The complete breakdown of ecommerce platforms
for drop shipping

To kick off your online store, first you need to choose which ecommerce platform to use. With a wealth of options available, it can be difficult to navigate the waters of all of the different features available. We've broken down everything you need to know to make an educated decision and end up with a platform that works best for you.

Ecommerce platform comparison chart

Live shipping rates Price Personal server required Products pushed to store Order import Shipping status update Displays "out of stock" notice Marketplace Ease of installation
Shopify Yes % of revenue + subscription, starts at $29/month. No Yes Immediately Automatically Yes No Fast
WooCommerce Yes Free Yes Yes Immediately* Automatically Yes No Normal
Storenvy No Free, but you'll be charged commission fees on marketplace sales. No Yes Immediately Automatically Yes Yes Fast
BigCommerce No Subscription, starts at $29.95 No Yes Immediately Automatically Yes No Fast
Gumroad No 8.5% + $0.30 per transaction or $10/month subscription No No Immediately Manual No No Fast
Tictail No Free, but you'll be charged commission fees on marketplace sales No Yes Every 30min Manual No Yes Fast
Big Cartel No Free - $29.99 monthly No No Immediately Automatically No No Fast
Ecwid Yes Subscription, starts at $15.99/month No Yes Every 15 min Automatically Yes** No Fast
Amazon No Subscription + referral fees - starts at $39.99 No Yes Hourly Automatically *** No Yes Complex

* Using the latest version of WooCommerce

** Available for Ecwid Business and Unlimited plan users

*** Amazon will transfer your profit to your bank account once a day after your orders have shipped out

If these ecommerce platforms don't meet your needs, you may use our API and have your developers hook it up to whatever system you have.

What you have to know about each platform

Shopify

WooCommerce

BigCommerce

Storenvy

Big Cartel

Tictail

Ecwid

Gumroad

Amazon

Integration with Inktale

Become part of an online marketplace without the hassle of maintaining your own store

Inktale is an online marketplace that allows artists to sell their designs on print products as easily as possible.

It takes just a few clicks to become a seller, and Inktale handles the printing, shipping, and customer support for you. Inktale has partnered up with Printful to print and ship all orders.

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The ShipStation integration

Integrate with platforms like Squarespace, Etsy, Ebay, Amazon and more.

ShipStation functions as a 3rd party app that lets us connect with platforms that otherwise can’t be integrated with Printful.

You connect your store to Shipstation, then connect Shipstation to your Printful account. Shipstation is a platform that collects all of your orders and can keep track of them until they’re shipped. They integrate with many other platforms to make online sales easier.

Alternative platforms

You can still use Printful even if you don't want to use the above platforms that have ready-made integrations. You have options:

1

Manual orders

You can manually enter orders to be fulfilled, allowing you to continue using platforms like Etsy, or Ebay.

2

API integrations

If you have a developer on hand, you can have them hook up your store with Printful via API. Here's all the info you'll need.

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