping on your online store

  2. Most sellers know how ridiculous this new system is. We're paying way more for the same service with the same tracking…

  3. 1. You guys removed economy shipping without warning me, I didn’t have a flat rate set up, so my customers were paying for economic shipping, while I had to pay for express shipping (that made me lose money)

    2. Because you failed to warn me about it, I didn’t have flat rates set up and I was running ads all day, without any international customers being able to buy. (That made me lose money)

    3. With the new flat rate system, I’m paying $2-$4 more per order for the same service.

    Yeah, I’m switching to one of your competitors ✌️

  4. I have always defended printful, because I really thought Live Rates and the fair cost for shipping where awesome, just as the quality of the products are great. I don't have huge store, I am still growing my brand. But with 3 orders today, I have already lost about 10 bucks because of this update. One of the worst things is YOU DIDNT WARN US. Just because of a chat I just had, I found out that you actually made this change. Because I was so surprised the shipping costs where THAT high. There is absolutely nothing positive about it.
    Last week, when someone ordered a sweatshirt and a shirt in my store, it was about 4,50€. Now it's 7,50€. This basically happened with 3 orders today. Considering I have to buy food and pay my bills and you add up all this for the next weeks and months, you just lose a lot of money. Also, I am not someone charging my customers huge amounts of money because I did my target audience analysis and they are not rich people who would pay 35 bucks for a shirt.
    I have loved printful, I kept giving you positive feedback because of a great customer service and quality, but this is honestly a HUGE reason to change the provider. Over the next few days I will lose money because this new system doesn't make any sense. I am so disappointed.

  5. Unbelievable, their support had me troubleshoot my website an entire day to fix live shipping rates. The following day a support member finally mentioned the lowest live rate and the flat rate are now the same under the NEW SHIPPING GUIDE. How can anyone absorb an additional $2 to $8 for a single shirt shipped in a tiny polybag?

  6. Easy way for printful to quickly make more profits on Q4 … no surprise this is happening right before the 2 biggest months in ecom. Shipping costs have risen $2-$5 for me across the board….where were the savings in the long run again….??

  7. Not informing customers properly can be considered cheating. We used to ship to non-US countries at $3-$4 now it's $9.99 yet you are making your customers believe you're charging less for shipping? That's insane!!! Can't imagine paying more on shipping than the actual product.

  8. I am disappointed with Printful's slow shipping/delivery time. The overall process involves too many weeks for me. Still waiting on my package. Currently looking for faster services.

  9. So this change was really unexpected. I'm working with Printful for some months, and the company was always helped when I need and the products are created with great quality, which is a very positive point. But since my costumers are from Brazil, my shipping rates for Shirts was about 3~4$ per shirt, which was truly good.

    My shirts costs about 13$ each, and since I run my own Ecommerce and the manutention costs are good enought, I can make a good profit selling T-Shirts, about 40% profit for each. But now something like this happens, and the shipping rates goes to 10$… So I need to ask: who would be mad enought to buy a T Shirt which costs 13$ and pay 10$ for a simple shipping? Not my costumers for sure!

    You may think I can just increase my total profit and make my T Shirt costs about 23$ each, right? But not, where I live in Brazil it would be impossible to sell a shirt for a total of 33$ each (counting the "new" shipping). And here I'm just talking about T Shirts, not even talking about others products. I must say i'm really sad about such thing happening with Printful, since it can literally ruin my business and make me lost money and my work and effort put on Printful. If it not get better, I'm sorry to say but I'll need to find another POD service to start my business again.

  10. I am new in Printful; so I have a question; if I designed a product and your product price was 8 and my retail price was 4; so the product will be 12, and another 10 for example for shipping so the product will be 22; is that correct or shipping cost will be included in Printful product price from beginning?
    #Printful Custom Printing

  11. You guys don't provide enough information… it's impossible to set woocommerce with your shipping settings, you've developed a plugin that doesn't seem to do anything even though it is called live shipping rates, but there are no instructions on how to use it… your combined shipping costs are unfriendly and you not providing something that programmatically adapts to your rates are not helping…

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