How Does Etsy Print-on-Demand Dropshipping Work?
Etsy is among the several emerging eCommerce platforms that have evolved throughout time. It’s a business model that allows you to sell handcrafted, special order, and one-of-a-kind goods. You could assume that Etsy is unsuitable for dropshippers because of its stringent product requirements.
Truth be told, Etsy drop shipping is a little trickier compared to other platforms, but it’s still doable.
There is no specific mention of dropshipping on Etsy’s Seller Policy webpage. This indicates that dropshipping is doable on the site if you adhere to their product specifications. It’s also important to note that their selling policy permits the sale of goods that were “produced and/or developed by yourself, the seller.” In addition, they state that you are permitted to collaborate with a production partner so far that you disclose their support in your postings.
But does the traditional dropshipping approach—in which the supplier sources and delivers the order directly—work on Etsy?
So long as the items you’ve posted are distinctive or handcrafted and you’re participating in the creative process, yes. Any of the aforementioned rules that are broken may result in the platform suspending your store. Make absolutely sure that you and your supplier are on the same page if you choose to begin dropshipping on Etsy.
The overall idea of dropshipping on Etsy is the same as it is on some other sites. The only exceptions are that the items must be one-of-a-kind and that you must have some involvement in the creative process. But how about if you let the supplier do everything and simply offer the product with your brand on it?
This might work, but it can be dangerous, particularly if some other merchant duplicates the listing. Therefore, at the very least, ensure that the images you submit for your Etsy sales are original. Moreover, there’s no guarantee your supplier won’t sell the same items to a competitor on Etsy.
Just try to be involved in the design process and put your own spin on it; it could be anything unique from the color, design, or functionality, but ensure that your involvement is present.