Printful Growth, Printify Premium, Gelato+ Which is Best?

My top three print on demand suppliers, Printful, Gelato and Printify all offer subscription plans.

Are any of the subscription plans good enough to impact your choice of POD supplier, probably not.

If you sell using these suppliers you should sign up as they offer discounted product costs and additional functionality and features.

Summary

Printful Growth Membership – OK discounts of up to 30% on some products (most are less than this). Membership if free if you sell over $12,000 in a year.

Printify Premium – 20% off all products and access to Printify Connect, a platform where Printify provides a level of customer support on your behalf.

Gelato Plus – The lowest discount of all – ranging from 5% to 10% depending on product type. Useful additional functionality if you sell on Etsy (Etsy Automated personalization feature)

Print On Demand Subscription Comparison

Printify Premium

Printify Homepage

What Is Printify Premium?

Printify Premium is Printify’s membership / subscription plan that provides discounts on all products and access to Printify Connect.

How Much Is Printify Premium?

Printify Premium costs $29.99 (£25) a month or $299.88 (£265) if paid annually.

What Perks Does Printfy Premium Give you?

Printify Premium provides the following perks:

  • One Month free trial
  • 20% discount on all products
  • Access to Printify Connect
  • Applies to up to 10 stores

Example Printify Discounts.

20% discount on all products is a solid discount and a lot easier to understand than Printful and Gelato who both have varying discounts on their produts.

The 20% discount results in the following:

Gildan 5000 t-shirt is reduced by $1.32 from $6.60 to $5.28 (cheapest Printify supplier)

Gildan 18500 hoodie is reduced by $4.21 from $18.45 to $14.21

It’s no surprise that Printify Premium provides the biggest discount on these two popular POD products

How Do I Upgrade to Printify Premium?

To upgrade to Printify Premium:

  • Go to Printify.com and log in
  • On your dashboard click Printify Premium in the bottom left of the screen
  • Click Get Started
  • Then select whether you want to pay monthly or annually (and save 14%)
  • Enter your card details
  • Hit Subscribe

Is Printify Premium Worth It?

If you sell using Printify already Printify Premium is worth it.

The 20% discount across all products is marketleading.

If you don’t sell using Printify, the 20% discount on Printify’s already low costs makes the POD supplier hard to beat.

Gelato+

Gelato Homepage

What Is Gelato+?

Gelato+ is Gelato Print On Demands cheapest paid for membership tier that provides price reductions and a long list of perks.

How Much Is Gelato+?

Gelato Plus is $24 per month or $239 if paid annually.

What Perks Does Gelato+ Give You?

Gelato Plus provides the following perks:

  • 14 day trial (of features not the discounts)
  • Product discounts ranging from 5 to 10%
  • Access to the Personalization Studio which includes the automated Etsy personalization feature
  • Premium Mockups and stock images
  • Assistance in moving your products to Gelato
  • Subscription applies to up to 10 stores

Example Gelato+ Discounts.

The discounts on offer from Gelato are not as high as Printify, they are still worth having.

Gildan 5000 t-shirt is reduced by $0.63 from $8.14 to $7.49

Gildan 18500 hoodie is reduced by $1.52 from $19.06 to $17.54

How Do I Upgrade to Gelato+?

To upgrade to Gelato+ you need to:

  • Go to Gelato.com and login to your account.
  • Click on your initials in the top right corner of the screen
  • Click Subscriptions
  • Click Start Free Trial under Gelato Plus.
  • Click Get Free Trial on the next page
  • Follow instructions and accept.

Is Gelato+ Worth It?

Gelato+ is worth it if you are already a Gelato user and sell more than 20 products a month.

If you sell on Etsy and want to offer personalization, then Gelato’s Personalization Studio provides the same automated personalization features that HelloCustom provides but at a lower cost.

If you dont already use Gelato and arent using personalization, then I dont feel like Gelato+ is a strong enough incentive on its own to get you to change POD suppliers

Printful Growth Membership

Printful Homepage

What Is Printful Growth Membership?

Printful Growth is Printful’s membership program that provides members with discounts and perks in exchange for a monthly fee.

What Does Printful Growth Cost?

Printful Growth costs $24.99 per month (or £19.99).

There is no annual option. However, if you spend over $12,000 in any 12 month period you will receive a year of the Printful membership absolutely free.

If you do over $60,000 in yearly sales, you get promoted to the Printful Business Membership which brings even greater benefits and perks.

What Perks does Printful Growth give you?

Printful Growth gives the following perks:

  • FREE 14-day trial
  • Up to 20% off DTG products
  • Up to 30% off other categories
  • Product branding discounts of 7%
  • Personalized product transfer assistance
  • Unlimited stores per account

Example Printful Discounts

Whilst the discounts offered by Printful aren’t as high as Printify, they can still make a difference to your profit margins.

Gildan 5000 t-shirt is reduced by $0.80 from $9.25 to $8.45

Gildan 18500 hoodie is reduced by $4.20 from $21.95 to $17.75

How Do I Upgrade To Printful Growth?

To upgrade to Printful Growth:

Go to Printful.com and log in

Click Memberships on the left-hand side

Click Start Free Trial

Is Printful Growth Worth It?

Yes, Printfuls Membership is worth paying for if you already, or expect to sell products using Printful print on demand.

Given the example discounts above, you’d only need to sell 7 hoodies a month to be better off with Printful Growth.

Should You Sign Up for a POD Subscription?

Yes, you should sign up for a POD subscription plan as all three reviewed in this article reduce the prices of items in the product catalog and provide additional perks.

The memberships give you lower costs. Lower costs mean you can either make more margin or sell at a lower price and still make a decent margin.

If you have lower costs than your competitors, you can beat them on price.

Gelato+ provides access to additional functionality like the automated Etsy personalization tool that can save you time and money. 

Printful Growth Vs Printify Premium Vs Gelato+

Which is best?

Looking at pricing only, then Printify provides a 20% discount across the board, on products that are already some of the cheapest.

However, if you sell on Etsy and sell personalized products then Gelato+ becomes a no brainer as you get to use the Personalization studio with its automated print file updates.

Do the the print-on-demand subscriptions offer enough value to impact your choice of POD supplier? Probably not.

Should you sign up to your POD suppliers plan? 100% fur sure.

FAQ

Printify Connect is a free add-on to the Printify Premium subscription plan that saves you time managing orders. It allows your customers to report any issues directly to the Printify Support Team. This results in customers receiving a much faster solution, and you spend less time on order inquiries.

Gelato Personalization Studio is a feature offered by Gelato Print On Demand that automates the personalization process enabling customers to personalize a product and then have Gelato fulfil it without you needing to update the print file.

Further Reading

Our detailed reviews of the three POD suppliers in this article:

Comparisons between all three leading POD companies: Gelato Vs Printful & Gelato Vs Printify