6 Clever places to sell your Printables 2020

clever places to sell your printables in 2020

6 Clever places to sell your Printables 2020

If you’re looking for ideas for the best places to sell your printables you have come to the right place.

If you are thinking of selling printables you need to read this post first.

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Sales tax and Printables

A Tedious but often overlooked aspect is sales tax and your shop wherever you choose to host 

Don’t forget when you are considering places to sell your printables you need to take into account taxes.

Does the platform work out tax to be added to purchases for you or do you have to add either a plugin or added extra to allow this facility for the platform you want to use.

Etsy for instance collects sales tax due for you. But you should check you are covered depending on where you live.

If you live in the UK as far as I can gather you don’t need to collect sales tax until your income is over £85,000 then you need to register and collect VAT. Until then you pay your regular taxes.

If you have to pay VAT then 

  • Selling in the uk you need to charge VAT
  • Selling it in the EU with someone who has a EU tax number then you don’t need to charge VAT
  • Equally if they don’t not have an EU tax number then you have to charge VAT
  • Outside of the EU then you don’t need to charge VAT.

Simple isn’t it!?! 

If in doubt, seek help from an accountant because really I am no expert!

I think if I was making over £85k a year I would be retiring! 

Lets get on shall we you want to know where you can sell your printables.

There are plenty of places you could sell you printables  here are some of the best places to sell your printables:

Etsy

Who hasn’t heard of Etsy? It is massive! And maybe that is a good thing or a bad thing.

Just remember it is good that is large but that will mean lots more competition. 

Pros

Access to large number of customers

No monthly fees

Ulimited listings

Integrated selling app and shop manager

Cons

Pay per listing

Payment processing fees can be high

Plus an additional transaction fee on every item sold

Summary Etsy is great if you are selling Printables everything is included setting up a shop is super easy but transaction fee’s will reduce your profits.

Shopify

Is incredibly popular but more expensive per month than most other ecommerce platforms. They do have lots of themes and apps which means you can really customise your shop compared to Etsy. 

Another great feature is you can list unlimited products and also free SSL certificate plus you can setup a Facebook store now as well.

Pro

  • Free trial
  • Large range off apps and themes
  • Integrated payments accepting credit card made easy
  • Unlimited products on all plans

Cons

  • Fees can add up – monthly, app and theme see note below on payment processing
  • More customer service required
  • Generate traffic to your store 
  • Difficult to migrate to a different platform further down the road

Summary 

For an easy set up ecommerce solution give the free trial a shot. One thing to note is if you don’t accept payment via shopify payments then you will pay credit card processing fee and transaction fees. But if you accept payment via shopify payments you are only charged credit card processing fees.

If you want an all in one solution with a free trial then give shopify a go.

EKM

Like shopify EKM has lots of themes to choose from to customise your shop. All features come standard with each plan so no need to buy added apps.

Pros

  • All features are included on all plans prices include everything no hidden costs
  • Unlimited products
  • Payments included
  • No transaction fees
  • Add your own blog to your site
  • Free trial

Cons

  • Transactions fees for payment processing aren’t the cheapest
  • All plan prices are more expensive than other ecommerce sites
  • Because they are a UK company VAT is charged on all their plans
  • The more you sell the more expensive it will get

Try their free plan as it is a good alternative to shopify especially if you are UK based.

Bigcommerce

Similar to shopify and with similar prices. 

Pro

  • No transaction fees even with third party payment gateways
  • Good reporting tools
  • Drag and drop page builder to set up the online shop
  • GDPR compliant
  • Unlimited shop items

Con

  • Limited on online sales at each level – exceeding them means having to upgrade to next plan
  • Themes are very similar

Bigcartel

Good if you want a low cost option and are a small store owner. They are geared towards creatives so they are a bit like Etsy.

Pro

  • Easy for beginners to use
  • Has the usual tools like sales analysis 
  • Intuitive to use
  • Free plan for beginners – limited to 5 products

Cons

  • No search capabilities for in your store
  • Limited payment options
  • Few customisations for your shop
  • Useful if you want to try out your ideas in the free shop to see they sell

Etsy is similar to Big cartel in that they both cater towards creatives. Like shopify Big cartel allows you to set up your own shop and customize it within limits. 

Own Website and Email 

This is a “FREE” option if you use your website purely for blogging and affiliate marketing. You can add woocommerce to your WordPress website to get a basic shop up and running.

Pro

  • You control the design of your website
  • You control the traffic to your website
  • You aren’t competing with the rest of the customers to shopping platforms like Etsy
  • You can target your customers directly by sending emails to your subscribers

Cons 

  • You have to generate traffic to your website
  • Takes time to increase your page views
  • You need to be able to use WordPress and set up your website – not too difficult
  • You have to pay for hosting and any social media schedulers

Summary 

Whilst having your own website allows you creative freedom it does mean you have to do a lot to bring customers to your website. 

There you go 6 clever places to sell your Printables. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages so think about your budget first and the type of online store you want to sell from.

Looking for more Resources

Passive Income products to sell on Etsy

How to make money selling digital printables

How to create printables to sell

Best selling Items on Etsy

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