Do you already know how to use Etsy for Dropshipping in 2021? If so, you are doing better than I was a couple of weeks ago. Technically I should have written ETSY page that I started eight months ago and then never did anything with and then had surgery and was home for weeks and weeks and so I decided to do something useful. That seems a little long-winded though. This post does contain affiliate links, if you purchase something through one of those links, I will receive a commission at no additional cost to you.
Have you ever wanted to make really cute shirts or mugs etc. to sell on your Etsy store but you don’t want to have to make them yourself or you don’t know how? This is one of my shirts below!
This is where drop-shipping can help you. I can do all the design work and make things that I adore but not actually have to figure out the best way to make shirts, mugs, hoodies, or notebooks for myself.
There are a lot of companies that you can use for drop-shipping like Redbubble or Printful. I use a company called Printify. This company basically takes my design ideas and uploads them onto their products for me. It integrates with my Etsy store so that I can publish the items directly from Printify to my shop.
There are pros and cons to using drop-shipping. For example you don’t make as much profit as you would buying something in bulk and selling it yourself. However, you also don’t have to deal with shipping things to customers and making sure that you have shirts in stock. Depending on how many colors you want to use, that can actually get really expensive because you don’t know how many you’re going to sell.
What I really like about this company is how easy it was to integrate this into my store and publish stuff directly from their website to my shop. Then there are just a few things that you have to edit so that your listings show up correctly on Etsy. You want to edit your tags so that your items can be found easier via search. You would also want to put that you didn’t make the item, that it was with the help of a production partner. Etsy requires you to disclose if you are not personally making the item.
Printify does provide a description and information about the product you’re ordering but you would want to update that description to include important information that’s relevant to your shop. Be sure to take a look at fees when you’re deciding on a drop shipping company to use. Products listed have the cost to produce the item and the cost of shipping listed when you pick them. Be sure to adjust your price accordingly so that you have to have some sort of profit. After all, Etsy is going to charge you a fee for the item selling and then a relisting fee plus you have the production cost and shipping. (plus taxes)
When you start a new drop-shipping item or start using a new company, I would recommend ordering some sample products so that you know exactly what customers are getting and the quality of the item. It is also nice to have samples on hand to use for your own promotional materials for social media and ads.
I hope this gave you some insight on how to use drop-shipping with your Etsy store. If you have any questions or comments drop them below. If you’d like to take a look at my Etsy store, it’s itzlitwrite. If you want to learn other side hustles you can get started with to earn some extra money, check my other article here.