Getting started with Etsy and Printful: Tutorial 2018


Let’s look at connecting your Etsy shop
to Printful. Before connecting the two platforms, you’ll
need to create accounts on both. So if you’re not yet a Printful user, go
to our website and create your free account. And do the same with Etsy – create a seller
account. There are two steps you need to take, before
you connect your Etsy store to Printful. Firstly – if you’ve just set up a new Etsy
account and don’t have any active listings, you’ll need to create and publish a first
listing to your Etsy shop. You can simply create a mock listing you can
delete later, but it’s important to do this before connecting to Printful for the integration
to work. Note that it costs $0.20 to create an Etsy
listing. For more info on setting up your Etsy account
and creating listings, check out Etsy’s “Help” page, there will be a link to it
in the description below. Secondly, If you’re selling print on demand
products on your store, Etsy’s policy asks you to list your production partner, so in
this case – Printful. To do that, in your Etsy account go to the
“settings” tab here, then “Production partners” and here hit “Add a new partner”. Now type in “Printful” here. And keep in mind, if you don’t want to show
Printful as your production partner to your customers, you can check this button here. But you’ll have to add a descriptive title
that will appear on your store instead, so, for example, “Print-on-demand drop shipper”. Next up, here add one of our fulfillment center
addresses, for example, let’s add our LA location. And type up a description for Printful. A fulfillment, warehousing, and shipping service
for small online retailers. Once that’s done, here from the drop down
selections choose why you’re working with Printful, for example, “I don’t have the
technical ability to make it entirely on my own”, add your role in the design process,
and the role of Printful. Hit “save” and now it will appear here. Now, once you have your first listing published
and Printful set as a production partner, head over to your Printful dashboard. Under stores select “connect to an “Ecommerce
platform” and hit “Connect” under “Etsy” here. There’s also a link in the description to
our Etsy connect page for quick access; So here, hit the “Connect to Etsy” button. This redirects you to Etsy. Now, I’m already signed in to my Etsy account,
but If you’re not, it will ask you to do that in this step. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see this
window . And click “Allow Access” to let Printful connect to your Etsy store. Now, wait a while and… all done, your Etsy
store is now connected. If you already had existing products on your
Etsy store, they will automatically push through to your Printful store after connecting, for
example, here’s the mock listing we created earlier. But as you can see here they are unsynced,
meaning Printful will not fulfill them. If you have products in your Etsy shop you
fulfill yourself or through another service, you can mark them as “ignored” in Printful
by simply choosing “ignore” here. Now, you can start adding products directly
from Printful to your Etsy shop with our product push generator. So hit “Add product” and you’ll see
a selection of our products listed here. We’ll add a men’s t-shirt for this example,
so let’s choose “men’s clothing”, “t-shirts” and the model. Now, here you can check what variants – colors
and sizes- of this shirt are available for fulfillment in our US and EU locations. We don’t fulfill all of our products in
Europe, but they can be shipped worldwide from our other locations. So if your main market is Europe, you can
apply this filter to see – which variants would be fulfilled in our EU location or in
both the USA and Europe. We’ll leave the USA option here. Select all the colors and sizes you want to
sell this t-shirt in. And now you can upload your design or create
it from scratch using our text tool or cliparts & emotions. This feature allows you to easily create your
design right in our generator – you can add multiple shapes and text layers. Or you can select one of our free sample designs. If you go to “upload file” here you can
add your own print file or go to this tab and choose a design from our selection. For the sample graphics, make sure to check
the type of design – if it’s an print file or an embroidery file. So for a t-shirt you could choose this eagle
print. I already have a pre-created design, so I’ll
go and upload it here. Now you can resize and reposition your graphic. And make sure to follow along the quality
information here. You’ll get notified here if your file is
too small and you should upload a larger image for better print results. Once you’re done positioning your design,
hit “proceed to mockups”; Here you can choose what type of mockups you
want to appear on your store as the product photo. Since we’re adding this as a men’s t-shirt,
we’ll leave the men’s mock up here. And hit “proceed to descriptions”;
In this step you can change the product title, for this example we’ll name it “Printful
t-shirt”. And edit the product description. As you can see we already have the basic product
info provided here. But you can definitely personalize the description
for your products. For this example, we’ll leave it as is. You also have the option of adding a size
guide. And you can choose which scale it’s in – Imperial
or Metric, or both; And add some tags as well, this is important
to make your product more searchable in Etsy. Lastly check the style for this product. I’m adding a mens t-shirt, so we’ll choose
mens here. Once you’re done with that, proceed to pricing. Here you can edit the retail price by setting
your profit. For example, we see that Printful’s fulfillment
price for this t-shirt is $12.95 and let’s say we want our profit to be $6, so we set
it here and the retail price is automatically changed to $18.95. Keep in mind when setting your prices, that
Etsy charges a 5% fee for every transaction on their platform including shipping. And when that’s done hit “submit to store”;
Now wait a while for it to load, and here is the t-shirt we just created. Now an important thing to note here is:
Each product pushed through our generator will initially appear as a draft listing on
your Etsy account. It costs $0.20 to create an Etsy listing and
you’ll need to activate them yourself. Etsy also charges $0.20 each time your listing
stock is updated. This means that with each new purchase, the
stock updates and you are charged a small $0.20 fee. You can ready more on listings in this Etsy
FAQ, there’s a link to it in the description below. So, If we pop back to Etsy, go to the “Shop
Manager” and “Listings”, the t-shirt we just created will be saved here under “Drafts”. If we click on it, here you can make adjustments,
for example, edit the tags, or product description. But the main thing you have to do here before
publishing is – you need to add Printful as the production partner. So, up here, in the “About this listing”
field, change the first drop-down to “Another company or person”. And now scrolling down here, check the box
next to Printful. Remember that you’ll need to do this step
for each of product you sync with Printful. And also, here you can publish the listing
to your store. So let’s hit “publish”. And now it tells you that this will cost you
$0.20 and the listing will be active for four months. Let’s click “publish” and here it is,
the t-shirt we just created is now available for purchase. One other way to do this is – If we go back
to Printful, here’s the shirt we just created. You can select the “edit in Etsy” button
next to it and it will automatically take you to the product’s editing view in Etsy,
and you can publish it straight away. The last thing you’ll want to do is set
up your billing information with Printful in order for your orders to go through. To make it easier for you, we’ve made a
setting up billing tutorial, you’ll find a link to it in the description below. Now, make sure to go through our Etsy FAQ
for more info and we also have tutorials on shipping and tax settings for this integration,
you’ll find all links in the description below.


26 Responses

  1. Murtaza Patel

    August 3, 2018 2:47 pm

    Sorry PCP Team!

    Tutorial is not Boring But has very lengthy process.

    How can you eliminate Max. steps inside and can integrate PF to Etsy in just 3 Or 4 easy steps?
    That will be real beauty of Simplicity and quickness by PF.

    Expecting that day!

  2. NeWx89

    December 27, 2018 3:59 am

    What is a mock listing? Isn't it a bad idea to publish something that I can't ship because I haven't integrated with printful yet?

  3. Lina M.C.

    March 3, 2019 3:11 pm

    Could you do a video on how to set up the shipping on Etsy? I'm having trouble doing so when trying to follow this video. I'm very confused. And I don't see an article on it on your website.

  4. Neal Fox

    March 23, 2019 10:56 pm

    At 1:04 you say go to your dashboard to add a new production partner. But it seems that you don't get a dashboard until your store is already set up. At least, that's the way it appears. I can't find anything like what you're mentioning.

  5. Abdelhamid Isam

    April 12, 2019 6:16 pm

    when i started creating my etsy shop, they asked me about my shop country, so i get a little bit confusing, should i put the country where i live or the country where printful manufacture is located ?

  6. j b

    April 23, 2019 8:04 pm

    The links in the description for "How to set up shipping in Etsy" and "How to set up tax in Etsy" are not working.

  7. Jazmin Williams

    May 1, 2019 8:51 pm

    Hey guys, the link in the description for the shipping video is unavailable – any ideas?

  8. Marija Živilė Adomonytė

    June 12, 2019 12:27 pm

    Hello, is it possible to put my own picture on Etsy listings? If I dont want to use those from Printful? If yes, I can just change it on Etsy and that's it? THANK YOU

  9. newton2013

    June 18, 2019 8:32 pm

    So far I am paying 20 cents for a mockup of an item and still have no connection to printful

  10. Md Rafiqul Islam

    June 21, 2019 11:46 am

    This video is unavailable [ How to set up shipping in Etsy [video tutorial]:…

  11. Sara Mes

    June 30, 2019 2:59 am

    So I was on the printiful site and went to attach my etsy…. was going to click the access button Til I saw

    " If you didn't come to this page through an Etsy App, or if you followed a link in an email or chat, close this window now."


    If you proceed, you will be subject to Printful – to do the following on your behalf:

    ??Create and edit listings in your shop??
    ??Delete listings in your shop??
    See your sales and purchases

    Update your sales and purchase info

    Why is this necessary to let you guys access?

  12. Dee Jay

    August 21, 2019 10:53 pm

    your link for How to set up shipping in Etsy [video tutorial]: isn't working

  13. dinoworld112

    September 15, 2019 5:47 pm

    I have a Question if it's automated when something sells on ETSY does Printful pick the cheapest shipping method ?

  14. TheMinistryOfDefense

    November 13, 2019 7:34 pm

    And if we have to create a fake store listing first, before printful can integrate with Etsy, than some web developer did a real sloppy job, which reflects your professionalism. You're just gonna leave it like that?


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