Printful API: Online Selling Without The Hassles

Candice McMillan
Jul. 26 2013, 11:00AM EDT

Printful, a drop shipping service for custom print products and a product of the same team who created Startup Vitamins and BeHappy.me, has provided the Printful API that will allow people to easily integrate the functionality with their websites and applications. The service is specifically aimed at small and medium websites that want to offer print products, but don't want to handle the fulfillment and shipping of those products.

Printful offers a variety of printed products such as T-shirts, posters, framed prints, and custom designs on canvas. The company provides the products at a fixed wholesale price along with the shipping costs, and sellers can decide what price to sell them to their customers based on the profit they wish to make. The purpose of the service is to take the hassle out of running an online store; the seller receives the orders from the customers and Printful handles the actual printing and shipping. Even though there are other systems that offer this very service, Printful's selling point is that its API allows for a higher degree of automation, and that users can benefit from being able to automate drop shipping and fulfillment of one-off orders as opposed to large pre-orders.

Printful's API uses RESTful API technology and makes it simple for developers to integrate the system with online stores. An API key is required to access the data, so developers will need to head to the website in order to request it.

Candice McMillan

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